Ben Ruhenkamp scores two of his game high 22-points in Versailles win over Parkway. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Versailles knocks off Parkway

Versailles stays perfect with win over visiting Parkway

VERSAILLES – The No 2 state ranked DIII Versailles Tigers handed the visiting Parkway Panthers a 58-44 MAC loss on the Tigers home court to stay perfect on the season.

“We have good players that can make some plays and we had a lot of guys step up,” said Versailles coach, Travis Swank.

Parkway jumped on the Tigers early and raced out to a 6-2 first quarter lead with the team’s settling on a Panthers 15-14 lead after one quarter of play.

“Parkway is well coached,” Swank noted. “Coach Hughes has them well versed in whatever he wants to put out there. They played physical and they have two guys that can score. When you have two guys that can score you’re going to be in a lot of ballgames.”

Versailles stormed back to take the second period by a double digit 17-7 score sending the teams to the halftime break with the Tigers up 31-22.

Perion No. 3 saw the two MAC teams play to a 14-14 tie keeping Versailles with a 9-point 45-36 lead with one quarter to play.

The home standing Tigers defense held the visitors to eight fourth quarter points while the offense was adding 13-points to the board giving Versailles a 14-point win.

Ben Ruhenkamp led Versailles and all scorers with a game high 22-points.

“Ben found his sweet spot in the zone – that mid-range pullup is his sweet spot,” said Coach Swank.    “We were able to exploit it a little bit and Ben came through for us. Ben’s going to knock down that shot eight, nine times out of 10 so kudos for him to find the open spot and for our kids to give him the ball where he is very comfortable.”



VERSAILLES – B. Ruhenkamp 22, C. Stonebraker 12, , Jaydon Litten 9, Noah McEldowney 8, Eli McEldowney 7 – TOTALS 20 9-13 3 58

PARKWAY – G. Schaaf 14, C. Slusher 12, F. Smith 7, T. Rollins 5, R. Samples 4, T. Sterns 2 – TOTALS 14 4-4 4 44


Versailles 3 (N. McEldowney 1, E. McEldowney 1, B. Ruhenkamp 1)

Parkway 4 (C. Slusher 2, F. Smith 1, T. Rollins 1)


14-17-14-13 58 Versailles

15-07-14-08 44 Parkway


Versailles' Jaydon Litten drives to the basket for a score in win over Parkway. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Connor Stonebraker scores for the Tigers in Versailles MAC win over the Parkway Panthers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Eli McEldowney scores for Versailles in home win over Parkway. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Noah McEldowney drives to the hoop for Versailles in Saturday night win over the visiting Parkway Panthers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Cole Hamilton goes strong to the basket for a Versailles rebound in the Tigers win over Parkway. (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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