Adena Rallies To Win D3 Sectional Title Thriller/ Unioto Falls to WCH

ADENA 57, PORTSMOUTH 54

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Top seed Adena kept their composure to with-stand a very physical Portsmouth Trojans defense for a 57-54 Division 3 Boys Basketball Sectional Championship, Friday at Waverly Downtown Gym.

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The Warriors trailed most of the game and were down 41-28 late in the third quarter, before mounting their comeback. Trailing 53-50 with just under two minutes remaining, the Warriors went on a 7-1 finish. Preston Sykes connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:15 to play to tie the game and Zach Fout put Adena ahead 55-53 with free throws at 59 seconds remaining. They would never trail again, although Portsmouth had a good look at a three-point attempt at the buzzer, but missed.

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The difference in the game was Adena's full-court pressure defense in the second half that helped force six Portsmouth turnovers in the fourth quarter to go along with their nine three-point goals for the game.

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Adena shot 18/45 for 40% from the field- including 9/20 from the arc. They added 12/22 from the foul line. Portsmouth shot a sizzling 18/29 for 62%- including 6/8 from the arc and were 12/17 from the free throw line. The Warriors also won the rebounding battle 22-19. Despite committing 14 turnovers to the Trojans 12, Portsmouth's 6 miscues in the fourth period was massive in lifting Adena to victory.

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Portsmouth led at the end of each stop, except the final one. The Trojans were up 15-9 after one, 30-22 at half, 42-36 after three, but Adena held the 57-54 lead at the end of the game.

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(Pictured below- Adena Coach Kyle Bradley cuts down the championship net)

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The Warriors had three players in double figures, led by Preston Sykes 18 points, Logan Bennett with 16 and 15 from Zach Fout. Jacob Shipley added 6 and Caleb Fogelsong with 2. Portsmouth was led by Matthew Fraulini's 20 points, 15 from Myles Shipp and 14 from Danny Lattimore. Shipp and Lattimore fouled out in the fourth quarter.

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Adena improves to (17-6) and advances to the 3pm March 2nd District Semi at the OU Convo against Ironton. The Tigers beat Oak Hill 44-25.

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Portsmouth closes their season at (9-15).

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Replay the exciting Adena sectional title win with WKKJ's Mike Smith and Tom Beard on our podcast link found below...

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WASHINGTON CH 45, UNIOTO 37

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The Unioto Shermans saw their season come to a close in the Division 2 Sectional Championship Friday, falling to Washington CH 45-37.

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Unioto got an early lead, but couldn't overcome the Blue Lions size inside as WCH took a lead at half and never trailed the rest of the way. Unioto was within 22-18 at half, but a quick start by WCH in the third quarter gave them a 31-20 lead the Shermans could not recover from.

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Isaac Little led the Tanks in the loss with 16 points. WCH had two players in double figures. Garitt Leisure led the way with 15 points and Evan Upthegrove connected for 11.

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The Shermans close their season at (10-13)

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Replay the game with WKKJ's Jacob Wise and Eric Cox on our podcast link below...

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