Layne Sarver slams a dunk in Tri-Village tournament win over Jefferson. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Tri-Village tournament winners over Jefferson

Patriots shelve press in 74-point opening round tournament win over Jefferson

TROY – The No. 1 seed Tri-Village Patriots defeated the Dayton’s Jefferson Broncos 91-17 in first round OHSAA DIV boys basketball action.

“We got off to a really good start,” said Tri-Village coach, Josh Sagester. “We made some shots early which is a good thing for us.”

Layne Sarver led Tri-Village with 18 first quarter points including several thundering slam dunks and two 3-pointers sending the Patriots to a 37-3 advantage after one period of play.

Coach Sagester went early to his bench in the opening period with seven Patriots adding points to the scoring column.

Wilson Suggs chipped in five first quarter points including a trey, Josh Scantland and Justin Finkbine each scored 4-points and Dalton Delong, Jason Hale and Ty Linkous each added a basket to round out first quarter scoring.

Period No. 2 had seven Tri-Village players adding points to the board with the Patriots taking the quarter 20-5 sending the teams to the break with Tri-Village leading 57-8 setting up a running clock for second half play.

Suggs led the Patriots’ second with 5-points including his second triple of the first half, Scantland added 4-points, Luke Drew buried a 3-pointer and Hale, Sarver, Seth Cook and Finkbine each contributed 2-points.

“We did a good job of getting in the passing lanes in the half-court tonight and shared it really well, finding the open man and making the extra pass – we did that exceptionally well tonight,” said Sagester.

The third quarter had Tri-Village pushing its lead to 80-13 getting 5 Delong points including a 3-pointer, Linkous and Tanner Printz each with 4-points, Sarver and Cook 3-points each and Suggs and Finkbine a 2-point basket each to take the third by a 23-5 score.

The fourth quarter was played with all TV starters on the bench in a quarter taken 11-4 by the Patriots for a 74-point first round victory.

Tri-Village put 12 Patriots in the scoring column on the night with Logan Call scoring five fourth quarter points including a triple, Reed Wehr 4-points and Linkous with 2-points.

“We didn’t press tonight,” Sagester stated. “We picked up in the half-court and my starters didn’t play a ton of minutes tonight, they got their feet wet, we were able to get off to a good start. Every guy that came in 1-through-14 played hard, played their role and did a good job in the second half of being selective.”  

“We did what we could to keep it as competitive as we could but again, our kids played well tonight and made some shots,” Coach Sagester concluded.

Sarver led Tri-Village and all scorers with a game high 23-points. The senior leader spent much of the night on the bench with the other Patriots starters to keep the game respectable.



TRI-VILLAGE – L. Sarver 23, W. Suggs 12, J. Scantland 8, T. Linkous 8, J. Finkbine 8, D. Delong 7, L. Call 5, S. Cook 5, J. Hale 4, T. Printz 4, R. Wehr 4, L. Drew 3 – TOTALS 32 3-3 8 91

JEFFERSON – A. Richardson 7, J. Allen 6, H. Fisher 2, D. Mitchell 2 – TOTALS 5 1-3 2 17


Tri-Village 8 (W. Suggs 2, L. Sarver 2, D. Delong 1, L. Drew 1, S. Cook 1, L. Call 1)

Jefferson 2 (J. Allen 1, A. Richardson 1)


37-20-23-11 91 Tri-Village

03-05-05-04 17 Jefferson

The Patriots Wilson Suggs drives to the basket for a Tri-Village score in the team's OHSAA tournament win over Jefferson. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Justin Finkbine scores for Tri-Village in the Patriots tournament win over the Jefferson Broncos. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Josh Scantland takes it to the basket for a score in Tri-Village tournament win over Jefferson. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Patriots Dalton Delong hits a jumper for Tri-Village in OHSAA DIV tournament win over Dayton's Jefferson Broncos. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Ty Linkous scores in the paint for Tri-Village in the Patriots tournament win over Jefferson. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at or 937-459-9547.

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