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.