|T-Birds get back at Bearcats for District title|
|Monday, March 11, 2013 2:45 PM|
By NICK JOHNSON
LIMA - The Spencerville Bearcats took on the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds at Lima Senior High School on Saturday night for the Division III District finals.
The Northwest Conference foes met for a second time this year but the T-Birds avenged a loss in the regular season with a 66-60 over the Bearcats this time around.
LCC jumped out to a 9-6 lead over Spencerville as Tre’on Johnson nailed a 3-pointer to counter an early 3-pointer from the Bearcats’ Zach Goecke. The T-Birds got five straight points from Darius West, including a 3-pointer, to give LCC a 16-8 lead.
The T-Birds got the last basket of the first quarter and the first basket of the second quarter as Martyce Kimbrough drained a jumper to end the first period. Johnson then opened up the second period with a quick layup to increase the LCC led to 20-8. The Bearcats closed the gap to within one with an 11-0 run in the second quarter as Zach Goecke scored five points and Derek Goecke added four during the span to make the score 20-19, T-Birds. LCC got a 3-pointer from Johnson but Spencerville quickly countered with a 3-pointer from Ben Bowers to make the score 23-22, T-Birds. With the score 29-28, LCC, the T-Birds leaned on Kimbrough again as he drained a last-second jumper to make the score 31-28 going into the intermission.
LCC opened the second half with six straight points as three different players got layups to increase its lead to 37-28. The Bearcats got five straight points from Bowers to cut the deficit to 37-33 after he knocked down a 3-pointer. Kimbrough countered with a 3-pointer for LCC and a little later in the game, Bowers knocked down another bomb to make the score 42-36, LCC.
Back-to-back layups from West and Trey Cobbs gave the T-Birds a 12-point lead before Spencerville’s Devon Cook made a three to cut the deficit to 48-39 at the end of the third quarter.
Spencerville started the fourth period with a 3-pointer from Cook and a 3-point play from Zach Goecke to cut the LCC advantage to 48-45. LCC went on an 8-2 run, getting two triples from Johnson and Xavier Simpson, but the Bearcats got two foul shots from Derek Goecke to end the run and make the score 56-50, T-Birds.
A Derek Goecke layup and two foul shots from Greg Miller cut the Spencerville deficit to 59-55. LCC went on to make 7-of-8 from the free-throw line to close out the game and give the T-Birds the 6-point win and Regional berth.
“They just made big shots and they made them all night long. Martyce and Tre’on just made shots when they needed to make shots,” Bearcat coach Kevin Sensibaugh said. “We couldn’t get over the hump and get the stops when we needed to but our guys never gave up all night. I’m proud of them; they fought like crazy but LCC made shots when they needed too.
“I think what happened the first time around — Martyce and Tre’on, neither of them we able to get on from the field. This time they got it going a little bit; not like we weren’t guarding them. We got hands in their faces; they just made big shots. That is just the difference in the game.”
The T-Birds had four scorers in double digits as Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, Kimbrough and West both added 15 points on the night and Simpson also contributed 10 points.
The Bearcats had three players in double figures as Bowers had 19 points, Zach Goecke added 16 and Derek Goecke chipped in with 14.
With the win on Saturday night, LCC improves to 24-2 on the year and advances to BGSU to take on Ottawa-Glandorf 8 p.m. Wednesday night.
The Bearcats end 16-8 on the year.
LCC (FG, 3PT, FT, PTS)
Xavier Simpson 2 1 3 10, Sam Huffman 2 0 0 4, Tre’on Johnson 3 4 2 20, Martyce Kimbrough 4 1 4 15, Trey Cobbs 1 0 0 2, Darius West 6 1 0 15. Totals: 18, 7, 9, 66.
Devon Cook 0 2 2 8, Dominick Corso 0 0 1 1, Zach Goecke 3 1 7 16, Ben Bowers 4 3 2 19, Greg Miller 0 0 2 2, Derek Goecke 5 0 4 14. Totals: 12, 6, 18, 60.
Score by Quarters:
Lima CC 15 15 17 18 - 66
Spencerville 8 20 11 21 - 60