PREBLE COUNTY — National Trail’s boys basketball team continued its march toward a conference title last week with a hard fought road win.
The Blazers downed host Tri-Village 49-40 Friday, Jan. 31.
Cameron Harrison had 17, Tyler Weathington 15, and Zach Woodall 10 for National Trail. Lane Sarver had 19 for Tri-Village. The Blazers are now 16-3 overall and 9-0 in the CCC.
Trail opened the week with a 53-38 win at Carlisle Tuesday, Jan. 28. Tyler Weathington led the way with a game-high 22 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Zach Woodall chipped in with 13, all of which came in the first half.
Trail, winners of four straight, was scheduled to host Newton on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and will travel to Mississinawa Valley on Friday. M-V sits one game behind the Blazers in the CCC.
Eaton rally falls short
Eaton rallied from 15-points down early in the fourth quarter to get within one of Bellbrook late on Friday, but came up short, 52-49.
Trailing 43-28 to begin the fourth quarter, Eaton opened with a 6-0 run. After Bellbrook pushed the lead back to 49-36, Eaton rallied to get within 50-49 with just under 10 seconds to play. After a pair of Bellbrook free throws, Eaton’s final 3-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired.
Junior Travis Pittman led Eaton with 22 points and four rebounds. Senior Hunter Frost added nine and seven rebounds while junior Cameron Lewis contributed eight. Junior Trevor Long led the team with six steals.
Eaton (6-13, 1-9 SWBL) was scheduled to host Franklin on Tuesday and will travel to Valley View on Friday.
South comes up short against F-M
Twin Valley South continued to come up short on the scoreboard last week.
The Panthers dropped two more games to fall to 2-17 overall and 1-9 in the CCC with losses to Mississinawa Valley and Franklin-Monroe.
On Friday, Jan. 31, South dropped a 53-40 decision to MV, before falling 48-40 to F-M on Saturday.
Against M-V, Cole Petersen scored 18 to lead South. Brayden Marker added 15
On Saturday, Petersen tallied 15 points, while Mike Crews tossed in 10 as South nearly erased a double-digit deficit.
South is scheduled to play at Bradford on Friday and at Carlisle on Saturday.
North wins conference game
Dylan Stinson scored 32 points and had nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Panthers to a 59-54 win at Newton on Friday.
Royer tossed in 21 points, including six 3-pointers.
Earlier in the week, North dropped a 74-71 contest at Milton-Union.
North (6-12, 3-6 CCC) was scheduled to host Mississiawa Valley on Tuesday and will play at Franklin-Monroe on Friday. They will close out the week with a trip to Dixie on Saturday.
Shawnee still on contention for SWBL
Preble Shawnee kept its league title hopes alive with a 52-39 win at Milton-Union on Friday.
Bryce Singleton led three players in double figures with 16 points. He also added 10 rebounds and four assists. Xavier Adams tossed in 14 and had five rebounds, while Sam Agee added 10 points and four assists.
Shawnee (11-7, 7-3 SWBL) was scheduled to host Middletown Madison on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Arcanum on Saturday, Feb. 8.
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