VANDALIA — Isaiah Bowser, who provided so many good moments during football season, did it again on the basketball court Tuesday night.
Sidney and Vandalia were in overtime and trailing 42-41 when Bowser was fouled on an offensive rebound with less than a second to go. With his four teammates looking on from half court, Bowser calmly sank both ends of a one-and-one to give the Jackets a heart-stopping 43-42 victory in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North action.
Sidney goes to 4-0 in the North and 4-1 overall and hosts Greenville Friday. Vandalia is 1-2 and 3-2.
Despite Vandalia’s stalling tactics, Sidney went out to an 8-1 lead after one quarter. But the Jackets took a while to add to that total in the second quarter, allowing the Aviators to get right back in it at 8-6.
Sidney pulled out to a 14-8 lead, but again failed to hold on to it. It was 16-13 at the half, but the Aviators overtook the Jackets at 21-20 late in the third quarter. A three-pointer by Ryan Heins gave Sidney a 25-21 lead, but the Aviators hit a bucket at the buzzer, then a three to open the final period for a 26-25 lead.
The Aviators upped it to 29-25 before Sidney got a three-pointer from Devan Rogers to make it 29-28. A Bowser three gave the Jackets a 31-29 lead, but Vandalia tied it up again.
Andre Gordon was fouled with :16 left, but missed the first of a one-and-one, giving Butler the ball with :13 left, and after a timeout, the Aviators scored to tie it and send the game to overtime.
Bowser led the Jackets with 11 and Gordon had 10.
“It was a tough one,” said Sidney coach John Willoughby. “I wasn’t expecting them to hold the ball and I wasn’t expecting them to play zone because we’ve done pretty well the last two games against that. But we were slow and did to much dribbling.”
Loramie 51, St. Henry 48
FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie trailed most of the game, but rallied back in the final period to pull out a 51-48 thriller over St. Henry in non-league boys basketball action Tuesday.
Loramie is now 5-0 and heads to Houston Friday. St. Henry is now 3-3.
St. Henry, with no starter taller than six-feet, came out firing from long range, and built up leads of as much as 15 in the second quarter on the strength of eight three-pointers in the first half alone.
After Fort Loramie cut an early lead to 15-10, Curtis Uhlenhake hit three straight three-pointers countered only by a two from Loramie to make it a 24-12 bulge.
Ryan Bruening hit a pair of twos and the lead reached 32-17.
St. Henry opened up a 13-point lead in the third quarter, but a three-point play by Dillon Braun cut the lead down to eight at 37-29. Braun then scored and stepped to the line again and converted another three-point play to make it 37-32.
St. Henry went up 40-33 and after Loramie’s Tyler Siegel hit a free throw, Uhlenhake hit another three to go up 43-34.
But back came Loramie again and when Braun hit a three-pointer, it was 43-41 with still over six minutes remaining.
Loramie had two chances to tie or take the lead, and finally did so on its third try when Gasson hit a 10-footer to make it 43-43.
St. Henry hit one of two free throws on its first trip to the line, but Evan Berning scored inside to give Loramie the lead at 45-44.
St. Henry countered with another three, however, and then stole an inbounds play and drew a foul. One of two free throws made it 48-45 with under two minutes remaining. Siegel countered at the other end, and then St. Henry was called for an offensive foul.
Berning hit two free throws with 45 seconds left to lead 49-48, and the Redskins added a couple of key free throws at the end by Eli Rosengarten.
Braun had 18 points and seven rebounds for Loramie, Siegel 16 points and five blocks, and Berning 10 points.
St. Henry (48) — Uhlenhake 12, Luttmer 6, Bruening 7, Schlarman 8, Link 9, Hoying 4.
Loramie (51) — Berning 10, Braun 18, Rosengarten 2, Gasson 2, A. Siegel 3, T. Siegel 16.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: SH 12 (Uhlenhake 4, Link 3, Luttmer 2, Bruening, Schlarman, Hoying); FL 2 (Braun 2).
Records: Loramie 5-0, St. Henry 3-3.
Reserve score: SH 46, FL 40.
Anna 61, Bremen 34
ANNA — Anna built on its big win over Russia Friday by dominating the New Bremen Cardinals in non-league action Tuesday 61-34.
The Rockets move to 4-2 and play at Minster Friday. Bremen drops to 0-5 and plays at Indian Lake on Dec. 30.
Anna rolled to a 41-11 lead at the half.
Mason Platfoot finished with 14 points, Austin Fogt had 11 and Seth Roe had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
New Bremen was led by Nolan Bornhorst with 18.
New Bremen (34) — Paul 2, Bornhorst 18, Vonderhaar 7, Heitkamp 3, Wells 4.
Anna (61) — Frilling 8, Bensman 3, Doseck 8, Platfoot 14, Fogt 11, Roe 10, Osborne 7.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: NB 2 (Bornhorst, Vonderhaar); Anna 4 (Frilling 2, Bensman, Fogt).
Records: Anna 4-2, NB 0-5.
Reserve score: Anna 49, NB 39.
Troy Chr. 74, Houston 64
HOUSTON — The Houston Wildcats had their best offensive output of the season, but it wasn’t enough against a good Troy Christian team in non-league action Tuesday, 74-64.
The Wildcats drop to 1-5 and host Fort Loramie Friday.
Houston had four players in double figures, led by Howie Ludwig with 17. Isaiah Beaver had 12, Noah Shoemaker 11 and Cameron Arnold 10.
“Real good effort on offense,” said Houston coach Brad Francis. “I was really happy with the way we played.”
TC (74) — Anderson 27, Strine 2, Schenke 10, Wynne 2, Hartman 8, Spurlock 8, Case 6, Brown 9, Thomas 2.
Houston (64) — Shoemaker 11, Beaver 12, Ludwig 17, Arnold 10, Sluss 7, Bryant 3, Hensley 4.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: TC 10 (Schenk 3, Hartman 2, Case 2, Anderson, Spurlock, Brown); Houston 6 (Ludwig 3, Shoemaker, Sluss, Bryant).
Records: TC 4-1, Houston 1-5.