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MILLERSBURG -- On an evening celebrating development disabilities awareness, the Bucks of the Holmes County Training Center proved that they could play with anybody, bombing the Holmes County All Stars, 91-70, in the Dungeon at West Holmes.
The Bucks were paced by four different players in double figures, with John Miller leading the way with 18 points and a pair of impressive blocks of West Holmes basketball coach Keith Troyer.
Player-coach Mark Lonsinger of the All Stars, who suffered their 21st straight loss against the Bucks, lamented: "It was a shoot out; we just didn't have enough guns."
Gunners, yes. Guns that could hit the mark, no. The All Stars missed every 3-point attempt they took in the first half, as the coach wondered out loud: "We haven't made any. Why do we keep shooting them?"
Jen Halverson, the director of the Holmes County Park District, gave the All Stars a rare lead, scoring the first basket of the game. Halverson led the All Stars with eight points.
But that lead was short-lived as Levi Hershberger answered and Hunter Barnett scored off a turnover to give the Bucks a lead they would never relinquish.
Dayne Morrison, Dennis Hershberger and Miller got in on the scoring act and the Bucks built a 17-6 advantage midway through the quarter.
Blake Day came in and buried a 3-pointer and Miller scored from inside and out to give the Bucks a 26-16 lead after one quarter.
Judge Tom Lee asserted his authority on the court, matching Halverson with eight points to help the All Stars hang close in the second quarter. Lee looked as smooth as he did 40 years ago when he was a big-time scorer for the Hiland Hawks inside.
The All Stars managed only six second-quarter baskets as Hershberger, Nathan Kline, Miller and Morrison scored for the Bucks. Miller banked home a 3-pointer to end the first half with the Bucks boasting a 20-point bulge, 48-28, at the half.
The lead ballooned to 27 after three quarters before Troyer swished a pair of 3-pointers and First Knox Bank's Jason Hummel, Holmesville Electric's Patrick Shriver and the Voice of Holmes County's Brice Lonsinger also hit from deep, but it was too little too late. Levi Hershberger scored eight of his 13 points in the final frame to help the Bucks maintain their 20-point lead.
Morrison and Barnett finished with 10 points to join Hershberger and Miller in double figures.
Day and Dennis Hershberger each chipped in seven points, and Joe Duran and Kline added six apiece.
Shriver and Chuck Nicholson's Dale Brown each finished with seven points for the All Stars, while Troyer and Kevin Lynch chipped in six apiece.
Pat Kaufman of Kaufman Realty added five and Prosecuting Attorney Sean Warner scored four, as did East Holmes Schools' CJ Spreng, for the All Stars.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.