TBSN boys basketball rankings: Jan. 30

Shawnee guard Jaden Greenwood dribbles around Springfield's Danny Davis. Shawnee is No.

 Wayne, Wilmington will play on Saturday night in play-by-play classic. 

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the Dayton area after the eighth week of regular season play. Of note this week, Jackson Center moves up in Div. IV after a win over Marion Local, while Russia drops after a loss to Anna.

The top two teams in Division I — Wayne and Wilmington — will meet in the Wilmington Play-by-Play Classic on Saturday. Officials expect a capacity crowd for the 8 p.m. game. Another big game comes on Sunday, when Dunbar travels to Ponitz. Dunbar is ranked second in Div. II, while Ponitz is sixth.

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Logwood hits shot at buzzer to lift Urbana over Bellefontaine

Hillclimbers post eleven first half points, Chieftains score ten in second half.

URBANA — In a game where scoring was scarce, Urbana and Bellefontaine exchanged baskets in the last seven seconds. The last one, an 18-footer from the top of the key at the buzzer by Urbana’s Cameron Logwood gave the host Hillclimbers a dramatic come-from-behind 32-30 victory over rival Bellefontaine on Tuesday night.

“I was looking at the clock the whole time and I saw that I had a few seconds left so I saw an open shot and I took it,” Logwood said. [Read more…]

Prep basketball notes: Springfield in play-by-play classic on Saturday

Darius Quisenberry dribbles

Shawnee’s defense fooled Tecumseh — and others — on Friday.

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield will play in its second showcase event this season on the Saturday, and the Wildcats probably hope it’ll go better than the first.

Springfield plays Roger Bacon on Saturday at 6:15 at the Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic at Wilmington High School. Scholastic organizes many similar showcases around the country each season. [Read more…]

Shawnee pulls away from Tecumseh at line

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Shawnee hits 14 free throws in final five minutes of fourth to pull away.

NEW CARLISLE — Shawnee pulled away from Tecumseh in a league game on Friday at the free-throw line. The Braves hit 14 foul shots in the fourth to earn a 53-43 win over the Arrows and stay tied with Bellefontaine for the lead in the CBC Kenton Trail.

Tecumseh pulled within five points midway through the fourth quarter, but a technical foul called on the Arrows’ Dante Clark started a free-throw shooting streak for the Braves. Jaden Greenwood hit two free throws after the foul, and Shawnee hit 10 consecutive free throws after that and built a 10-point lead by the two-minute mark. [Read more…]

Troy pulls away from Piqua late

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Troy outscores Piqua 22-10 in last six minutes to earn GWOC North win. 

TROY — Just when Piqua thought it was on the verge of a comeback, Troy guards Tre Hudson and Romello Yaqub proved the Indians wrong. The guards both hit four free throws in the fourth quarter to help Troy pull away for a 67-55 win in a GWOC North game in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Trojan Athletic Center.

Colton Bachman hit a basket with 6:30 left in the fourth to tie the game at 45-45. But Hudson and Yaqud responded to lead a 22-10 run to end the game. Troy scored the next nine points, with five coming from Hudson. [Read more…]

TBSN boys basketball rankings: Jan. 23

Jaevin Cumberland dribbles

Franklin moves ahead of Dunbar in Div. II, St. Henry jumps to top spot in Div. III.

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the Dayton area after the seventh week of regular season play. Of note this week, Franklin moves to the top spot in Division II after a win over Montrose Christian, while Dunbar falls to second after losses to St. Vincent-St. Mary and La Lumiere. In Division III, St. Henry jumps Chaminade-Julienne and Versailles to the top spot after a convincing win over the Tigers last Friday.

Top games over the next week include Centerville at Wayne on Friday, Greenville at Fairborn on Tuesday, Bellefontaine at Urbana on Tuesday, and Dunbar at Chaminade-Julienne on Tuesday.
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Big day from Harper not enough for Springfield

Anthony Freeman dribbles

Cleveland Central Catholic shoots 50 percent from the field in 66-50 win over Springfield.

KETTERING — Springfield found out how tough it is to stop a team with three Division I prospects over 6-5 in a 66-50 loss on Sunday afternoon in Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena. Even with a big day from Springfield center Darius Harper, the Wildcats couldn’t slow down Cleveland Central Catholic’s Antwon Lillard and Tervell Beck.

Lillard, a 6-5 shooting guard with offers from Cleveland State and Kent State among others, scored 23 points and had nine rebounds for Central Catholic. Beck, a 6-8 junior forward with offers from Xavier and Pitt among others, led Cleveland Central Catholic with 25 points. [Read more…]

Thurgood Marshall rebuilding effort has another bump

Mike Mills passes

Cougars limit Walnut Ridge’s lead to two points only to be outscored by seven points in last two minutes.

KETTERING — Thurgood Marshall isn’t out of games often. The Cougars won the southwest Div. II regional two out of the last five seasons. They’re used to success.

It’s not surprising given their recent success that Marshall went on a 11-2 run in the fourth quarter against Walnut Ridge in Flyin’ to the Hoop on Saturday night at Trent Arena to make a game of it. But as has happened several times this year, the inexperienced Cougars didn’t have enough to complete the comeback. [Read more…]

Centerville survives comeback attempt from Bowman Academy

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Joey Weingartner hit a game-winning layup at the buzzer to give Centerville 61-59 win.

KETTERING — Centerville runs a play every day in practice designed to break a opponent’s press and beat them past half court. The play was much more than a tedious drill for the Elks on Saturday against Bowman Academy in Flyin’ to the Hoop. It was a game-winning play.

With the game tied 59-59, Mitch Balser threw a long inbounds pass to Joey Weingartner, and Weingartner made a shot off the glass at the buzzer to give the Elks a 61-59 win. [Read more…]

Tri-Village hangs on against Russia

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Patriots outscore Russia 19-6 in first half en-route to 56-49 victory 

KETTERING — Adrenaline is the best wake-up call — for Tri-Village, anyway.

After surviving a scare from Twin Valley South last night in a two-point win, the Patriots survived a slow start and comeback attempt from Russia and beat the Raiders 56-49 on Saturday morning at Flyin’ to the Hoop at Trent Arena. Both teams are ranked in the top ten in Div. IV in the state AP poll.

Russia jumped out to an 8-3 lead through the first four minutes, but Tri-Village woke up and finished the first half on a 19-6 run. Russia pulled within one point with about a minute left in the game, but that was as close as the score got. Tri-Village outscored Russia by six points in the last minute to earn the win. [Read more…]