Climax-Scotts started 2019 hot, racing to an 85-45 home victory versus Burr Oak Monday. The win avenges their district defeat from 2018 and was their highest-scoring game so far this season.
The Panthers opened the game with a 6-0 lead, but the Bobcats were back within two midway through the first quarter at 8-6. From there, Climax-Scotts closed the frame on a 7-1 run for a 15-7 advantage. C-S took control in the second quarter, growing their lead to 21 points before settling on a 17 point advantage into the intermission with a 36-19 score.
Josiah Kenney was on fire to open the third quarter for the Panthers, getting 11 points within the first few minutes. Both offenses came alive for a 24-20 third quarter. Burr Oak would cool off into the fourth and C-S stayed hot, getting a 17-0 run within the first 3:20 to put the game out of reach.
Cole Eshuis led Climax-Scotts with 29 points, 21 of which came in the first half. Kenney finished with 25, getting 21 in the second half. As a team, they were 24-34 from the free throw line. Braxton Hernandez topped the Bobcats with 13 points.
Burr Oak falls to 2-6 overall and 2-5 within the SCAA. They’ll return home for their next two contests, meeting Litchfield Thursday and Jackson Christian next Monday.
Climax-Scotts moves to 6-3 and 5-3 in league play. They host Hillsdale Academy Thursday, then travel to unbeaten Athens the following Thursday.
Climax-Scotts Scoring: Cole Eshuis 29, Josiah Kenney 25, Aiden Brady 14, Zach Kienast 7, Garrett Young 4, Johnny Hunter 3, Jackson Lawrence 2, Jake Lane 1
Burr Oak Scoring: Braxton Hernandez 13, Armondo Beverly 11, Damion Ultz 10, Noah Norton 5, Caleb Brooks 4, Branson Hernandez 2