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• Springboro raced to decisive early advantage and stunned Tippecanoe 57-38 in Saturday’s girls opener. Jordan Diehl scored 15 points and Rachel Gillum added 11 for the Panthers, who led 18-2. Allison Mader led Tipp with 10 points.
“I’m surprised at the outcome,” veteran Springboro coach Tom Benjamin said, “but I sure am glad we won.”
• Sponsored by River Valley Credit Union, Mader, a senior, was presented the $1,000 Flyin’ scholarship at halftime. Mader averages 15.4 points and has signed with Cedarville.
• Hilliard Bradley reluctantly informed Flyin’ president Eric Horstman that school administration ruled they would not be allowed to travel to Kettering because of a winter storm that hit on Friday. Horstman had a backup plan of Belmont filling Bradley’s spot against Spire Academy. That, too, unraveled, when district officials ruled the Bison couldn’t play because there was no school on Friday.
The game was scraped.
“There’s a gap in time, but not a gap in talent or enthusiasm,” Horstman said. “We’re still going forward.”
• Spire’s Rob Bobroczky is 16 years old, 7 feet 7, fluent in three languages – including his native Romanian – and short on experience. He’s believed to be the tallest basketball player at any level in the world.
“I know I’ve made improvement,” said Bobroczky after not playing in Spire’s 80-70 comeback defeat of host Fairmont in Friday’s opener. “I definitely feel like I’m getting there slowly.”
Fairmont’s Jack Hendricks hit eight 3-pointers and had 29 points for the Firebirds (9-3). Two weeks ago he scored a program record 52 points.
• Bol Bol, the nation’s No. 1 center, led top-ranked Findlay Prep (Nev.) to a 50-48 defeat of Huntington Prep (W.Va.) in Friday’s nightcap.
The son of the late NBA fan favorite Manute Bol, the 7-3 Bol Bol delivered as expected. He had that similar easy-going manner and knock-kneed towering presence as his father. Then he scored a game-high 18 points to go with a chippiness to his game that eluded his shot-blocking father.
Thought to have been won over by Kentucky coach John Calipari, Bol instead recently signed with Oregon.
FLYIN’ TO THE HOOP
At Fairmont’s Trent Arena, Kettering
Mountain Mission (Va.) vs. Miamisburg, 11:30 a.m.
Sidney vs. Versailles, 1:15 p.m.
Fairland vs. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, 3 p.m.
Covington Catholic (Ky.) vs. Middletown, 4:45 p.m.
Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. Garfield Heights, 6:30 p.m.
Cleveland Heights vs. Springfield, 8:15 p.m.