CUMBERLAND — For Allegany, it was a thing of beauty.
For Fort Hill, an ugly sight, indeed.
But there it was, and the scoreboard wasn’t lying after a record-setting night at Campobello: 106-47.
“There was not too much we did wrong all night,’’ admitted Allegany coach Tedd Eirich.
“It was awful. We didn’t execute, and they did,’’ said Fort Hill coach Thad Burner. “It was a recipe for disaster.”
The 59 points in the 175th meeting between the City rivals easily broke the largest victory margin, which was previously 42 and set by Allegany in a 100-58 win in 2009.
The 106 points were the most scored in a City League game and nine points shy of the Allegany record of 115, set in a 115-46 win at Frankfort in 2005.
Trenton Eirich scored 26 points, Darquel Jessie had 24 and made 11 of 14 free throws, Mario D’Atri added 18 points and eight assists and Bryce Nightengale 13 points and 13 rebounds for the top-ranked Campers. All 12 players scored.
Tyler Michael and Kris Jackson had 10 points for second-ranked Fort Hill.
No one, perhaps not even the most diehard Allegany fan among the capacity crowd, could have seen this coming. The teams had identical 6-1 records, their lone losses having come to the same team, St. Maria Goretti.
But it happened. And for a number of reasons.
Allegany (7-1 overall, 4-0 AMAC, 1-0 City) shot 60 percent from the field (38 for 63), had 52 rebounds and distributed the ball to the tune of 25 assists.
Fort Hill (6-2, 3-1, 1-1) shot 25 percent (17 for 66), made 1 of 20 three-point shots, and had 35 rebounds.
“I was very pleased with our defense, and on offense we played as a team and gave the ball up when we needed to,’’ said Eirich. “And in a rough game we played with poise.”
It didn’t take long for Allegany to make Fort Hill feel blue. The Campers had a 10-point lead after the first 3:35, and it reached 21 after a five-point trip early in the second quarter. Jessie made a layup while being intentionally fouled and hit one free throw, and D’Atri scored in the lane to make it 30-9 with 5:50 left in the half.
The largest lead of the half was 45-19.
“We didn’t rebound the basketball, we didn’t get back on defense and had way too many fouls. Those are three areas we knew we had to do well in to win,” Burner said. “And when you shoot like we did ... well, that’s what can happen.”
Allegany led 47-23 at halftime and the Campers put to rest any worries Eirich had by opening the third quarter with a 12-5 spurt and ending it with an 11-0 run for a 74-36 lead. Trenton Eirich scored 13 points in the period and Nightengale had seven points and six rebounds.
“We were up 24 at halftime but I didn’t feel all that comfortable. You never do,’’ said Eirich. “What I wanted to see was for us to continue to play like we had in the first half. How we played in the third quarter says a lot about us.”
D’Atri hit a three-pointer and a shot in the lane to begin the fourth, and both teams emptied their benches with 6:38 to go. Trevor Evix hit a jumper to put Allegany over the 100-point mark.
Because of the holiday break and weather postponements, it was Fort Hill’s first game and Allegany’s second since Dec. 28.
“We looked like a team that hadn’t played since Dec. 28 but that’s no excuse because it’s the same for Allegany,” Burner said. “We’ve just got to move forward. The kids are coachable and we’ve got to do better coaching them. We’ll get better.”
Allegany plays at Northern and Fort Hill travels to Keyser on Tuesday.
Carson Imes led three double-figure scorers with 16 points and Allegany held on in the end for a 47-44 victory.
Jason Copman had 15 points and Sage Dye 12 for Allegany. Brayden Brown led Fort Hill with 12.
Ryan Miller scored 12 points and Tyrae Barmore added 11 as the Allegany freshman began the tripleheader with a 64-32 win.
Raen Smith was high for Fort Hill with eight points.
Mike Mathews is a Cumberland Times-News sportswriter. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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