The Keystone Wildcats protected their first place finish in the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division on Friday with a 66-58 win over the Dukes.
Wellington jumped out to a two-point lead after the first period and outscored Keystone 23-17 before halftime to secure a 37-29 lead.
The Wildcats shut down the Dukes at the start of the second half, only allowing them to score two points to Keystone’s 19, giving the Wildcats a 49-39 lead going into the fourth.
The boys attempted to battle back in the final minutes but fell short of upsetting the first place team in the division.
Maxwell Joppeck and Trey Bealer led the Dukes with a combined 23 points.
Wellington finished third in the Stars Division with a record of 9-6 behind Buckeye (11-4) and Keystone (15-1).
The Dukes dominated the Brookside Cardinals 57-30 last Tuesday in their final regular season home game and a Senior Night win.
The boys controlled the pace of the game in the first half, only allowing Brookside to score 11 points by halftime to Wellington’s 30.
Junior Josh Kindel led the way for the Dukes with 15 points. Wellington had nine players score at least one basket against Brookside.
The Dukes’ hot streak continued at the start of the second half as they outscored the Cardinals 19-9 in the third period, making it 49-14 going into the final quarter.
Wellington will travel to Firelands to play the Falcons at 7:30 p.m. Friday in their final regular season game.
The boys will then host Rittman in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III district tournament at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise Wellington’s Trey Bealer gets a steal against Brookside.