Pirates open tourney trail as road warriors in victory over Bellaire

Pirates open tourney trail as road warriors in victory over Bellaire
Dave Mast

Jarrett Wallick was a bull on the boards and a master on offense in leading the Pirates to an opening 67-50 tournament upset of Bellaire.


When Jarrett Wallick scored inside to start the No. 9 seed Garaway Pirates opening Div. III East tournament game versus No. 8 seed Bellaire on Big Reds’ home floor, it seemed appropriate because the Pirate big man dominated on both ends of the floor in Garaway’s stunning 67-50 victory.

Alex Roden’s 3-pointer put the Pirates ahead 7-2, and Garrett Newsome came off the bench to score four points, but Garaway found itself trailing 20-17 through one quarter, Bellaire riding the hot hand of David Zwack.

Zwack and Jaren Cash would help the Big Reds to a 28-23 lead deep into the second quarter, but it would be then that Garaway would turn the corner and do some significant damage.

Three points from Logan Yoder and a trey from Peyton Keim would send the Pirates on an 8-0 run to end the half up 31-28.

The run didn’t stop there. The Pirates scored the first eight points of the second half, Wallick doing the work in the paint and Alex Roden and Keim each delivering three-balls that would help push the Pirates to a 43-30 lead. A Wallick score inside would lift Garaway to a 45-34 lead heading into the final period.

It was then Wallick simply took over on both ends of the court, delivering knock-out blow after knock-out blow as the Big Reds tried in vain to respond. By the time Newsome hit a jumper and added a free throw, Garaway had built an insurmountable 59-42 lead.

Bellaire made a mini-run to get within 11, but drives by Alex Roden and Brady Roden helped skirt any type of possible danger as to the outcome of this one.

Wallick ended with a game-high 16 points with Keim adding 12, Brady Roden scoring 10, Alex Roden scoring eight and Newsome adding seven. The win improved the Pirates to 9-11 while Bellaire bowed out at 9-14.

In a wrap of the regular season, the Pirates were on the verge of getting their biggest win of the season when it took on a talented Meadowbrook team on Wednesday, Feb. 17 in a home contest in Sugarcreek.

However, the Colts didn’t earn a top tournament seed for no reason and overcame Garaway’s 15 half-time lead to post a 60-55 victory.

Garaway stormed out of the gate from the tip with Brady Roden’s 3-pointer spotting the Pirates to a 5-2 lead, but the Colts then took a 6-5 lead.

That was when the Pirates went off. Zach Bickford scored off a drive, as did Brady Roden. Payton Keim then drained a three-ball off a great assist from Alex Roden. Keim then scored on a put-back, and Garrett Newsome added an and-one. The Pirates were suddenly up 17-6.

Davis Singleton, Jake Singleton and Jerome Todd scored seven points around a Logan Yoder bucket, and the Pirates held a 19-13 lead through one period.

Alex Roden and Keim helped push the Garaway lead out to its largest at 34-19 at the half, and the Pirates were on the verge of pulling of a monstrous upset.

Matt Beachy’s 3-pointer and a pair of scores from Alex Roden helped Garaway maintain a lead in the third quarter, but it was shrinking. The Singletons combined for 10 points in the quarter, and Malachi Phillips’ 3-pointer cut into the Garaway lead, which stood at 47-42 heading into the final period.

When Jake Singleton rattled off five points to start the fourth quarter, the Colts had come all the way back, evening the score at 47. Garaway’s Jarrett Wallick then made a block and scored inside on the possession change to give Garaway a short-lived lead. Drew Webster then went down and hit his only bucket of the game, a 3-pointer, to give Meadowbrook its first lead of the game at 50-49.

Jake Singleton and Davis Singleton sandwiched four points around a Wallick free throw to give the Colts a 54-50 lead, but Keim ripped a triple with 1:47 to get the Pirates back to within one at 54-53. However, the final 90 seconds were all Colts. Meadowbrook improved to 19-2 while Garaway dropped to 7-11 despite a terrific effort against a team that is the No. 1 seed in its district.

Alex Roden paced Garaway in scoring with 14 points, Keim added 12, Newsome scored seven, Wallick added six, Yoder and Brady Roden each chipped in with five, and Bickford and Beachy added three apiece for the Pirates. Jake Singleton led all scorers with a 25-point night while Davis Singleton added 15 and Todd scored nine for the Colts.

Lady Pirates tourney action ended too soon. In facing an athletic Morgan team in the Div. III sectional finals at Morgan High School on Thursday, Feb. 18, the Garaway Lady Pirates season ended almost before it began.

Garaway fell behind by double figures early in the contest and never recovered en route to suffering a 57-44 defeat that ended their season.

Garaway fell behind immediately, struggling to contend with sisters Sophia and Odessa Smith. Down 16-10 through one period, Garaway continued to struggle as Morgan pushed out to a 27-16 half-time lead.

From there out the two teams played on an even keel, but Garaway never really was able to carve into the Raiders’ lead to make things interesting.

The Lady Pirates had four players post the majority of their statistics in the contest. Rylee Putt scored 11 points with five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals; Chloe Hershberger scored 11 points and grabbed three boards; Marley Metzger scored 10 points including a pair of treys and four rebounds; and Brooklyn Frey scored nine points while hauling down eight rebounds with two steals. Lizzie Mullet tacked on three points and three rebounds.

Sophia Smith scored 21 points with five rebounds, Katie Hook scored 14 points, and Odessa Smith added 11 points for the Raiders.

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