URBANA — Sidney trailed the Urbana Hillclimbers 23-20 at the half, but then held the home team to just two points in the third quarter, setting the stage for a 53-35 pullaway in non-league boys basketball action Wednesday night at Urbana.
The win put the Jackets at 8-3 on the season going into a game against the strongest opponent on the schedule, Trotwod-Madison. The two will meet at Trotwood on Jan. 8.
Urbana got off to a good start against the Jackets, leading 15-13 after a quarter and increasing the margin by one at the half.
But the Jackets turned up the defense, holding the Hillclimbers to just 12 points the entire second half.
“We didn’t do a bad job defensively in the first half,” said Sidney coach Andy Slaughter. “But in the second half, we did a better job of getting a hand up on their shooters, communicating, and rotating. We’re capable of playing very good defense.”
The Jackets got seven points in the third quarter from Devon Rogers and five from Cameron Gallimore, and an alley-oop dunk off the backboard from freshman Andre Gordon started the scoring in the third quarter and got the Jackets going.
They outscored the Hillclimbers 16-2 in the quarter to open up a 36-25 lead.
“We did a better job of finishing possessions and we didn’t give up offensive rebounds,” Slaughter added. “It seemed like every ball that came off, we got.
“Any time you can go on the road and face a quality team like Urbana, and come away with a win, it’s definitely a good night,” he said.
Gallimore led Sidney with 13, Rogers added 11 and Darryl McNeal finished with 10, six of those coming in the final period.
Scores were not available, but Sidney also won the freshman and junior varsity games.
Sidney (53) — Bowser 3, McNeal 10, Gallimore 13, Taborn 4, An. Gordn 8, A. Gordon 2, Rogers 11, Roberts 2.
Urbana (35) — Jo. Underwood 12, Ja. Underwood 2, Howell 2, Logwood 7, Honore 4, Emmons 2, Boettcher 6.
Score by quarters:
Sidney—13 20 36 53
Urbana—15 23 25 35
Three-pointers: Sidney 4 (Gallimore 3, Bowaser); Urbana 1 (Jo. Underwood).
Records: Sidney 8-3, Urbana 5-4.
Miami East 55, Anna 37
VERSAILLES — Anna struggled offensively and wound up falling 55-37 to Miami East in the consolation game of the Versailles Holiday Tournament.
The Rockets are now 6-4 and have another big challenge Friday at home against Jackson Center.
“It was an emotional game (Tuesday) night and we didn’t come out with the same intensity tonight,” said Anna coach Nate Barhorst. “We just couldn’t pull it together and 18 hours isn’t enough time to prepare for a team that runs that zone to perfection.”
He was referring to East’s 1-2-2 zone that held the Rockets to their second-lowest offensive output of the season.
Cody Flesher was the only Rocket in double figures with 10.
Anna (37) — Frilling 4, Bensman 2, Huelskamp 2, Cathcart 3, Luthman 9, Stephens 5, Flesher 10, Osborne 2.
East (55) — Haney 7, Mackesy 17, West 15, Mack 11, Karadak 3, Werling 2.
Score by quarters:
Anna—9 17 27 37
East—14 32 44 55
Three-pointers: Anna 3 (Cathcart, Luthman, Stephens); East 5 (Mack 3, Haney, Karadak).
Records: Anna 6-4, Versailles 8-2.
Reserves: Anna 50, Chaminade 31 in championship game.
Russia 70, Lehman 36
PIQUA — The Russia Raiders rolled to the championship of the Versailles Holiday Tournament with a 70-36 rout of Lehman in the finals Wednesday night.
The win put the Raiders at 8-4 on the year with Botkins coming to town Saturday for a County game.
Lehman falls to 2-5 and hosts Miami East Saturday.
Cole Tebbe had 15 for Russia and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Josh York led the Raiders in scoring with 18.
Kameron Lee led Lehman with 10.