WCH Boys Win D2 Sectional Championship

Washington CH is Convo-bound after defeating the Unioto Shermans for the Boys' Division II Sectional Championship, 45-37, Friday night, at Southeastern High School.

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Garitt Leisure set the tone for the Blue Lions, knocking down four 3-point shots in the first quarter, scoring 12 of Washington's 14 points. Unioto kept it close knocking down two 3s of their own on their way to 10 point quarter.  

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Unioto went to their bench in the second quarter and junior forward Josh Lambert scored four quick points to give the Shermans the lead for a short time as Blue Lions point guard Evan Upthegrove came to life and scored 5 points of his own. Each team finished the quarter with 8 points, and Washington led at the half 22-18.

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For the first half, the Blue Lions were 7-16 shooting for 44%, but 5 of those 7 were from behind the arc, going 5-10 from 3-point range for 50%. Washington was 1-2 from the charity stripe and committed 6 turnovers. Unioto shot 8-20 from the field in the half for 40% and hit two 3-point shots; they 0-1 from the free throw line and also committed 6 turnovers.

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Unioto was held to just 4 third-quarter points as the Blue Lions forced them into 5 turnovers that the Blue Lions were able to convert into 9 points. Things started to get a little chippy in the second half, as Unioto had two technical fouls called against them, Washington had one, and a fan from each side was ejected from the game.

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Isaac Little for the Shermans did all he could in the fourth quarter to keep Unioto in the game as he led all scorers in the quarter with 8 points, but Washington had a balanced attack in the final frame with six different players scoring points, led in the quarter by senior Blaise Tayese who had 5. The Shermans did out-score Washington in the fourth quarter 15-14 but were unable to overcome their four-point third quarter as the Blue Lions finished the game with a 45-37 victory.

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Unioto was led in scoring by Isaac Little's 16 points, he was the only Sherman in double figures. As a team they were 15-42 shooting for 36% and went 4-13 from behind the arc for 31%. Unioto committed 17 turnovers and were 3-5 from the free throw line. The Shermans season comes to a close with a 9-13 overall record.

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Washington was led in scoring by Garitt Leisure's 15 points, 12 of those in the first quarter. All-FAC first teamer Evan Upthegrove added 11 and Richie Burns finished with 8 points. The Blue Lions shot 13-29 for 45% and were 5-14 from three, all of which came in the first half. They committed 1 turnovers and were 12-24 from the free throw line for 50%.

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Washington (15-8) moves on to the Convocation Center at Ohio University on Thursday for the Division II District Semis at 7 p.m. The Washington CH Lady Blue Lions Division II District Championship game against Vinton County has been moved to Wednesday, March 27th, at Southeastern High School at 7 p.m. Buckeye Country 105.5FM/iHeartRadio will cover both games.

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