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Fort Loramie's Grant Olberding, left, and Kyle Pleiman surround Minster's Eli Wolf as he takes a shot at Fort Loramie Saturday.
Fort Loramie's Grant Olberding, left, and Kyle Pleiman surround Minster's Eli Wolf as he takes a shot at Fort Loramie Saturday.
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DAYTON — Sidney survived some wild final seconds to win for the first time this season in boys basketball action, edging Dayton Stivers on the road Saturday, 65-61.

The win puts the Jackets at 1-10 on the season heading into a Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover game at 0-10 West Carrollton Tuesday night.

Sidney has been plagued by slow starts this season, but that wasn’t the case Saturday, when the Jackets led 12-7 after one quarter.

“It sure was nice to be ahead by five after the first quarter instead of down 10 or so,” said Sidney’s first-year coach Nathan Short. “We had a good lead throughout the game, but I knew Stivers would make a run before it was over. But I thought our kids did a real good job of keeping the lead throughout the game. We took a couple of blows from them, but we would always build the lead back up.”

It came down to the final seconds and a referee’s whistle. Sidney clung to a 63-61 lead with just :08 remaining, but Stivers appeared to have a chance to win it on a layup and a foul for a potential three-point play with just fourth-tenths of a second remaining.

But unbeknownst to everyone in attendance because of the crowd noise, one of the referees had blown his whistle and called traveling before the shot went up.

Jalen Herd was fouled immediately on the inbounds and dropped in both for the final.

“We were good from the line in the fourth quarter (12-for-17) but we missed two free throws with eight second left,” said Short. “They go down and get a layup and a foul call, but the gym was so loud, nobody heard the first whistle. The referees got together and the traveling call was upheld.”

The Jackets led by six at the half, then opened it up to an 11-point lead after three quarters before Stivers made its move.

“We had a good, balanced attack on offense,” said Short. “We were patient. And defensively, we went to a 2-3 zone after their first possession. I just felt they had some quickness that could have gotten us in foul trouble. And the zone worked out well.”

Sophomore point guard Cameron Gallimore was a thorn in Stivers’ side all night, draining four three-pointers on his way to a team-high 17 points.

“Cameron had really good shot selection all night,” praised Short. “I liked our balance and how the kids seemed to find the open man all night.”

Eric Beigel, who was money in the final period from the line, finished with 14 points. He hit all six of his free throw attempts in the fourth quarter.

Sidney had three other players with seven or more points, including Herd, who hit all four of his free throws in the fourth quarter.

“I’m excited we got this win, and I think it can open the door for a good second half of the season,” said Short. “We’ve been in some close games and I think that experience helped us tonight. And now that we got a win, it should give the kids some confidence going forward.”

Sidney (65) — McNeal 8, Gallimore 17, Taborn 5, Cox 7, Herd 8, Barnes 6, Beigel 14. Totals: 21-18-65.

Stivers (61) — Howell 12, George 10, Williams 16, Swanson 7, Young 2, Allen 12, Clark 2. Totals: 22-16-61.

Score by quarters:

Sidney 12 29 47 65

Stivers 7 23 36 61

Three-pointers: Sidney 5 (Gallimore 4, Taborn); Stivers 1 (Swanson).

Records: Sidney 1-10, Stivers 6-4.

Cavaliers edge

Houston 60-58

HOUSTON — Lehman capped off a good weekend with a 60-58 win over Shelby County League leader Houston in action Saturday at Houston.

The win came one night after the Cavs routed Fort Loramie in the Lehman gym. Saturday’s win put Lehman at 6-5 on the season heading into a key Northwest Central Conference game Friday night at 9-1 Upper Scioto Valley.

The Cavs led by two at the half and upped the lead to six after three periods at 44-38, holding the Wildcats to just three points in the period.

Greg Spearman led Lehman with 19 points and James Rego added 14. Jackson Frantz chipped in nine.

Houston got 22 points from Jake Braun, who hit four three-pointers. Evan Winner added 11 and Jesse Phlipot 10.

Houston is now 8-5 on the year and returns to action Friday at home against Anna in a key County game.

Lehman (60) — Westerheide 4, Rourke 5, Husa 4, Frantz 9, Spearman 19, Hall 5, Rego 14. Totals: 26-9-60.

Houston (58) — Phipps 3, Braun 22, Sarver 8, Ritchie 2, Winner 11, Freytag 2, Phlipot 10. Totals: 22-7-58.

Score by quarters:

Lehman 18 37 44 60

Houston 15 35 38 58

Three-pointers: Lehman 1 (Rourke); Houston 7 (Braun 4, Winner, Sarver, Phipps).

Records: Lehman 6-5, Houston 8-5

Reserve score: Lehman 58, Houston 35.

Botkins gets

first victory

BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans have been playing well of late, and they finally got rewarded with their first win of the season Saturday, a 44-39 victory over visiting Parkway.

The Trojans go to 1-10 with the win and are right back in action Tuesday night at Fairlawn in County play. Parkway is now 4-8.

The Trojans won despite getting off to a slow start, trailing 13-7 after one.

“I thought our kids played well,” said Botkins coach Brett Meyer. “But we struggled in the first half and were down nine early in the third quarter. But we started hitting some shots.

Roger Miller came to the rescue for the Trojans. After having just a three-pointer in the first half, Miller heated up in a big way, scoring 11 points in the third quarter and nine in the fourth to finish with 23. And he added three more threes after the intermission.

“He was getting the looks in the first half but they weren’t falling,” said Meyer. “But the shots started going his way in the second half, and I thought we did a good job defensively and on the boards. Parkway was getting a lot of second shots in the first half but we didn’t allow that as much in the second.”

Brock Fullenkamp added 10 points for the Trojans and also pulled down seven rebounds.

Parkway (39) — Adams 9, Bates 11, Dennison 11, Heindel 4, Barna 4. Totals: 15-3-39.

Botkins (44) — Miller 23, Roberts 7, Bergman 2, Fullenkamp 10, Bergman 2. Totals: 13-13-44.

Score by quarters:

Parkway 13 16 25 39

Botkins 7 14 25 44

Three-pointers: Botkins 5 (Miller 4, Roberts); Parkway 6 (Bates 3, Adams 2, Dennison).

Records: Botkins 1-10, Parkway 4-8.

St. Henry rallies

to down Anna

ANNA — Anna led by as many as seven in the final period, but couldn’t hold St. Henry off and lost 56-46 in non-league boys basketball at home Saturday.

The loss left the Rockets at 7-6 on the season heading into a key County game Friday at Houston. St. Henry is now 8-5.

“We had a seven-point lead and had their best player (Mikesell) in foul trouble,” said Anna coach Nate Barhorst. “But they went to a zone and we had some key turnovers. And they capitalized. We just couldn’t close it out.”

Christiaan Williams and Joel Albers had 15 points apiece to lead the Rockets, and Carter Bensman added 10. Josh Robinson pulled down eight rebounds.

St. Henry (56) — Schwieterman 8, Stammen 12, Jacobs 2, Prenger 7, Niekamp 3, Mikesell 24. Totals: 19-14-56.

Anna (46) — Bensman 10, Robinson 4, Romie 2, Williams 15, Albers 15. Totals: 15-15-46.

Score by quarters:

St. Henry 17 24 28 56

Anna 10 24 33 46

Three-pointers: St. Henry 4 (Stammen, Prenger, Niekamp, Mikesell); Anna 1 (Bensman).

Records: Anna 7-6, St. Henry 7-5.

Reserve score: Anna 49, St. Henry 41.

Jackson Center

bounces back

NEW KNOXVILLE — It was a great way to bounce back for the Jackson Center Tigers Saturday.

The Tigers lost at home to Houston in a big County game Friday, but went on the road against a good New Knoxville team and brought home a 54-42 victory.

The win puts the Tigers at 9-3 on the year heading into a challenging weekend. On Friday, they play at Russia and on Saturday at No. 1-ranked Marion Local.

“I was concerned about us more emotionally than physically after a tough loss Friday,” said Jackson coach Scott Elchert. “But we were pretty geared up. We had a big bucket at the end of the second quarter on a steal and a layup to cut it to one, but kept it going in the third quarter.”

The Tigers trailed 24-23 at the break, but then outscored the Rangers 16-7 in the third quarter to seize control of the game.

Gavin Wildermuth had 18, Drew Sosby 15 and Brady Wildermuth 10 to lead the Tigers.

Andrew Arnett had 19 and Ryan Lageman 10 for the Rangers, who are 5-6 and play at Wapakoneta Tuesday night.

Jackson Center (54) — Sosby 15, Zorn 5, G. Wildermuth 18, Crumes 6, B. Wildermuth 10. Totals: 14-21-54

New Knoxville (42) — Arnett 19, Kuntz 4, Lageman 10, S. Topp 2, B. Kuck 4, E. Kuck 3. Totals: 14-10-42.

Score by quarters:

JC 7 23 39 54

NK 11 24 31 42

Three-pointers: NK 2 (Lageman 2 JC 9-3, NK 5-6.

Reserve score: NK 49, JC 26.

Fort Loramie

dominates in win

FORT LORAMIE — The Fort Loramie Redskins also bounced back in a big way, holding Minster to just 10 points in the first half and rolling to a 52-36 victory in a battle of neighboring rivals.

The Redskins, who lost Friday to Lehman, up their record to 7-5 and will play at Fairlawn Friday in County action. Minster is 3-9 and makes the short trip to New Bremen Friday in Midwest Athletic Conference play.

Loramie put it away with a dominant second quarter. The Redskins led just 14-9 after one quarter, but then outscored the Wildcats 14-1 in the second period to open up a 28-10 lead at the half. The margin grew to 48-22 after three periods.

Devin Braun continued his three-point onslaught, hitting four on his way to 16 points for the game. Grant Olberding also had 16 points, hitting 7-for-9 from the field. He also had eight rebounds.

Craig Fullenkamp dished out seven assists and had three steals.

For Minster, Matthew Trushaw had an excellent game, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds, four at the offensive end.

Loramie canned 22 of 42 from the field for 52 percent, while Minster struggled to 28 percent on 13-for-46.

Minster (36) — Hoying 9, Nixon 3, Stechschulte 4, Brackman 3, Goodwin 2, Wolf 3, Trushaw 12. Totals: 13-8-36.

Fort Loramie (52) — Fullenkamp 5, Braun 16, Rittenhouse 2, Grewe 7, Brandewie 2, Olberding 16, Pleiman 4. Totals: 22-5-52.

Score by quarters:

Minster 8 9 21 36

Loramie 14 28 48 52

Three-pointers: Loramie 3 (Braun 2, Grewe); Minster 2 (Nixon, Brackman).

Records: Loramie 7-5, Minster 3-9.

Raiders too much

for Newton, 74-40

PLEASANT HILL — The Russia Raiders were way too much for the winless Newton Indians Saturday in non-league play, the final being 74-40.

The win puts Russia at 11-3 overall with a big County game Friday at home against Jackson Center.

Russia rolled to a 26-5 lead after one quarter.

Nolan Francis had 16 points and six rebounds for the Raiders and Gavin Hoying had 11 points.

Russia (74) — Gariety 6, Counts 7, Dapore 4, Francis 16, Tebbe 4, G. Hoying 11, A. Hoying 9, York 2, Magoto 3, Poling 6, Pleiman 6. Totals: 31-10-74.

Newton (40) — Honeycutt 6, Jameson 2, McBride 14, Filburn 12, Hines 2, Denlinger 4. Totals: 15-7-40.

Score by quarters:

Russia 26 48 68 74

Newton 5 17 29 40

Three-pointers: Russia 2 (Counts, G. Hoying); Newton 3 (McBride 2, Honeycutt).

Records: Russia 11-1, Newton 0-11.

Reserve score: Russia 57, Newton 29.

Bremen posts

73-50 victory

NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals rolled to a 73-50 win over the Covington Buccaneers Saturday in non-league boys basketball, raising their record to 5-7 in the process.

The Cards are back in action Friday night at home against rival Minster. Covington is now 2-9.

Nate Herriott led the onslaught with 22 points on the strength of four three-pointers, and was one of four Bremen players in double figures. Ben Homan added 15, and both Carson Manger and Nolan Fox finished with 12 points.

Covington (50) — Myer 3, T. Clark 3, Benedict 5, Lefeld 9, Blei 1, Schaurer 3, S. Clark 2. Earick 5, Henry 5, Boehringer 12, Sherman 2.

New Bremen (73) — Herriott 22, Manger 12, Schwieterman 2, Hoehne 5, Elshoff 2, Fox 12, Homan 15, Goettemoeller 2, Hegemier 1.

Score by quarters:

Covington 12 22 28 50

NB 17 35 52 73

Three-pointers: Bremen 5, Herriott 4, Manger 1; Covington 7 (Bohringer 2, Meyer, Clark, Lefeld, Schaurer, Earick).

Records: NB 5-7, Covington 2-9.

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