Fairmont advances to D-I sectional final by bouncing Butler

Fairmont raced to a big early lead and made it stand for a 58-43 defeat Butler in a boys high school basketball Division I sectional semifinal at Centerville on Wednesday night.

Fairmont’s Andrew Forman (with ball) and Butler’s Michael Kreill. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The win launches Fairmont (15-9) into Saturday’s 7 p.m. sectional final against Miamisburg (19-4). The Vikings advanced by winning their 10th straight game in Wednesday’s doubleheader opener, a 71-59 defeat of Belmont.

Jack Hendricks led Fairmont with 16 points. A No. 3 seed, Butler (19-4) tied Sidney for the GWOC American North title. Kort Justice led the Aviators with 15 points.

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