Even though the Wellsville-Middletown varsity boys basketball team didn't get off to a fast start at home on Tuesday, once it got going it rolled like a freight train right through Silex for a 58-35 Eastern Missouri Conference victory.
"We struggled in the first half with our closeout defense. In the second half we were able to tighten up our press and half court defenses," said coach Darin Sehlke. "Credit to Silex's defense for holding us 10 points under our season average but Ben Burton and Adam Maylee really stepped up in the second half to help seal the deal."
Going 9-for-18 from the floor for the Tigers, including 5-for-9 from behind the three-point line, for 26 points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists was Burton, Maylee was 6-for-9 from the field to score 14 with eight boards, four steals and three assists and Tyler Bunch added eight points and six rebounds.
Adam Shaw and Seth Oliver also contributed four points each with a combined six steals, five assists and two boards, Josh Christian had three rebounds, two points and two steals and chipping in with a rebound each were Tommy Wing, Nick Ebers and Cameron Huff.
Now 23 games into 2016-17, Jacob Ussery leads the team in scoring with 16.48 points per game. Oliver also scores 14.7 points per contest, Burton puts up 12.83 points a night and Bunch is averaging 8.39 points per game.
The Tigers, 14-9 overall, 5-4 EMO, hosts Wright City for Senior Night on Friday.