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SHOOTING — Weir High Corey Lyons shoots against East Liverpool’s Nate Birch on Tuesday. – Matt Morrison

EAST LIVERPOOL — The East Liverpool boys basketball team continues to shine early in the season as it topped Weir 78-42 on Tuesday to improve to 7-0 on the season.

“Our record is perfect right now, but we are not perfect,” East Liverpool coach Nate Conley said. “There is some stuff that we still have to work on and we have a gauntlet coming up.”

The Potters (7-0) have been dominant especially with it use of the highly affective 10-man rotation.

“It is tough to scout against for one and two you don’t know who is going to have the hot hand,” Conley said. “We have a bunch of guys who are averaging over seven or eight points a game and it was spread out today, I mean we had everyone putting the ball in the hoop and the ball movement was great.”

Weir knew that it was going to put a tough test coming in to face the Potters.

“We knew coming in and going to watch them that they (East Liverpool) were going to be a tough team,” Weir coach Anthony Santangelo said. “They are senior loaded and they have a bunch of guys that can play.”

“They are team oriented and those guys buy in on each other. That’s a big thing.”

With the 10-man rotation the Potters kept a fast pace that the Red Riders had a hard time keeping up with as the Potters held a 40-21 lead at the half.

The Potters kept the pressure going in the second half as it finished the game on a 38-15 run as Kerr scored 10 of his 17 points in the final two quarters of play.

Pease had a strong performance with 13 points, including three clutch three-pointers. Nate Birch added 10 points for the Potters.

While Kerr led the Potters in scoring, Pease showed his that he can play an affective role in the Potters 10-man rotation.

Weir (1-3) struggled early with the Potters rotation, but kept a good attitude.

“That is our mentality,” Santangelo said. “They just put in on us early and we had to keep our heads into.

“They use it really well. It’s hard because they have fresh legs coming in and out and we have maybe seven guys that can get up and down.”

Weir was led by Colin Cross with 25 points.

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