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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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Bulldogs down Titans

Listen to the broadcast here: Elida vs OG Broadcast

Friday night Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa was packed to capacity and was rocking early as the Elida Bulldogs came into town to take on the defending Division 3 state champion OG Titans. Both teams were trying to keep pace in the Western Buckeye League race as Elida entered at 5-1 in the conference while OG came in 4-2 in the WBL race.

Elida got off to a hot start as future Purdue Boilermaker Dakota Mathis picked up 12 quick points out of the gate behind a trio of three pointers from 23, 24 and finally 25 feet with an OG defender’s hand in his face to give his squad a 13-3 lead just two minutes in before the Titans had to call their first timeout to regroup. The Bulldogs would finish the quarter leading 28-12 behind 17 opening stanza markers from Mathis who came into the contest just 51 points away from breaking Reggie McAdams (now at the University of Akron) Elida high school scoring record.

The second quarter didn’t yield much for Ottawa Glandorf in the way of luck as every ball on the floor seemed to be bouncing right to the Bulldogs. One play in particular saw the ball come off of the backboard and then off the side of the head of guard Louis Gray before being fired up court by Mathias to a teammate for an easy layup.

As the teams headed into the break, the Bulldogs led 42-21 behind 20 from Mathis and 10 from Gray. Tyler Zender led the Titans with 7 first half points.

Whatever the halftime speech OG coach Tyson McGlaughlin gave his troops had them fired up as the 3rd quarter began as they climbed on the back of Zender and began to cut into the Elida lead with a quick 6-0 run. As they had done all game however, Elida roared back with a run of their own keyed by a trio of made free throws by Mathias after he was fouled in the act of shooting a three pointer (of which he finished 7 for 15 on the night).

Elida led 71-46 after three quarters of action between the two schools and put themselves in position for their 21st win in 53 contests against the Titans.

Despite checking out midway through the fourth quarter, Mathis finished as the games leading scorer and Zsportslive.com player of the game with 38 points, 5 rebounds and 4 beautiful assists. Louis Gray chipped in 20 points as one of three Bulldogs in double figures in the 89-69 win.

Elida with the win improves to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Western Buckeye League and remains in a 3 way tie for 1st while the Titans drop to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in WBL play.

Ottawa Glandorf will play host to the Leipsic Vikings and newly minted 1,000 point scorer Zach Kuhlman who surpassed the point plateau with 24 in a Friday night win over the Pandora Gilboa Rockets. OG vs Leipsic can be heard on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Rudy Lomeli on the call.

Elida returns home to the Fieldhouse Saturday night where they will play host to the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds who were winners over Bloom Carroll on Friday night 76-67. In the tipoff at the beginning of the season, LCC defeated Elida 77-62 back in November.

Don’t forget to follow @michaelhirnpbp for scores and updates from around the area.

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