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Benjamin Logan unable to keep pace with Trotwood-Madison in tournament opener


Benjamin Logan’s Austin Ahle drives to the basket during Saturday’s sectional tournament game against Trotwood-Madison in Springfield. (EXAMINER PHOTO | TONY BARRETT)

SPRINGFIELD — Benjamin Logan hung around with top-seeded Trotwood-Madison for a half here Saturday, but could not keep the explosive Rams in check during the final two quarters.

Ben Logan trailed Trotwood 16-10 after one quarter and 36-22 at halftime.

The Rams kicked their game into overdrive in the second half, outscoring the Raiders 50-29 to roll to an 86-51 victory in a Division II boys sectional opener at Springfield High School.

“We talked coming into the game about giving good effort, and I thought our guys did that,” said Ben Logan head coach Dave Myers. “They represented themselves well today.”

Ben Logan suffered 24 turnovers against a Rams’ defense that employed a stifling full-court press.

“We tried to simulate their press in practice,” said Myers. “We had seven guys out there at once playing defense to try to get a taste of what we would see, but they are just so long and athletic. They had 6-3 and 6-4 guys on our guards, and that was tough to deal with.”

The winners of the Greater Western Ohio Conference North division this winter, the Rams (20-3) put on an offensive highlight show that featured a wide array of dunks.

Jamar Hammonds, a 6-4 senior guard, led the Rams with a game-high 27 points and Dazhonatae Bennett, a 6-2 junior guard, had 23 points.

Eleven different players scored points for the Rams.

“I thought we did some good things at times, but they were just better than us,” said Myers.

Austin Ahle led the Raiders with 14 points and Blaine Ricketts also hit double figures with 10 points. Dalton Greene tallied nine points, Tanner Rader had eight points and Jordan Sosby chipped in six points.

Ben Logan finished the season with a record of 4-19.

Myers is confident the Raiders can get things turned around going into next season.

“Since I’ve been here, I have said that we have really good kids here and we do,” said Myers. “But we have to get better. I feel like the group of guys we have coming back are willing to put in the hard work in the off-season that it is going to take to get better.”

Trotwood-Madison advances to play Northwestern in the sectional semifinals Tuesday.


BEN LOGAN (4-19)

Horton 0 1-2 1; Sosby 2 2-4 6; Rader 2 3-4 8; Ricketts 3 4-4 10; Saylor 1 1-2 3; Ahle 5 4-4 14; Greene 4 1-4 9. Totals: 17 16-24 51.

T-MADISON (20-3)

Foster 3 0-0 6; Mack 1 3-3 5; Bennett 11 1-2 23; Hammonds 11 4-6 27; Howell 2 0-3 4; Winn 3 3-5 9; Mallory 0 0-2 0; Crenshaw 2 1-1 5; Lucas 0 0-1 0; Lovett 2 0-0 4; Wilson 1 0-0 2; McGuire 0 1-2 1. Totals: 36 13-25 86.

Raiders    10    12    12    17    —     51

Rams    16    20    30    20    —    86

Three pointers: Ben Logan 1 (Sosby); Trotwood 1 (Hammonds).Team fouls: Ben Logan 17; Trotwood 19.