Melrose senior Kevin Park makes a move around Elida junior Cade Cathey to score in Wednesday’s EPAC tournament boys’ quarterfinal game at Melrose.
MELROSE — So far, Elida and Texico are on course for a rematch of last year’s EPAC Tournament boys final.
Elida’s unbeaten boys outscored Melrose 23-0 over the first 6 1/2 minutes of the third quarter, breaking open a three-point game en route to a 74-46 victory over the Buffaloes in one of two quarterfinal games on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, senior forward Courtland Luscombe scored a career-high 28 points, including 19 in the second half, as Texico subdued Floyd 58-44.
In the opener, senior guard Trenton Chenault led four Elida players in double figures with 14 points. Seven Tigers scored at least six points.
“We knew we had to pick up our offense (after halftime),” Chenault said. “Melrose played really tough defense in the first half.”
The Buffs (6-6) got 13 points from senior Kevin Park and 12 from sophomore Clint Barnard.
“We knew it was their gym and we had to come out ready to play,” said Darrell Chenault, Elida’s coach and Trenton’s father. “The Park kid was hurting us, so we decided to switch Trenton on him. Our defense was really good in the second half.”
In the second game, the Wolverines jumped on Floyd early, holding the Broncos (8-6) to just 12 first-half points. Floyd cut its 14-point halftime deficit to seven early in the fourth quarter before Texico put the game out of reach.
Wolverines coach Richard Luscombe, Courtland’s father, earned his 399th win in 19 years at the school. Texico posted a 28-point win over Floyd last week.
“It’s hard to play a team you played two games ago and beat (soundly),” Luscombe said. “But Floyd did a good job of taking care of the ball and not shooting too quickly.”
Senior post Daniel Schueler added 10 points for Texico.
Junior Chay Chenault scored 13 points to pace the Broncos (8-6).