Eagles rebound, knock off Pats

Eagles rebound, knock off Pats


Eagles rebound, knock off Pats



Trent Arena’s tense final minutes didn’t faze Troy Christian’s sophomore sharpshooter.

Grant Zawadzki delivered enough from the free-throw line to keep Tri-Village at bay, and to keep the Eagles alive in Ohio’s Division IV boys basketball tournament.

Zawadzki made 7-of-8 free throws in overtime Tuesday, as Troy Christian held off top-ranked Tri-Village 48-43 in overtime in a regional semifinal.

The Eagles advance to Friday’s final opposite Delphos St. John’s.

Tri-Village senior Kyle Pipenger poured in a game-high 24 points as the Patriots finished 26-1. They were playing in the regional round for the second time in program history

“Tonight’s one game, and one game doesn’t make a season,” said Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester. “You can’t take away what our kids have done. It’s just a tough way to end tonight.”

Tri-Village’s Tyler Cook added 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, with teammate Andrew Willcox grabbing 10 boards for the Patriots.

Zawadzki netted 20 for the Eagles (25-2), who went 14-of-17 from the free-throw line, compared to 10-of-23 for the Patriots.

Tri-Village defeated Troy Christian 56-40 on Jan. 8 in New Madison.

“That’s a good basketball team,” Sagester said of the Eagles. ” … They made some plays.

“They’ve got good players. They’ve got a good coaching staff. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I thought we made enough plays to give ourselves a chance, and the darn free-throw line just got us tonight.”

Rebounding gave Tri-Village an early edge.

The Patriots grabbed 10 boards to none for Troy Christian as they held a 9-6 lead after one quarter.

Slowly, but surely, the Eagles fought their way into it.

Troy Christian tied the game right off the bat in the second quarter on a 3-pointer by Spencer Thomas.

That started a 15-7 roll for the Eagles, one they used to claim a 21-16 lead by halftime.

“I thought we did some uncharacteristic things, turned it over for some layups,” Sagester said.

The Eagles also got a lift near the end of the third quarter, when Zawadzki swished a trey from the corner with about 3 seconds left to give his squad a 31-24 advantage.

But don’t count out the Patriots.

Tri-Village scored the first six points of the fourth quarter, then dug out of another seven-point deficit with 1:42 remaining in regulation.

Pipenger scored the next seven points for Tri-Village, and Cook tied the game 39-all with 16 seconds left.

“I thought our kids battled. We played hard,” Sagester said. “That was a gutsy effort in the fourth quarter to get to overtime.”


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