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Tournament preview: No favorites in Springfield Div. II sectional

Three out of the top four seeds are in the top bracket.

SPRINGFIELD — Getting the top seed in a sectional come time for the tournament draw usually paves an easy road for a team to make it to the districts. Urbana, the top seed in the Springfield Division II sectional, doesn’t have an easy road to the second round.

First, the Hillclimbers have to take on rival Graham. The Falcons (3-18) have struggled this season, but games against rivals can be challenging, especially come tournament time. Graham gave the Hillclimbers a scare in regular season game on Jan. 10. The Falcons led by two points at the end of the third quarter before Urbana outscored them by 11 points in the fourth quarter to win the game.

If Urbana wins against Graham, the Hillclimbers will play fourth-seed Bellefontaine (14-8) in a second-round game. After that, the winner will likely take on second-seed Tippecanoe (16-6) in a sectional final.

Jaden Greenwood dribbles

Shawnee claims third-straight CBC Kenton title

Braves makes quick work of Tecumseh in de-facto Kenton Trail title game.

SPRINGFIELD — Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire wondered if it could happen. Braves’ players doubted it could.

After losing four-straight games early in the season, Shawnee sat at 4-4. Two of the losses came within a week’s time to conference teams in Bellefontaine and Tippecanoe. With six conference games left to play and two conference losses, a league championship looked doubtful.

“We were kind of searching there,” McGuire said. “We’d lost four-straight games… and were coming off of two league losses. Guys were kind of down thinking that they’d loss the chance to win the league with two losses like that.”

Seth Gray passes

Turnovers help Springfield put away Shawnee

Four Springfield players scored in double digits in the Wildcats’ 61-46 win.

SPRINGFIELD — You shouldn’t fall asleep behind the wheel of a car, and you shouldn’t fall asleep midway through a basketball game, even with a lead. If you do, the lead may slip away.

Springfield head coach Isiah Carson said his Wildcats fell asleep last night in the third quarter of a nonconference game against Shawnee at Springfield High Gymnasium. Springfield led Shawnee by 13 points at halftime, but the Braves’ cut Springfield’s lead to six points with thirty seconds left in the third.

Springfield’s period of sleep turned out to be no more than a power nap, however. The Wildcats awoke in a big way and went on to outscore Shawnee 18-6 over the next four minutes. The run helped Springfield secure a 63-47 win.

Andrew Tincher dribbles

Photo Gallery: Shawnee at Springfield

Springfield beat Shawnee 63-47 on Saturday night in a nonconference game at Springfield High School. Shawnee cut Springfield’s lead to six points near the end of the third quarter, but Springfield responded with an 18-6 run over the next four minutes to put the Braves away. Danny Davis and Henry Alexander led Springfield with 13 points each, while Darius Harper and Dae’Shawn Jackson added 10 points each. Jaden Greenwood led Shawnee with 13 points. 

Jaelin Williams drives against Dillon Knueven

Shawnee pulls away from Urbana in third quarter

Braves advance to play in the district finals against perennial power Dunbar.

SPRINGFIELD — Jaelin Williams had one of his worst games of the season in a sectional semifinal win over Greenon last Wednesday, scoring only eight points. Entering a Division II sectional final game against Urbana last night, Williams was determined to avoid a repeat performance.

And avoid that he did.

Williams led the Braves with 21 points as Shawnee beat Urbana 47-32 to earn its first trip to the district finals in three seasons.

Photo Gallery: Shawnee vs. Urbana sectional final

Shawnee beat Urbana 47-33 in a Division II sectional final game at Springfield High School on Friday, March 1, 2013. Read more about the game here in this article from Top Billing SportsTop Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing.

Shawnee senior guard Jaelin Williams (right) dribbles around a Kenton Ridge defender during a game on Jan. 9 at Shawnee. Williams is averaging 20 points per game this season for the Braves. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing)

Shawnee, Urbana get rematch in sectional final

The Braves and Hillclimbers meet in a sectional final game for a rematch of a nine-point Shawnee win in regular season.

SPRINGFIELD — It’s usual for coaches of any sport on any level to be displeased in some aspect with a performance after a game. It’s unusual for coaches of any sport on any level to be displeased after a 32-point win.

Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire was just that following a 75-43 win over Greenon in a Division II sectional semifinal at Springfield High School on Wednesday.

“We weren’t very crisp and sharp offensively,” McGuire said. “We missed a lot of easy shots there early on. Then defensively, we weren’t terrible, but we didn’t have our rotating defense as a well as we normally did. We didn’t practice as well the last couple of days as we had been recently too.”

Photo Gallery: Greenon vs. Shawnee sectional final

Shawnee beat Greenon 75-43 in a Division II sectional final game last night at Springfield High School. The Braves trailed Greenon 6-4 midway through the first quarter but ended on a 13-2 run and never looked back. Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing.

Shawnee senior guard Jaelin Williams drives during a Kenton Ridge defender during Shawnee's 66-61 win over the Cougars on Jan. 9. Williams is averaging 21 points per game for Shawnee this season. (Top Billing Sports Photo by Bryant Billing)

Your sort-of midterm analysis of area basketball

We switched over to semesters last fall at Wright State University, as did the remaining public institutions in the state that still used the quarters system.

And what was true in quarters is true in semesters — you don’t question the professor’s schedule. Over my three-and-a-half years at Wright State, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a midterm exam in the middle of term. Last semester, one class had a midterm exam in week ten — about three weeks after the true middle of the semester.

And in that vein of it’ll-be-midterm-when-I-say-it-is, it’s time for a midseason analysis of area (limited to Clark and Champaign County for most purposes of this column) high school basketball.

Jaelin Williams shoots feature

Williams leads Shawnee comeback overtime win over Kenton Ridge

Jaelin Williams scores six of 23 total points in a crucial stretch in fourth quarter, hits five foul shots in overtime to lead Shawnee to win.

SPRINGFIELD — Players, coaches, and fans agree that Jaelin Williams is the leader of the Shawnee Braves team.

And when the Braves were trailing 50-43 in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division game against rival Kenton Ridge at Shawnee with less than three minutes left in regulation, they looked to their leader.

Williams didn’t disappoint.

The 6-5 senior guard scored eleven of his 23 points in the final seven minutes of an overtime game to help lead Shawnee to a 66-61 come-from-behind win over the Cougars (4-5, 1-3 CBC Kenton Trail) last night. The game was a makeup of a game originally scheduled on Dec. 21 that was postponed due to inclement weather.