Falcons hit 14 3s in sectional throttling of Crooksville


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MINFORD — When it rains in Minford, it absolutely pours.

The Falcons, in their 92-57 throttling of Crooksville in Monday’s Division III sectional semifinal, knocked down a season-high 14 threes to punch their ticket into Friday’s sectional championship game.

Minford (14-8) also saved its best for last in the win — posting a game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter of their 35-point win to help seal the deal.

Falcons junior Trenton Zimmerman scored nine of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter, as the other 18 points scored in the final eight minutes came the way of Minford reserves.

Zimmerman led Minford with three made threes as part of his 10-made field-goal performance, also going 4-of-5 from the foul line.

As a team, Minford shot 10-of-15 from the foul line, meaning it honed in four more threes than FT makes.

Skyler Knore scored 11 of his 20 points during the third quarter, after Minford entered halftime with a 42-23 lead — already well on its way to another sectional title tilt.

Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis scored 12 points on five makes, while Adam Crank scored 10 on three field goals and a pair of free throws.

Charlie Neal led Minford’s fourth-quarter charge with eight points, coming the way of two threes and one two-pointer.

In total, seven Falcons made threes in the win — six doing so with at least two makes.

Crooksville’s Braden Cavinee led the Ceramics with a team-high 19 points, nine of which came from the charity stripe.

Minford — the No. 9 seed — will now travel to take on No. 8-seed North Adams in a Division III sectional championship game this Friday (Feb. 26) night to be played in Seaman.

Tipoff time is set for 7 p.m.

The Falcons won a meeting with the Green Devils earlier this month in Muletown — 59-57 in double overtime.

A win over NA would put the Falcons back into the Division III district semifinals for the first time since 2017 — where they would face the winner of No. 16-seed Portsmouth and No. 1-seed Fairland.

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Crooksville 9 14 14 20 — 57

Minford 20 22 23 27 — 92

CROOKSVILLE 57

Gage Frash 2 0-0 4, Jayshawn Harris 0 0-0 0, Braden Cavinee 5 9-14 19, Noah Dickerson 1 0-0 3, Sky Moore 2 0-0 4, Blaze Hunter 0 0-0 0, Blake White 4 0-0 9, Caden Sparks 4 6-9 14, Cooper Watts 0 0-0 0, Thomas Russell 2 0-0 4; TOTALS 20 15-23 57; Three-point field goals: 2 (Noah Dickerson and Blake White 1 apiece)

MINFORD 92 (14-8)

Trenton Zimmerman 10 4-5 27, Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis 5 0-0 12, Skyler Knore 8 2-4 20, Matthew Risner 2 1-2 7, Drew Skaggs 0 0-0 0, Charlie Neal 3 0-0 8, Devan Parker 1 0-0 2, Levi Coriell 0 1-2 1, Jeffrey Pica 0 0-0 0, Adam Crank 3 2-2 10, Nathaniel Knight 1 0-0 3, Luke Oakes 1 0-0 2; TOTALS 34 10-15 92; Three-point field goals: 14 (Trenton Zimmerman 3, Elijah Vogelsong-Lewis, Skyler Knore, Matthew Risner, Charlie Neal and Adam Crank 2 apiece, Nathaniel Knight 1)

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