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Red Devils ride 3-point wave

SPRING VALLEY — The Hall Red Devils knocked down six of seven attempts from behind the three-point arc during a 24-point first quarter. The team would ride that wave to a 63-39 victory over Stark County Wednesday night in the Colmone Classic.

Senior guard Ian Trevier led the Hall three-point dominated offensive attack, draining 6-6 three-point shots to top all scorers with 18 points. Senior center Austin Schmitt added 16 points, and senior guard A.J. Gaeta added 14 points, including four three-pointers.

“We have the capability to shoot like that, but we haven’t done it all year. We made 10 three-pointers — Ian (Trevier) had six and A.J. (Gaeta) had four — I think we probably hit for 6-of-7 which is really nice too,” Hall coach Mike Filippini said. “We have good shooters; we haven’t really shot the ball. A.J. has kinda been in a slump and got out of it tonight; Ian has been shooting the ball well.

“I think it helps playing in our home gym. We’re 4-4 now. It’s only our second game playing here, so shooting in your home gym that you’re familiar with helped us out a lot.”

Hall took a 2-0 record into Friday’s game vs. Fieldcrest with the winner advancing into Saturday’s championship game against Mendota. Visit www.bcrnews.com/sports for updates

Senior guard Colin Aimone scored with six seconds left in the first to give the Red Devils a 24-12 after the first quarter.

Stark County cut the Red Devils lead to seven in the second quarter with junior guard Login Hollis hitting a shot with 10 seconds left to make the score 33-26, Red Devils, going into the half.

Hall jumped all over the Rebels early as they went on a 13-2 run to open the half, a run that included two of Trevier’s six, three-pointers. He hit back-to-back threes to give the Red Devils a commanding 46-28 lead at the 3:34 mark of the third.

The Red Devils wouldn’t slow down as their defense continually hounded the Rebels offense down the stretch, creating 18 turnovers on 11 steals.

“I think today was probably as close to a complete game as we have played all year,” Filippini said. “We’ve played good halves, and we’ve played terrible halves. But tonight, I thought, was about as close to four quarters as we could get.”

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