Jackson Center survives comeback attempt and beats Troy Christian.
DAYTON — The Georgetown G-Men couldn’t contain Tri-Village in a Division IV district final game on Thursday night at U.D. Arena, let alone stop the Patriots.
Tri-Village shot 66.7 percent from the field in the game, including 81 percent (17-of-21) in the second half. Georgetown couldn’t keep up and the Patriots ran away to an 88-67 win. Tri-Village plays Russia in a regional semifinal next Tuesday.
Senior forward Damion Cook led the Patriots with 39 points, while Colton Linkous scored 20 points and led the team with 11 rebounds. Both players were voted first team in the AP’s Southwest Ohio All-District Div. IV team. Linkous was the player of the year in Div. IV.
Tri-Village started the second quarter on an 11-0 run and never looked back. The Patriots pushed their lead to 21 points with a 9-0 run to start the third quarter. Georgetown went on an 11-4 run in the fourth quarter to cut its deficit to eight points, but came no closer.
“We were turning the ball over when they made a run (in the second half),” Linkous said after the game. “We weren’t taking care of the ball and just turning and throwing. Give credit to (Georgetown) for taking advantage. But we took care of it after that. We need to handle it better next time.”
Russia beat Cincinnati Aiken on Thursday to advance. Tri-Village beat the Raiders by seven points in the Flyin’ to the Hoop in January.
“They’re a good team,” Tri-Village head coach Josh Sagester said of Russia. “They’ve got a lot of experience and a good basketball coach. We’ll go back and see what worked well for us and what didn’t work so well. We’ll have to iron those details out. But really we’re going to keep doing the things we’ve been doing and not change a ton.”
Russia pulled to within one point with a minute left in January’s game, but the Patriots finished on a 9-3 run. Cook said he’ll focus on guarding Russia’s Gavin Hoying next Tuesday. Hoying, a forward, led the Raiders with 24 points on Thursday.
“He can jump out of the gym,” Cook said of Hoying. “We’ll just have to get a man on him and box him out. They’re a pretty good team. They have a little size and a couple of guys that can shoot the ball. So just like every game, we’ll have to go out and play some good defense and just contain them.”
Jackson Center 65, Troy Christian 58
When Jackson Center thought its upset bid over Troy Christian had vanished, Drew Sosby came to the rescue.
Sosby hit a shot at the buzzer at the end of regulation to force overtime with a 56-56 tie. Sosby then hit back-to-back baskets in overtime to break a tie and give the Tigers a lead for good in an eventual 65-58 win.
The Eagles went out to a 56-53 lead on two free throws from Corde’ Donald with five seconds left in regulation. Jackson Center quickly worked the ball down to Drew Sosby on the right wing. Sosby nailed a three-pointer to send the game to overtime.
Sosby hit two back-to-back baskets in overtime to break a tie and give Jackson Center a 61-57 lead.
The Tigers led 49-44 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter but didn’t score for the next three minutes. Luke Dillahunt hit a shot for Troy Christian with 52 seconds left and was fouled. He made the free throw to complete the three-point play and give Troy Christian a 51-49 lead, which was the Eagles’ first lead since early in the first quarter. Chris Landrum made a four-point play with about three minutes left to cut Jackson Center’s lead to 49-48.
Troy Christian struggled shooting through most of the game. The Eagles shot 19-of-54 (35.2 percent) from the field, while Jackson Center shot 23-of-43 (53.5 percent). The Eagles shot 13-of-22 from the free-throw line, while Jackson Center shot 14-of-19.
Sosby led Jackson Center with 28 points, while Brady Wildermuth scored 14 points and had eight rebounds.
KC Kamentz led Troy Christian with 17 points, while Grant Zawadzki scored 12.