Fairmont defeated Butler 64-53 in a boys high school basketball D-I sectional semifinal at Centerville on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

It’s a celebration: Fairmont’s postseason surge claims Butler

“We went crazy,” admitted Fairmont senior Ryan Hall following the 64-53 boys high school basketball win. “We just let all our emotions out. I’m surprised you couldn’t hear it.”

»» BOYS HOOP: Thurgood Marshall advances in D-II 

»» BOYS HOOP: Miamisburg, Centerville advance

The Firebirds went daffy because their postseason reboot has landed them in a D-I sectional final against Wayne at 7 p.m. Saturday at Centerville. Wayne advanced by dodging Beavercreek 53-49 in Wednesday’s doubleheader opener before a capacity crowd.

Ryan Wertz of Butler gets off a shot over Fairmont defender Andre O’Daniel. Fairmont defeated Butler 64-53 in a boys high school basketball D-I sectional semifinal at Centerville on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Fairmont (16-8) lost its final three regular-season games, all of which were Greater Western Ohio Conference National East matchups, two points each to Centerville and Beavercreek, and a blowout by Springfield. Fairmont recovered with a first-round blitz of Franklin that was trumped by toppling No. 3 seed Butler.

»» FACEBOOK: For more sports you should like Marc Pendleton

»» TWITTER: You should like @MarcPendleton

“If you don’t let nights like that break you, then you have money in the bank for games like this where you make some deposits that are really tough,” Fairmont coach Blair Albright said. “We’ve had a lot of disappointing outcomes in those games, but you hope that it helps you in a big game like this.”

Kellan Bochenek of Fairmont gets a shot off over Alex Plummer of Butler. Fairmont defeated Butler 64-53 in a boys high school basketball D-I sectional semifinal at Centerville on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Hall had a game-high 19 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Fairmont’s Kellan Bochenek added 15 points and Andre O’Daniel 10.

Senior Michael Kreill had 17 points to lead Butler, which trailed throughout, including 18 points early in the second quarter. Butler closed within seven midway through the fourth quarter on consecutive Kreill buckets but no closer.

»» GIRLS HOOP: Jets earn rematch against Buccs

»» PHOTOS: Franklin Monroe vs. Troy Christian girls basketball

The Aviators (21-3) had an 11-game win streak snapped, tied a program record for most season wins and won an outright GWOC American North title.

“We dug that big hole and it was hard to dig out,” said Butler coach Darren Wyrick.

Braedan Norman of Butler (with ball) splits Fairmont defenders Ryan Hall (left) and Jesse Reliford. Fairmont defeated Butler 64-53 in a boys high school basketball D-I sectional semifinal at Centerville on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Wayne 53, Beavercreek 49: Ronnie Hampton had 20 points as the Warriors (14-9) dodged an upset bid by No. 14 seed Beavercreek (8-15). Chris Herbort led the Beavers with 16 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter.

“It’s all about finding a way and that’s what it takes in a tournament,” Wayne coach Nate Martindale said. “You’re not going to always play your ‘A’ game. Give Beavercreek a lot of credit.”

»» BOYS HOOP: Three great shots at Mr. Basketball

»» BOYS HOOP: Trotwood-Madison D-II state poll champ

Waynesville 49, Troy Christian 44: Ryan Papanek and Luke Kindred each had 11 points for the Spartans in a D-III sectional semi at Butler. Waynesville (16-7) will play Stivers (18-4) in a sectional final at 4 p.m. Saturday at Butler. Stivers advanced with a 59-38 defeat of Dixie on Wednesday.

Emmanuel Christian 49, Miami Valley 29: Casey Swank had five 3-pointers and 19 points in leading the Lions in a D-IV sectional semi at Troy. Emmanuel Christian (19-5) will play Catholic Central (20-3) in the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at Troy. The Irish advanced with a 53-33 defeat of Yellow Springs on Wednesday.

»» BOYS HOOP: Final state poll rankings

»» BOYS HOOP: Centerville shares GWOC title with Springfield

• Four boys sectional finals will be played on Friday, all at 7 p.m.: Xenia (13-10) vs. Centerville (19-5), D-I at Trotwood; Northridge (16-7) vs. Ben Logan (13-10), D-II at Springfield; Ansonia (14-10) vs. Fort Loramie (17-7), D-IV at Piqua; and Franklin Monroe (14-9) vs. Newton (8-15), D-IV at Troy.

Ryan Hall of Fairmont (with ball) is checked by Butler defender Quentin Glover. Fairmont defeated Butler 64-53 in a boys high school basketball D-I sectional semifinal at Centerville on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Franklin Monroe girls 42, Covington 34: Chloe McGlinch had 19 points and the Jets’ limited Buccs’ all-time career scoring leader Samantha Whiteman to 11 in a D-IV sectional final at Brookville on Wednesday. FM (19-6) will play Legacy Christian (22-2) in a district final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Troy. Kathleen Ahnek had 19 points, including a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers, in Legacy’s 41-38 defeat of Russia.

»» PHOTOS: Wayne at Centerville boys basketball

»» BOYS HOOP: Northridge shines in SWBL spotlight

Tri-Village girls 55, Bradford 49 OT: Lissa Siler had 28 points and the Patriots outscored the Railroaders 6-0 in overtime – all on free throws – in a D-IV sectional final at Brookville. Rylee Canan’s 3-ointer with four seconds left in regulation forced OT. Tri-Village (23-1) will play Cincinnati Country Day (20-4) in a district final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Troy.

Fort Loramie girls 63, Mechanicsburg 28: Dana Rose had 15 points in leading the top-seeded Redskins in a D-IV sectional final at Sidney. Loramie (24-1) is paired against Cedarville (13-10) in a D-IV district final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Troy.

»» OHSAA: State baseball moving; football staying put

»» BOYS HOOP: Springfield earns shae of GWOC title

• There will be three girls D-II district finals at Mason on Friday: Tippecanoe vs. Franklin at 5 p.m., Valley View vs. Indian Hill at 7 p.m. and Carroll vs. McNicholas at 9 p.m. All the winners advance to the D-II regional semifinal at Springfield on Tuesday, including a Westerville district rep.

Divisions I, III and IV girls district finals will be on Saturday.

»» PHOTOS: Springfield at Fairmont boys basketball

»» PHOTOS: Brookville at TV South boys basketball

»» GIRLS HOOP: Final state polls

»» FOOTBALL: Carroll promotes assistant to head coach

»» FOOTBALL: Burgbacher leaves Troy for Tipp

»» BOYS HOOP: Brookville edges TV South in final seconds

»» BOYS HOOP: No. 1 seed for Centerville boys

»» BOYS HOOP: Second-half rally carries Centerville

»» FOOTBALL: Alter QB stays true to Mizzou 

»» BOYS HOOP: CJ coach to retire after boys basketball season

»» BOYS HOOP: Xenia hot-shot goes for 52 points

»» GIRLS HOOP: Girls basketball brackets deliver another surprise

»» BOYS HOOP: CJ comeback falls short vs. Moeller

»» BOYS HOOP: It’s always good to have a Landers in the lineup

»» PHOTOS: Fairmont at Wayne boys basketball

»» GIRLS HOOP: Carroll girls rebound at Fairmont

»» PHOTOS: Carroll at Fairmont girls basketball

»» BOYS HOOP: Trotwood wears out Sidney in 4th quarter

»» PHOTOS: Trotwood-Madison at Sidney boys hoop

»» PHOTOS: Trotwood-Madison at Tippecanoe girls hoop

»» GIRLS HOOP: Unbeaten Waynesville follows its leader

»» GIRLS HOOP: Beavercreek hands Carroll girls first loss

»» GIRLS HOOP: Trotwood girls outlast Tipp

»» FOOTBALL: New coach at Fairborn

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.

X