BATH TOWNSHIP — Both coaches pointed to the quick start by Bath as the key to the game.
The Wildcats (4-3) got off to a hot start Tuesday night against visiting Perry and made the resulting early lead hold up as they cruised to the 68-57 nonleague victory.
The game actually began with Perry shooting two technical foul shots after Bath was called for dunking the ball in pregame warm-ups.
But Bath hit five 3-pointers in the opening quarter, including four by Brad Davis, as the Wildcats sprinted to a quick 23-11 lead after the first period and the Commodores were forced to play catch-up the rest of the night.
“We dug ourselves a huge hole and needed to get on their shooters,” Perry coach Matt Tabler said. “They knocked down the shots, got a big lead and we could never recover.”
Bath hit 14-of-29 from the field in the first half, including 8-of-17 from behind the arc, and took a 40-27 lead to the halftime break.
Davis had 17 first-half points to pace the Wildcats while Perry standout Kevontae Steele kept the Commodores within shouting distance with his 16 first-half point peformance.
Perry (4-3) actually outscored Bath 30-28 in the second half but never got closer than 52-43 late in the third quarter. Bath answered immediately with a 9-0 run to up the lead to 61-43 early in the final period held on for the win.
“We shot the ball well and that got us off to the good start,” Bath coach Doug Davis said. ”We rebounded the ball well tonight and both Keaton Sullivan and Nate Heffner went to the boards hard.”
The Wildcats pounded the boards for 38 rebounds, many on the offensive end, in the game while holding Perry to 27.
Bath had three players in double figures led by Davis with 19 points while Heffner and Logan Rockhold both contributed 14. Taren Sullivan scored nine points and Cole Chambers had eight points.
Steele had a game-high 29 points but the only other Commodore in double figures was T. J. Sloan with 11 points.
Perry finished the game shooting 36 percent for the night on 19 of 51 from the field while Bath finished at 45 percent, connecting on 25 of 55 from the floor.
Bath made on 10 of 17 free throws while Perry knocked down 12 of 18 from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats return to action tonight when they travel to Columbus Grove.
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