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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

All Things Basketball: Numbers Edition

Some numbers from this weekend......2 - 7 - 100 - 512 - 10. Confused? More than normal? I'm here to help. TOGETHER we can!!

2. The number of big wins over the weekend for the Runnin' Riders. The Riders beat rival Wooster on Friday night, then shocked Mansfield Senior in overtime on a last second 3 pointer by Teven Mitchell. The Riders sit at 10-5 and 8-3 in the OCC. The Riders have a real shot at their first OCC title. If they win out (in the OCC), they will do no worse than share the title.

7. The number of consecutive wins over Wooster on the basketball court, 11 straight wins if we add in football. It never gets old beating Wooster, but ceases being a rivalry when it becomes lopsided like this.

100. The number of career wins achieved by Orrville coach Donald Short. Society, sports especially, seems to get too caught up in even numbers. 300 wins, 500 home Runs, 3000 hits....etc. But 100 wins is a nice accomplishment. He's only the 2nd Orrville basketball coach to reach 100 wins. Over 6+ seasons, his resume includes 93 regular season wins and 7 post season wins, and his overall winning percentage is 67.6%. I'm sure coach would take an OCC title or a regional appearance this season over any of his previous 100 wins. For full disclosure, 456 wins (Steve Smith) is the school record.

512. The current career points total of Orrville sophomore Zach Wasson. Zach reached the 500 plateau (more even numbers) in Saturday's big win over Mansfield Senior. For the season, he has 223 points (14.8 ppg) and is also averaging 7 rebounds per game. I don't have solid numbers, but I can't think of too many Rider cagers that have reached 500 points before their junior season. In Zach's case, he may well reach 600 before the end of the season.

10. The number of consecutive games that Zach Wasson has scored in double figures. He had a similar streak of 10 games last season and has scored in double figures in 27 of his 37 career games.

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