DAYTON — Anyone who thought changing opponents at the last second would trouble the Fort Loramie Redskins needn’t have worried.
In Division 4 District final action at the University of Dayton Arena Friday night, the Redskins jumped out early and rolled to an easy 68-42 victory over Lockland to advance to next week’s regional tournament in Kettering.
The win gave the Redskins a 21-5 record. Lockland, who played in the game only because Cincinnati College Prep had to forfeit its win over them last week, finished the season just 11-14.
The Redskins rolled to a 20-5 lead after one quarter and opened it up to 35-13 at the half.
“Anytime you get off to a good start in a big game, it’s key,” said Loramie coach Corey Britton. “We were able to get off to a quick start last Saturday against Russia and we did the same tonight. We did a good job of getting the ball to our bigs early. It’s better to shoot two-foot shots instead of 20-footers. Austin and Tyler (Siegel) did a good job of finishing around the rim, especially in the first half.”
“We came out with a lot of fire and intensity and when we do that, we’re a tough team to beat,” he continued. “We thought we let one slip away last year and didn’t want to do the same again tonight. Lockland plays a similar style to Cincinnati College Prep, so it wasn’t too difficult to get ready for the game on short notice. We saw them on a couple of occasions and had some tape, so we felt we were ready for this one.”
Tyler Siegel’s bucket to open the scoring was countered by a three-pointer by North College Hill, but that was the only lead of the game for the Cincinnati crew. Austin Siegel scored, Cody Gasson hit one free throw, Dillon Braun drained a three-pointer, T. Siegel added two free throws, and Braun hit again for a 10-0 run that made it 12-3.
Then after NCH scored to make it 12-5, Loramie reeled off the last eight of the quarter to be well on its way to a regional berth.
Braun and the two Siegels combined for 19 of the 20 first-quarter points for the Redskins.
Braun had 19 to lead the Redskins, T. Siegel added 17 and A. Siegel 11. T. Siegel also had nine rebounds and Braun seven, and Even Berning handed out five assists. Gasson and A. Siegel had four assists apiece.
Loramie was 24-for-40 from the field for 60 percent, and dominated the boards 44-27. NCH was just 13-for-55, 24 percent.
Fort Loramie (68) — Berning 4, Braun 19, Gasson 7, A. Siegel 11, T. Siegel 17, Brandewie 4, Barhorst 1, Rosengarten 1, Wehrman 2, Kemper 1, Seger 1.
Lockland (42) — Robinson 10, Wooten 5, Smith 11, Ibra 5, Wright 3, Goins 3, Campbell 2, Diallo 3.
Score by quarters
FL` 20 ` 35 ` 55 ` 68
NCH` 5 ` 13 ` 30 ` 42
Three-pointers: FL 2 (Berning, Braun); Lockland 5 (Smith 3, Wright, Diallo).
Records: FL 21-5, NCH 11-14.
Next game: Tuesday, regional semifinals at Trent Arena in Kettering vs. Lima Perry, 5:30.
Tri Village 38, JC 33, OT
By Tony Arnold
DAYTON — In a District championship battle that couldn’t be decided in regulation, Tri-Village pulled away from Jackson Center 38-33 Friday boys’ basketball action last night.
The Tigers finish the year with an 18-7 record.
Defense was the name of the game in this contest. Points were kind of like steak at an all you can eat buffet – very tough. With a pair of scrappy, hard-nosed defensive teams getting after each other, points weren’t easy. Both these teams came to play.
“We knew that going in. Both teams play well defensively and I think both teams did a good job taking the other team’s strengths away. We knew points were going to be hard to come by,” said Jackson Center coach Scott Elchert.
The lead changed eight times and the score was tied on four occasions in this battle. Jackson Center led late in regulation, but a Tri-Village surge forced overtime. The Patriots scored the opening bucket of OT and never gave up the lead.
“We didn’t finish. We were up five with 1:28 and didn’t finish. We had our opportunities and we go to overtime and they get the ball and score and we played from behind the eight ball for the overtime. It’s tough to overcome that,” said Elchert.
Senior Brady Wildermuth finishes an outstanding Tiger career with a double-double, tossing in 13 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and blocking three shots.
Tri Villlage led 6-0 early following a three-pointer by Johnny Wilson. With the Patriots controlling the early momentum, the Tigers got a three-pointer from Bryce Sosby get on the board with 2:21 remaining in the opening period. The Patriots countered when Gavin Richards knocked home a buzzer beater and Tri Village led 8-3 after a quarter of play.
But the second quarter belonged to the Tigers. JC outscored the Patriots 8-2 during the period and went into the locker room with an 11-10 advantage.
The Tigers were raining three-pointers in the third quarter. A trey by Elchert from the corner gave JC a 14-12 lead and Gavin Booser canned a pair of triples in back-to-back fashion from the top of the key for the Tigers.
As the clock wound down at the end of the third quarter, Elchert launched a three that swished through the net just as the backboard light lit up signaling the end of the quarter. The hoop gave JC a 23-18 lead heading into the fourth.
The Tigers led 25-22 when Wildermuth’s jumper got a home-court bounce. Jackson was up 29-24 with 2:33 to go following a pair of free-throws by Wildermuth. A couple more free throws by Wildermuth had the JC cushion at five (29-24) with 2:33 remaining. Tri-Village finished the quarter on a 5-0 run to force the overtime session.
JC shot 10 of 34 for the game including 6 of 21 from the three-point line. Tri Village finished 10 of 23 from the field. Tri Village got plenty of opportunities from the line hitting 16 of 32. Jackson was 7 of 11 from the free-throw line. JC had nine assists compared to three for Tri Village. The Patriots held a 24-21 advantage on the boards.
Tri-Village (38) — McCullough 6, Wilson 8, Richards 12, Couch 7, Buckley 2, Frech 3.
Jackson Center (33) — Platfoot 2, Booser 9, Sosby 3, Wildermuth 12, Elchert 6.
Score by quarters:
TV` 8 ` 10 ` 18 ` 27 ` 38
JC` 3 ` 11 ` 23 ` 29 ` 33
Three-pointers: TV 2 (Wilson, Frech); JC 6 (Booser 3, Elchert 2, Sosby).
Records: TV 19-7, JC 18-7.