Division III Sectional Final

Garaway 48, NHS 33

UHRICHSVILLE -- Capitalizing on a 13-0 run at the close of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters propelled the Pirates to their 11th consecutive trip to the Division III District Tournament with a 48-33 win over the Trojans in the sectional co-championship at Claymont High School on Thursday.

With 2:47 remaining in the third round, Newcomerstown pulled within four (29-25) on a pair of free throws by senior Bubba Harris, but the Trojans didn't score again until the 4:36 mark of the final round. During the span of 6:11, the Pirates reeled off 13 straight including a break-away slam by 6-8 senior Paul Honigford following a three-pointer by Ryan Troyer.

Garaway (18-3) scored the final four points of the third round and the first nine of the final stanza to build a commanding 42-25 edge. The Pirates expanded the advantage to as many as 20 (48-28) on a pair of charity tosses by Duane Troyer with 3:01 to go. Harris scored his final bucket of his prep career, before fouling out, and junior Paul Matthews added his second trey of the night as the Trojans cut the deficit to the 48-33 final.

The Pirates jumped in front early, but NHS was within two (10-8) with 3:16 showing in the initial quarter. Garaway outscored the Trojans 6-2 the remainder to carry a 16-10 edge to the second frame. The teams played nearly even the second eight minutes with Garaway posting an 11-10 scoring edge to go to the locker room at the halftime break with a 27-20 lead.

"They are a handful," Garaway coach Dave Shutt said of the Trojans. "We made some adjustments at halftime and did a better job defensively the second half."

The third stanza was low scoring by both teams, with Newcomerstown outscoring the Pirates 5-2 to pull within the four- point spread, but Garaway then put the hammer down and the game away with the 13-0 eruption and earned yet another trip to the district.

"We played three quarters," Newcomerstown coach Danny Weekley admitted. "All three times we have played them this year, it has come down to one quarter. It wasn't that we didn't have chances around the basket and defense was not our issue. We got sloppy with some turnovers and missed some shots."

The Trojans utilized a 1-3-1 defense with the big man, Wolf, in his first varsity start in the middle which gave Garaway some problems.

"We took them out of the half-court offense," Weekley pointed out, "and other than the spurt, we limited them on the transition. We took the ball to the basket, which I think surprised them a little. You can't have lapses against good teams, but we showed improvement to the very last tonight and I am proud of them."

Shooting was a major problem for the Trojans as they connected on only 10-of-36 tries for 27.8 percent, but added 11-of-16 from the foul line. Senior Darian Arnold and Harris paced Newcomerstown with Arnold leading the scoring with 12 points while Harris turned in his second double-double of the sectional with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Matthews added six points with his pair of three-pointers.

Newcomerstown (8-14) had just two assists but picked off seven steals led by Arnold with four. The Trojans were guilty of 14 turnovers, several coming in the scoreless stretch which decided the game.

Garaway sank 20-of-45 floor shots for 44.4 percent, paced by Honigford with 16 points. Ryan Troyer followed with nine; Hunter Shaw added seven markers and Duane Troyer and Gabe Elmore each chipped in six. Shaw dished out six of the Pirates' 12 assists; the hosts managed 10 steals, led by Honigford and Shaw with three each, and committed just eight miscues.

The Pirates managed a narrow 31-28 advantage on the glass with Honigford hauling in nine boards and Duane Troyer five. Wolf followed Harris on the boards with nine caroms.

"This group has raised the bar for basketball at Newcomerstown," Weekley praised. "We have a number of people coming back next year and are now at a place we can compete. I am encouraged for the future and proud of our kids and the community for the way they came out and supported us."

Garaway advances to the Division III District Tournament hosted by New Philadelphia and will face the winner of the Fort Frye-Monroe Central sectional championship.

Division III Sectional

RHS 64, Barnesville 41

UHRICHSVILLE -- The Generals rolled in their opening tournament test as they came away with a 64-41 shellacking of the Shamrocks last Monday at Claymont High School.

Barnesville established early control as they took a 16-13 first quarter lead against a sluggish Ridgewood squad. But the Generals put the hammer down on defense in the second frame, allowing only three Barnesville points to assume a 24-19 lead at the break.

The wheels completely fell off for the Shamrocks in the second half. An 11-0 run by the Orange and Black in the third quarter set the tone and they ended up safely ahead 44-30. Ridgewood used another 20-11 quarter, including 6-for-6 at the line, to put the game away for good.

Thomas Ellis had the hot hand for the Generals (15-6) with 18 points to go with eight rebounds. The well-balanced attack for the winners included Richard Hawthorne with 10 points and Kevin Davis and Tanner Stoffer each netting nine.

Preston Dornon scored 11 points for the Shamrocks.