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Butler can’t handle Springfield’s pressure

Springfield’s full-court press creates 27 Butler turnovers in 71-51 win.

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield head coach Isiah Carson wanted an improved performance out of Springfield after the Wildcats’ fell down the stretch and lost by seven points to Centerville on Friday. He got what he wanted on Saturday.

Springfield’s relentless full-court, man-to-man defense created 27 turnovers on Saturday. It was too much for Butler to handle. The Wildcats capitalized on the turnovers and scored early and often in a 71-51 win in a GWOC Showcase at Butler’s Student Activity Center.

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High School Basketball

Dante Clark shoots

Late Tecumseh run puts away Shawnee 59-47

Senior center Donte Clark dominates Shawnee inside with 23 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks.

SPRINGFIELD — Malik Quisenberry’s  25-footer at the buzzer to end the third quarter gave Tecumseh a two-point lead and started a 14-0 run en-route to a 59-47 road win over Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Shawnee on Friday.

Tecumseh was led in the game by center Donte Clark. Shawnee had no answer for the senior as he recorded 23 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, and numerous near-blocks and shot pressures that dictated what went on in the paint for the Braves.

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D'Mitrik Trice dribbles

TBSN boys basketball rankings: Dec. 12

Wayne, who tops Div. I, plays its first game of the season on Saturday against No. 4 Greenville.

Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the Miami Valley area after the first week of regular season play.

Several Dayton-area schools that had long football playoff runs will play their first games this weekend. Wayne, who tops our poll in Div. I, opens on Saturday against No. 4 Greenville. Trotwood (No. 8 in Div. I) opens the season on Saturday against Fairborn. Alter (No. 5 in Div. II) opens the season tonight against Hamilton Badin.

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