KETTERING, OH – Fort Loramie and Marion Local each posted wins on Tuesday night at Trent Arena in Kettering and will now meet for a trip to Columbus next week on Friday night.
Marion Local jumped out to a big first quarter lead and never looked back in their game, winning 55-33 over Springfield Catholic Central in the opener while Fort Loramie staved off a late Russia run to down their SCAL mates 48-45.
Nate Bruns got things going quickly for the Flyers in the first quarter as he connected for a pair of three pointers before Justin Albers tossed in a shot from beyond the arc of his own. Marion Local pushed their end of the first quarter lead to 17-5 just before the buzzer as they connected on a two point jumper.
Despite shooting just 6/18 from the field in the first half the Irish pulled to within 23-16 at the halftime stoppage behind a balanced attack that included a pair of three point makes of their own from the duo of Trey Dunn and Sabien Doolittle.
A punishing defensive effort and scoring from six different Flyers in the final two periods helped to stymie their Ohio Heritage Conference opponents who were making their first regionals appearance in 21 season.
Senior Tyler Mescher ended the night with 12 points and helped his team shoot nearly 50% from the field by putting himself in position for big offensive rebounds that helped keep possessions alive and allow guard Matt Rethman to find Justin Albers and Bruns for points and account for a 32 point second half.
Catholic Central, champions of the OHC South this season see their 2017-18 campaign come to an end at 23-4. The Irish were led on the evening by Trey Dunn who connected on a trio from outside and a team high 14 markers.
Marion Local has now won 10 straight games and improves to 22-4 and were led by Bruns with 20.
Marion Local (55):
Nate Bruns 20
Collin Everman 2
Jack Buening 2
Nick Tangeman 4
Matt Rethman 3
Tyler Prenger 2
Tyler Mescher 12
Justin Albers 10
3PT: 5/8 (Bruns 2, Albers 2, Rethman)
Trey Brown 1
Trey Dunn 14
Sabien Doolittle 7
Dominic Dewitt 2
Jacob Woeber 6
Deece Catanzaro 3
While the first contest of the night had nary a foul call for the most part the second game featured quite a few stops by the officials and resulted in the contest nearly being decided at the line.
In the final minutes of the game the Fort Loramie Redskins found themselves at the free throw line 18 times and connected on 8 of their fourth quarter attempts to eventually seal their 48-45 victory, their third of the season against conference rival Russia.
A low scoring first half saw the Redskins ahead by six at the break 20-14 led by the Division 4 Southwest District’s Player of the Year Dillon Braun who knocked down a pair of three pointers and 10 points.
Daniel Kerns led the Raiders in scoring heading into the fourth quarter with his team behind by 9 at 34-25 and saw the duo of Jordan Keck and Jack Dapore take over and get the game close in the final minutes as they nailed a quartet of three pointers.
Fort Loramie’s Tyler Siegel ended the night with 12 points and 10 rebounds with 6 coming in the final half of the fourth quarter underneath against a tough Russia double or triple team defensively.
With just seconds remaining in the contest Russia had a three point attempt to tie go long at the buzzer during an attempt to send the game to overtime.
Russia’s season ends at 16-9 while Fort Loramie moves into Friday night’s 7pm Regional Finals matchup with Marion Local will see the Redskins enter at 25-2.
Earlier this season on February 3rd, Fort Loramie defeated Marion Local at home 47-35 in a game that represents the last Flyer loss this year.
Fort Loramie (48):
Nick Brandewie 8
Evan Berning 6
Dillon Braun 17
Tyler Siegel 12
Eli Rosengarten 4
3PT: 5/9 (Braun 3, Brandewie, Rosengarten)
Jordan York 15
Mason Dapore 5
Jack Dapore 10
Daniel Kerns 13
Evan Monnier 2
3PT: 4/14 (York 2, J. Dapore 2)