GOESSEL – The Burrton High boys basketball team got off to a great start by beating Elyria Christian Monday night to begin the new season.
Burrton had three players in double digit scoring. Brendan Dick led the Chargers with 26 points in the 78-69 win. He was followed by Cooper Zehr with 19 and Bryce Meacham with 12.
Corey Smith came out firing and buried three 3-pointers in the first half to lift the Chargers and finish with 9.
“Our three point shooting got us off to a quick start and we played well through the first half,” said head coach Robbie Wright, who got his first win of his high school coaching career.
Burrton scored 36 points in the first half but Elyria Christian made a run.
“I was impressed by the boys’ confidence in themselves when Elyria Christian made a run in the second half and really challenged us,” Wright said.
“Brendan scored a lot of baskets down the stretch and some timely shooting from Cooper and Bryce sealed the game for us. It was an exciting way to start the season.”
Other scorers for Burrton were Bradley Cooprider with 5, Michael Rimbey with 5 and Anthony Schmitt with 2.
Burrton continues play in the Goessel Tournament Saturday with times and opponent to be announced.