Springfield runs away from Trotwood early

DSC_6614

Wildcats score first eight points and never look back against Trotwood in sectional semifinal.

VANDALIA — Trotwood thrived on turnovers and points in the paint last season during its run to the state semifinals. The Rams didn’t do that in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday. Rather, it was Springfield who forced Trotwood into 12 turnovers and scored many fast-break points.

The Wildcats had little problem with Trotwood in a 84-68 win. Springfield (17-7) advances to play Lebanon in a sectional final on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Centerville High School. It’s the Wildcats’ first sectional final appearance since 2010. Lebanon advances after upsetting No. 3 seed Fairmont 86-75 on Wednesday at Centerville. [Read more…]

Jackson first Springfield player to pass 1,000 career points

DSC_5959-2

Wildcats face Trotwood in second-round game on Wednesday.

VANDALIA — Saturday’s win over Beavercreek was more than a tournament win for Springfield. A milestone occurred for the program. Senior guard Dae’Shawn Jackson became the first player in the new school’s history to surpass 1,000 career points.

Jackson surpassed the milestone on a three-pointer with about 30 seconds left in the second quarter. It was a crucial basket for Springfield, as the Wildcats led by three points at halftime before running away in the second half. [Read more…]

Last second free throw lifts Bellefontaine over Urbana

DSC_6299

Chieftains hold Urbana to four points in critical third quarter and hold on to win.

SPRINGFIELD — Cameron Logwood hit a game-winning shot against Bellefontaine on Jan. 27. He had a chance to do it again in a sectional semifinal against the Chieftains on Tuesday night but couldn’t replicate the magic.

Logwood’s last-second three-pointer from the right wing bounced off the rim at the buzzer. As a result, Bellefontaine knocked off top-seed Urbana for the second-straight season with a 36-35 win. Bellefontaine advances to face Graham in a sectional final on Saturday night. Graham upset No. 3 seed Carroll 41-36 in Tuesday’s nightcap at Springfield High. [Read more…]

Southeastern goes South against Bethel

Bethel freshman Caleb South scores 25 points to lead Bethel to comeback win against Southeastern.

TROY — The Southeastern Trojans went south in a sectional opener against Bethel Saturday night — as in Caleb South. Bethel’s freshman guard led the Bees with 25 points and helped spark a 51-38 comeback win against the Trojans. Bethel advances to play fellow Cross County Conference member Franklin-Monroe in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

The Trojans were down 23-16 in the second quarter and outscored Bethel 10-0 in the last two minutes to take a 26-23 halftime lead. Six different players scored for Southeastern in the first half. [Read more…]

Centerville destroys Troy in first round game

Elks outscore Troy by 16 points in the first quarter en route to blowout win.

TROTWOOD — Centerville made quick work of Troy Saturday in a Div. I first round sectional game by forcing seven Troy turnovers and making five three-pointers in the first quarter to spark a blowout 80-38 win.

The second quarter was just as bad for Troy with the Elks outscoring Troy 21-6 to take a commanding 44-13 lead at the half. [Read more…]

Springfield pulls away from Beavercreek in the second half

DSC_5921-2

Springfield senior guard Dae’Shawn Jackson scores 19 points and goes over 1,000 career points in the Wildcats’ win.

VANDALIA — The Springfield Wildcats took their first step to a possible tournament run by defeating Beavercreek 64-53 in their first Division I sectional game at the Butler Student Activity Center.

After a fast-paced 18-18 first quarter, in which Beavercreek scorched the nets in the early going, it was the defensive pressure that caused the Beavers havoc in the second period. The Wildcats held a 29-26 halftime lead. Missed free throws let Beavercreek hang around. [Read more…]

Fairmont avoids upset against Miamisburg

Jacob Maloney drives

The Firebirds eked out a win from the free throw line. Leading scorer Kei’Vante Tanner is suspended.

VANDALIA — Fairmont avoided an upset without leading scorer Kei’Vante Tanner and beat Miamisburg 73-63 in a Div. I sectional opener on Saturday at Butler’s Student Activities Center. The No. 3 seed Firebirds scored 26 of their 28 points from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Tanner is suspended for undisclosed reasons and did not play for Fairmont. Tanner, the GWOC Central Player of the Year, leads Fairmont with an average of 20.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Head coach Blair Albright is unsure when or if Tanner will return. The Firebirds advance to face No. 10 seed Lebanon in a sectional semifinal on Wednesday. [Read more…]

Quisenberry tip-in lifts Tecumseh over Piqua in tournament opener

DSC_5304

Malik Quisenberry scores on tip-in with 1.1 seconds left to lift Tecumseh to 54-52 win over Piqua in sectional opener.

TROTWOOD — Tecumseh couldn’t hit many outside shots in a sectional quarterfinal against Piqua last night. So the Arrows attacked Piqua in the paint, right down to the final seconds of the tie game. It was a good move. Tecumseh beat Piqua in the paint on its last possession.

Malik Quisenberry tipped-in a missed shot with 1.1 seconds left to lift Tecumseh to a 54-52 Friday night at Trotwood-Madison High School. Quisenberry had missed a shot in the low post seconds earlier. Tecumseh got two rebounds and put-back tries after the first miss, and Quisenberry found net on the second. [Read more…]

Tournament Preview: Springfield hopes to make noise in Dayton sectional

DSC_4991-2

Centerville, Xenia and Greenville will battle in one sectional, while Springfield, Trotwood and Fairmont will battle in another.

SPRINGFIELD — Wayne is as undisputed a No. 1 seed as there’s been in recent seasons. After the Warriors selected their bracket during the tournament draw earlier this month, it wasn’t until No. 12 seed Piqua that another team joined the same bracket.

While Wayne (18-4) looks like a heavy favorite to win the Dayton 2 Division I sectional, the other two area sectionals look wide open. No. 2 seed Centerville, No. 5 seed Xenia and No. 6 seed Greenville all jumped in the Dayton 1 sectional, while No. 3 seed Fairmont, No. 4 seed Springfield and No. 7 seed Trotwood all went to the Dayton 3 sectional. [Read more…]

TBSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 27

DSC_6687-856x1024

Springfield moves up in Division I, while Urbana moves up in Division II.

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the greater Dayton area after the 12th week of regular season play. These are our final rankings for the 2014-2015 season. Of note this week, Springfield moves up to fifth in Division I after a win over Xenia on Tuesday, and Urbana moves up to second in Division II after huge wins over Greenon and Kenton Ridge.

Tournament action starts this weekend. Top Billing Sports’ will cover the Tecumseh vs. Piqua, Springfield vs. Beavercreek and Southeastern vs. Bethel first-round games this weekend, in addition to others. View complete tournament brackets for area teams on the Southwest District website.

[Read more…]