Franklin holds off Shawnee for district title

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Duke recruit Luke Kennard scores 35 in 62-55 Wildcats victory.

DAYTON — The near-capacity crowd at the University of Dayton Arena showed up early in order to see the third of three games on Friday night. What they didn’t expect was how close the game would be. The Franklin Wildcats defeated the Shawnee Braves 62-55 in a struggle that was in doubt until the final couple of minutes.  

Shawnee tried to keep pace with the Wildcats, who features Duke-signee Luke Kennard, but the size and skill of Franklin was just too much for the Braves. Kennard was year’s Mr. Basketball and the favorite to repeat that award this season [Read more…]

Prep basketball notes: Shawnee to face Franklin, Kennard in districts

Chris McGuire poses with Andrew Tincher and Jaden Greenwood

Shawnee hopes November scrimmage pays off against Franklin, who hasn’t lost to an Ohio team this season.

SPRINGFIELD — If Shawnee wants to win another game, it will have to do something no other Ohio team has done this season: beat Franklin.

The Braves and the Wildcats will play each other in a Division II district final game on Friday at 9 p.m. at U.D. Arena. Franklin (24-1) hasn’t lost to an Ohio team all season. The Wildcats have beat the likes of defending Div. I state champion Lakewood St. Edward and Montrose Christian (a top-ranked team in Maryland) this season among other teams. Franklin demolished Ponitz 91-62 in a sectional final on Saturday in Dayton, while Shawnee came back and beat Meadowdale 54-51.

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Shawnee comes back against Meadowdale to earn sectional title

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Jaden Greenwood hits game-winner to lift Shawnee to its second sectional title in three years.

SPRINGFIELD — The Shawnee Braves survived a scare from Meadowdale on Saturday night and earned their second sectional title in three years with a 54-51 win. Afterwards they should have hoisted Seth Gray and Jaden Greenwood on their shoulders, after the duo put the team on their backs.

Gray scored all of his team’s ten first quarter points, converted 12 free throws in the game, and poured in 15 second half points on his way to a game-high 26 points. The smaller Lions struggled with Gray’s quickness and agility inside, which Shawnee head coach Chris McGuire planned for. [Read more…]

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…]

Shawnee clinches share of fourth-straight CBC Kenton title

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Seth Gray scores 19 points in the second half to help Shawnee pull away from Kenton Ridge.

SPRINGFIELD — Kenton Ridge found out a big reason why Shawnee has won four consecutive conference titles. The Braves are hard to score against.

Shawnee held Kenton Ridge to 24 second-half points. The strong defense helped Shawnee run away to a 70-48 win on Friday night. The Braves clinched at least a share of their fourth-straight CBC Kenton Trail Division title with the victory. [Read more…]

Shawnee beats Bellefontaine, takes division lead

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Jaden Greenwood free throws lift Shawnee over Bellefontaine.

SPRINGFIELD —  The Shawnee boys basketball team is in the driver’s seat for the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division title after an exciting 49-45 home victory over Bellefontaine on Friday night at Shawnee.

Bellefontaine’s Jake Kennedy gave his team the lead at 45-44 on a jumper with 3:12 left. The score stayed that way for almost two minutes, until Shawnee senior guard Jaden Greenwood canned two free tosses with 1:22 to take the lead for good at 46-45. The Braves never trailed after that. [Read more…]

TBSN boys basketball rankings: Jan. 30

Shawnee guard Jaden Greenwood dribbles around Springfield's Danny Davis. Shawnee is No.

 Wayne, Wilmington will play on Saturday night in play-by-play classic. 

The Top Billing Sports Network boys basketball rankings for the Dayton area after the eighth week of regular season play. Of note this week, Jackson Center moves up in Div. IV after a win over Marion Local, while Russia drops after a loss to Anna.

The top two teams in Division I — Wayne and Wilmington — will meet in the Wilmington Play-by-Play Classic on Saturday. Officials expect a capacity crowd for the 8 p.m. game. Another big game comes on Sunday, when Dunbar travels to Ponitz. Dunbar is ranked second in Div. II, while Ponitz is sixth.

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Shawnee pulls away from Tecumseh at line

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Shawnee hits 14 free throws in final five minutes of fourth to pull away.

NEW CARLISLE — Shawnee pulled away from Tecumseh in a league game on Friday at the free-throw line. The Braves hit 14 foul shots in the fourth to earn a 53-43 win over the Arrows and stay tied with Bellefontaine for the lead in the CBC Kenton Trail.

Tecumseh pulled within five points midway through the fourth quarter, but a technical foul called on the Arrows’ Dante Clark started a free-throw shooting streak for the Braves. Jaden Greenwood hit two free throws after the foul, and Shawnee hit 10 consecutive free throws after that and built a 10-point lead by the two-minute mark. [Read more…]

Springfield bounces back against Shawnee

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Two starters and most of Springfield’s bench were suspended due to game-ending brawl on Friday night against Wayne.

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield couldn’t have asked for a better rebound after a brawl ended what was an 18-point loss to Wayne on Friday night. The Wildcats traveled to Shawnee and beat the Braves 79-60 in nonconference action on Saturday.

With a depleted roster, Danny Davis took over and led the Wildcats. Davis scored a career-high 37 points and led Springfield with six rebounds. [Read more…]

Prep basketball notes: Catholic Central hopes to rebound after two-game skid

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After winning its first three OHC games, Central lost two games last week.

SPRINGFIELD — Catholic Central head coach Dan Shay said after a 13-point loss to West Liberty-Salem on Friday that several Irish players are battling colds and other illnesses. Central’s fourth quarter play against the Tigers was evidence of that.

The Tigers outscored Catholic Central by 11 in the fourth quarter, which turned a close game into a comfortable win. It was the second-straight league loss for the Irish, who also lost to Cedarville 50-47 on Tuesday at Jason Collier Gymnasium. [Read more…]