PORTSMOUTH — Before Green gets back into its tour of tournament redemption, the Bobcats first had to remember the Titans.
That’s because visiting Green, in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I makeup matchup on Friday night, defeated Notre Dame 58-42 to wrap up its regular season —and assure itself of no worse than a .500 record.
The Bobcat boys raised their record to 12-11, and ended up an even 7-7 in the SOC I, as Green goes for a Division IV sectional championship on Tuesday night at Wellston High School.
After last season’s sectional final upset loss against Whiteoak, the Bobcats are hungry to right the proverbial wrong for this year.
The Bobcats are the ninth-seeded squad in the Division IV Southeast District super-sectional, and square off against eighth-seeded Crooksville for the sectional title Tuesday night.
Tipoff time at Wellston High School is set for 8 p.m.
Speaking of Wellston, that’s where Notre Dame was eliminated from Division IV postseason play on Wednesday night, losing in its sectional semifinal to Meigs Eastern.
Therefore, the Titans officially concluded their season on Friday night —and did so at 6-17 and 3-11 in the SOC I.
The Titans — buoyed by three-point goals from Caleb Nichols and Dylan Seison and six points from Jarren Edgington — took a 16-15 advantage at the first stop against Green, but then the Bobcats stymied Notre Dame in the middle two quarters.
Green limited the Titans to a pair of seven-point periods, as the Bobcats bolted out to a 32-23 halftime advantage and a 42-30 cushion following three frames.
Green scored 17 points in the second stanza, as it made three of its four three-pointers in the quarter, including one apiece by Levi Sampson, Levi Singleton and Alec Smith.
The Titans got six more markers from Edgington in the second, as Seison split a pair of free throws.
In the third, Notre Dame’s seven points came courtesy of another Nichols trifecta, another Edgington field goal, and a pair of Seison foul shots.
Green standout senior Gage Sampson then took over in the fourth, scoring four more made field goals and splitting a pair of free throws.
Sampson poured in a game-high 23 points on 11 total field goals, which was just over half of the Titans’ total.
Smith sank four total baskets and 8-of-10 free throws towards 17 points, as Levi Sampson added 11 on four field goals and a split of fourth-quarter foul shots.
Singleton scored seven points, chipping in a pair of twos, as the Bobcats held a 22-13 advantage in total field goals.
Edgington, on five field goals and 7-of-12 free throws, paced the Titans with 17 points —as the freshman Seison scored 11.
Carter Campbell, on two buckets and 2-of-3 foul shots, scored six points — as Jermaine Powell posted a first-quarter field goal.
It was the final game for three Titan seniors: Christian Alvarez, Tanner Richards and Xavier Shepherd.
In another SOC I makeup affair on Friday, Ironton St. Joseph edged visiting Symmes Valley 85-81 in overtime, as St. Joseph takes second-place in the division at 10-4, while Symmes Valley finishes third at 9-5.
Green and Western were tied for fourth at 7-7, as New Boston went a perfect 14-0 in winning its first conference championship since 1997.
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