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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.


Flyin to the hoop day 4 recap

Now that the 13th annual Flyin to the Hoop classic is in the books it’s time to take a look back at some of the highlights and finals from the final day of competition.

Piqua and Walnut Hills got the final day of competition started early in the morning. Fans in attendance for the 10am contest were treated to a once in a career performance by Walnut Hills senior guard MaCio Teague who finished with 51 points in his teams 96-48 win. The 51 points by Teague eclipsed the 47 scored just two nights earlier by Franklin and Duke bound forward Luke Kennard for second place all-time in a single FTTH contest.

Teague finished the game at 21/31 from the field, 3/3 from the free throw line and 6/10 from three point range in addition to grabbing 8 rebounds and handing out a pair of assists. Piqua was led in scoring by Storm Cook who finished with 13 points.

Piqua dropped to 8-5 this season with the loss while Walnut Hills improved their season mark to 9-3 with the win.

Box score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-17.htm

22 Foot Academy out of South Carolina took on Dublin Coffman in game two of the final day with the Shamrocks coming away with the 62-52 overtime win by outscoring their opponents 14-4 in the extra four minute period.

The Shamrocks outscored 22 Foot Academy in the first quarter 14-11 and 23-22 at the half despite a terrific second quarter performance by JoJo Anderson who scored 9 of his game high 20 points in the stanza.

Coffman, the #3 team in the Division 1 AP poll coming into the contest got balanced scoring from their team and had four players in double figures with Seth Fuller leading the way with a team high 17. JoJo Anderson would find himself responsible for all four of his teams points in the overtime as he would go 4/4 from the line in the extra period to finish a perfect 8/8 from there on the afternoon.

22 Foot Academy finds their season mark slipping to 11-9 with the loss and will head north to take on Cleveland Central Catholic in the Dunk 4 Diabetes Classic this weekend in Northeast Ohio. Dublin Coffman with the win stays perfect on the season at 11-0 and will take on Upper Arlington in non-conference play.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-18.htm

Montrose Christian, the alma mater of NBA megastar Kevin Durant took the court in the third game of the day as they were looking to rebound from a 77-75 loss to Franklin and Luke Kennard two days earlier who finished with an OHSAA and FTTH record 34 points from the free throw line as they took on the Pickerington Tigers.

Pickerington’s Ibi Watson came out firing in the first quarter as he hit a deep three pointer to give his team an early lead en route to finishing the stanza with 9 of his 22 points in the contest. Not to be outdone however the Mustangs out of Maryland would get balanced scoring and 10 points from guards Keon Queen and Alani Moore to tie the game at 27 after the first 16:00 of play.

Taron Oliver a 6’10 senior center for Montrose Christian who did not score in the first half would find himself as the main target for the Mustangs in the final two quarters as he would drop in 10 points in the third quarter to give his team a 44-33 lead following the games penultimate stanza.

Despite Oliver scoring the rest of his team high 19 points in the fourth quarter, Pickerington recovered from being outscored 17-6 on the third quarter but were outscored 22-20 in the fourth and come up short as Montrose Christian evened their FTTH record at 1-1 for the weekend with a 66-53 win. The 6th ranked team in the state of Maryland improved their season record to 13-3 while dropping Pickerington’s to 6-6.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-19.htm

The then #1 ranked team in Ohio’s Division 3 AP poll the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds were the next team to take the court at Trent Arena as they took on the Kettering Alter Knights. In their previous 19 meetings the Knights held a 15-4 series advantage, but the two teams had not met since 1990 when the OHSAA’s 2nd all-time winningest coach Joe Petrocelli was still the head man roaming the sidelines.

LCC got a career day from 6’4 junior forward Dantez Walton who dropped in a game high 30 points with 16 coming before the break to give his team a 23-19 advantage heading to the lockerroom. Walton would finish the game with a trio of made triples and shooting 9/13 from the free throw line as he helped his team rebound from an overtime loss in their previous contest two nights before to the Versailles Tigers.

Alter was led in scoring by 16 from 6’0 senior Chris Finke who himself dropped a trio of three pointers, all coming after the mid game break.

Lima Central Catholic coach Frank Kill picked up his 100th win with the 58-50 victory and improved his teams season mark to 11-1 while dropping the Knights to 7-6 with the loss.

Next to take the court were the #7 in D1 ranked Garfield Heights Bulldogs and the Balboa City Force out of San Diego, California. Balboa City features the #1 sophomore prospect in the county in 6’11 DeAndre Ayton who was held to 10 points in his first game of the FTTH on Sunday against Akron SVSM.

Ayton had 6 points in the opening quarter with four of the six coming on impressive dunks by the big man. Renathan Ona Embo a 6’4 sophomore guard would also help with the scoring balance as he scored 7 in the stanza to put his team on top 15-12 after the first 8:00.

Frankie Hughes and Willie Jackson were the only two players to score for Garfield Heights in the first quarter as they accounted for all of the Bulldogs points in the first on shots from beyond the line. Hughes would continue his tough shooting in the second as he finished the half with 12.

Seconds before the half with the game tied at 23, Ayton would foul Branden Johnson on a 3/4 court heave that gave the Bulldogs senior a trio of three pointers. Johnson would make one of the three charity tosses and give his team a 24-23 halftime advantage.

Jeremi Hanks who finished with 12 points on the day was a big story for Balboa City in the second half as all of his points would come on either layups or impressive dunks. Ona Embo would add 6 points in the fourth (4/4 from the ft line) but see his squad be outscored 24-21 in the final stanza and fall to 7-7 on the year with a 54-51 loss. Johnson finished with 7 of his 11 points in the second half and finish as his teams third leading scorer behind Willie Jackson (15) and Hughes (14, 4/13 from 3).

Garfield Heights is now 11-2 on the season and will travel home to take on the Strongsville Mustangs on Friday night. The Bulldogs have a big matchup against fellow NEO power Shaker Heights and WV signee Esa Ahmad coming up on February 13th in their future.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-21.htm

In one of the few matchups to feature a pair of Ohio teams in the next contest, the #3 ranked team in D3 the Chamindade Julienne Eagles took the court to face the #1 team in the D1 AP poll in the Gahanna Lincoln Lions.

CJ jumped out to a 13-9 lead after the first quarter but found themselves tied with Lincoln at the half 20-20 after being outscored 11-7 in the second quarter. A low scoring third stanza of 9-6 gave Lincoln a 29-26 advantage heading to the final stanza.

Matt Moyer, a 6’8 junior for Lincoln headed to play at Syracuse once he has exhausted his prep eligibility had a rough night as he would finish just 3/8 overall with 7 points and 3 fouls.

Despite a low scoring affair through the first three quarters, both teams picked it up in the final 8:00 as Lincoln outscored CJ 26-20 in the stanza en route to the 49-39 win. Jenisys Battle and Nick Ward would each drop in a dozen points as they helped the Lions stay perfect on the season at 12-0. Pickerington Central will be up next for Lincoln this weekend as they look to stay perfect and retain their #1 AP poll ranking.

Remy Hudson finished 4/12 shooting on the night for the Eagles with 12 points as they dropped their 3rd game of the season against 10 wins.

Box Score: http://flyintothehoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Game-Box-Score-22.htm

One final game of the 2015 Flyin To The Hoop reamained after Lincoln/CJ as the #1 ranked team in the country according to Maxpreps.com the Findlay Prep Pilots out of Henderson, Nevada took the court to take on the #8 team in Division 1 in Ohio the Huber Heights Wayne Warriors.

Behind a fast and balanced offensive attack led by junior point guard Rodrick Caldwell the Warriors jumped out to a 21-20 advantage after the first quarter. With a crowd who was solidly behind them from the opening basket on, the Warriors utilized three balls from Caldwell and junior swingman Trey Landers in the opening quarter to prove that they belonged on the same court as the 17-0 Pilots.

Allonzo Trier (Arizona signee) and Derryck Thornton along with Justin Jackson (UNLV) teamed up to score 23 of the Pilots first half points, but each found themselves in foul trouble at the half with their team on top 35-32 that would play a role in the game down the stretch.

Wayne outscored Findlay Prep 23-15 in the third quarter and jumped out to a 55-50 lead heading into the fourth quarter as 6 players would score in the period (Iowa bound Ahmad Wagner was the high man with 6).

Missed free throws were the story of the fourth quarter as the two teams combined would shoot 10/20 from the charity stripe. Each team had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but following a Wayne missed attempt, a layup attempt for the Pilots wouldn’t find it’s mark and would send the game to OT tied at 65.

With a frantic crowd ready to explode at every stop and bucket the Warriors would utilize the energy in the building and outscore Findlay Prep 11-3 on 3/4 free throw shooting from Xeyruis Williams (Dayton signee), 4 points from Wagner and a layup from Landers for the 76-68 win.

Following their first loss of the season, Findlay Prep (now 17-1) dropped from their #1 ranking with their first loss since April of 2014 to Oak Hill to #4 (according to http://www.maxpreps.com/polls/basketball/xcellent25.htm ). Findlay Prep next takes on 14-5 Bishop Gorman on Friday night in the Findlay Big City Showcase.

Wayne now finds themselves at 10-2 overall and ranked as the #10 team in the nation with the win. The Warriors will take on Centerville on Friday night as they look to build on their big win going forward.

Box Score:

To watch all of the action of the contests check out this link via SUV TV:

All Tournament Team:

The 2015 All-Tourney Team.
Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep)
Curtis Jones (Huntington)
Caleb Swanigan (Homestead)
Luke Kennard (Franklin)
MaCio Teague (Walnut Hills)
Trey Landers (Wayne)



District 8 All Star Games results

For the final time tonight the Seniors in the 8th District of the Coaches Association took the court at the Elida Fieldhouse.

The first game of the night was the Division 1-2-3 contest where Taren Sullivan and Martyce Kimbrough of Bath and LCC respectively combined to put on a show the likes of which only their respective fanbases have been privy to this season.

Kimbrough, fresh off of a 22 point performance in the Division 3 championship game win over VASJ on Saturday wasted no time getting it going in this game as he hit 6 first half three pointers en route to 8 total and over 30 points for the East squad in his last high school game before heading off to the University of Indianapolis in the fall. Taren Sullivan added an array of spectacular dunks, including one off of a 4 man tip drill as time expired to finish himself with over 30 points in the contest. Sullivan will play college ball with 2 of his teammates tonight in Bath teammate Colin Gossard and Findlay Trojan star Adam Twining.

The game also featured 22 dunks from 6 different players.

The West was led by 3’s from OG point guard Alex Schroeder, Coldwater’s Brandon Wolters and Shawnee’s Trey Brock.

The East defeated the West 150-97, here the broadcast with myself and Steve Wiener here:

The nightcap at the Fieldhouse was a much closer affair as the last 5 minutes of the contest provided the most defense on the night between the two squads. Elijah Kahlig of Ft. Recovery nailed a late 3 pointer that seemingly was set to give the West the win at 121-118 with just 7 seconds left, but the East’s Bruce Hodges (Perry) flew down the court on the opposite side and buried a triple to send the game to a 3 minute overtime period tied at 121.

In the extra period, again the defense of both teams kicked in to high gear, but the shooting of the West squad proved to be too much as they prevailed 135-129 behind strong performances behind the State Champion Crestview Knights trio of Tyson Bolenbaugh, Cam Etzler and NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm along with a plethora of threes from ultra deep range from Kahlig.

Will Vorhees led the East squad with 36 points and some powerful throwdowns.

Here the broadcast here with myself and Steve Wiener via www.zsportslive.com :

@michaelhirnpbp on twitter


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:


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.


Titans ground T-Birds

BOWLING GREEN – Remember the Titans.

You can be sure that LCC will as Wednesday night it was the Titans from Ottawa Glandorf who avenged an early season 51-48 home loss to the same Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds 60-52 in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,700 in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center.

Sell out crowd

OG improved their all-time OHSAA tournament record to 24-4 in games played in the city of Bowling Green with one of the best 2-3 zone defenses they have played all season. “We went with the 2-3 zone because we thought it would alter some of the things they like to do. (But) did I think it would get us a 15-point cushion at the half … I did not,” Titan coach Tyson McGlaughlin said after his defense stifled every LCC shooter not named Tre’on Johnson who finished his brilliant T-Bird career with a 26 points output. Johnson was especially on fire in the fourth quarter as he dazzled the crowd with fantastic dribbling and deep shots while connecting on 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.

After jumping on the athletic T-Birds early the Titans poured it on in the first quarter to lead 17-7 as the clock hit zero. The second stanza was just as cold and unforgiving as the Titans opened the quarter on an 11-0 run and led at the break by a 31-16 score. One of the big keys going into the game was that it would need to be the inside play of OG that would have to have a big night against the undersized T-Bird defenders. Michael Rosebrock and Noah Bramlage responded for the Titans as they led paint points by a 10-0 margin as the two squads headed to their locker rooms for a breather and some words of encouragement from their coaches.

With OG able to key on Johnson they could continue to sit back in their 2-3 zone and wait for the shooters to come to them in the second half as they held every other shooter for LCC to 7 points or less in the game. As fouls began to mount in the second half they began to take their toll on the LCC starting lineup as Martyce Kimbrough picked up his fourth foul early in the fourth and was relatively ineffective for the rest of the game as he finished with only 4 points, well under his almost 14 points per game average on the season.

Following a third quarter in which both teams scored 11 points the fans who didn’t head for the exits early were treated to a fantastic back and forth quarter that saw the veteran Thunderbirds take on the personality of their Coach Frank Kill when he played and won a state title with Lincolnview in the 90’s by never giving up and cutting it to as low as 3 before the Titans pulled away for good. TJ Metzger who finished with a team high 23 points iced the game late as he knifed through the lane, hit a spinning reverse layup and the ensuing free throw to give his team a 57-50 lead with just 50 seconds remaining. “TJ is the Northwest District Player of the Year for a reason. He’s a baller,” Kill said.

In addition to the 23 from Metzger, his teammate Caleb Siefker finished with 21 to go along with his 10 rebounds. OG outrebounded LCC 37-30 in the game, but got the big rebounds when it counted too.

With the win the Titans improve to 23-3 on the season while ending LCC’s 2012-2013 campaign at 23-3.

Titans Advance

Saturday night Ottawa Glandorf will look to sell out the Stroh Center once again as they head north to BG to take on the 26-1 Bloom Carroll Bulldogs at 7:30pm for a chance to play next weekend in Columbus for a State Championship. Bloom Carroll defeated Huron 62-54 to win their first Regional Semi-Finals game since 2005. The Bulldogs will be led by Joey Schmitz who scored 26 in the win.