TBSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 27

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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.

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Tournament Preview: Springfield Div. II sectional stacked again

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For second-straight season, three of the top four seeds are in the sectional’s upper bracket.

SPRINGFIELD — The teams in the Springfield Division II sectional have made themselves clear again. They want to delay playing a Dayton team as long as possible.

Three of the top four seeds all chose to play in the sectional’s upper bracket for the second-straight season. Top seed Urbana (21-1), No. 3 seed Carroll (16-6) and No. 4 seed Bellefontaine (12-9) will battle each other for one district final berth in the upper sectional. Shawnee (17-5), the No. 2 seed, looks like the heavy favorite in the lower sectional. [Read more…]

TBSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 20

Luke Kennard looks to pass

Celina and Urbana move up in Division II after Dunbar’s loss to Ponitz last Sunday.

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the greater Dayton area after the 11th week of regular season play. Of note this week, Ponitz beat Dunbar in a Dayton City League game on Sunday. As a result, the Wolverines drop two spots in Division II, and Celina and Urbana move up two spots.

This weekend is the last for regular season play. The tournament starts next weekend. Top Billing Sports will have its final boys basketball rankings for the 2015 season next Friday. View complete tournament brackets for area teams on the Southwest District website.

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Dayton Div. I tournament draw interviews

Listen to interviews with Centerville’s Brook Cupps, Wayne’s Travis Trice and Springfield’s Isiah Carson plus others.

Top Billing Sports talked with seven Dayton area head coaches after Sunday’s Division I tournament draw. Listen below to interviews with Wayne head coach Travis Trice, Trotwood head coach Rocky Rockhold, Northmont head coach Collin Abels, Centerville head coach Brook Cupps, Springfield head coach Isiah Carson, Springboro head coach Mike Holweger, and Tecumseh head coach Roger Culbertson.

View all Dayton tournament brackets here.

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Top teams avoid Wayne in Dayton Division I tournament draw

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GWOC Central gets the top four seeds in Sectional tournament

CENTERVILLE — When it comes to the clear-cut favorite in the Dayton Division I sectionals, Wayne was identified as the top team. The top-seeded Warriors were chosen unanimously by the other 19 teams and as a result, they got to choose their spot on the bracket.

All of the teams are seeded by the number of points they accumulate through voting by the coaches, and in succession the other remaining top seeded teams got to select their spots on the bracket. There are three sectionals from which to choose, and a team calculates where they would like to go on the bracket to give their team the best position. [Read more…]

Boys basketball pairings: Springfield earns 4th seed in Div. I, Tecumseh 13th

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Wayne earns the top seed in Division I, while Franklin earns the top seed in Division II.

CENTERVILE — Springfield head coach Isiah Carson was cautiously optimistic entering Sunday’s tournament draw. He wanted the Wildcats to earn the fourth seed in Dayton’s Division I sectional and to be rated ahead of several teams with better records.

Thanks to Centerville, Fairmont and Wayne, Carson got his wish. Springfield earned the fourth seed in the draw and will open tournament play against No. 16 Beavercreek on Feb. 28 at Vandalia Butler’s Student Activities Center. The Wildcats beat Beavercreek twice in GWOC Central play this season, most recently a 17-point win last Friday. [Read more…]

TBSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 13

D'Mitrik Trice looks to pass

Centerville moves to third in Div. I after win over Fairmont, while Russia climbs in Div. IV.

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the greater Dayton area after the tenth week of regular season play. Of note this week, Centerville moves up to third in Div. I this week after a win over Fairmont, while Russia moves up to third in Div. IV after a win over Jackson Center.

Notable games over the next week include Cleveland Central Catholic at Wayne on Saturday and Alter at Fairmont on Tuesday.

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Wayne has no problem with Springfield in rematch

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Warriors run away from Springfield and clinch share of Central Division.

HUBER HEIGHTS — Springfield’s cold shooting and Wayne’s domination of the boards set the tone in a GWOC Central game on Tuesday night. The Warriors ran away from Springfield to a 77-57 win. Wayne clinches at least a share of its third-straight GWOC Central title with the win.

Springfield took an 8-6 lead midway through the first, but the Warriors finished the quarter on an 8-0 run. When Springfield tried to mount a comeback in the second, Wayne guard Rodrick Caldwell scored the final nine Warriors points to close the half with a 33-19 Wayne lead. The Warriors never looked back. [Read more…]

Russia runs away from Catholic Central in second half

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Gavin Hoying puts on a dunk fest for Russia against Irish.

SPRINGFIELD — Russia was worried about a possible letdown entering a nonconference game at Catholic Central on Saturday night. The Raiders beat Jackson Center in a key Shelby County League game on Friday and had a long bus trip down to take on the Irish.

The Russia fans in attendance were far from let down at Jason Collier Gymnasium. The Raiders ran away from Central in the second half to a 63-37 win. The game wasn’t without a few scares, though. Central pulled to within three points midway through the second and eight points early in the third. [Read more…]

TBSN boys basketball rankings: Feb. 6

Dae'Shawn Jackson looks to pass

Wilmington moves to top spot in Division I after Saturday’s win over Wayne

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the Dayton area after the ninth week of regular season play. Of note this week, Wilmington claims the top spot in Division I after its 65-61 win over Wayne last Saturday in the Play-by-Play Classic.

Springfield moves up to sixth in Division I after a win over No. 4 Centerville. The Wildcats host No. 3 Fairmont tonight and travel to No. 2 Wayne on Tuesday in GWOC Central action.

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