(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – There were no ill-effects of a Thanksgiving Day break as Walsh easily handled Silver Lake by the tune of 97-50 at Alumni Arena Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (1-2) had four players in double figures and shot 54.1 percent en route to the victory. The Cavaliers' defense stepped up and limited the Lakers (3-11) to just 31.1 percent from the field.
Walsh had little trouble despite Silver Lake's attempts to keep close in the opening minutes. The Lakers played close as Denzel Smith made the visitors' first seven points, but he was held in check the rest of the game with just three more points.
In the meantime, Trey Fletcher controlled almost all ends of the floor with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes alone. He finished with 22 points and was four assists away from a triple-double. His layup with 13:28 to go in the first half sparked a 10-0 run that ended with the Cavaliers taking their first double-digit lead of the game.
As Silver Lake brought it back within single digits at 25-16, Fletcher started to put the game out of reach again with a free throw and one of his three 3-pointers in the game to make it 29-16.
Jesse Hardin Jr. also shined as the senior led with a game-high 23 points. He was 7-of-9 from the field and added three treys of his own. Hardin Jr. was also a factor on the glass as he was two rebounds shy of his second-straight double-double.
Ditalion Battle gave Walsh a late spark with 14 points, all of which came in the second half, on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Zac Carter also had a solid day with 14 points with nine scored in the second half. He too was a couple of caroms short of a double-double.
Silver Lake mostly posed no threat to the Cavaliers as Walsh hit 33-of-61 from the field and outrebounded the Lakers 44-36. The Cavaliers only turned the ball over seven times to the Lakers' 16. It didn't hurt the Cavaliers as they outscored the opposition 23-0 in points off turnovers.
Despite hitting nine 3-pointers, Walsh also dominated the paint with a 40-22 scoring advantage.
The Cavaliers will now hit the road to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to start GLIAC play. The first game will come against Northern Michigan on Thursday before a Saturday afternoon match with Michigan Tech. Tip-off with the Wildcats on Thursday is set for 8 p.m.