March 6, 2012
By Gaylen Blosser
The Daily Advocate
DAYTON The Tri-Village varsity boys basketball team put its top spot in Ohio’s Division IV state rankings and 25-0 record against 11-14 Cincinnati Seven Hills Stingers for a 71-33 district championship victory Wednesday night.
“It (district championship) feels really good right now,” Tri-Village varsity boys basketball coach Josh Sagester. “It’s got a good ring to it.”
Tri-Village was not going to repeat last years overtime loss to then No. 1 Jackson Center in the district championship game as the Patriots raced out to a 10-0 early lead.
Great passing underneath to Tyler Cook had Cook scoring the first 10 points of the contest for the Patriots.
“They did a good job of finding Cookie (Tyler Cook) on the block,” Sagester said. “He really got a good start. He has a wide body, and he was able to finish for us.”
Shade Brubaker knocked down two first quarter treys for Tri-Village to go along with Kyle Pipenger dropping in two-allie-oop buckets on pinpoint passing from Matthew Werner worthy of any highlight reel.
“We go as he (Matthew Warner) goes. He’s our vocal leader and gets the ball where it needs to go,” Sagester said. “Defensively he held their first team all league kid to two points. That was a goal tonight, to hold him down, and we did that.”
The Patriots’ aggressive defense held the Stingers without a first quarter field goal for a 20-4 first quarter T-V lead.
The Stingers attempted to played a slow-down game the second quarter as the Patriots were held to 14 points while Seven Hills put 10 on the board to close out first half play with Tri-Village holding a 34-14 lead.
Tri-Village hit a sizzling 75 percent from the field, connecting on 15-of-20 first half field goals including 66.7 percent from three-point range, knocking down four-of-six.
The Stingers were no match for the Patriots in period three as T-V held Cincinnati Seven Hills to four points while putting up 21.
“Anytime you make shots you look pretty good,” Sagester said.
With the score 36-18 at the 7:00 minute mark in the third period, the Patriots scored 19 unanswered points to bring the quarter to an end with Tri-Village holding a commanding 55-18 advantage.
“We threw it inside and worked it out,” Sagester said. “Our kids stepped up and made some big shots for us.”
The Patriots continued with eight unanswered points to open forth quarter play and a 63-18 lead with 4:48 to play in the game.
Sagester used a timeout to take all his starters out of the game and give his younger players an opportunity to play in Tri-Village’s district championship game.
As the clock wound down, Patriots nailed down their school’s second district championship with a convincing defeat of Cincinnati Seven Hills 71-33.
“I’ve been here nine years. We’ve been to this game three other times,” said Sagester. “We lost one in double overtime and one in overtime so to get this tonight it feels really good. We’ve knocked on the door, and it’s about time we stepped through. We did tonight,” Sagester said.
Tri-Village senior Kyle Pipenger, a two-time Cross County Conference Player of the Year, led the Patriots with 20 points on the night.
For the game Tri-Village was 29-of-45 from the field for 64.4 percent shooting while making seven of 13 treys for 53.8 percent on the night.
T-V out rebounded the Stingers 33-19 as both teams pulled down eight offensive rebounds while the Patriots grabbed 25 defensive boards to Seven Hills’ 11.
The Patriots last won a district title in 1991. That Tri-Village team advanced to the state finals.
Score By Quarters:
Tri-Village…..20…14…21…15 - 71
Seven Hills…04…10…04…15 - 33
TV (26-0) -- Werner 6, Brubaker 6, Chowning 2, Pipenger 20, D. Cook 5, Linkous 8, Willcox 6, T. Cook 18. Totals: 29-6-71
SH (11-15) -- Gosiger 7, Robinson 2, Garrett 2, Goertemoeller 5, McFarland 2, Dedeker 2, Kagan 8, Anderson 3, Antonsson 2. Totals: 12-4-33
3-ptrs: SH 5 (Kagan 2, Anderson, Goertemoeller, Gosiger); TV 7 (Werner 2, Brubaker 2, Pipenger 2, Linkous).