Sidney hands Lebanon first loss

Jackets beat Lebanon; Fairlawn’s Lessing goes for 41




Lehman's #33 Jerry Curtis takes a shot. Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Staff report

LEBANON — Excellent balance in their scoring led the Sidney Yellow Jackets to a 59-52 victory over Lebanon Saturday afternoon in high school boys basketball action on the road.

The win put the Jackets at 3-1 on the season heading into the Greater Western Ohio Conference North opener Friday night at home against Vandalia.

Lebanon, which beat Vandalia 56-54 on Friday, goes to 2-1.

Sidney got off to a good start, with Devon Rogers scoring six in the opening quarter to lead to a 15-11 margin after one. It was 32-24 at the half, and the Jackets maintained the lead from there.

Rogers and Cameron Gallimore, who had five in the final period, both finished with 12 points, and the rest of Sidney’s scorers all had six or more points, with Lorenzo Taborn scoring nine.

“We bounced back well,” said Sidney coach Andy Slaughter, in reference to a 66-63 loss to Xenia Friday. “We got back late from Xenia and had a game at 4 the next day. But the guys did a really good job of taking care of the ball, understanding the mismatches and getting the ball where it needed to go.

“We’re trying to teach them to be unselfish, that it doesn’t matter who leads the scoring,” he continued. “And we’ve had four games now and a different leading scorer every game. We have plenty of guys capable of scoring, and we did a good job of getting the ball to Devon today.”

Sidney (59) — Bowser 7, McNeal 6, Gallimore 12, Taborn 9, An. Gordon 6, Al. Gordon 7, Rogers 12.

Lebanon (52) — Allen 14, Jones 19, Frankenburg 7, Frye 7, Blair 5.

Score by quarters:

Sidney 15 32 42 59

Lebanon 11 24 35 52

Three-pointers: Sidney 3 (Al. Gordon, Gallimore, Bowser); Lebanon 2 (Allen, Frankenburg).

Records: Sidney 3-1, Lebanon 2-1.

Reserve score: Sidney 47, Lebanon 34.


Fairlawn 78, Bradford 64

SIDNEY — Fairlawn junior Nathan Lessing poured in 41 points Saturday night — without a three-pointer — to lead the Fairlawn Jets to their second straight win, 78-64 over the Bradford Railroaders in non-league action Saturday at Fairlawn.

Despite Lessing’s outburst, the Jets didn’t pull away from the Roaders until the final period. Going to the fourth, Fairlawn led just 54-51.

“Bradford’s intensity was better than ours,” said Fairlawn coach Justin Tidwell. “Our defensive effort was not very good, and we didn’t have much ball pressure. But we did better in the second half.”

Lessing hit 16-for-24 from the field, 67 percent, and all the makes came inside the arc. He also went 9-for-11 from the line.

Drew Brautigam added 15 points and seven rebounds, and Kody Curtner finished with 11 points.

Nick Brautigam had 10 rebounds and four assists, and Luke Hickman seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.

Bradford (64) — Smith 10, Millhouse 12, Brandon 12, Swabb 16, Patty 10.

Fairlawn (78) — Lessing 41, N. Brautigam 2, Curtner 11, Hammond 5, Hickman 4, D. Brautigam 15.

Score by quarters:

Bradford 18 35 51 64

Fairlawn 20 40 54 78

Three-pointers: Fairlawn 2 (Curtner, Hammond); Bradford 7 (Smith 2, Millhouse 2, Branson 2, Patty).

Records: Fairlawn 2-2, Bradford 1-2.

Reserve score: Fairlawn 5, Bradford 19.


Houston 60, F-M 53

HOUSTON — Houston bounced back from a tough two-point loss to Jackson Center Friday to defeat Franklin Monroe in non-league boys basketball Saturday, 60-53.

The win got Houston in the win column for the season as the Wildcats now stand at 1-2 heading to Botkins Tuesday night.

The game was tight throughout, with Houston leading by just four at the half and six after three periods.

Cameron Arnold led the way for Houston with 19 points, and Domyneik Phipps and Zach Jolly added 16 apiece.

Franklin Monroe (53) — Resslder 4, McGlinch 3, Hyre 30, B. Hesler 3, Conley 11, P. Hesler 2.

Houston (60) — Phipps 16, Beaver 4, Arbnold 19, Sluss 1, Jolly 16, Freytag 4.

Score by quarters:

FM 15 26 42 53

Houston 19 30 48 60

Three-pointers: Houston 2 (Arnold 2); FM 4 (Hyre 2, McGlinch, Ressler).

Records: Houston 1-2, FM 0-2.

Reserve score: Houston 48, FM 33.


Newton 61, Lehman 45

SIDNEY — Lehman was hoping to make it two in a row to start the season, but the Newton Indians spoiled that with hot shooting in a 61-45 verdict in the Lehman gym Saturday night.

The loss leaves the Cavaliers at 1-1 on the year heading to Springfield Catholic on Saturday night.

“We scouted them and we knew their players, and I felt we were prepared,” said Lehman coach Tim Gleason. “But they just shot lights out. It was a little frustrating for our kids. And we weren’t able to get much going in our transition game. But the kids played hard.”

The Cavaliers got a taste of what was to come when Newton hit four three-pointers in the opening quarter and led 18-10. The Indians finished the game with eight buckets from long range.

The Cavs trailed 41-32 after three quarters, and Newton put it away by hitting 11-for-13 from the free throw line in the final period.

Lehman got 11 points from Dylan Arnold and 10 from Michael Bunker.

Newton (61) — Lavy 6, Honeycutt 4, Jamison 21, McBride 20, Ferrell 2, Jackson 1, Evans 3, N. Lavy 1, Riffle 1, Clymer 5.

Lehman (45) — Scott 1, Schutt 8, Rourke 2, Smith 1, Monnin 9, Arnold 11, Lee 34, Curtis 2, Bunker 10.

Score by quarters:

Newton 18 32 41 61

Lehman 10 20 32 45

Three-pointers: Lehman 6 (Schutt 2, Arnold 3, Lee). Newton 8 (McBride 4, Jamison 3, Evans).

Records: Lehman 1-1, Newton 2-1.


JC 61, Indian Lake 48

INDIAN LAKE — The Jackson Center Tigers outscored Indian Lake by 13 in the final quarter to win by that margin in a battle between backyard rivals Saturday in non-league basketball action, 61-48.

The win put the Tigers at 3-0 on the season. They are off until Friday, when Botkins comes to town for a County game.

The Tigers were up 26-21 after two quarters but struggled in the third period.

“For most of the third quarter, we just spun our wheels,” said Jackson coach Scott Elchert. “We got down four, but Bryce Sosby hit a big three that got the momentum back for us.”

Once the Tigers got the lead, they protected it at the free throw line, hitting 14-for-19 from the stripe in the final quarter alone.

Drew Sosby had 17, Ethan Zorn 14 and Brady Wildermuth 13 for the Tigers.

Jackson Center (61) — D. Sosby 17, Zorn 14, B. Sosby 9, Wildermuth 13, Hickman 8.

Indian Lake (48) — Heffner 10, Albright 2, Kauffenbarger 2, Coburn 10, Grothouse 7, Jacobs 15, Carter 2.

Score by quarters:

JC 13 26 36 61

IL 10 21 36 48

Three-pointers: JC 5 (D. Sosby 2, Zorn 2, B. Sosby); IL 6 (Heffner 2, Coburn 2, Jacobs 2).

Records: JC 3-0, IL 1-1.

Reserve score: IL 53, JC 51.


Allen East 47, Botkins 45

BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans were outscored 13-5 in the final period and dropped a tough 47-45 decision to Allen East in non-league action at Botkins Saturday night.

The Trojans are even on the season at 2-2 heading into County action Tuesday night at home against Houston.

The Trojans led 30-22 at the half and were still up 40-34 after three periods. But they managed just five fourth-quarter points.

Chad Bergman tossed in 21 to lead the Trojans and Cameron Flora added 10.

Allen East (47) — Smelser 8, Foster 5, Miller 19, Guthrie 3, Perkins 10, Brinkman 2.

Botkins (45) — Fullenkamp 2, E. Greve 4, Flora 10, L. Bergman 4, Greve 4, C. Bergman 21.

Score by quarters:

AE 12 22 34 47

Botkins 16 30 40 45

Three-pointers: AE 6 (Miller 5, Foster); Botkins 1 (Flora).

Records: Botkins 2-2, AE 3-1.


St. Marys 60, New Bremen 45

ST. MARYS — New Bremen led 27-22 at the half but St. Marys took over in the second half and beat the Cardinals 60-45 in non-league boys action Saturday.

The loss left the Cardinals at 0-4 on the season heading into a league game Friday at Parkway.

St. Marys poured in 24 points in the third quarter to overtake the Cardinals.

Deion Hoehne finished with 13 points for Bremen and Greg Parker added 11.


Lehman’s #33 Jerry Curtis takes a shot.

Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News’s #33 Jerry Curtis takes a shot.

Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News

Jackets beat Lebanon; Fairlawn’s Lessing goes for 41