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Lehman gets another ‘County’ win

By Robbin Kiser

February 11, 2014

SIDNEY — Lehman continued its success this season against Shelby County League teams in high school boys basketball action Tuesday night at home in a makeup game.


The Cavaliers took command in the second quarter and went on to beat the Jackson Center Tigers 60-47 in non-league action.


The win put Lehman at 10-9 heading into another big challenge Wednesday night at home against state-ranked Troy Christian in another makeup.


Jackson Center lost for the third time in its last five games and falls to 13-7 on the season. The Tigers are at Fairlawn Friday and close regular-season play at home Monday night against New Bremen in a makeup game.


Lehman lost to SCL champion Russia in the Piqua Holiday Tournament, but has beaten the four teams behind Russia in the league standings, including Houston, Fort Loramie, Anna and now Jackson Center.


The Cavs led by just two after one quarter at 10-8, but gained the upper hand in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers 19-8 for a 29-16 halftime lead. They kept the momentum going in the third quarter and opened up a 47-29 bulge with one quarter to play.


“Lehman is a very good team when they’re hitting on all cylinders,” said Jackson coach Scott Elchert. “They got their transition game going and it hurt us. We battled back in the fourth quarter but we’d just dug ourselves too big a hole.”


Greg Spearman, coming off his worst offensive output of the season Saturday night at Bethel (three points), got back on track for the Cavaliers, pouring in 21 points to lead all scorers. Jackson Frantz added 13 and James Rego finished with 11.


For the Tigers, Gavin Wildermuth finished with 13 and hit three three-pointers, and Brady Wildermuth added 10.


Russia beats Tigers


RUSSIA — For all the success Russia has had in basketball in recent years, getting a win over backyard rival Versailles has not been an easy thing to accomplish.


Last night in a makeup game at Russia, however, the Raiders kept their long winning streak intact with a 64-53 victory over their biggest non-league rival in high school boys basketball action. It was their first win over Versailles since the 2007-08 season.


The win puts the Raiders at 18-3 on the season and was their 16th straight victory. They will close out regular-season play Saturday at Marion Local.


Versailles has fallen on hard times since the leg injury to its biggest star, Kyle Ahrens. The Tigers won their first nine games, but since that time have dropped eight of their last 10 to fall to 11-8 on the season. And to make matters worse, Damien Richard, the team’s leading scorer in Ahrens’ absence, went down with an injury in the second quarter Tuesday night and did not return. The extent of the injury is not known.


The Raiders got an amazing performance out of 6-foot-4 Gavin Hoying, who finished with 25 points and 15 rebounds in a stellar effort.


“It was quite a performance,” said Russia head coach Paul Bremigan. “He played a great game, and the guys did a good job of getting him the ball. He played great at both ends of the floor.”


The Raiders led 31-19 at the half and still held an eight-point lead after three quarters.


Jordan Gariety added 11 for the Raiders and both Nolan Francis and Adam Hoying added nine apiece.


Ryan Knapke led Versailles with 12 and Evan Phlipot added 10.


Russia was 20-for-25 from the free throw line.


The Tigers host Minster and Greenville this weekend to close out the regular season.


Junior varsity 21-0


Russia’s junior varsity team beat Versailles 51-39 to run the JV winning streak to 37 in a row over the past two seasons. This year’s team stands at 21-0 and will go for a perfect record Saturday night at Marion Local.


Cats top Roaders


BRADFORD — Houston head coach John Willoughby thinks teams need a game where everybody can play and go out and have fun.


He got one of those games Tuesday night.


The Wildcats traveled to Bradford to face an outmatched Railroader team, and it was over quickly in a final 98-45 verdict in high school boys basketball action.


The win puts the Wildcats at 13-8 on the season, and they will close out regular-season play Friday night at home against Houston before heading into tournament play.


There were several highlights to Tuesday night’s rout. At the top was the 22-point effort of senior standout Jesse Phlipot, a total that included a pair of dunks. The 22 points gives him 998 points in his career, so he’s a good bet to become the sixth boys player in Houston history to reach the 1,000 point mark Friday night.


Depending on the length of Houston’s tourament run, Phlipot has a chance to become the school’s all-time leading boys scorer. Dave Sluss is No. 1, with 1,114.


Another highlight was Evan Winner, who came out on fire against the Railroaders. He hit four three-pointers in his team’s 28-point first quarter, and went on to hit two more and finish the game with 26 points.


Houston had 13 three-pointers in the contest (not a school record).


“I don’t know if it was because of Jesse inside, but they were playing a zone and our guards were open,” said Willoughby. “And the shots were falling. It was a good game to have. We got to play a lot of kids.”


Jake Braun added 12 points for Houston and Zach Freytag finished with 10.


Rayce Grigg led a balanced Bradford attack with nine points.