Ohio State bound senior, Matt Terwilliger, scored 11 and pulled down 8 rebounds in the win. But he impressed most with his passing and defense. Tecumseh set out from the start of the game to limit Terwillger's shots in the paint with double and triple teams. Terwilliger, one of the nations top PF prospects, responded by consistently hitting the open man for the easy basket. By the end of the evening he had tallied 5 assists.
"Twig", as he is called by the Troy fans, also made his presence felt on the defensive end of the court. He tallied 4 blocked shots and altered several others. Tecumseh's post game was almost completely taken away by the 6'9" PF. It's also interesting to note that Terwilliger finished the game without a single personal foul. However, toward the end of the game with 1:52 left Coach Culley decided Matt had seen enough action after the big man leapt over the Tecumseh bench for a loose ball.
Junior standout Michael Hall also had a solid performance with 14 points and a great defensive effort. Hall will likely be pursued heavily next year by several programs.
In the 7:00 game Beavercreek faced off with Trotwood. Beavercreek played tough early. They were led by highly touted junior PF Jerome Tillman. Beavercreek held a single digit lead through the first half. Going into the half, the Beavers led by only one, 24-23.
The Trotwood Rams came out with a charge in the 3rd quarter and took the lead on a lay up from Tyjuan Jones with 6:50 remaining. But Beavercreek retook the lead with 6:00 and never looked back. The icing on the cake for the Beavers was an absolute thunderous dunk by Tillman with 2:45 remaining in the 4th quarter. Tillman made it easy to understand why so many colleges are hoping to land him in what is right now, a wide open recruiting race. The 6'6" junior finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.
In earlier action at UD Arena the Xenia Buccaneers took on the Springfield North Panthers. Springfield North triumphed in this matchup. The final score was 58-46, but North was in control most of the game. Four Panthers scored in double digits. Sophomore guard E.J. Jones had the most notable performance of the evening scoring 10 points, pulling down 6 rebounds and forcing a lo of turnovers by playing a great defensive game. The Panthers advance to play Piqua next Friday.
Best performance of the night: Jerome Tillman Jr. (PF)– Beavercreek
Underclassman about to be discovered: Lee Boddie Jr. (PG) - Trotwood