Graham nips Ponitz in boys hoops sectional


Staff report



Graham’s Zack Vanscoy drives to the basket against Ponitz in the Division II boys basketball sectional at Springfield on Friday.

Graham’s Zack Vanscoy drives to the basket against Ponitz in the Division II boys basketball sectional at Springfield on Friday.


Photo by John Coffman Photography

Triad’s Ayden Sanford scores inside against WL-S Friday night.


Photo by Dawndee Zizzo

SPRINGFIELD – Eric Goddard scored 31 points and added 7 rebounds as 14th-seeded Graham nipped No. 4 Ponitz, 78-76, in overtime in the Division II boys basketball sectional on Friday.

Graham trailed by 10 points with five minutes remaining but rallied for the win.

Ponitz led, 32-27, at the half and the score was tied, 69-69, at the end of the fourth quarter.

For the Falcons, Ben Sells had 22 points and 9 rebounds and Eli Hollingsworth added 10 points and 10 assists.

“We fought all game and battled back to put it into OT,” said Graham Coach Grant Hall. “Ponitz is a solid team and DayJuan Anderson is hard to guard. We were denying him and sent 1 to 2 extra guys at him and he still had 34 points.

“Ben Sells played through a bad sprained ankle, and had 18 of his 22 points after his injury,” he added.

The Falcons (9-13) advance to play 10th-seeded Dayton Carroll here today at 7:30 p.m.

“We were focused all week in practice, so we need to prepare with the same mindset for Carroll (tonight),” said Hall.

At 5:30 p.m. today at Springfield, No. 11 Urbana (16-6) plays No. 7 Trotwood-Madison.

Tigers win

WEST LIBERTY – Logan Saylor scored a game-high 17 points as West Liberty-Salem defeated Triad, 54-46, in OHC boys basketball on Friday.

WL-S led, 33-17, at the half.

For the Tigers (12-11, 9-7), Owen Johnson had 9 points and Taran Logwood added 8.

For the Cardinals (9-14, 4-12), Ayden Spriggs had 14 points and Kane Bailey added 9.

WL-S won the jayvee game, 40-19. For the Tigers, Andre Jones had 10 points, Jayden Temple had 9 and Logan Phillips added 8.

In the Division III sectional, WL-S plays Dayton Christian today at 7 p.m. at Northmont and Triad plays Meadowdale on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Vandalia Butler.

Graham’s Zack Vanscoy drives to the basket against Ponitz in the Division II boys basketball sectional at Springfield on Friday.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2022/02/web1_vanscoy2-1.jpgGraham’s Zack Vanscoy drives to the basket against Ponitz in the Division II boys basketball sectional at Springfield on Friday. Photo by John Coffman Photography

Triad’s Ayden Sanford scores inside against WL-S Friday night.
https://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2022/02/web1_sanford.jpgTriad’s Ayden Sanford scores inside against WL-S Friday night. Photo by Dawndee Zizzo

Staff report