Sampson cleans glass: Green rolls in sectional semi win over East


Green rolls in sectional semi win over East

By Jacob Smith - jsmith@aimmediamidwest.com



Green senior Gage Sampson (2) posted game-highs with 28 points and 17 rebounds in the Bobcats’ 66-37 Division IV sectional semifinal win over East, Tuesday, at Northwest High School.

Green senior Gage Sampson (2) posted game-highs with 28 points and 17 rebounds in the Bobcats’ 66-37 Division IV sectional semifinal win over East, Tuesday, at Northwest High School.


Jacob Smith | Daily Times

McDERMOTT — Want an exposé in offensive rebounding and putback finishes?

See Green’s Gage Sampson’s performance in the Bobcats’ Division IV sectional semifinal win over Southern Ohio Conference Division I rival East.

After scoring 17 in each of the two Bobcat wins over the Tartans during the regular season, Sampson scored 28 points and snagged 17 rebounds as the senior dominated the offensive glass in their 66-37 win to advance to next Tuesday’s Division IV sectional final versus Crooksville.

“About two minutes into the game I looked at my staff and said Gage (Sampson) came to play,” Green coach Dirk Hollar said, following Tuesday’s 29-point win. “He told me the first time he came out, ‘It’s tournament time, I’m not letting up’. He was focused and on a mission; the past couple of games he’s turned it on. He doesn’t want his senior season to end. He’s the best player in this area I don’t care who you put him against — he’s hard to guard and keep off the glass.”

Sampson led the Bobcats to a 22-1 rebounding advantage on the offensive glass as freshman brother Levi also posted his own double-double — a 16-point, 13-rebound performance to help Green’s chances and keep East far enough away to remain comfortable.

Levi Singleton scored seven on three-made field goals as he and the younger Sampson connected on one and three-made threes, respectively.

Green forced East to commit 10 first-quarter turnovers, while outscoring the Tartans 20-8 during that period.

The 12-point difference would be the largest single-quarter scoring difference in Tuesday’s game — a vast improvement for the Tartans when considering their two losses to the Bobcats during the regular season came by a combined 98 points (84-30 on Dec. 17 and 70-26 on Jan. 21).

East senior Austin Smith scored a team-high 10 points on five-made field goals in the postseason-ending loss for the Tartans.

Landehn Pernell and Kyle Winston scored seven apiece while Levi Justice scored six — each connecting on three field goals apiece.

Each of Green’s 11 listed players on its postseason roster played at some point during the 29-point decision, nine of which scored a field goal to help aid in the Bobcats’ win.

“It’s always good getting kids that experience,” Hollar said of getting his team postseason playing experience. “I saw some good things out of them. We stress defense. We don’t care if you can score — just play your butt off and defend.”

With its 29-point win, Green — the No. 9 seed — advances to next Tuesday’s Division IV sectional final versus No. 8 seed Crooksville.

A Bobcat win over the Ceramics would return Hollar’s group to the Division IV district tournament at ‘The Convo’ in Athens — after last season’s 59-56 upset overtime loss to Whiteoak in their sectional final.

“They’re like us,” Hollar said of Green’s upcoming opponent, Crooksville. “They have good guard play and a guy in the middle that is athletic. They’re not very big, they run a lot of zone and I think they’ll bring some full court pressure like us. It’ll be a fun one; I know Gage will be ready to go and the rest will follow. He’s a leader with unfinished business.”

Green and Crooksville will tip off in their Division IV sectional final from Wellston High School on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m.

Prior to that, Green will travel to Notre Dame for their regular-season finale after the originally-scheduled contest was postponed during ‘Flu Week 2020’.

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East 8 11 12 6 — 37

Green 20 19 16 11 — 66

EAST 37 (0-23)

Hagen Metzler 1 1-1 3, Austin Baughmamn 1 0-0 2, Jaylon Mayhew 0 0-0 0, Chase Coyle 0 0-0 0, Levi Justice 3 0-0 6, Kyle Winston 3 1-2 7, Tyell Baker 0 0-0 0, Andrew Pyles 1 0-0 2, Landehn Pernell 3 1-4 7, Austin Smith 5 0-0 10, Noah Stiltner 0 0-0 0, Gavin Johnson 0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 17 3-7 37; Three-point field goals: none

GREEN 66 (11-11)

Trevor Darnell 1 1-2 3, Gage Sampson 11 6-8 28, Ethan Huffman 1 0-0 2, Alec Smith 2 0-0 4, Levi Singleton 3 0-0 7, Levi Sampson 6 1-2 16, Dawson Damron 1 0-0 2, Wiley Sanders 1 0-0 2, Caden Brammer 1 0- 2, Nathan Weigand 0 0-0 0, Levi Blevins 0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 27 8-12 66; Three-point field goals: 4 (Levi Sampson 3, Levi Singleton 1 apiece)

Green senior Gage Sampson (2) posted game-highs with 28 points and 17 rebounds in the Bobcats’ 66-37 Division IV sectional semifinal win over East, Tuesday, at Northwest High School.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2020/02/web1_IMG_6113.jpgGreen senior Gage Sampson (2) posted game-highs with 28 points and 17 rebounds in the Bobcats’ 66-37 Division IV sectional semifinal win over East, Tuesday, at Northwest High School. Jacob Smith | Daily Times
Green rolls in sectional semi win over East

By Jacob Smith

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