Tribe beats Western 61-46 in game one

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Tecumseh senior Ben Kasper (2) drives to the net against visiting Parma Western. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

Tecumseh’s varsity boys basketball team opened its season with a 61-46 victory over visiting Parma Western on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

A very slow start had the Indians down 16-2 with just 3:19 left in the opening quarter with Casey Hunt being the only one on Tecumseh’s squad to connect with the net. Nick Coffin hit a three-pointer for the only other basket the Indians would make in the opening stanza. Western’s point guard, Isaiah Ingles closed the opening quarter with a three-point shot that gave the Panthers a 19-5 lead.

Hunt fired up on both ends of the court and helped Tecumseh catch up by the end of the second quarter. A large group of Indian fans jumped to their feet as Hunt slammed the door shut at the net for the first big block of the season. Tecumseh caught up and took a 26-25 lead with under a minute remaining in the first half but the Panthers went to the free throw line and connected twice to end the second quarter with a 27-26 lead.

Hunt scored nine points in the first half while Kyle Bryan had six and Ben Casper, five.

Tecumseh took a 33-31 lead with 3:39 left in the third quarter and maintained control from there on. Ben Kasper hit a three-pointer at the buzzer and the Indians held a 43-34 lead at the end of three quarters.

The Panthers continued struggling at the net while the Indians added to their lead in the fourth quarter. Both Bryan and Kasper scored five points each to help the Indians control the final quarter and secure the Indians opening victory.

Kasper led the Indians offense with 16 points while Bryan and Hunt each added 13 points.

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