STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville boys' basketball team kepts its hold of second place in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Class 4A standings behind St. Clairsville with a 77-49 victory against Weir on Tuesday night inside the Crimson Center.
''We knew Weir was going to come out and give us everything that they had,'' Big Red coach Mike Haney said. ''We just needed to be sure we were ready for them.''
''Our kids came out right from the tip and played with a lot of intensity,'' Haney said. ''Tajuan Lawson had a good game for us. He had 10 points in the first quarter for us by taking the ball to the basket. I thought we were passing the ball well, sharing with one another.
''I like our hustle and especially our unselfishness. Whoever is open has to be ready for the ball because we're going to share it.''
Big Red leaped out to a 31-11 lead after eight minutes and never looked back.
''This is my 14th year as head coach and this is, by far, the best Big Red team I've seen,'' Weir coach Mike Granato said. ''This is a team that reminds me of the old Big Red teams when I was a kid, when coach (Chuck) Watt was coaching them. They played eight, nine, 10 guys and they were all pretty much the same size with the same speed.
''They shoot the ball well and have great athleticism. I think Mike has done a great job with them and they deserve a lot of credit.
''There is no question about it that they get after you. I think they are playing great team basketball beyond anything else. You talk to other coaches and they all talk about Big Red's defense and their ball pressure. I think the thing that jumps out at me more than any of those other things is their ball movement offensively.''
Steubenville's Adam Sterling led the way with a game-high 19 points. Lawson added 18, Mylik Young 10 and Brandon Herring-Hill nine.
Mike Curtis paced the Red Riders with 12 points. Andre Sims added 11 and Shane Davis eight.
''What was encouraging is that we were 18-for-40 from the field, the best we have shot all year,'' Granato said. ''The second thing that was most encouraging, was that we really looked for each other in the second half. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but in the fourth quarter no one was in there trying to get theirs."