It only took one afternoon to eliminate three Logan County teams in the Division II Sectional Tournament at Springfield High School. (Pictured: Chiefs attempt to spread the floor against Hillclimbers)
First the Benjamin Logan Raiders had the tough assignment of playing #1 seed Trotwood. The Raiders held an 8-6 lead in the first quarter before Trotwood ended the frame on a 10-2 run. The Rams never looked back using their athletic team to force 28 Raiders turnovers resulting in a 86-51 victory.
Jamar Hammonds paced the Rams with 27 points and Dazhonatae Bennett added 21.
For the Raiders, Austin Ahle had 12 and Blaine Ricketts finished with 10.
Shawnee 66 Indian Lake 31
Indian Lake made a game of it early, only trailing 11-7 after one quarter, and the Lakers even got CBC leading scorer Jaelin Williams out of the game in foul trouble.
In the second quarter the Braves started heating up from the 3-point line and held a 24-16 cushion at the half.
The third quarter belonged to Shawnee, as the Braves put away the Lakers with a 24-8 advantage and pushed their lead to 48-24. The final eight minutes played out for a Shawnee victory, pushing their record to 21-2 on the season.
The Braves were led by Jaden Greenwood's hot hand, as he scored 19 points including 5 shots from behing the 3-point arc. Jaelin Williams tallied 17 (11 in the second half).
Christian Grider scored 13 for the Lakers and Jalon Tuttle chipped in 9.
Urbana 31 Bellefontaine 25
The Hillclimbers and Chiefs clashed again in a defensive battle and like the first meeting the Hillclimbers came out on top.
With the score just 9-8 at the half both teams finally got a little offense going in the second. Urbana pulled ahead of Bellefontaine in the third quarter 16-15 and never trailed again.
The Hillclimbers were lights out from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, hitting 8 of 10 from the line. The Chiefs tried to rally in the final few minutes, but the Hillclimbers kept hitting shots and held off Bellefontaine for the win.
Urbana senior guard Tristan Singer led the winners with 13. He was named the Steve Austin's Player of the Game.
For Bellefontaine, Matt Gump led the way with 13 points, all in the second half.
It was the final game for Gump, Logan Mitchell, Brett Wisner, and Shaff Gorham.
The Chiefs finish the season 12-11.
Listen to BHS head coach Henry Stolly recap the loss and reflect on his four seniors.
Urbana (17-6) moves on to the sectional semifinal against Tipp City Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Red Devils edged the Hillclimbers 66-60 in triple overtime on February 5th. Tipp advanced with a 52-39 win over Kenton Ridge.
Listen to Urbana head coach Jeremy Dixon reflect on the win.
West Liberty-Salem 55 Brookville 37
In a game heard live on 98.3 WPKO #5 seed West Liberty-Salem held court against #16 Brookville, pulling away in the second half for a 55-37 victory.
Landon Hormann recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to be named the Steve Austin Player of the Game. Teammates Grant Burden and Travis Mayse tossed in 16 and 14, respectively as the Tigers hit eight shots from behind the arc overall.
WL-S advances to play #9 seed Waynesville on Tuesday night at 8:00 pm from Tecumseh High School.