RUSSIA — Botkins rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Russia 37-35 on Friday at Clair C. Naveau and secure a share of its first Shelby County Athletic League title since 1993.
The Trojans finished regular-season play 19-3 with the win and 10-2 in SCAL play. Botkins earned a share of the league title along with Anna, which finished 10-2 in league play after beating Jackson Center on Friday.
The Raiders (9-12, 3-9) nearly spoiled the Trojans’ title hopes. Russia built an 8-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 19-15 at halftime and 28-25 at the end of the third.
The Trojans rallied with a 12-7 advantage in the fourth, thanks in part to hitting 6-of-6 free-throw attempts in the quarter.
Jacob Pleiman and Carter Pleiman each scored 12 points for Botkins while Jayden Priddy-Powell scored eight.
Hayden Quinter led Russia (9-12, 3-9) with 15 points. The Raiders tied with Fairlawn for fifth in the league.
Sidney 63, Stebbins 48
The Yellow Jackets earned a Miami Valley League Valley Division win over Stebbins on Friday in Riverside.
Sidney built a 17-12 lead by the end of the first quarter and used a 15-12 scoring edge in the second to take a 32-24 halftime lead. The squad finished with a 16-12 advantage in the third and 15-12 advantage in the fourth.
Cam Vordemark led Sidney (10-8, 9-7 MVL Valley) with 16 points while Cedric Johnson scored 11. Avante Martin scored 10 points and had 14 rebounds and seven assists.
Sidney shot 26 for 50 (52 percent) from the floor and had a 35-19 rebounding edge.
Anna 41, Jackson Center 39
Anna fought off a Jackson Center rally attempt on Friday to earn a share of the SCAL title with a road victory. The squad has earned at least a share of the league title each of the last four seasons.
The Tigers led 11-10 at the end of the first quarter but Anna used a 13-6 scoring edge in the second to take a 23-17 lead by halftime. The Rockets outscored Jackson Center 11-9 in the third to push their lead to 34-26 heading into the fourth.
The Tigers finished with a 13-7 advantage in the fourth but couldn’t complete a comeback.
Isaiah Masteller led Anna (17-5, 10-2) with 21 points while McKane Finkenbine scored 11.
Jace Mullenhour led Jackson Center (16-6, 8-4) with 15 points while Aidan Reichert scored 12.
Jackson Center tied for third place in SCAL standings with Fort Loramie.
Fort Loramie 46, Fairlawn 43
Nolan Berning hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to lift the Redskins to a victory on Friday at Fairlawn.
Fort Loramie built a 16-12 lead by the end of the first quarter but the Jets used a 10-7 scoring advantage in the second to pull within 23-22 at halftime.
The Redskins pushed their lead to as many as five points in the third but Fairlawn pulled within 33-31 by the end of the quarter.
Fort Loramie pushed its lead to five in the fourth but Ashton Piper hit a basket with 26 seconds left to tie it. The Redskins ran down the clock to seven seconds, at which point the Jets fouled. Berning caught the inbounds pass and hit the game-winning 3 shortly after Grant Albers set a pick.
Caleb Maurer led Fort Loramie (14-7, 8-4) with 15 points while Nate Meyer and Caeleb Meyer each scored eight.
Piper led Fairlawn (7-13, 3-9) with 19 points while Skyler Piper scored nine. The Jets finished tied for fifth place in the SCAL along with Russia.
Lehman Catholic 54, Waynesfield-Goshen 29
The Cavaliers secured a share of a second-place finish in the Northwest Central Conference by beating the Tigers on Friday in Waynesfield.
Lehman led 11-7 at the end of the first quarter, 21-11 at halftime and 35-18 at the end of the third quarter.
Luke Frantz led Lehman (15-3, 6-2 NWCC) with 18 points while Michael McFarland scored 12 and had nine rebounds. Justin Chapman scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds.
The Cavaliers tied Upper Scioto Valley for second place. Lima Perry finished undefeated in conference play to earn the league title.
Minster 60, Coldwater 53
The Wildcats earned the outright Midwest Athletic Conference title by beating the Cavaliers on Friday in Coldwater. It’s the program’s first MAC title since 1975.
The teams were tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Cavaliers used a 12-11 scoring advantage in the second to take a 23-22 halftime lead, but Minster stormed back with a 20-8 advantage in the third to take a 42-31 lead.
Bryan Falk led Minster (17-4, 9-0 MAC) with 16 points while Justin Nixon scored 15 points and had a team-high 10 rebounds. Eric Schmidt scored 10 points and had five assists and Brady Hoelscher scored nine points.
Minster shot 19 for 41 (46.3 percent) from the floor and had a 25-22 rebounding edge.
New Bremen 68, New Knoxville 28
The Cardinals cruised to a MAC win on Friday in New Knoxville.
New Bremen led 26-2 at the end of the first quarter, 41-5 at halftime and 59-20 at the end of the third quarter.
Daniel Homan led New Bremen (13-7, 6-2) with 13 points while Trent Roetgerman scored nine and David Homan scored eight. The squad shot 29 for 51 (57 percent) from the floor, forced the Rangers into 26 turnovers and had a 25-18 rebounding edge.
Hardin Northern 60, Riverside 51
The Pirates lost an NWCC game on Friday in De Graff.
Riverside built a 20-12 lead by the end of the first quarter but the Polar Bears used a 17-9 scoring edge in the second to tie it 29-29 at halftime. Hardin Northern finished with an 11-5 edge in the third quarter and 20-17 edge in the fourth.
John Zumberger led Riverside (7-14, 3-5 NWCC) with 20 points while Kaden Burk scored 11 points and had seven rebounds. The Pirates finished sixth in NWCC play.
Versailles 66, Fort Recovery 58
The Tigers earned a MAC win on Friday in Versailles.
Fort Recovery built a 15-13 lead by the end of the first quarter but the Tigers used a 17-11 scoring edge in the second to take a 30-26 halftime lead. They pulled away with an 11-10 edge in the third and 25-22 edge in the fourth.
Jared DeMange led Versailles (8-14, 3-6) with 16 points while Jaydon Litten scored 15, Troy Jones scored 14 and Connor Stonebraker scored 10.
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