Upset avoided


Jackets rally from 15-point halftime deficit

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Lehman’s Dylan Arnold goes down with a Lima Temple Christian player on a shot attempt in action Friday night at Lehman.

Lehman’s Dylan Arnold goes down with a Lima Temple Christian player on a shot attempt in action Friday night at Lehman.


Fairlawn’s Nathan Lessing shoots as Jackson Center’s Drew Sosby defends at Jackson Center Friday night.


Staff report

VANDALIA — Sidney survived a major upset bid by Vandalia Friday night in Greater Western Ohio Conference North boys basketball action, outscoring the Aviators 32-9 in the second half to win 45-37.

The Jackets go to 4-2 in the North and 12-5 overall with St. Marys coming to town tonight, and Piqua on Tuesday.

It was a nightmarish start for the Yellow Jackets, who managed only 13 points the entire first half.

After trailing 11-7 after one quarter, the Jackets were outscored 13-0 to start the second period, giving the Aviators a 24-7 bulge. When the half ended, the Aviators, who came into the game without a division win this season, appeared well on their way to an upset, leading 28-13.

“They came out ready to play and we didn’t,” said Sidney coach Andy Slaughter. “That’s about the only way to put it. We were flat before the game and flat in warmups. Credit Vandalia for coming out ready to play. They were very excited, and had a big crowd.”

But the Jackets came out a different team in the third quarter and it changed the game. Sidney held the Aviators to just two points in the period while scoring 17 of their own to make it a 30-30 game after three quarters. And when Cameron Gallimore hit a three-pointer for the first points of the final period, it capped a 26-2 Sidney run and gave the Jackets their first lead of the night.

Freshman Andre Gordon scored 11 points in the third quarter.

“We were able to put the ball in the hole,” said Slaughter of the third quarter. “We wanted to push the tempo, but when you’re 3 for 14 like we were in the first half, that doesn’t allow you to apply much pressure.”

Sidney was unable to keep up the momentum in the finals period that it had in the third quarter, but still maintained the lead, though the Aviators were always close behind. It was just a four-point game with under a minute to play, but the Jackets cashed in at the line to pull out the win.

Sidney scored 38 of the game’s final 47 points over the last two-and-a-half quarters.

Gordon finished with 21 to lead the Jackets and Gallimore stepped up in a big way, scoring 12 points after being shut out in the first half. Gordon was 8 for 9 from the line for the game, including 4 for 4 in the final period.

Sidney (45) — Bowser 5, Gallimore 12, Taborn 2, An. Gordon 21, Rogers 5.

Vandalia (37) — Ballard 4, Fletcher 7, Clark 3, Ledbetter 9, Jenkins 12, Fields 2.

Score by quarters:

Sidney—7 13 30 45

Vandalia—11 28 30 37

Three-pointers: Sidney 5 (Gordon 3, Gallimore 2); Vandalia 5 (Jenkins 2, Ballard, Fletcher, Clark).

Records: Sidney 12-5, Vandalia 4-12.

Reserve score: Vandalia 39, Sidney 34.

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Lima Temple 58, Lehman 56

SIDNEY — Lehman and Lima Temple Christian battled throughout Friday night at Lehman, with Temple coming away with a 58-56 victory in Northwest Central Conference action.

The loss leaves the Cavs at 1-5 in the league and 2-14 overall with Bradford coming to the Lehman gym tonight.

The Cavs trailed 28-25 at the half, but cut the lead to one after three periods.

Ben Frantz tossed in 16 to lead the Cavaliers in scoring. Dylan Arnold, who was questionable because of an ankle injury, added 12 points and Preston Ridgers finished with 10.

Lima Temple (58) — Howell 9, Hohlbein 6, Brody Bohman 12, Brock Bohman 8, Good 8, Clay 2, Callahan 7, Hutchinson 6.

Lehman (56) — Schutt 5, Monnin 4, Rodgers 10, Arnold 12, Lee 2, Frantz 16, Bunker 7.

Score by quarters:

LTC—11 28 41 58

Lehman—10 25 40 56

Three-pointers: Lehman 4 (Arnold 2, Schutt, Frantz); LTC 5 (Hohlbein 2, Brody Bohman 2, Howell).

Records: LTC 9-7, Lehman 2-14.

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Jackson 48, Fairlawn 34

JACKSON CENTER — Jackson Center remained atop the County standings with a 48-34 victory over Fairlawn in action Friday at Jackson.

The Tigers go to 9-1 to remain on top in the league, and are now 15-2 overall. Fairlawn saw its four-game win streak snapped and is now 5-6 in the league and 11-7 overall.

“It was a nice win,” said JC coach Scott Elchert. “Fairlawn has been playing well and they’re a dangerous team. We prepared for a battle, and I think the difference for us was our bench personnel and how they prepared us. Those kids practiced so hard and got us ready, and that made a big difference.”

Drew Sosby had 21 to lead the Tigers, Brady Wildermuth 12 and Ethan Zorn 10.

Nathan Lessing had 26 for the Jets.

Fairlawn (34) — Lessing 26, N. Brautigam 3, Curtner 3, Hammon 2.

Jackson (48) — Booser 2, D. Sosby 21, Zorn 11, B. Sosby 2, Wildermuth 12.

Score by quarters:

Fairlawn—6 12 22 34

Jackson—7 22 31 48

Three-pointers: Fairlawn 2 (Lessing, Brautigam); JC 2 (D. Sosby, Zorn).

Records: Fairlawn 11-7, JC 15-2.

Reserve score: JC 41, Fairlawn 36, 2 ot.

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Lehman’s Dylan Arnold goes down with a Lima Temple Christian player on a shot attempt in action Friday night at Lehman.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2016/01/web1_SDN013016LehBbball.jpgLehman’s Dylan Arnold goes down with a Lima Temple Christian player on a shot attempt in action Friday night at Lehman.

Fairlawn’s Nathan Lessing shoots as Jackson Center’s Drew Sosby defends at Jackson Center Friday night.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/47/2016/01/web1_SDN013016JCBbball.jpgFairlawn’s Nathan Lessing shoots as Jackson Center’s Drew Sosby defends at Jackson Center Friday night.
Jackets rally from 15-point halftime deficit

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