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LCC survives and advances to Regionals

ADA, OHIO – It was billed all season long as potentially one of the best matchups in the state as St. Henry took the court against the defending D3 Champions in LCC. For the first half of basketball it was more like a rout as the T-Birds jumped on the Redskins early and often before surviving a big run in the 3rd quarter and earning their 45-44 win Saturday night at ONU.

Led early by Dantez Walton who scored 5 of his team high 16 points in the first stanza, the T-Birds flexed their offensive muscle and led 11-7 after the first quarter and 30-15 at the half before the Redskins came out guns blazing after the break.

St. Henry shot 6/21 in the first half and 0-5 from 3 but shot 10/15 from the field and hit 5/8 triples in the 3rd quarter as they accounted for 20 period points and were found themselves down just four at 39-35 heading to the fourth quarter.

Caleb Bender got things going coming out of the halftime break for the Redskins as he tossed in a three pointer :12 into the third stanza that helped key a 17-9 run aided by triples by Bender, Ryan Mikesell, Mitch Stammen, and one by Evan Prenger that pulled the MAC Champions to 32-26 midway through the quarter just seconds before a Stammen steal and layup that forced LCC to take a timeout up 32-38 with 4:29 left in the 3rd.

Following the timeout and a missed LCC layup by Josh Dixon, the Redskins cut the lead to just a pair as Prenger scored on a layup assisted by Caleb Bender. On the ensuing possession for the T-Birds Aidan O’Connor’s turnover set up a three point play by Mitch Stammen who added a free throw to give his team a 32-31 lead when Josh Dixon picked up his 3rd foul of the game.

Despite being in foul trouble in the second half, Dixon was effective on the offensive end as he stuck back an O’Connor miss off the glass to put LCC back in the lead at 34-33 with 1:07 to go in the games second to last quarter. Cam White, a 6’2 Senior for the Birds connected on a jumper to push the lead to three but Mikesell’s layup just seconds later made it 36-35 LCC. With a trio of fouls on his own late in the third quarter Walton was subbed in defense for offense in the second half but loomed large with the basketball as he drained a fall away three pointer from the right wing at the buzzer to put his squad in front 39-35.

Lima Central Catholic utilized the clock very effectively in the final quarter as Junior Tre Cobbs, who did not get the start due to a shoulder injury showcased his superior ballhandling and dribbling abilities by running almost 3:00 off of the clock near the half court line. There was just 2:43 left in the fourth when Mikesell who was held to just 12 points in the game on 5/14 shooting connected on 1/2 free throws to cut the lead to 39-36.

Dantez Walton grabbed an offensive rebound off of an Aidan O’Connor miss and sent it back outside to Josh Dixon who connected on a three pointer that put LCC up 6 with 1:46 left. Not to be outdone however the Redskins cut the lead to three again on their next possession as Mitch Stammen connected on a triple that was immediately followed by a timeout for MAC Coach of the Year Eric Rosenbeck.

Almost a minute came off of the clock for the T-Birds before a free throw by Cobbs gave LCC a four point advatage at 43-39 with :46 left in the game. St. Henry got the ball next on a rebound by Jesse Niekamp and scored on a Mikesell layup with :16 left to make it 43-41 by Cobbs blazed a trail down the court and got a pair of points on a layup with high right hand that provided the final LCC points. Evan Prenger hit a three pointer with :04 seconds left to provide the final points in the 46-45 loss for the Redskins.

LCC (23-2) who shot a perfect 6/6 from 3 will travel to Bowling Green’s Stroh Center on Wednesday night at for the 6th straight season they will meet the OG Titans, and the 4th straight time in the Regional round as the two will tip off at 8pm in a game that will be broadcast live on www.zsportslive.com

St. Henry ends their season at 22-3 in the last contest for a highly decorated Senior class consisting of Caleb Bender (2nd team MAC), Scott Knapke, Blake Hoying, Evan Prenger, Justin Ahlers, and the 2015 Midwest Athletic Conference and Northwest District Player of the Year and future Dayton Flyer Ryan Mikesell who finishes his prep career with 1540 points.

Scoring:

LCC (45):

Dantez Walton 16
Jake Williams 6
Josh Dixon 11
Tre Cobbs 8
Cam White 4

FG: 18/30 (60%)
3: 6/6 (100% – Walton 4, Dixon, Cobbs)
FT: 3/8 (37.5%)
Reb: 22 (7 offensive – Walton 6)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 6)
Blk: 2 (Walton 2)
Stl: 9 (Walton 2, Dixon 2, Cobbs 2)

St. Henry (44):

Caleb Bender 5
Mitch Stammen 17
Evan Prenger 10
Ryan Mikesell 12

FG: 16/36 (44.4%)
3: 5/13 (38.5%)
FT: 7/10 (70.0%)
Reb: 17 (6 offensive – J. Niekamp 5)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 7 (Bender 2, Stammen 2, Prenger 2)
Blk: 2 (Stammen, Prenger)
Stl: 9 (Mikesell 4)

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St Henry, LCC move on

ADA, OHIO – The matchup that basketball fans across the state have been waiting for will come to fruition Saturday night at Ohio Northern University’s King Horn Center when the St. Henry Redskins tangle with the defending state champion LCC T-Birds as both teams were victorious in their Semifinal matchups on Thursday night. LCC took the first game of the doubleheader 52-49 over Coldwater while the Redskins downed Liberty Benton 51-31 in the nightcap.

LCC got their offensive attack going just :49 into the contest as a layup by Tre Cobbs found the way to the bottom of the net, but Coldwater quickly tied the game just seconds later as 6’8 Junior Andy Brunet connected on a basket for his squad. Cobbs would find himself with the T-Birds first two buckets and leading at 5-2 on the teams ensuing possession as he connected on a shot from behind the arc. Following a rebound by Cobbs near the end of the quarter, LCC pushed their lead to 15-9 on a triple by leading scorer Dantez Walton.

Aided by 10 points in the second quarter from Josh Dixon the defending D3 champs found themselves with a 31-20 halftime lead. Coldwater shot 9/23 in the first half and utilized a pair of three pointers from deep on the wing by Ted Fisher to keep the LCC lead in the low double digits despite turning the ball over five times and only being able to force one turnover in the opening half.

Coldwater (12-12) would outscore LCC (22-2) 13-12 in the games penultimate stanza and have the lead cut to just 4 at 35-31 with a Derek Thobe triple at the 2:31 mark of the quarter before. LCC would add 8 points in the final two minutes as they utilized a three pointer by Garrett Thomas, a 6’0 Senior as well as 5 points by Cobbs to go into the 4th leading 43-33.

Defensively the Cavaliers would play one of their best quarters of the season in the last 8:00 as they held LCC to 0 points from the field. With the defense tightening up however it was the T-Birds who would utilize the free throw line that had been so kind to the Cavaliers up to that point and connect on 9/11 opportunities en route to the win. Following a made free throw by Cobbs that gave his team a 52-49 lead with :03 left, Coldwater’s Derek Thobe missed a heave from halfcourt as time expired.

Scoring:

LCC (52):

Dantez Walton 8
Jake Williams 5
Tre Cobbs 17
Nick Taflinger 4
Josh Dixon 13
Garrett Thomas 3
Cam White 2

FG: 17/46 (37%)
3: 4/17 (23.5%)
FT: 14/19 (73.7%)
Reb: 28 (10 offensive – J. Williams 7)
Fouls: 14
Ast: 10 (Cobbs 4)
TO: 7
Blk: 4 (Walton 3)
Stl: 7 (Cobbs 3)

Coldwater (49):

Ted Fisher 6
Andy Brunet 14
Derek Thobe 10
Aaron Harlamert 13
Dylan Thobe 4
Malave Bettinger 2

FG: 17/38 (44.7%)
3: 3/14 (21.4%)
FT: 12/17 (70.6%)
Reb: 28 (6 offensive – Fisher 6)
Fouls: 15
Ast: 13 (Harlamert 5)
TO: 11
Blk: 1 (Brunet)
Stl: 3 (Brunet, De. Thobe, Bettinger)

St. Henry got a measure of revenge in their game with Liberty Benton as the Eagles knocked them out of last seasons tournament in the Districts 57-34. This season the Redskins got off to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets by Ryan Mikesell and Mitchel Stammen before LB could even get off their first shot of the game.

With the score tied at 13 and just :04 seconds left on the clock, St. Henry’s Jesse Niekamp came up with a steal and raced to the opposite side of the court to hit a layup that beat the buzzer to send his team into the period break leading 15-13. Anthony Masterlasco, a 1st team BVC selection this season as a Sophomore scored 6 of his 12 points in the quarter for Liberty Benton.

Five points is all the LB offense would be able to muster in the second quarter as the Redskins defense turned up their intensity forcing the Eagles into 8 turnovers and 1/5 shooting from beyond the arc to lead 30-20 at the half. Mikesell was held to 13 points in the contest on 5/11 shooting but tossed in 7 of his points in the stanza, including a three pointer deep from the wing to help keep his squad on top going into the half. Liberty Benton was held scoreless in the quarter for 3:43 between baskets by Masterlasco and Nathan Craft.

Mitch Stammen was brilliant from the free throw line in the second half for the Redskins as he connected on 8/8 tosses from the charity stripe (he shot 10/10 overall from the line in the game). Jesse Niekamp and Mikesell combined to shoot 3/5 from the free throw line as well and helped St. Henry to a 41-26 lead after three quarters.

Jesse Niekamp became the third player for his team to get into double figures as he connected on a layup with 5:54 remaining that gave him his 11th point of the game, and his team a 47-29 advantage. Liberty Benton’s only make from the field in the fourth quarter came on a three pointer Senior Tyler Vorst. Only Jackson Logsdon would put points up for the Eagles in the last period other than the aforementioned three pointer from Vorst as he connected on a pair of free throws with 3:31 left. The charity tosses by Logsdon also proved to be the final points of the contest as St. Henry picked up the win 51-31.

Liberty Benton’s season comes to an end at 18-6 while the Redskins are now 22-2 and will play LCC on Saturday at 7pm at ONU in a game that will be broadcast live on WKKI K94.3fm and online at www.k943.com

Ryan Mikesell who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the game added another award to his long list of accolades after the game as it was announced that he has been named as the Division 3 Northwest District Player of the Year. Joining Mikesell on the NW District team is teammate and Honorable Mention selection Mitch Stammen.

Scoring:

St. Henry (51):

Caleb Bender 2
Mitch Stammen 16 (10-10 free throws)
Evan Prenger 5
Ryan Mikesell 13
Jesse Niekamp 15

FG: 18/47 (38.3%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 13/17 (76.5%)
Reb: 37 (14 offensive – Mikesell 10)
Fouls: 11
Ast: 9 (Mikesell 3, Prenger 3)
TO: 8
Blk: 2 (Mikesell, Jesse Niekamp)
Stl: 9 (Mitch Stammen 4)

Liberty Benton (31):

Anthony Masterlasco 12
Nathan Craft 9
Tyson Neiling 2
Tyler Vorst 3
Jackson Logsdon 5

FG: 13/37 (35.1%)
3: 2/13 (15.4%)
FT: 3/7 (42.9%)
Reb: 23 (5 offensive – Logsdon 5, Masterlasco 5)
Fouls: 16
Ast: 6 (Masterlasco 3)
TO: 13
Blk: 1 (Dager)
Stl: 6 (Masterlasco 2, Craft 2)

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LCC vs Liberty Benton Live Blog

Liberty Benton is in their road blues, LCC in their home white jerseys.

Katie Simon hits a three right off the tip, took just 12 seconds to put LB up 3-0 over the T-Birds. LCC responds by having Sydney Santaguida stand out front at half court with the basketball for :60, they have taken 2 minutes off the clock without a shot. The second LCC possession took just 20 seconds but ended with their first bucket by Madison Stolly.

LCC’s strategy here tonight is to have Santaguida stand out front of the 2-3 zone from LB and hold on to the basketball as they’ve done so for about half of the first quarter so far, the LB fans are not happy about it obviously as we go under :90 in the first quarter. LCC has struggled to make shots so far (they trail 7-4) once they do get going towards the bucket.

LB leads 7-6 after 1.
LCC stall ball has the Eagles on their heels defensively.

Stolly 8 of LCC first 11 points. (jumper with 540 in 2nd ties it) – Katie Simon answers with a 3 to give LB a 14-11 lead 7 seconds later.
Stolly with 345 bucket cuts it to 14-13 LB. Eagles can not buy a bucket.

LCC got the ball with over 2:00 left in the second quarter and ran out the time, attempting to take a shot with 9.5 left, turnover gave LB the ball and Heigel scored to put her squad up 16-13 at half.

Heigel 6, Katie Simon 6, Lauren Kotey 4 at the break for Liberty Benton.
Madison Stolly 10, Verhoff 3 at the break for LCC.

22-18 LB at the 530 mark of the 3rd as Katie Simon has hit back to back 3’s for the Eagles. LCC’s answer to get to 18 came when Stolly buried a 3 from the left wing.

Lauren Kotey for LB fouls Stolly with 2:18 left in the third, the Sophomore nails both free throws to cut the lead to 2 at 22-20 as we hit 2 minutes remaining in the quarter.

Katie Simon is on fire right now as she hits a deep two pointer for her 14th point of the game, LB up 24-20.

Winner takes on OG who defeated Coldwater 52-33 on Saturday at the Fieldhouse. Hear it live on www.zsportslive.com beginning with pregame at 2:45pm.

As the T-Birds get the ball near the end of the third quarter they again take :90 off the clock. Unlike the end of the second quarter that cost them a bucket defensively, this quarter ends with a Madison Stolly bucket that cuts the lead to 27-22 Liberty Benton after 3. Stolly now with a team high 16.

Katie Simon has 17 for LB to begin the 4th.

LCC held the ball for 3:33 behind Santaguida before they took a timeout. They still have the ball and are down 27-22 with 4:27 left.

Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) says LCC is over 9:00 of holding the ball at the point.

The clock gets down to 3:16 before a jump ball is forced….possession arrow says LB.

2:52 left now as Madison Stolly collects her 1st foul.

Thunderbirds try a deep 3 from Natalie Snider that bounces out of bounds, last touched by the Eagles. 1:28 left and again LCC calls a timeout.

Off the timeout the Birds airball a deep three pointer but get the basket on a rebound and score underneath.

Clock stopped with 57.2 left, LB up 27-24.

LCC fouls with 44.5 left sending Katie Simon to the line (Santaguida’s 4th). First free throw is good, 28-24 Eagles now. Second away and good, 29-24, 35.3 left in the game.

T-Birds can’t get a shot off, Santaguida fouls out of her last contest in an LCC uniform and sends Lauren Kotey to the line where she puts her team up 31-24 with a pair of made free throws.

Snider’s 3 for LCC cuts the lead to 31-27 but Gabby Lyon sneaks behind the defense for 2. LB adds one last 3 as Tatum Teeple’s bank goes in at the buzzer but it comes after the buzzer had sounded so it is no good.

Final score 33-30 Liberty Benton.

Katie Simon leads the way for the Eagles with 19 points.

Liberty Benton remains undefeated and will now take on the OG Titans, a team they defeated 49-41 earlier this season in Ottawa.

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T-Birds fly south to Columbus

Each of the previous two seasons have ended for Lima Central Catholic on the floor of the Stroh Center at the hands of the Ottawa Glandorf Titans, but not this season.

LCC used a big performance by Martyce Kimbrough to secure the win as the Senior tossed in another 20 point performance to lead his team to a 55-40 win over the defending Division 3 State Champion OG Titans.

OG trailed after the 1st quarter 10-8 but despite another outstanding 4th quarter from the free throw line as they have done in all 3 visits to the Stroh Center this postseason were not able to get enough points to outscore the T-Birds.

The Titans were led in scoring by 6-7 Junior Noah Bramlage with 19.

OG’s season comes to an end at 16-11 while LCC improves to 23-4 and will next play on Friday afternoon at 2pm inside the Schottenstein Center in Columbus against Roger Bacon for a chance to play either defending Division 4 State Champion Villa Angela St. Joseph or Columbus Bishop Ready in the State Finals. Ready and VASJ will meet in the early contest on Friday at 10:45am.

2010 was the last time LCC was able to hoist a State Championship trophy but will be making their 7th appearance since 1989 on Friday.

Hear the T-Birds take on Roger Bacon with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews beginning at 1:30pm Friday on www.931thefan.com or listen to all of the games on via your tunein ap courtesy of www.zsportslive.com

Hear the game as it aired with Michael Hirn and Chris Kuhlman:

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LCC/OG advance to meet for 5th straight year

Ottawa Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic both picked up wins last night at the ONU Sports Center and will now meet on Saturday night in the D3 Regional Finals in Bowling Green for the 5th straight postseason.

Lima Central Catholic advanced with a win in the first game at ONU 64-37 over Worthington Christian. LCC jumped out to an early lead and used a couple of quick 1st quarter runs to lead 15-8 after the first stanza.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Warriors as LCC torched them for 23 points to lead 38-14 at the halftime break.

A cool moment in the second half came when Martyce Kimbrough scored his 1,000th point, much to the delight of the LCC student section who in unison began to chant “That’s 1000” to show their appreciation in the stands.

LCC would continue to shoot a high percentage in the second half as they outscored the Warriors 26-23 to advance to the Regional Finals for the second straight season in Bowling Green and pick up win number 22 on the season against just 4 losses. Worthington Christian finishes their season at 19-7.

Lima Central Catholic was led in scoring by Kimbrough with 18 and followed in double figures by Xavier Simpson with 14, and Tre Cobbs with 13. Worthington Christian was led by 13 from Johnny Wordlaw.

In the nightcap the defending Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans took the floor in front of 1367 fans for the first time against the Huron Tigers with the winner knowing they’d advance to play LCC on Saturday night.

Despite slow starts in both District games last week, the Titans were able to jump out to a fast one against Huron as they led 16-8 after the first stanza behind 7-14 shooting while holding the Tigers to just 3-9 from the field.

Noah Bramlage who had 6 of the Titans first quarter points continued to torment the smaller defenders as he added three more before the half, but it was teammate Zach Kuhlman who did the most damage before the break as he accounted for 8 points in the quarter and 11 total to give his team a 35-23 advantage at the half.

For the first half the Titans shot 15-28 from the field while holding the Tigers to 9-22 from the field and just 3-10 from deep. Cody Thompson had a good first half for his team leading the way with 9 points on 4-9 shooting for Huron.

Bramlage, the 1st Team All-WBL selection this season started off the 3rd quarter for OG with a bang as he ignited a quick 4-0 run for his team with a jumper off an assist by Matias Trampe-Kindt to put OG up 36-27 just 26 seconds into the stanza.

Huron would close the gap to 45-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter as they outscored Ottawa Glandord 14-10 but couldn’t get any closer in the 4th.

As they have done the past couple of games, OG shot almost flawlessly from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter to finish 14-18 on free throws to ice the game to secure the 63-45 win.

OG finished 23-45 from the field but just 3-10 from 3 in the win with two of those coming from Bramlage. Huron was outscored 18-8 in the 4th quarter and finished 15-43 from the field, 8-14 from the free throw line, but were able to stay in the game by making 7-22 3 pointers on the night.

Huron was led in scoring by Junior Adam Storer who poured in 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-9 from 3 to go along with his perfect night from the free throw line (4-4). Ottawa Glandorf was led by 19 from Bramlage, 14 from Zach Kuhlman and 12 from Tyler Zender in the win.

The Tigers and coach Bobby Jones finish their season at 18-7 and fall in the Regional Semifinals for the 2nd straight season in the Bowling Green Regional. Ottawa Glandorf ups their record to 16-10 and into a Regional Finals rematch from a year ago where they defeated the Thunderbirds en route to the D3 State Championship.

Hear the matchup Saturday night on www.zsportslive.com at 7pm from Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center with myself, Chris Kuhlman and Steve Wiener as the T-Birds look for retribution against a Titans team who has ended their last two seasons at the Regional level.

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