Streaking Trotwood-Madison passed its final high-end, regular-season test against visiting Springfield 79-72 on Friday night. Now, the one-and-done boys high school basketball season begins.
“It gets real from here,” assured Trotwood’s Amari Davis, who matched teammate Myles Belyeu for a game-high 23 points. “No more losses. We’ve got to win out. Like (teammate) Hezikiah (Shaw) said, we’ve got to win out the regular season and now we’ve got to win out the postseason. We’re in this to the end.”
Top-seeded Trotwood is the team to beat in Division II. That won’t be easy. The high-scoring Rams will take a 12-game win streak into the D-II sectional at Springfield High School against Greenville in Friday’s first round. Trotwood was the D-II state runner-up last season.
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Michael Wallace matched his season high with 17 points and Raheim Moss also scored 17 but Springfield didn’t have its “A” game against the Rams and that would make a difference in the Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover game before a capacity crowd.
Springfield was scheduled to end the regular season with a non-conference game against visiting Middletown on Saturday. The Middies are coached by one-time Springfield coach Darnell Hoskins.
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Springfield landed a No. 2 seed in the Division I, Dayton 2 sectional. The Wildcats have a first-round bye and will play the Piqua/Springboro winner on Feb. 27 at Centerville.
Trotwood (19-3), Springfield (17-4) and top-seeded Wayne (20-1) have had marquee matchups this season. Springfield split two games with Wayne, which was No. 1 in the state in D-I for much of the season before losing at Springfield nine days ago.
Wayne defeated Trotwood in double-overtime in late December and also ended its regular season by dodging Centerville 52-49 on Friday.
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Springfield (10-2) finished runner-up to Wayne (11-1) in the GWOC National East. Springfield also lost at Centerville in divisional play. Springfield started the season at 13-0, but entered the Middletown game on a late-season 2-3 slide.
Springfield pulled within 65-64 early in the fourth quarter on Derrick Robinson-Verse’s two free throws. But seconds later Moss fouled out. Springfield’s Leonard Taylor (12 points) also sat out crucial minutes in the second half with four fouls.
Trotwood answered with a game-deciding 14-7 run. Trotwood had hit triple-digits in four of its last five games.
“It’s a good night,” Trotwood coach Rocky Rockhold said. “It was good for the fans and it was good for us coaches and players to have to battle through that before we get into the tournament. We loved the pace of the game. We felt if we got it out of the 60s we had a chance.”
The teams have played six times in the last seven seasons, with Trotwood holding a 4-2 advantage. Trotwood also defeated Springfield 88-73 to end the previous regular season.
GWOC American North: Butler (19-3, 12-3) and Sidney (16-6, 12-3) tied for the division title by winning their regular-season finales. Butler defeated host Tippecanoe 86-55 and Sidney took out Greenville 71-45 behind 16 points each from Andre Gordon and Ratez Roberts. On Tuesday, Sidney edged Butler 36-34 on Robert’s layup in the final seconds.
Alter 63, Fenwick 54: Jack Smith and Connor Bazelak each scored 13 and the host Knights recharged their postseason hopes by stunning the Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North champs. It was the fourth straight win for Alter (8-14, 3-7), which opens the D-II sectional at Fairmont’s Trent Arena against Ponitz on Saturday.
David Luers hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Fenwick (15-6, 7-3). The Falcons ended the regular season at Valley View on Saturday. A No. 2 seed, the Falcons play the Clinton-Massie/Ross winner in the D-II sectional at Trent on Feb. 26.
Carroll 50, Chaminade Julienne 36: Eli Ramsey scored 30 points for the host Patriots, who lost 49-48 in overtime at CJ earlier in the week. Carroll (13-9, 5-5) is a No. 5 seed in the D-II sectional at Springfield and plays Tippecanoe on Saturday. CJ (8-14, 5-5) is a No. 6 seed in the D-II sectional at Trent and plays Monroe in the first round also on Saturday.
Franklin 61, Valley View 42: Payton Knott had 13 points and the host Wildcats (17-5, 10-2) earned a share of the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division title with Bellbrook (13-9, 10-2). It was the seventh straight season Franklin has won outright or shared league titles under coach Brian Bales. A No. 11 seed, Franklin bumps up to D-I this season and opens the Dayton 2 sectional against Beavercreek on Friday at Trotwood.
Miamisburg 68, Northmont 61: Jason Hubbard scored 27 points and the Vikings converted 18 of 19 free throws in their final regular-season game. A No. 4 seed, Miamisburg (18-4) takes a nine-game win streak in the D-I sectional at Centerville against the Lebanon/Belmont winner on Feb. 28.
Troy Christian 77, Middletown Christian 39: James Anderson hit all 13 free throws and scored 22 points as the Eagles (19-2, 13-1) won an outright Metro Buckeye Conference title. Troy Christian ended the regular season at Bethel on Saturday. The Eagles are a No. 5 seed in the D-III sectional at Northmont and play Indian Lake in the first round on Saturday.
Stebbins 75, West Carrollton 70 OT: Jonathan Mpanzu hit two free throws with 4.5 seconds in regulation to force OT. Mpanzu led the host Indians (9-13) with 23 points.
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