Cincinnati Christian hits seven key free throws to pull ahead of Southeastern.
DAYTON — Cincinnati Christian took command down the stretch and won 54-52 over Southeastern in the last of three Division IV district finals on Friday at UD Arena. The Cougars used a 7-2 run — with all seven points coming at the free-throw line — to take a lead in the fourth quarter against Southeastern.
Cincinnati Christian put the game away with a late basket. Southeastern turned the ball over on a three-second violation with about 20 seconds left, and after a timeout, the Trojans put a full-court press on Cincinnati Christian on the inbounds pass. But Christian Keese broke the press and was wide open under the basket, and Brady Roberts saw and threw a pass to him. Keese laid the basket off the glass with about 10 seconds left.
Charlie Bertemes hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Southeastern to narrow the final score.
Trevor King led Southeastern with 19 points while Andrew Lyons had 17 points with 11 rebounds. Colton Spears, who averaged 13 points per game, was 0-for-5 from the field and finished with three points from the foul line. All three players are seniors.
Cincinnati Christian coach Carl Woods credited Elijah Woods for guarding Spears well and said it was one of the main reasons why the Cougars won.
“They told us he was a great shooter and I had to watch his hips,” Woods said. “I watched a lot of film this week and studied his moves to know what to do when it came to game time tonight.”
Keese led the Cougars with 15 points, while Dylan Woods scored 14.
Cincinnati Christian will face Tri-Village in a regional semifinal on Tuesday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena.
Fort Loramie 68, Cincinnati Lockland 42: Loramie took a commanding 20-5 lead and never looked back in their win. The Redskins led 31-13 at halftime and outshot Lockland 67 percent from the field compared to 18 percent.
Dillon Braun led Fort Loramie scoring 19 points and had 7 rebounds while 6-7 junior Tyler Siegel had 17 points and 9 rebounds. The Redskins advance to face Lima Perry in a regional semifinal on Tuesday at Trent Arena.
Tri-Village 38 Jackson Center 33: Jonny Wilson hit a big 3-pointer to tie it in the final seconds in regulation, and Tri-Village ran away to a 38-33 win.
Wilson hit a 3-pointer to tie the game 29-29, and Tyler Couch hit the first basket in overtime to give the Patriots a lead they wouln’t lose. Gavin Richards led Tri-Village in scoring with 12 points along with 4 rebounds.