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Rogers, Scott fall

03/05/2014, 11:57pm EST
By DONALD EMMONS BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Defiance ousts Rams; Wauseon knocks out Bulldogs

Boys Basketball: Rogers, Scott fall

Branden Austin of Rogers reacts to losing to Defiance in a Division II district semifinal Wednesday night at Central Catholic.

With Rogers and Scott involved in Division II boys basketball district semifinals Wednesday night at Central Catholic, the idea of an all-City League final was a possibility.

But Defiance and Wauseon made certain that no CL team will be participating Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERIES: Defiance outs Rams | Wauseon knocks out Bulldogs

Defiance pulled out a 44-43 victory over Rogers in the first semifinal, while Wauseon held off Scott 57-55 win in the other semifinal.

Defiance guard Trey Guilliam found his shooting touch early and it had a long-term affect on the outcome.

Not only did it raise his confidence from long range, it helped to settle down the entire Bulldogs team.

It showed down the stretch as Defiance sank 6 of 7 foul shots during the final two minutes.

Guilliam led the way by pumping in a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Shay Smiddy added nine points on three 3-pointers and Emilio Pearson chipped in eight.

Defiance played a strong defensive game.

"We wanted to try to keep their guys in front of us as much as possible," Defiance coach Kirk Lehman said. "If they hit their shots it's going to be tough for us to defend them anyway, but I thought our guys did a nice job."

Rams guards Branden Austin and Cameron Copeland combined for 27 points to carry Rogers' offensive load. Austin had 15 points, including three 3-pointers, and Copeland finished with 12.

However, the Rams didn't get the kind of production in their senior frontcourt they had hoped for. Fadil Robinson scored eight points and Alejandro Williams had just two.

"We missed too many easy shots," Rogers coach Earl Morris said. "They played their game and they tried to control the tempo, which we were still in the game.

"But we go as far as our inside game go. Once our inside game doesn't go, it forces the guards to take difficult shots."

It was anyone's game going into the fourth quarter with Defiance owning a 33-31 lead.

The lead exchanged hands three times before Pearson sank two foul shots with 2:09 remaining to give Defiance a 37-36 advantage, a lead the Bulldogs would maintain the rest of the way.

Smiddy swished a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Defiance (21-3) a 40-36 lead with 1:23 left. But Copeland came right back for the Rams and dropped a 3 of his own to make it 40-39 with 1:12 to play.

With time running out the Rams were forced to foul and Defiance's Katwan Singleton went to the foul line and made a pair of foul shots to give the Bulldogs a 42-39 lead with 33 seconds to play.

Austin cut Defiance's lead to 42-41 when he scored on a driving layup with 12 seconds left. Two free throws by Wes Detter with 9.7 seconds to play gave Defiance a 44-41 lead.

The Rams (14-10) had one final opportunity to tie it in the closing seconds but an open look from 3-point range by freshman guard Taqauris Belcher bounced off the rim and Robinson put back the miss as time expired.

In the second game, Kris Boysel led Wauseon with 16 points.

Corry Byers added 11 points and Noah Castle chipped in with 10 for Wauseon, which held off a late push by Scott after the Bulldogs trailed by as much as 10 in the final quarter.

"I thought it was a contrast of styles," Wauseon coach Chad Burt said. "They wanted to get up and down a little bit and we wanted to kind of slow them down and make it a halfcourt game.

"I think they sped us up a little bit, but I thought we did a great job of attacking the rim and making plays at the rim and we get to move on."

Boysel and Castle were primarily responsible for the Indians (19-6) finding success near the basket. Both scored most of their points from within 10 feet of the basket or on the free-throw line.

"We had to come in and play a great athletic team and we knew that if we played our kind of basketball we'd come out on top," Boysel said. "They're the type of team that gets out and run.

"They're athletic and we knew we had to slow them down. Good defense led into good offense."

Chris Darrington provided 17 points to lead the Bulldogs (14-11).

Larry Green added 16 points and Jay Wells scored eight for Scott, which played without senior guard Chris Harris, who was suspended for two games after receiving two technical fouls in the team’s last game.

Scott coach Chris Dames said the absence of Harris, who averagers 20 points per game, was no excuse for the loss.

"I'm just proud of these guys," Dames said. "They went out there and they didn't make any excuses. They didn't hang their heads. They just went out there and played basketball.

"Really, they left it all out there and there's nothing more I could have asked of these guys."

Bedford advances

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Adam Swisher and Dylan Barr scored 14 points each to lead Bedford to a 55-49 victory over Monroe in a Michigan Class A district semifinal win.

The Mules (14-7) led 27-26 at halftime and used an 11-7 third quarter edge to extend the lead and followed with a 17-16 advantage in the final quarter.

Riley Wood paced Monroe (14-8) with 16 points, Raynard Pouncy added 15 and Malik Austin had 10.

Bedford advances to the district final at 7 p.m. Friday against Ypsilanti.


Contact Donald Emmons at: demmons@theblade.com, 419-724-6302 or on Twitter @DemmonsBlade.

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