By Josh Brown
SIDNEY — The year 2015 was a big one for Miami East.
The Vikings picked up right where they left off Saturday.
Damien Mackesy had a double-double and two other Vikings were in double figures, leading the Miami East boys basketball team to a dominant 73-39 victory over Lehman on the road Saturday to start the new year.
Mackesy led all scorers with 27 points — 12 of them coming in the decisive second quarter as the Vikings (9-1) outscored the Cavaliers 25-6, turning a 19-13 lead after one quarter into a 44-19 lead at halftime. Mackesy did a lot of that work from the free throw line, going 11 for 15 in the game, and he added a game-high 10 rebounds.
Logan West added 17 points, going 8 for 9 from the field, four rebounds and three blocked shots and Brandon Mack hit four 3-pointers for 12 points and added five rebounds. Kley Karadak scored five points off the bench and Braxton Donaldson added four.
Michael Bunker led Lehman (2-6) with 12 points.
Miami East hosts Troy Christian Saturday.
Xenia Christian 44
PLEASANT HILL — Newton opened the new year Saturday night with a solid performance in front of its home crowd, routing winless Xenia Christian 69-44.
Brock Jamison led the Indians (6-3) with 20 points. Nick Honeycutt added 18 points, Brady McBride scored eight and Austin Evans chipped in seven.
Newton remains at home this weekend, hosting Yellow Springs Friday before a Cross County Conference matchup against Bradford Saturday.
Middletown Christian 52,
BRADFORD — Bradford had the advantage going into the fourth quarter Saturday night during a back-and-forth battle, but Middletown Christian made enough plays down the stretch to steal a 52-50 victory from the Railroaders.
Alex Swabb and Drew Patty each scored 13 points, Andy Branson added 10 and Dialaquan Millhouse scored nine as Bradford (2-6) trailed 19-15 at halftime, only to battle back and take a 33-29 lead going into the final quarter. But Middletown Christian (4-5) outscored the Railroaders 23-17 in the final quarter to take the game.
Bradford travels to Newton Saturday for a Cross County Conference matchup.
* Girls Basketball
St. Henry 44,
BRADFORD — A 17-5 second quarter spelled the end for the Bradford girls basketball team Saturday in a 44-30 loss to visiting St. Henry (3-8).
Mackenzie Weldy led the Railroaders (4-8) with 13 points and Mandi Bates added 10, but the rest of the team didn’t combine to reach double figures.
Bradford travels to Newton Saturday.
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