The Tri-Village Boys received Trophy for winning the inaugural Chris Wright Flyght Academy Holiday Classic Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament defeating Meadowdale 52-42. (Dale Barger Photo)

Tri-Village Boys Basketball Wins Flyght Academy Classic Tournament

Trotwood  – Tri-Village boys basketball team took advantage of their invite to the Flyght Academy Classic held at Trotwood High School.  The Patriots took on Meadowdale in the Varsity boys feature on Sunday evening and came away with an impressive 52-42 win.

The Patriots looked sharp in the opening frame with Seth Cook scoring inside on a short jumper to get the Pats rolling.  Layne Sarver then scored the next 5 points on a triple and a backdoor cut for a jam getting the Lions attention and a timeout as they trailed 10-2.

TV continued to roll in the second quarter building a 20-6 advantage and the Lions knew they had to change up the tempo leading to all out full court pressure. 

It proved to be a good move disrupting the half court offensive flow by the Patriots creating a few turnovers into points to close the gap to 27-19 going into the break at the half.

TV were missing 6’6” starting forward Josh Scantland but got solid minutes from Seth and Camden Cook in the first half.

“We inserted Seth into the lineup tonight for ball handling because he has a little bit bigger body and is stronger.  He’s a guard with a bit bigger man’s body so we used him and Cam to battle around the rim.  They did a great job, especially in the first half and I’m real proud of them,” Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester said.

Kallerro Reaves sparked Meadowdale scoring 8 points along with big man Lee Benson hammering home two dunks in the 3rd quarter doubling up TV 16-8 to tie the game 35-35 heading into the final stanza.

“I’m hard on our guards and I know they had some turnovers, but the job Dalton Delong and Jason Hale did on Reaves defensively in the first half was spectacular, he’s a really nice player and he got some things going the third quarter where he was able to catch and finish,” Sagester said.  

Some of those points were in the open floor off turnovers.

“I told them in the pregame. If you take care of the ball, you’re going to be okay. If you turn it over, we’re going to struggle. I think we had 13 turnovers the first half, and they were scoring baskets off our turnovers and off loose balls,” Patriot’s coach Josh Sagester said.

Layne Sarver would assert his senior leadership to start the 4th quarter pulling up on a 15’ midrange jumper, followed up by a three-ball from the corner prompting a quick time-out by the Lions.

“You’re on the road in a tough environment and things happen a little bit faster than we’re used to and I thought we settled down a little bit in the 4th quarter, then Layne sort of put a dagger in on his triple from the corner and we felt it was the right time for us to go 2-3 zone and kind of slow the pace down even more,” Sagester commented.

Tri-Village ended the game with 19 turnovers … but cleaned it up when it mattered the most in the 4th quarter as they were able to get back into a half court set to manage the clock and run offense.  

They took advantage by isolating one on one matchups with Wilson Suggs scoring on back-to-back drives and a short floater from the corner from sophomore guard Tanner Printz putting TV up 47-38.

Printz was growing up before our eyes in his role off the bench by turning in a solid performance taking care of the basketball, grabbing 5 rebounds and knocking down a couple of midrange shots.

“He is an extremely athletic sophomore, who has already played in a couple big games at Mason and here tonight, so he’s had to grow up pretty quickly, not only does he bring athleticism to the table, but toughness, IQ and skill level and he played well tonight,” Sagester praised.

 Normally a solid free throw shooting team TV shot just 53% on 8-15 attempts, but they made enough down the stretch to keep Meadowdale from gaining any ground.

The Patriots held Reaves to 13 points 7 below his average coming and 42 points total; 20 below their team average to win the game 52-42.

What a great win for our program, we got a lot of contributions from all our guys and I’m proud of how our kids hung in there, it was one heck of a performance,” Sagester concluded.

Sarver led the Patriots with 24 points, 12 rebounds and Wilson Suggs had 11 points and 3 steals.  Dalton Delong had 6 assists and Tanner Printz snared 6 rebounds in limited minutes.  

Tri-Village improves to 4-1 overall and will host Arcanum Friday night in a big Western Ohio Athletic Conference match-up.

Layne Sarver hit this triple to put a dagger in Meadowdale in the 4th quarter. Sarver had 24 points and the Patriots went on to win 52-42. (Dale Barger Photo)
Jr. Guard Seth Cook started and gave the PATS good minutes in the first half to help TV building a 27-19 lead at the break. (Dale Barger Photo)
Jr. Camden Cook gave TV a big body off the bench to battle inside with Meadowdale. (Dale Barger Photo)
Sophomore Guard Tanner Printz had a great night off the bench scoring two big buckets and pulling down 6 rebounds. (Dale Barger Photo)
Jr. Guard Wilson Suggs ability to get to the rim on isolation plays help the Patriots open the floor on offense. (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 dbarger@darkecountynow.com.

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