Eastern 59, Chillicothe Southeastern 45
Behind a dominating post performance from Michael Miller, the Eastern Eagles’ boys basketball program faced no trouble with the Chillicothe Southeastern Panthers’ boys basketball program during the second half of its 59-45 victory in a Division III District Semifinal inside the Convo in Athens.
After falling behind by a 15-6 deficit early in the first quarter of action, Hunter Cochunour and Miller knocked down three treys — with Cochunour nailing a pair on his own — to cut the Southeastern lead to an 18-15 margin after a quarter of play.
In the second frame, the Eagles ultimately obtained a 23-20 lead as Eastern got reserve big man Dalton Tomlison involved in the low post. Tomlison scored four critical points in the second quarter and did an excellent job using his frame to close out defensive possessions as the senior ultimately allowed Eastern to take a 23-20 lead on a 17-5 first-half run. The Eagles ultimately took a 29-25 halftime lead.
When Southeastern cut the deficit slightly — 34-31 with less than four minutes to play — Cochunour took control again. His fourth triple of the contest, which came with 3:20 to play in the third quarter of action, allowed Eastern to extend its lead to 37-31. Cody Weaver’s low post basket, Drake Myers’ three from the right corner, and a gritty and-one finish by Miller ultimately allowed Eastern to close the quarter on a critical 11-1 run that gave the Eagles control for good.
Miller’s 23 points led Eastern’s production, while Cochunour used his four treys to finish with 12 tallies. Evan Leist’s nine points and Tomlison’s six tallies rounded out the Eagles’ strong play.
No. 3 Eastern will play No. 1 Oak Hill on Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. in the Convo for the Division III, Athens II District Championship.
Oak Hill 68, Bainbridge Paint Valley 52
After falling behind by a 16-15 tally after a quarter of play, the Oak Hill Oaks’ boys basketball program. used a 14-2 spurt to take a 29-18 advantage before Paint Valley rallied to cut the gap to a 33-29 halftime deficit. However, three huge second-half treys by Mitchell Hale — who obtained a team-high 24 points — along with the gritty play and timely buckets that Landon Carroll, Nolan Carroll, Mason Darby, and Brett Long put together in key moments, allowed Oak Hill to run away with a 68-52 victory over Paint Valley on Saturday evening in a Division III District Semifinal in Athens.
Hale, a standout off guard for the Oaks, nailed back-to-back treys in the third quarter of play from the left wing, and Landon Carroll added a third less than a minute and a half later to increase Oak Hill’s advantage to a 48-39 lead with 1:34 to play in the third quarter before settling for a 48-41 lead after three quarters of play. A Nolan Carroll pull-up, along with three free throws from Darby and seven fourth-quarter points within the first four minutes from Hale — including another three — allowed Oak Hill to go on a 12-2 run en route to putting the game away.
Darby had 13 while Nolan Carroll had 11 and Landon Carroll 10 for the Oaks. Paint Valley was led by Dylan Swingle’s 24 points.
No. 1 Oak Hill will play No. 3 Eastern on Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. in the Convo for the Division III, Athens II District Championship.
Piketon 54, Albany Alexander 44
Behind an amazing comeback that included a 25-point showing from standout Tanner Perdue, the Piketon Redstreaks’ boys basketball program completely turned the tables and made up a 40-28 deficit with 5:30 to play en route to taking home a 54-44 victory over Albany Alexander on Saturday afternoon in Athens.
Piketon, who trailed by a 27-17 margin at halftime, used a monstrous 18-1 run to take the lead for good as Perdue scored a whopping 17 points in the final quarter and went an outstanding 15-of-16 from the free throw line in the final frame to seal the deal. Alex Blanton was also critical during the contest as the guard added eight points during the fourth quarter, including two critical threes — the latter allowing the Redstreaks to stay in front for good during the affair.
Piketon will play Wheelersburg on Saturday, March 10 at 8 p.m. for the Division III, Athens I District Championship in the Convo.
Waverly 71, Thornville Sheridan 60
In the first of two crazy Pike County comebacks, the Waverly Tigers’ boys basketball program blitzed the Thornville Sheridan Generals’ boys basketball program in the second half of play as Waverly overcame an 18-point first-half deficit and a 16-point halftime deficit en route to winning by a 71-60 tally in the Division II, Athens II District Semifinals on Friday evening at the Convo.
Waverly, who used a 32-7 second-half spurt to rally from the 37-21 halftime deficit that it faced, was led by Easton Wolf’s 21 points. Clayton Howell added 19 points while Nathan Adrian and Cody Remington obtained 14 points apiece in the win.
Waverly will play Unioto on Friday, March 9 at 8:15 p.m. for the Division II, Athens II District Championship in the Convo.