Bradford Coach Jay Hall and the Boys Basketball team came up short in their rematch with Newton in the post season tournament. (Dale Barger Photo)

Bradford Boys Falls To Newton In Sectional Tournament

PIQUA – The Newton Boys Basketball Team used a 7-point spurt to start the 2nd half and never gave Bradford the opportunity to strike back in their first-round win at the OHSAA Piqua DIV Sectional Tournament by the score of 70-54.

It was just one week ago that Bradford beat Newton in the regular season 80-69 for a big win in the Western Ohio Athletic Conference in what was a complete reversal in post season to advance the Indians to play Russia while ending Bradford’s season.

“We gave up 42 transition points the last time we played them, tonight we didn’t give up many, we preached all week about getting back on defense and having a whole week to prepare makes a big difference,” Newton boys basketball coach Gavin Spitler said

The Indians came out in box and one to slow down WOAC leading scorer Parker Davidson who averages 28.9 points per game. Davidson ended the game with 28 points, 20 in the first half.

Newton jumped out front in the opening frame for a 19-12 lead.  Davidson had 8 of the 12 for the Railroaders.  The Indians showed balance scoring; 6 coming from Hudson Montgomery, 5 from Harold Oburn and 4 from Quentin Smith.

The Indians increased the lead to 10, 22-12 on a triple from senior guard Chandler Peters who scored 9 in the 2nd quarter.

Jr. forward Harold Oburn followed with a rim rattler surprising most of the people in attendance and bringing the Newton fans to their feet while elevating an already loud and active Newton Student cheering section, rocking Garbry gymnasium.

“That was something by Harry, he hasn’t figured out his full potential yet, but he’s a heck of an athlete and has a lot of ability, when he puts his mind to ii and plays aggressive he’s pretty hard to stop,” Spitler stated on Oburn’s dunk.

Bradford hung tough and began chipping the lead closing the gap to 32-29, and once again it was Davidson doing damage with 12 more points, 20 by end of the half, Hudson Hill added 5 points.

The half is what Newton needed to regroup and they took advantage coming out on a 7-0 run to go up 39-29 before the Roaders answered.

Newton extended the lead to 44-32 as Bradford’s outside shots weren’t falling and the defense was doing a great job of keeping the ball out of Davidson’s hands.

Chandler Peters again had a big quarter scoring 9 points and the Indians led 50-37 at the end of the 3rdquarter.

In the final stanza Bradford was finally able to get some outside shots to drop with 5 triples; 2 each by Landon Monnin and Owen Canan … but it was too late to impact the game as Newton finished strong going 8-10 from the free throw line and 20 points in the period for a 70-54 win.

Coach Gavin Spitler was all smiles after the game with the way his kids responded to beat the same team who beat them a week ago.

“They played like they are capable of playing and they locked in on defense tonight, guys knew their roles and played them well,” Spitler praised.

“We took away their transition opportunities and their ability to get to the rim and forced outside shots, something we didn’t do in our last game,” Spitler added.

“Defensively we wore Davidson down, he got a little tired at the end, it’s inevitable that if you got somebody laying on you all night, you’re going to get tired, but he played a heck of a game, he’s a heck of a player,” Spitler commented.

“What a great win, it was a lot of fun to watch,” Spitler concluded.

Bradford was led by Parker Davison with 28 points, Landon Monnin, 11, Hudson Hill 9 and Owen Canan 6. They end the season in 4th place in the WOAC with an 8-3 record and 13-8 overall.  

Bradford graduates 3 seniors: Devin Carine, TJ Brewer and Nolan Case but will return the starting 5 for next season.

Newton was led by Chandler Peters with 24 points, Harold Oburn 17, Hudson Montgomery 14 and Quentin Smith 10.  

Newton moves on to play Russia in the 2nd round of the OHSAA DIV Sectional at Piqua High School on Thursday Feb. 24th at 7pm. 

Parker Davidson scored 28 points but the Railroaders fell to Newton ending their season. (Dale Barger Photo)
Freshman Owen Canan had two late three's but it wasn't enough to help as Bradford fell to Newton in tournament action. (Dale Barger Photo)
Sophomore Hudson Hill had 11 points and is a key returner for a Bradford basketball team on the rise. They fell to Newton in tournament action ending their season. (Dale Barger Photo)
The Bradford Cheerleaders shown during the OHSAA DIV Piqua Sectional Boys Basketball Tournament game vs Newton. (Dale Barger Photo)

Dale Barger / Sports Editor

Dale Barger is a lifelong sports enthusiast and has covered high school athletics for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio and now becomes sports editor for Darke County now. For 18 years Dale has been a sportswriter for The Daily Advocate and has been published in online sorts magazines and conference websites. Dale is also an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years. Dale is a member of The Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association and was a 2019 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Southwest District Media Service Award. Dale lives on a 72-acre farm outside of New Madison, Ohio and is married to Rita Ann (Fourman) Barger and together they have two sons and three grandkids. If you don’t see Dale at a sporting event you might catch him following his other passion – photographing nature and wildlife. Contact Darke County Now Editor Media Sports Editor Dale Barger at

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