Trotwood-Madison found itself in an unfamiliar position against Miamisburg on Friday night, trailing by 11 points.
That wasn’t how this boys high school basketball Division I sectional final was supposed to play out. Not with top-seeded Trotwood coming off a 130-point outing.
“If you want to keep moving forward you can’t have slow starts, you can’t have slow middles and you darn sure can’t have a slow finish,” reflected Trotwood coach Rocky Rockhold.
The Rams shook off Miamisburg’s upset bid and advanced to the next round with an 83-67 victory in one of three sectional finals at UD Arena. Other winners were Wayne and Fairborn.
All three winners advance to next Saturday’s D-I district finals at Xavier University.
Trotwood hardly looked like the team that had put 130 points on Stebbins in its previous game. But that all changed after the first quarter. The Rams turned up the defensive heat and converted 31 of 41 free throws.
Kendric Mallory scored a game-high 26 points for the Rams, including 16 of 19 free throws. Chris Mack added 20 points, Dazhontae Bennett 12 and Andre Foster 10.
“There’s always four quarters to a game,” Mallory said.
Adam Giles led Miamisburg (18-7) with 20 points. Justin Williams and Connor Brown each added 13.
Trotwood (22-2) will play La Salle (18-5), which beat Mason 65-48 on Friday.
Wayne 64, Centerville 53: The Warriors swept three games against the Elks. However, Wayne was without four-year starting guard Juan Ford. The senior has been suspended indefinitely following an arrest by Dayton Police on Thursday for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Ford was arraigned in court Friday. He was at the game and sat in the stands.
“We’ve had distractions and we’ve had things that haven’t gone our way and little things that have tried to knock us off track,” Wayne coach Travis Trice said. “These guys just refuse to be knocked off track.”
The Warriors (20-4) were led by Ahmad Wagner’s 17 points. D’Mitrik Trice added 13, Xeyrius Williams 12 and Demond Parker 10.
Centerville (16-9) was paced by Joey Weingartner’s 17 points. Eric Meininger added 16.
Wayne will play Sunday’s Fairfield/Withrow winner in its district final.
Fairborn 59, Tecumseh 54: Jordan Michael scored 18 points and Malik Jacobs 16 and the Skyhawks (18-7) punched their district final ticket by winning their 11th straight game.
Josiah McFarland led Tecumseh (20-5) with 15 points and Dalton Davis added 12.
Fairborn will play Moeller (22-1) next. Moeller advanced by beating Lakota East 55-42 on Friday.
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