By Josh Brown
CASSTOWN — After defeating state-ranked, defending Cross County Conference and Division IV state champion Tri-Village, Miami East’s boys basketball team flat out stated that it didn’t want that to be the high point of the season.
But since, the also-state-ranked Vikings have been struggling to recapture the momentum they had going into that game.
Mississinawa Valley sophomore Ethan Bowman scored a game-high 26 points as the Blackhawks (11-7, 8-3 CCC) went 6 for 9 from 3-point range as a team and held the potent Viking offense in check, upsetting Miami East (15-3, 9-1 CCC) 59-50 on its Senior Night Friday — the Vikings’ first loss in league play this season.
“It was a very disappointing loss on our Senior Night,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “It was a very frustrating game for us. The kids played hard and with great energy, but we did not get the kind of offensive performance we’re used to.”
The Vikings shot 25 percent from field in the first half, falling behind 34-21 at the break as Bowman scored 22 of his 26 in the first half. And though the Vikings shot better in the second half, finishing the game 31 percent from the field, the closest they could get was seven.
Damien Mackesy and Logan West each scored 15 points to lead Miami East, Brandon Mack added 11 points and Ryan Haney scored nine.
The loss puts the Vikings in a first-place tie with Tri-Village, which edged Bethel 53-51 Friday, for the CCC title, but Miami East still controls its own destiny with two conference games left to play — against Franklin Monroe Tuesday and at Bradford Feb. 12.
TV 53, Bethel 51
NEW MADISON — Bethel came out strong and took control early at defending Cross County Conference champion Tri-Village Friday night, but in the end the Patriots got big plays when they needed them and held off the Bees for a 53-51 victory.
“It was a game where two rivals went out and got after it. My kids played their tails off,” Bethel coach Brett Kopp said. “We just came up a little short.”
Free throw shooting proved to be the difference, as the Bees (14-5, 7-3 CCC) shot below 50 percent on the night. Sophomore Caleb South led the team with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Evan Hawthorn had nine points and six rebounds, Tyler Terry had six points and six rebounds, Jacob Evans had six points and four assists and Nate Rimkus had six points.
Senior Tyler VanWinkle led three Patriots (16-3, 10-1 CCC) in double figures with 21 points.
Bethel hosts Newton Tuesday.
Tipp 45, Bellefontaine 32
BELLEFONTAINE — After a low-scoring first half, Tippecanoe outscored Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Bellefontaine 33-18 in the second half, pulling away for a 45-32 victory Friday on the road.
Zach Bonifas had 10 points and four assists off the bench to lead the Red Devils (12-7, 5-4 CBC Kenton Trail), Carter Mann added eight points and 10 rebounds and Jakob Prall, Nathan Shirley and Zach Wildermuth each scored six points.
After Saturday’s game at Troy, which was not complete at time of press, Tippecanoe hosts Springfield Shawnee Friday.
YS 50, TC 34
YELLOW SPRINGS — Yellow Springs, having already clinched the Metro Buckeye Conference title, built a seven-point halftime lead and held on from there against defending champ Troy Christian Friday night, holding off the Eagles 50-34.
Chase Hayden had 15 points and six rebounds, Luke Dillahunt added six points and James Anderson had five points and seven rebounds for the Eagles (8-11, 5-4 MBC), who trailed 25-18 at halftime — which was where the score stayed going into the fourth after a scoreless third quarter. The Bulldogs (15-5, 11-0 MBC) outscored Troy Christian 25-16 in the fourth to put the game away.
Troy Christian travels to Emmanuel Christian Monday.
Dixie 68, M-U 55
WEST MILTON — Dixie’s Blake Miller had 29 points and Devin Worley added 22, leading the Greyhounds (9-10, 4-6 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) to a 68-55 victory over Milton-Union Friday.
Eric Swartz had 18 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bulldogs (1-16, 1-8 SWBL Buckeye), Tommy Smith had 15 points and five rebounds and Blake Smith chipped in eight points.
“The story of the game was that they had two kids that were unconscious in the first half,” Milton-Union coach Rusty Berner said. “They had 30 of their 32 first-half points. We did a good job offensively of continuing to score ourselves, but as the game wore on things just didn’t go our way.”
Other scores: Newton 64, Covington 61. Piqua 66, Greenville 45. Lehman 66, Ridgemont 55, 2 OT. Tri-County North 53, Bradford 51.
Troy 12, Sycamore 2
CINCINNATI — The Troy hockey team gave itself a chance to win the Gold division of the Southwestern Ohio High School Hockey League Friday night, routing Sycamore 12-2 on the road.
Prestyn Hoeffler had three goals and four assists, A.J. Noll had three goals and three assists, Nate Uhlenbrock had two goals and an assist, Troy Moore and Enrique Alejandre each had two goals, Tyler Hess had a goal and two assists and Grant Gariety had a goal in the offensive explosion. Kaleb Mangas made 11 saves as Troy outshot Sycamore 47-13.
Troy traveled to Talawanda Saturday, where the Trojans could clinch the Gold division with a win.
* Girls Basketball
M-U 65, Northridge 26
WEST MILTON — Three Bulldogs were in double figures Saturday as the Milton-Union girls basketball team (15-7, 8-4 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) closed out the regular season by routing Northridge 65-26.
Kristen Dickison had 16 points, three assists and four steals, Madeline Brown had 14 points and six assists, Michaela Fullmer had 12 points, Taylor Jacobs had nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots and Liz Renner had four points and nine rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, who led 19-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Milton-Union takes on Northeastern Feb. 13 at Franklin Monroe in the first round of the sectional tournament.
Other scores: Miami East 46, Northwestern 38. Lehman 51, Bradford 37.
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