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Johnson Central falls to Cincinnati Roger Bacon, 86-68

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 11:39 PM

ASHLAND — Ashland outscored Grant County 26-12 in the third quarter Saturday night on its way to a 79-58 boys basketball victory in the semifinals of the Ashland Invitational Tournament in Anderson Gym.

The Tomcats (7-2) face Cincinnati Roger Bacon (7-0) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday for the championship. Ashland is seeking its first AIT title since 2001. If the Tomcats are to win the title, they'll have to beat a Roger Bacon squad that is ranked No. 2 in Ohio Division III.

"Out of the frying pan and into the fire," Tomcats coach Buddy Biggs said. "Roger Bacon is very good. They are very quick. We'll have to take care of the ball."

Biggs said his team won't be intimidated. Ashland has played a rugged schedule that includes games with Cincinnati Taft, Louisville Eastern and Charleston George Washington.

Ashland dominated nearly every aspect against Grant County. Ashland's ability to pass the ball and score from all over the court was too much for the Braves (4-5).

"We're a very unselfish team and that makes them easy to coach," Biggs said. "They share the ball well."

Nick Miller led Ashland with 16 points, but Christian Villers and Steven Friley scored 14 apiece and Tyler Stewart added 12. Friley also pulled down 14 rebounds.

Villers hit a 3-pointer to set Ashland's halftime lead at six. The Tomcats led 44-35 with 3:59 left in the third quarter, then went on an 11-0 run to put the game virtually out of reach.

Aaron Hicks led Grant County with 21 points.



GRANT COUNTY 8 19 12 19 — 58: Hicks 7-18 5-11 2-2 21, Bennett 1-4 0-0 2-2 4, Rose 1-2 0-0 1-2 3, Johnson 2-6 2-4 0-0 6, Adkins 2-11 1-5 6-8 11, Kellam 0-2 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Burk 1-3 0-0 1-1 3, Albers 0-0 0-0 2-2 2, Joe Saylor 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Saylor 1-2 0-1 0-0 2, Schneider 3-6 0-0 0-0 6. Totals: 18-58 8-23 14-17 58.

ASHLAND 13 20 26 20 — 79: Thompson 1-1 1-1 3-4 6, Stewart 2-8 0-2 8-8 12, Baker 2-5 0-1 0-1 4, Friley 4-6 0-0 6-10 14, Wesley 0-1 0-0 2-2 2, Mantle 0-0 0-0 2-2 2, Thornton 3-9 0-2 1-2 7, Villers 4-5 3-4 3-6 14, Bradley 0-0 0-0 2-4 2, Miller 6-10 1-3 3-4 16. Totals: 22-45 5-13 30-43 79.

   Rebounds: GC 25 (Hicks 4), A 40 (Friley 14). Team rebounds: GC 1, A 5. Deadball rebounds: GC 7, A 9. Turnovers: GC 19, A 18. Steals: GC 9 (Rose 2), A 10 (Stewart 3). Assists: GC  16 (Johnson 7), A 19 (Thompson 4, Stewart 4, Friley 4). Blocked shots: GC none, A 4 (Friley, Thornton, Knipp, Miller). Fouls: GC 19, A 18. Fouled out: Johnson, Jordan Saylor. Technical fouls: Grant County bench.



ROGER BACON 86, JOHNSON CENTRAL 68: Cincinnati Roger Bacon built a 19-point lead and held off a Johnson Central rally.

The Spartans’ quickness created problems for the Eagles. Roger Bacon penetrated well and drew fouls or scored on drives to build a 56-37 lead at 2:28 of the third quarter.

Johnson Central (4-5) was hindered down the stretch without star center Shane Hall who fouled out with 6:15 left in the game. Hall, a 6-foot-9 senior who signed with Marshall University, scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a very physical game. Kyle Gullett led Johnson Central with 17 points. Braxton Blair scored 12.

Austin Frentos led Roger Bacon with 28 points.



ROGER BACON 26 17 16 27 — 86: Williams 1, Higgs 8, Niesen 10, Frentos 28, Greene 3, McGee 3, McBride 2, Epperson 4, Moore 5, Jackson 20.

JOHNSON CENTRAL 13 15 14 26 — 68. Adkins 4, Vance 0, B. Blair 12, McKenzie 2, McPeek 0, Salyer 9, Ratliff 2, Gullett 17, Rice 6, S. Hall 14.

   

LEWIS CO. 69, IRONTON 55: For the second consecutive game, Ironton was victimized by an opponent's second half run.

Lewis County (5-6) outscored the Fighting Tigers 16-2 to begin the third quarter. On Friday, Grant County used a 13-2 second half run to pull away and defeat Ironton (0-8).

"We're not playing great basketball," Ironton coach Mark Lafon said. "I commend our kids for fighting when they're not playing great."

The Fighting Tigers fell behind 14-4, but rallied to take a 26-24 lead on a pair of Nate Garred free throws with 56 seconds left in the second quarter.

Lewis County came back to lead, 28-26, at halftime, then pulled away with its third quarter surge.

"There are no moral victories," Lafon said. "It's a loss. But we're going to get better as we get healthier."

The injury plagued Fighting Tigers suffered another blow Saturday when 6-foot-4 sophomore Lucas Campbell went down with a knee injury early in the second quarter and did not return.

Brent Ruckel scored 21 for Lewis Co. Tristan Cox led Ironton with 20.



IRONTON 12 14 5 24 — 55: Scott 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Garred 5-8 0-0 2-3 12, Crockrel 1-4 1-1 0-0 3, Campbell 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Cox 8-14 2-3 2-6 20, Davis 3-6 0-2 1-3 7, Matkins 2-4 0-0 1-2 5, Young 2-9 0-0 0-0 4, Klaiber 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Sherman 1-2 0-0 0-0 2. Totals: 23-53 3-6 6-14 29.

LEWIS CO. 18 10 21 20 — 69: Duncan 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 4-5 0-0 6-9 14, Davis 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Adams 2-6 0-1 7-8 11, Ruckel 6-12 3-7 8-8 21, Lemaster 0-0 0-0 0-2 0, Parker 1-5 1-5 0-0 3, Holder 1-3 1-2 3-5 6, Mason 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Weddington 3-4 0-0 1-2 7, Jordan McCann 2-3 0-0 3-4 7, Jeremy McCann 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, J. Kiebler 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, G. Kiebler 0-0 0-0 0-4 0. Totals: 19-42 5-15 28-42 69.

Rebounds: Ironton 29 (Cox 8), Lewis 29 (Ruckel 8). Team rebounds: Ironton 9, Lewis 8. Deadball rebounds: Ironton 2, Lewis 5. Steals: Ironton: 4 (Davis 2), Lewis 8 (Adams 3). Turnovers: Ironton 15, Lewis 10. Fouls: Ironton 32, Lewis 12. Fouled out: Gerred, Cox, Young. Technical fouls: Ironton bench, Lewis bench.



AIT SCHEDULE

Saturday

Simon Kenton 84, Fleming Co. 79

Lewis Co. 69, Ironton 55

Roger Bacon 86, Johnson Central 68

Ashland 79, Grant Co. 58

Sunday

Consolation game

Ironton vs. Fleming Co., 2:30 p.m.

Consolation game

Lewis Co. vs. Simon Kenton, 4 p.m.

Consolation game

Johnson Central vs. Grant Co., 5:30 p.m.

Championship game

Roger Bacon vs. Ashland, 7:30 p.m.



 

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