By Josh Brown
WEST CARROLLTON — Troy boys basketball coach Paul Bremigan doesn’t believe in curses.
Tuesday, his Trojans gave him something tangible to believe in.
Troy snapped its four-game losing streak overall, as well as its winless run in games that took place on Tuesday nights this season, traveling to West Carrollton and holding the Pirates to a mere six first-half points en route to a 73-39 victory in Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover play.
Troy (5-9, 3-6 GWOC American North Division) had been 0-6 in Tuesday games leading up to the matchup with West Carrollton (0-14, 0-9 GWOC American South).
“I guess. I don’t know that there is such a thing,” Bremigan said when asked about snapping the Tuesday curse. “We just played pretty well. In the first half, we played well defensively and rebounded the basketball, limited them to one shot each possession. We had balanced scoring, too. Keenan Kinnel played well, we got some good rebounding out of Zach Reichelderfer and Ryan McClurg hit some big shots in the second quarter. Everyone just played pretty well tonight.”
Reichelderfer led the Trojans with a double-double on the night, posting 19 points and 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double this season. McClurg hit a pair of 3s and added 10 points, Keenan Kinnel had nine points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists and Adam Gates added seven points.
Zion Taylor had five points and eight rebounds, Hayden Kotwica had five points and six rebounds and Devon Larger had five points and four assists. Eli Palmer and Brenden Kinnel each chipped in four points, Jacob Martinez scored three and Keaton Pfeiffer added two.
Troy led 14-2 after the first quarter then outscored the Pirates 25-4 in the second to take a 39-6 lead at the half. West Carrollton scored 18 third-quarter points and was only outscored 34-33 in the second half, but it was far too little, too late.
For the game, Troy shot 26 for 56 (46.4 percent) from the field, including 6 for 12 (50 percent) from 3-point range.
“In the third, we didn’t play very well,” Bremigan said. “We got a little lazy with the basketball late. But overall, this was a good win for us. The boys needed this.”
Troy returns home Friday to host Xenia in another crossover matchup.
Miami East 47,
WEST MILTON — After back-t0-back losses over the weekend, Miami East needed a big performance at Milton-Union to close out a four-game road trip.
Logan West delivered.
The senior big man fought his way through foul trouble to post a double-double, including 11 fourth-quarter points as the Vikings (9-5) held off a late rally by the Bulldogs (2-11) to claim a 47-36 victory Tuesday night at Milton-Union.
West finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots to lead the Vikings.
“He battled foul trouble all night and finished with a really strong 11-point fourth quarter for us,” Miami East coach Allen Mack said. “They had come back to tie the score at 30-30 early in the fourth and he’d picked up his fourth foul in the third quarter, but he was able to finish the game for us. It seemed like we needed every last one of those points in the fourth.”
Justin Brown added seven points and Cam Coomes and Austin Rutledge each scored five for the Vikings, who were coming off losses at Bethel on Friday and an overtime loss at Anna Saturday.
“We were very pleased to follow two tough losses, especially the overtime loss Saturday, with a big road win tonight,” Mack said.
Daniel Albaugh led the Bulldogs with nine points, 11 rebounds and three assists, Zach Vagedes added eight points and six rebounds and Ryan Moore and William Morris scored five points each.
Miami East returns home Friday night to host Ansonia. Milton-Union hosts Brookville Saturday, the third of its four-game homestand.
TROTWOOD — Tippecanoe’s Zach Bonifas scored a career high Tuesday night, but it wasn’t enough against the No. 3 team in the state in Division II as the Red Devils lost at Trotwood, 92-60 to the Rams (13-1, 9-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference American South Division).
Bonifas led the Devils (7-9, 3-6 GWOC American North Division) with 31 points and Caiden Smith followed with eight points.
Tippecanoe travels to West Carrollton Friday.
Other scores: Lehman 56, Newton 41. Fairborn 75, Piqua 48.
* Girls Basketball
BRADFORD — Bradford’s Mandi Bates had another 30-point effort Tuesday night, scoring 36 points to lead the Railroaders past Parkway in a 53-44 victory.
Bradford travels to Mississinawa Valley Thursday.
SOUTH CHARLESTON — The Milton-Union wrestling team added another tournament championship to its resume over the weekend, winning the Southeastern Invitational on Saturday with 283 points to runner-up Northeastern’s 164.
The Bulldogs claimed four individual championships, as well, as Jordan King (120), Kamron Paulus (138), Jordan Cress (145) and Caleb Blake (170) all won titles.
Milton-Union, which entered Wednesday still undefeated in dual competition, began action in the OHSAA State Dual Tournament Wednesday in an event that was not complete at time of press. The Bulldogs will compete in the Eaton Invitational Friday and Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD — Troy Christian’s boys swimming team won the Kenton Ridge Invitational Saturday, scoring 208 points and claiming three first-place finishes. Tippecanoe’s boys were second with 114 points and Bethel’s were eighth with 34 points.
Troy Christian’s 200 medley relay team of Sam Lavielle, Zeke Fulton, Matthew Newcomer and Matthew Moebius broke the meet record and won in 1:45.38. Fulton also added an individual win in the 200 IM (2:13.28) and Moebius won the 100 free (50.95 seconds).
Tippecanoe’s girls were fourth with 72 points, Miami East’s were eighth with 45 points and Troy Christian’s were 12th with 25 points, but there were no individual champions.
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