By Josh Brown
TROY — Troy Christian spent the majority of Saturday night’s season opener playing from behind.
The Eagles led when it mattered most, though — the end.
A steal-and-layup by Troy Christian’s Jacob Brown tied the score with less than two minutes to play, then K.C. Kamentz gave the Eagles the lead, hitting a baseline jumper with less than a minute to play. He then hit a pair of free throws to seal it as the Troy Christian boys basketball team opened the season with a 40-36 victory over New Bremen Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest.
The Eagles (1-0) trailed 21-17 at the half and then 31-28 going into the fourth, but they never quit — and it paid off.
“The good thing about this is, since we’re a young team, we learned to trust in each other and trust the process,” Troy Christian coach Ray Zawadzki said. “We were down by as many as six in the third and fourth quarters, and at any time we could’ve folded up the tents. But the guys continued to pursue with passionate purpose all the way to the end.”
Kamentz led the Eagles with 14 points and Brown added 10, hitting the team’s only two 3-pointers on the night as Troy Christian had to play without senior long-range shooter Luke Dillahunt. James Anderson added six points, Peyton Spurlock scored four and Seth Wynne, Chase Hayden and Hayden Hartman each scored two.
Troy Christian begins it Metro Buckeye Conference championship defense Friday night, hosting Miami Valley.
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Tipp 58, KR 56
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe lost its scoring leader early against rival Kenton Ridge Saturday night.
But the rest of the Red Devils came through when they were needed the most.
Allison Mader scored a career-high 22 points, canning five 3-pointers and leading the Tippecanoe girls basketball team to a narrow 58-56 victory over the Cougars in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division opener Saturday at home.
Aubrey Cox added 13 points and Carly Clodfelter — the Devils’ leading scorer who entered the season with more than 1,000 points in her career — scored eight before she left the game in the second quarter with an injury and did not return.
Sammie Rowland chipped in five points for Tippecanoe (3-1, 1-0 CBC Kenton Trail), Cassidy Wasson and Rachel Rusk each scored four and Kelsey Wertz added two.
Jamari McDavid led the Cougars (2-2, 0-1) with 21 points.
Tippecanoe returns to action Wednesday, hosting Graham.
Bradford 39, Greenville 30
BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroaders improved to 2-2 on the young season, defeating winless Greenville 39-30 Saturday in non-league play at home.
Chelsea Gill scored 11 points and Kelly Moore added 10 to lead the Railroaders, while McKinney scored eight to lead Greenville (0-3).
Bradford hosts Arcanum Tuesday.
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