SIDNEY — All-time Shelby County scoring leader Nathan Lessing wasted no time in showing Lehman his basketball talents Saturday night, scoring 12 first-quarter points.
He went on to finish with 26 in three quarters to lead the Jets to a 73-46 victory over the Cavaliers in the regular-season finale for both squads at Lehman.
The Jets take the county’s best record into postseason play at 19-3, and they open sectional action Friday at Piqua against Bradford.
Lehman was hoping to finish at .500, but instead is 10-12 going into sectional play Saturday at Piqua against Triad.
Lessing’s early scoring led the Jets to a 24-11 bulge after one, and they stretched it to 43-19 at the half.
“Lessing is just that good,” said Lehman coach Tim Gleason. “We got off to a bad start. I know if we wanted to play with them we were going to have to be darn-near perfect, or at least pretty good. And we couldn’t convert our shots. We got decent shots, but just didn’t make them. And when they hit their shots, it got away from us. But the kids gave a great effort from beginning to end.”
Lessing was 6-for-6 from the line, and Fairlawn also got 11 from Josh Reck and 1o each from Kody Curtner and Nick Brautigam. Jared Rourke had 14 and Dylan Arnold 10 for the Cavaliers.
ANNA — The Covington boys basketball team finished off a tough weekend by losing 74-42 to Anna Saturday.
Trevor Miller led Covington with 10 points.
Covington will open Piqua D-IV sectional play at 8:30 p.m. Friday against Ansonia.
fall to Flyers
RUSSIA — The Russia Raiders will head into tournament play this week off a rare loss after they were upset by the Marion Local Flyers in non-league action Saturday night at Russia.
The loss gave the Raiders a final regular-season record of 16-5 heading into tournament action Saturday at Piqua against Mechanicsburg. Four of those losses came to Midwest Athletic Conference schools, including Marion Local.
The Flyers are now 13-8 and conclude regular-season play Saturday at Coldwater.
The third quarter was the key. Marion led 25-24 at the half, but outscored the Raiders 16-8 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
Tyler Mescher was the difference, pouring in 20 for the Flyers, including nine in the key third period. Nathan Bruns added 11.
Russia was led by Cole Tebbe with nine.
GREENVILLE — Justin Ahrens scored the winning points as Versailles finished off a 21-1 regular season with a 57-56 win over Greenville Saturday night.
Ahrens had a 3-point play with 3.5 seconds to go for the game winner and finished the game with 26 points to lead the Tigers.
Alex Wendel added 10 points.
Versailles will open Northmont D-III sectional play at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Milton-Union.
to Jets in CCC
CASSTOWN — The Miami East boys basketball team lost to Franklin Monroe 54-43 Friday night in CCC action.
Logan West had 22 points and nine rebounds for East.
fall to Trail
NEW PARIS — The Bradford boys basketball team lost to National Trail 54-45 in CCC play Friday night.
Parker Smith scored 15 points and Dialaquan Millhouse added 10.
Alex Swabb had 10 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals.
Josh Phillips grabbed 1o rebounds, while Walker Branson pulled down five.
both lose games
The Covington boys basketball team lost 54-51 to Mississinawa Valley in CCC action, while Newton lost to Bethel 81-46 in another CCC game.
FORT LORAMIE — Russia’s Daniel Kearns hit a bucket with just under three seconds remaining and it gave the Raiders a 46-45 victory over Fort Loramie in a County thriller Friday night at Loramie.
Russia finishes 11-1 in SCAL play and is now 15-4 overall.
Kearns wound up as Russia’s leading scorer in a balanced attack with nine.
lose to Tigers
HOUSTON — Jackson Center raced to a 23-6 lead after one quarter and went on to beat Houston in SCAL play Friday, 62-40.
Houston is 3-19.
Cameron Arnold had 20 for Houston.
VERSAILLES – For just the second time the Versailles boys basketball team completed a perfect Midwest Athletic Conference season as the Tigers beat Coldwater 70-56 on Friday.
Versailles led 19-15 through one quarter and 35-28 at halftime. Coldwater pulled to within 48-44 in the third quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Cavaliers by 10 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 70-56 win.
Justin Ahrens led Versailles with a double-double, scoring a game-high 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Also for the Tigers, Alex Wendel scored 14 points and Keaton McEldowney scored 10.
Versailles improved to 20-1 overall and 9-0 in the MAC.
The MAC title is Versailles’ second in a row and fourth overall since joining the conference during the 2001-02 season.