Casino leads C-B boys; girls fall to Paden City

BLACKSVILLE — Seth Casino didn’t do a lot of thinking as he chucked up a near half-court buzzer beater to end the first quarter against Valley Wetzel Thursday night.
It wasn’t the first time in his career he’s found the ball in his hands with little time remaining to find a shot, and at this point, it’s practically old hat to the senior point guard.
“I did it last year, and I do it all the time in practice. It’s just instinct, I guess,” Casino said.
The shot flew through the air towards the basket, banging off the backboard and falling through the net in unison with the sound of the buzzer. The Cee-Bees didn’t need the shot, in what finished as a 72-40 rout, but the crowd got into it.
It was one of just twelve shots Casino converted in dropping 25 points.
The performance represents a turnaround offensively for Clay-Battelle.
The score was a season-high for the team and marked the second straight game the Cee-Bees tallied 20-plus assists and converted 30-plus shots from the field.
“Knowing they always have the potential to do that, it’s nice to see them execute. The last two games they’ve shared the ball with each other fantastically,” Clay-Battelle coach Josh Kisner said. “We’re moving the ball around, having multiple people score the ball, and we’re just playing basketball together.”
The Cee-Bees outpaced their opponents, running the floor in transition smoothly and finding open shooters on every corner of the floor — areas of the game Kisner has put an increased emphasis on during practice.
“After those first few games, we started playing as a team for awhile,” Casino said. “Now we’re finding the open guys, and shots are starting to fall.”
Following the win, Kisner is optimistic as his team heads into the final month-long stretch of the regular season.
“If we continue to play like this together. If shots continue to fall and our shooting percentages stay where their at, we can make a run and compete with just about anyone.”

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