It was night two of the Oak Hill boys sectional with the semi-finals on the line. Manchester had already punched their ticket to Friday night with the remaining three county teams hoping to do the same. Wabash was up first, having the task of trying to defeat the #3 team in the state on their home floor, The Apaches played with the taller Eagles for a quarter and a half before the Oak Hill height took it’s toll, defeating Wabash 52-29. In game two Southwood and Northfield would collide for a third time this season with the Knights racing out to a 19-0 lead and defeating the Norse 72-52.
In game one Oak Hill led 3-0 when Trevor Daughtry hit to make it 3-2. Oak Hill would then score the next 4 points and led 7-2 before Daughtry scored off a steal and was followed by a Logan Vander Velden bucket to make it 7-6. The Eagles would answer with a three with Daughtry ending the quarter with a bucket as Wabash trailed 9-8.
Oak Hill would hit a three to start the second quarter before two Luke Mattern free throws made it 12-10. With Wabash trailing 15-12 after two Vander Velden free throws Oak Hill would go on an 11-0 run to open a 26-12 lead before Mattern drained a three from the top of the key as time expired with Oak Hill leading 26-15 at the half.
Oak Hill would get the first two points of the third quarter before a Mattern three made it 29-18. The Eagles would answer the three with 10 straight points as their lead grew to 39-20. Kaleb Kelsheimer stopped the run with a bucket before Oak Hill scored 7 straight and led 46-20. With Oak Hill up 48-23 Vander Velden would hit three free throws with .4 seconds left in the quarter as Oak Hill led 48-26 after three.
The Apaches would hit just one bucket in the fourth which was a three from Mattern, while Oak Hill hit just twice in the 52-29 final.
Leading Wabash was Luke Mattern with 11 points. Logan Vander Velden added 10, Trenton Daughtry 6, Kaleb Kelsheimer 2.
In game two the Knights would come out clicking on all cylinders, jumping out to a 19-0 lead. Peyton Trexler got things going, scoring off a steal with Matt Nose following with a bucket. After a second Trexler bucket Dallas Holmes would drain a three for a 9-0 lead with Trexler following with a bucket. Holmes would then hit his second long ball and was followed with a three from Carson Blair. Trexler would hit the final bucket of the run before Kyle Reed broke the ice for the Norse to make it 19-2. Dallas Holmes would then hit his third three pointer of the quarter before Cody Holmes and Reed hit to make it 22-6. Nose and Cody Holmes would trade buckets to end the quarter with Southwood leading 24-8.
The Holmes cousins would trade buckets to start the second quarter for a 26-10 score when Austin Trump hit, followed by Cody Holmes to cut the deficit to 26-14. The Norse would get the Knights lead to single digits after buckets from Trump and Reed to make it 29-20. With the score 30-21 Blake Martz drained a three that was matched by Trump to make it 33-24 before Trexler ended the quarter with a three as the Knights led 36-24 at the half.
Cody Holmes would hit two free throws to start the third quarter when the Knights decided to play long ball. Southwood would hit 7 three pointers in the quarter with Dallas Holmes and Blair hitting three each. Trexler would add a three as the Knights raced out to a 64-39 lead with a quarter to go.
The Knights would slow the game down in the fourth, running crucial time off the clock as the Norse tried to play catch up. Northfield would get a three from Jared Peas as the Norse out scored the Knights 12-8. Southwood had four different players score 2 points each in the quarter as they advanced to Friday with a 72-52 win.
Leading Southwood was Carson Blair with 23 points. Dallas Holmes added 22, Peyton Trexler 16, Matt Nose 6, Blake Martz 5.
Leading Northfield was Cody Holmes with 18 points. Austin Trump added 16, Kyle Reed 12, Jared Peas 3, Ryan Driscoll 2, Logan Peas 1.
Manchester will play Rochester in game one, with Southwood and Oak Hill doing battle in game two of the semi-finals Friday.