Melcher-Dallas — The Twin Cedars Sabers marched into Melcher-Dallas Tuesday night, Feb. 11, and walked out with a big 75-34 victory over their conference rivals.
Both teams started the game very evenly matched. Neither team took many risks or shots during the slow-paced quarter. As time began to dwindle on the first, Twin Cedars began to pull away from the Saints to take a 15-8 advantage with 90 seconds left.
The Saints would not be denied and added four more to their total. The Saints' leading scorer on the season, sophomore Chase Wetterling, made an impressive leap to the basket, but he was denied by the Sabers. Twin Cedars went into the second quarter with a 15-12 lead.
After the impressive denial of Wetterling, the Sabers kept up the pressure. Melcher-Dallas could not find their rhythm and the Sabers wisely kept the ball out of the hands of the Saints' second-leading scorer on the season, senior Troy Lee.
Saber junior Otis Roby was running roughshod over the Saints' defense throughout the second. Roby, who is currently the fifth-leading scorer in the Bluegrass Conference, finished the game with 24 points, behind only Dylan Springer. Springer is only 16 players behind Roby in Conference scoring, after the 26 points he racked up against the Saints.
Twin Cedars went into halftime on an impressive three-pointer at the buzzer. Their lead at the half was 37-17.
The physical play between the two teams, both of which showed a lot of toughness, continued in the third. However, the Sabers were more successful in finding the hoop and carried a 61-29 lead going into the final period.
The Sabers' starting five did not play much in the fourth to provide the bench an opportunity. As the game wore on, the Saints' bench were also given some game time. The final score was 75-34 in favor of Twin Cedars.
While finding success in scoring, Springer also racked up 12 rebounds, three steals and 11 blocks. Senior Hunter Embray gave the Sabers a hand with 12 assists and three points. Also scoring were Garrett Pettyjohn (8), Coy Moore (6), Brent Parker (4), Spencer McCarty and Trenton Bacus (2 each).
Wetterling remained the Saints' top scorer with 10. Brock Breese knocked in nine, Waylon Balk contributed seven, Lee had four and Jacob Marlin and Travis Ernst each sunk two.
More detailed stats for Melcher-Dallas were unavailable.