Monday, March 16, 2015

Dunbar, Franklin, Centerville, C-J, Northridge, Springfield, and Wayne Train remain in State Title Hunt; Dayton teams smack Cincy teams

With so many teams still in the tourney, its no wonder why Dayton is the epicenter for hoops in March. Entering this week, there are 6 teams from Dayton area vying for a spot at state, & there could be as many as 3 teams in the Ohio High School State Championships.
Here's the recap on what went down last weekend:

Dunbar rolls through Cin. McNicholas

Dynamic Backcourt Duo A.J. Harris and Doriane Dawson
Dunbar was much more offensive in this game and AJ Harris and Doriane Dawson led a balanced charge as they defeated Cin McNicholas 69-57. The Wolverines never really seemed in trouble, even with the score under double digits late in the game. Hughes, coming into the game on a hot streak, quite frankly, didn't have enough muscle and only one player who was consistently hitting shots. Assistant Coach Darran Powell felt like the Wolverines were much more offensively in tune, as opposed to the clash with Alter last week.
The Wolverines will take on Col. South (19-6) on Thursday.

Franklin survives with Kennard in foul trouble, defeats Shawnee

Franklin came in with a swagger and a confidence that was brimming from their dismantling of Ponitz last week. But Shawnee provided a valuable lesson to the Wildcats:
Don't sleep on anyone this late in the tourney.

  Shawnee went toe to toe with Kennard and Franklin, grabbing the lead early in the second quarter, and seemingly having momentum. Then the Kennard Show began, and Franklin grabbed the lead back - a lead they would expand to 10 until late in the third, when Kennard picked up his 4th foul.
The entire city of Franklin took a gasp. Could Shawnee take advantage?
Senior Forward Austin Doliboa kept the ship steady with a couple of big buckets and Franklin was able to play even with Shawnee for half of the fourth quarter, which was enough time to get Kennard back in the game.
Shawnee got it to 5, but Franklin hit free throws, executed late and will move on to its first Regional in decades winning 62-55.
They will face Bellfontaine (16-9) Thursday night (8pm)

The Wayne Train continues to roll

This season at Wayne has to rank among the best in their sports history, as the Warriors throttled Cin. Milford 63-39. The Warriors had a balanced attack, and have been downright scary in the tourney, winning by a average of 50+ points. The Warriors will be tested in the Regionals, as they face one of the only teams to defeat them - Centerville - next. I'm sure the Warriors will be fired up for the matchup, as they look to avenge the late season loss to the Elks.

Northridge magic ride continues, faces C-J in Regionals
  The Polar Bears (21-2) great ride continues as Northridge defeated Cin Roger Bacon 74-61.  Before the game, there were still some skeptics, as the Polar Bears have reached heights that haven't been attained in decades. When they defeated Stivers last week, it was, "Oh but they will lose to Cincy Schools"
Not so fast my peeps.
Northridge controlled the game, and showed its next opponent (C-J)  that, if you underestimate, you will lose.
Speaking of C-J, the Eagles continued its late season surge with a 61-56 victory over Cin Hills Christian Academy; And now will face Northridge at Trent Arena (Wed) for a chance at another Regional Final.

The "Field" back in the Regionals
Springfield (19-7) is back in the Regionals after a strong showing at UD Arena with a 54-41 thumping of Cin. LaSalle. Danny Davis led the Wildcats and after a average regular season, they haved turned up in the last month or so, and the results are a Regional berth. This, along with a rejuvenated football program, could start a sports rebirth in the "Field" which has been on the downslope in recent years. Up Next: Cin Moeller (18-8)

Dayton Teams punish Cincy schools this year.

Every year the talk of the Districts is: Who wins the battle? In the more recent years, it has been back and forth, but this year? Dayton area schools dominated the matchups, winning all of them.
There is only one Cincy team left in D-1 or D-2 (Moeller) and  2 teams left in D-3 (Purcell Marian & Schroeder).

Heres the final results from the matchups of  Dayton vs Cincy  2015

Dunbar            defeats   McNicholas
Wayne             defeats   Milford
Centerville      defeats   Elder
Northridge      defeats   Roger Bacon
C-J                  defeats   Hills Christian Academy
Springfield     defeats    LaSalle

Bellfontaine  defeated Taft
Moeller          defeated  Wilmington

So while every year is different, but for this season?
Dayton won this round of HS hoops

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