Late Tecumseh run puts away Shawnee 59-47

Dante Clark shoots

Senior center Donte Clark dominates Shawnee inside with 23 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks.

SPRINGFIELD — Malik Quisenberry’s  25-footer at the buzzer to end the third quarter gave Tecumseh a two-point lead and started a 14-0 run en-route to a 59-47 road win over Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Shawnee on Friday.

Tecumseh was led in the game by center Donte Clark. Shawnee had no answer for the senior as he recorded 23 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, and numerous near-blocks and shot pressures that dictated what went on in the paint for the Braves.

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2014 Clark County Boys Basketball Preview

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Springfield, Shawnee looking for banner years with senior guards.

High school basketball tips off around the state on Friday. All Clark County teams will play their first game of the season sometime this weekend.

County teams are in different spots. Some, like Springfield, Greenon, and Southeastern, return nearly all pf last year’s varsity rosters. Others, like Tecumseh and Kenton Ridge, lose most key players from last season. [Read more…]

Boys basketball preview: Springfield, Shawnee return key guards

Springfield junior guard Dae'Shawn Jackson dribbles during a game against Wayne last January. Jackson led Springfield with 13.3 points per game last year. (Top Billing Sports Photos by Bryant Billing)

Wildcats and Braves return their top scorers from last season.

SPRINGFIELD — Two of Clark County’s top teams return their top players.

Springfield and Shawnee posted two of the best records of all county teams last year. The Braves went 19-6 and lost in a sectional final. Springfield went 18-6 and lost in a sectional semifinal to Tecumseh. Tecumseh posted the best record (20-5) of all county teams. [Read more…]

Tournament preview: No favorites in Springfield Div. II sectional

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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. [Read more…]

Shawnee claims third-straight CBC Kenton title

Jaden Greenwood dribbles

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.” [Read more…]

Turnovers help Springfield put away Shawnee

Seth Gray passes

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. [Read more…]

Photo Gallery: Shawnee at Springfield

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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.  [Read more…]

Shawnee pulls away from Urbana in third quarter

Jaelin Williams drives against Dillon Knueven

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. [Read more…]