Preble Shawnee and Twin Valley South’s boys basketball teams each picked up key wins this weekend as they looked to remain near the top of their respective leagues.
Preble Shawnee rallied from a third quarter deficit to defeat host Dixie, 60-56, on Friday, Jan. 10, in a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division game.
The Arrows learned just minutes before game time they would be without leading scorer Trey Smith, who aggravated a previous injury.
But sophomore Joby Williams stepped up in his place. Williams scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists to lead the Arrows to their fifth win of the season.
Brian Ketring and Wyatt Austin each scored 13 and Josh Willoughby added 10 and pulled down six rebounds.
Shawnee (5-2, 2-1 SWBL) is scheduled to have a busy week ahead. They are scheduled to play four home games in a matter of eight days. They were to play Northridge on Tuesday, Jan. 14, before closing out the week against Milton-Union and Lemon-Monroe on Friday and Saturday. They will host Middletown Madison on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Twin Valley South finally won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Since the third game of the season, the Panthers have alternated wins and losses.
But this past weekend, South racked up a pair of victories.
South improved to 7-6 overall and 4-2 in the Cross County Conference with wins over Mississinawa Valley and Brookville.
Michael Green plaayed one of his best games of the season on Friday, scoring 26 points to lead his team to a 61-51 win over MV.
Seth Baker added a dozen and Wes Cole chipped in with nine in the road win.
On Saturday, the trio of Baker, Cole and Green paced the Panthers to a 52-47 win at Brookville.
Cole tallied a game-high 20 points, while Baker added 12 and green scored 11.
South is scheduled to play a pair of CCC games this weekend. They will visit Bradford on Friday, before hosting Miami East on Saturday.
Tri-County North split a pair of games over the weekend, beating CCC rival Newton 65-61 on Friday and falling to Carlisle 70-49 on Saturday.
Against Newton, the Panthers found themselves down 13-8 after one quarter of play, but battled back to cut the deficit to 27-26 at the break.
Newton increased the lead to three points by the end of the third quarter, but Tri-County North outscored the Indians 28-18 in the final frame for the thrilling comeback win.
Austin Hutchins led the Panthers with a game-high 24 points, while Ryan McAdams scored 12 and Hunter Gleadell dropped in 11 points.
On Saturday, the Panthers traveled to Carlisle and couldn’t keep pace with the home team.
The Panthers trailed 33-25 at the break, but a 19-8 run by Carlisle in the third quarter virtually sealed the outcome.
Still, Tri-County North was able to play Carlisle virtually even in the fourth quarter, only to be outscored 18-16 in the frame.
Hutchins led the Panthers with 15 points and Derek Booth dropped in 14 points in support.
Tri-County North (6-6, 5-2 CCC) was scheduled to host Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday, before traveling to Mississinawa Valley on Friday and hosting Brookville on Saturday.
Eaton suffered a pair of losses, falling 58-55 to Brookville on Friday and 66-35 to Greenville on Saturday.
Eaton (1-12, 0-6 SWBL) was schedule to play at Carroll on Tuesday, before hosting Bellbrook on Friday. The Eagles will host Franklin on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
(Information from CrossCountyConfernce.com was used in this report)