The Hillsboro Indians varsity basketball team defeated cross-county rival the McClain Tigers on Saturday in the finale of the Ohio Valley Hoops Classic (OVHC) by a score of 58-36.
Phil Mycroft led the Indians with 16 points and was awarded the Most Outstanding Player in the game. Dalton Mischal led the Tigers with 24 points including four three pointers.
Hillsboro struggled to find a groove offensively in the first quarter as they only tallied nine points and trailed the Tigers 10-9 heading into the second quarter.
Hillsboro head coach Bruce Miles demanded that his team “work harder” on the court at the quarter break.
The Indians heeded their coaches message and entered the second quarter with renewed energy and effort on both sides of the floor as the quickly scored eight straight points, six of which were scored on back to back three point shots by Hayden Haines and Mason Swayne respectively. Josh Keets capped off the run when he got an offensive rebound and layup to give Hillsboro a 17-10 advantage and force the Tigers to call timeout.
Hillsboro went on to outscore McClain 17-8 in the second quarter to take an eight point lead at 26-18 heading into halftime.
The Indians pushed the lead to double figures early in the third quarter following a Keets layup.
However, McClain refused to back down against the Indians and were able to get within six points at 37-31 as the third quarter expired.
Mischal exploded for the Tigers in the third quarter as he recorded 11 of McClain’s 13 points in the third quarter to keep his team in contention.
McClain head coach Jesse Mitchell elaborated on the third quarter after the game. “The plan at halftime was to get it reversed to the wing and then attack. We did that one time and got called for an offensive foul and it never happened again. Then Dalton Mischal thought he had to take over because everyone else was just watching him,” said Mitchell.
Hillsboro put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter as the Indians had an answer to anything the Tigers tried on both ends of the court. Hillsboro outscored McClain 21-5 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the large victory.
Miles said after the game, “That fourth quarter was huge for us. We came out on a huge run and got a lot of stops. The freshmen did a great job on Mischal in the fourth quarter. We put a little more athleticism on him and I think that made a huge difference.”
The Indians will return to action on Saturday when they host Logan Elm. The Tigers will be back on the court Friday when they travel to Jackson to take on the Ironmen in Frontier Athletic Conference action.
Hillsboro: Swayne 3(1)-2/2-11; Haines 1(1)-5; Watson 1(2)-3/4-11; Clark (2)-6; Keets 4-1/2-9; Mycroft 7-2/2-16
McClain: Penwell 1-2; Carter 3-2/2-8; Mischal 5(4)-2/4-24; Gray 1-0/2-2
The Fairfield Lions varsity basketball team competed in their second game of the season on Saturday against the East Clinton Astros in the OVHC.
The Lions beat the Astros in a nail biter 73-66 as four starters recorded double figure points for Fairfield.
The Lions were led by Sam Buddlemeyer who tallied 24 points for the Lions in the win.
East Clinton was led by Wyatt Floyd who was the high scorer in the game with 29 points for the Astros.
Both teams came out of the gate firing on all cylinders as they raced up and down the court in a fast paced first quarter.
Fairfield was able to secure a three point lead at the end of the first frame when Quinton Beatty scored on a layup to put the Lions up 21-18.
The Lions kept it rolling to start the second quarter as they went on a 12-1 run to go up 33-19 over East Clinton.
The Astros fought back in the second quarter and only trailed by six points at halftime 39-33.
Fairfield really opened things up in the third quarter as they outscored East Clinton by four in the quarter to take a ten point lead heading into the fourth.
East Clinton attempted a comeback in the final quarter as they quickly reduced the Lions’ lead to four points at 62-58 before Fairfield was able to pull away for good.
Fairfield head coach Josh Howland said after the game, “I am happy that we are growing so far this season. We have a game this Tuesday and we will have to get better before then to win that one too.”
Fairfield: Gragg 6-1/1-13; Setty (1)-3; Buddlemeyer 10-4/6-24; Willey 1(1)-2/3-7; Simmons 1-2; Ayres 4-4/6-12; Beatty 1-2; Bentley 4-2/4-10.
East Clinton: Jenkins (1)-3; Smith 1/1-1; 5-6/7-16; Michael (2)-6; Floyd 9(1)-8/9-29; Neanover 2-0/1-4; Mitchell (1)-2/2-5
Ripley 73 – Lynchburg-Clay 56
Campbell County (Ky.) 82 – Wilmington 59
Princeton 74 – Xenia 48
Linden McKinley 52 – Chaminade-Julienne 40
Tipp-City Bethel 76 – Williamsburg 49
Fairland 50 – Centerville 35
Hilliard Bradley 70 – Cooper 68
Mason 73 – Springboro 50
Moeller 61 – Eastmoor 44
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