Hughes flexed its defensive might on Carroll, limiting the Patriots to just eight first-half points and posting a 57-38 win in a boys high school basketball Division II district final on Thursday night at the University of Dayton Arena.
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It was the first game of a doubleheader. Top-seeded Trotwood-Madison (22-3) plays Chaminade Julienne (11-14) in the second game.
Coming out of the Springfield sectional, Carroll (16-10) couldn’t get any offense going and was held to two first-quarter points. Hughes raced to a 34-8 first-half lead and the rout was on.
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Hughes (23-3) advances to a D-II regional semifinal against the Dunbar/Woodward winner at 8 p.m. next Thursday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena in Kettering. Dunbar and Woodward also will play in a district final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton High School.
Carroll had a five-game win streak snapped. The Patriots were led in scoring by Eli Ramsey’s 13 points. Matt Cogan, son of coach Tim Cogan, added 10.
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Shawn Hawkins had 16 points to lead Hughes. D.J. Brewton added 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.