Sidney ran its record on the year to 9-1 with a 54-35 victory over Xenia in high school boys basketball action Tuesday at the high school.
The Jackets are back in action Friday at Fairmont in the Flyin’ to the Hoop event.
Both teams opened with one of their starters out.
Sidney was without post player Devan Rogers, and Xenia was without leading scorer Samari Curtis, who is second in the Greater Western Ohio Conference in scoring.
Rogers hurt an ankle at practice Monday,and Curtis has been out a couple games due to a wrist injury.
Sidney led 11-8 after one quarter, but Xenia got the best of the action leading off the second period and took a 17-13 lead.
At that point, the Jackets went on a 11-0 run to open up a 24-17 lead, and settled for a 26-19 lead at the half.
“We thought yesterday that Devan would be able to play because he got up and walked it off,” said Sidney coach John Willoughby.”But he texted me today and said he couldn’t put any pressure on it. But the rest of the kids did their jobs to fill in. Ratez had a great game, and Andre (Gordon) found him and got him the ball.”
Roberts, just a sophomore, had a monster game for the Jackets, with 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. He was the only Jacket in double figures.
Xenia (35) — Hughlett 1, Adams 9, Love 6, Harris 4, Evans 3, Williams 6, Henderson 4, Uloha 2.
Sidney (54) — Bowser 6, Stockton 2, Roberts 22, An. Gordon 9, Al. gordn 7, Hudgins 5, Heins 3.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Sidney 3 (Al. Gordon, Hudgins, Heins); Xenia 3 (Adams 2, Evans).
Record: Sidney 9-1, Xenia 5-5.
Reserve score: Xenia 60, Sidney 47
Versailles 66, Fort Loramie 55
FORT LORAMIE — Fort Loramie battled back from a disastrous start Tuesday night to make a game of it, but the Versailles Tigers maintained the lead the entire way in handing the Redskins their second straight loss, 66-55.
Fort Loramie falls to 8-2 with the loss and returns to County play Friday night at Anna.
The Tigers are now 10-1 on the year and will be back in action Friday night at home against Marion Local in conference play.
Versailles rolled to a 19-4 lead to start the game, and it appeared it would be over quickly. But the Redskins went on an 8-0 run to get back in it.
However, the Tigers pulled out to a 30-19 lead by the end of the half.
Dillon Braun started the second half with a three-pointer for Loramie, but Versailles responded with the next five points to push the lead back out to 13 at 35-22.
Foul trouble was mounting for the Tigers and Loramie clawed its way back, and when Braun hit a three-pointer early in the final period, it was 51-43. The Redskins had several more chances to cut into the lead, but couldn’t get it done, and Versailles was able to remain on top.
“It took us five minutes to figure out we could play with them,” said Loramie coach Corey Britton. “I was disappointed with the way we started but proud of the effort and proud of the way we played the last 27 minutes.”
Braun finished with 20 and Evan Berning added 12 for Loramie.
Justin Ahrens had 29 for the Tigers.
Versailles (66) — Knapke 7, McEldowney 7, Wendel 8, J. Ahrens 29, Barga 2, Custenborder 6, AJ Ahrens 7.
Loramie (55) — Brandewie 6, Berning 12, Braun 20, Pleiman 2, A.Siegel 6, T. Siegel 9.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Loramie 6 (Braun 4, Brandewie 2); Versailles 4 (J. Ahrens 2, Knapke, McEldowney).
Records: Versailles 10-1, Loramie 8-2.
Russia 61, Fairlawn 54
The Russia Raiders went to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the County with a 61-54 victory over Fairlawn in a key County game Tuesday.
The Raiders remained tied for first in the league while knocking Fairlawn out of a first-place tie. The Jets are now 4-2 and 7-2 and will play at Botkins Friday.
Russia is back in action Friday at home against Houston.
Fairlawn led 18-14 after one but the Raiders took a two-point lead at the half.
High-scoring Nathan Lessing was held to just two first-half points but wound up with 21 for the Jets. Luke Hickman added 13 and Keshon Johnson 11.
For the Raiders, Cole Tebbe was 10-for-15 from the floor and finished with 20 points, and Jack Dapore added 12.
The Raiders were 24 for 40 from the field for 60 percent compared to 22 for 51 for the Jets, 43 percent.
The teams were even on the boards at 26, with Lessing leading Fairlawn with nine.
Russia (61) — Cordonnier 8, Sherman 3, Tebbe 20, Dapore 12, Kearns 9, Poling 5, Cohee 4.
Fairlawn (54) — Lessing 21, N. Brautigam 7, Hickman 13, D. Brautigam 2, Johnson 11.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Fairlawn 5 (Hickman 3, N. Brautigam, Johnson); Russia 1 (Dapore).
Records: Russia 10-2, Fairlawn 7-2.
Reserve score: Russia 56, Fairlawn 21.