The 2021-2022 Patriot Holiday Classic Championship Tri-Village Patriots team and coaching staff. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Tri-Village wins Patriot Holiday Classic

Patriots win big over once defeated Dayton Christian with strong second half

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Patriots won the 2021-2022 Patriot Holiday Classic with a convincing 68-42 over the Dayton Christian Warriors.

Dayton Christian came into the night with a 7-1 record following a first round 55-42 win over the Eaton Eagles landing the Warriors in the championship game with Tri-Village.

“Dayton Christian came in with a great record,” said Tri-Village coach, Josh Sagester. “They have a lot of size, they have some skill level, they are obviously a very good Division III basketball team – real happy with our effort tonight.”

The Warriors came to the Patriots’ home court with a starting lineup including 6’8” Devin Dreier and 6’6” Adam Bletzinger to take a 15-12 lead after one period of play and was clinging to a 1-point 19-18 advantage with 5:42 showing on the second quarter clock before the Patriots would outscore Dayton Christian 50-23 the remainder of the game for the 26-point win.

Tri-Village outscored the visitors 19-7 in the second behind Layne Sarver’s 12-points including 6-7 at the free throw line sending the teams to the break with the Patriots leading 31-22.

Period No. 3 had Tri-Village making a statement putting 21-points on the board while a stingy defense limited the Warriors to 8-points giving the home team a 52-30 lead with one quarter to play.

Sarver accounted for eight third quarter points, Wilson Suggs with his second 5-point quarter of the night, Josh Scantland 4-points and Tanner Printz and Justin Finkbine with 2-points each.

The Patriots took the final period 16-12 for the win and earn the tournament title.

“It was a good non-league game for us,” Coach Sagester stated. “Our schedule is as tough as it has ever been under my leadership and we’re doing that for a reason – to try and hopefully make us better when we want to be playing our best basketball which is the end of February, the first of March.”

Tournament MVP, Layne Sarver led Tri-Village and all scorers with a game high 32-points including 10-11 at the charity stripe.



TRI-VILLAGE – L. Sarver 32, W. Suggs 18, J. Scantland 12, J. Finkbine 4, T. Printz 2 – TOTALS 25 15-18 1 68

DAYTON CHRISTIAN – J. Bates 12, A. Bletzinger 12, B. Woodall 8, D. Dreier 6, S. Turner 4 – TOTALS 10 10-16 4 42


Tri-Village 1 (W. Suggs 1)
Dayton Christian 4 (A. Bletzinger 2, J. Bates 1, B. Woodall 1)


12-19-21-16 68 Tri-Village
15-07-08-12 42 Dayton Christian

Patriot Holiday Classic MVP Layne Sarver scores two of his game high 32-points in the Patriots' championship win over Dayton Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Wilson Suggs scores for Tri-Village in the Patriots tournament win over the Dayton Christian Warriors. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
The Patriots Justin Finkbine goes strong to the basket in win over Dayton Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Josh Scantland scores for Tri-Village in the Patriot Holiday Classic title game. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Tri-Village coach, Josh Sagester looks on as his Patriots win the Patriot Holiday Classic championship over Dayton Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
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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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