By Josh Brown
PIQUA — It wasn’t just a tournament championship for the Tippecanoe boys basketball team.
Nor was it solely a measuring stick win to see how far they’d come going into the new year.
It was also revenge.
Nate Shirley hit a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to give the Red Devils a one-point lead, and Tippecanoe (5-4) survived a fourth-quarter rally attempt by Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Tecumseh — a team that already owned one win over the Red Devils this season — to claim the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Tournament championship Wednesday night at Piqua High School.
Tippecanoe — which lost 59-51 to the Arrows (8-2) on Dec. 18 — took a 31-22 halftime lead, but Tecumseh trimmed that to five at 39-34 after three. Tecumseh took a 47-45 lead with less than two minutes to play, setting up Shirley’s game-winner.
Shirley finished with six points on the night and was named the tournament’s MVP, and Zach Wildermuth hit five 3s and led the Devils with 18 points on the night. Carter Mann added 11 points in the win.
Tippecanoe kicks off the new year by hosting Bellefontaine in division play Tuesday.
ME 55, Anna 37
VERSAILLES — Miami East bounced back from its first loss of the season, leading from beginning to end in a 55-37 victory over a tough Anna team in the consolation final of the Versailles Holiday Invitational tournament Wednesday.
The Vikings (8-1), who lost to eventual tournament champion Chaminade Julienne on Tuesday, took a five-point lead after the first quarter and outscored the Rockets (6-4) 18-8 in the second quarter to take control.
Damien Mackesy led the Vikings with 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals, earning a spot on the all-tournament team. Logan West had his second double-double of the tournament with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Mack added 12 points and Ryan Haney had seven.
“The key to the win was our outstanding defensive effort, particularly in the second quarter,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “We forced 13 steals and had 19 offensive rebounds against a tall Anna team, and we were able to cash in on those extra opportunities.”
Miami East travels to Lehman Saturday.
Bethel 61, Edgewood 53
BRANDT — Bethel (7-2) built some more forward momentum heading into the new year, winning its second game in as many nights at home with a 61-53 victory over Edgewood.
Caleb South led the way with a game-high 33 points, going 9 for 12 from the free throw line and adding four assists in the game. Tyler Terry had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Ian Anderson had six points and nine rebounds, Evan Hawthorn had six points and five rebounds and Nate Rimkus had six points.
The Bees built a 34-22 lead at halftime after outscoring Edgewood (1-7) 17-7 in the second quarter, but that lead was trimmed to single digits at 43-35 going into the fourth. Bethel was able to maintain the lead from there, though.
“Tonight, we started hot early, but we need to learn to finish games when we have the other team down,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said.
Bethel hosts Troy Christian Monday.
Belmont 76, Piqua 67
PIQUA — Piqua led by 10 in the fourth quarter in the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Tournament consolation final Wednesday against Belmont, but the Bison rallied and defeated the Indians 76-67.
Colton Bachman led Piqua (5-4) with 30 points and Nate Hohlbein added 16.
Piqua hosts Fairmont Tuesday.
Russia 70, Lehman 36
PIQUA — Russia cruised to a big victory in the Buckeye Insurance Group Holiday Tournament green bracket title game Wednesday, defeating Lehman 70-36 at Piqua.
Josh York led Russia with 18 points and seven rebounds, while tournament MVP Cole Tebbe added 15 points. Kameron Lee led the Cavaliers with 10 points.
* Girls Basketball
NW 51, Newton 43
SPRINGFIELD — Newton hung tough against Northwestern (8-2) Wednesday night, but in the end the Indians could not rally in a 51-43 loss.
Tatum McBride scored 14 to lead Newton (7-3), which trailed 24-20 at halftime and 35-32 going into the fourth before Northwestern outscored the Indians 16-11 in the final quarter. Brittany Oburn scored eight points, Elizabeth Carroll added seven points and Aliya Stine had six.
Other scores: Piqua 40, Graham 36. Jackson Center 39, Lehman 25.
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