The early game pitted Vandalia Butler against Greenville. Butler had beaten Miamisburg to advance to this game while Greenville chose a first round bye. The early action went back and forth with the Greenville Wave keeping pace with the heavily favored Aviators. An aggressive zone and strong rebounding helped keep Butler's Iowa bound center Seth Gorney in check in the first half. The Waves balanced offensive attack also kept pace.
The third quarter belonged to the Aviators. Playing a suffocating defense, the Aviators were able to score off steals and fast break outlet passes. By the 2:19 mark in the quarter Butler led 39-30 and Greenville was forced to take a timeout. Senior wing Matt Lawson topped off the third with a jumper in the lane as time expired to keep the lead at nine.
The fourth quarter was all Butler. The high point for the Aviators came with 3:52 remaining when Gorney threw down a monster jam. It was indicative of how Gorney played in the second half. The seven footer finished with 17 and the Aviators advanced to face the winner of the Stebbins/Troy game.
Game two of the evening featured #1 seed Troy against unseeded Stebbins. The Troy roster is filled with great talent including future Ohio State Buckeye power forward Matt Terwilliger. Troy also has the luxury of being able to rely on a great guard duo in Shane Carter and Michael Hall. Both Carter and Hall are considered two of the better players in the 2005 Ohio class.
The Trojans came out with a fury forcing Stebbins to an early timeout. The 6-0 run created a comfort zone for Troy as they finished the quarter with a seven point lead (16-9). The Trojans went on cruise control in the second quarter forcing Stebbins to use an additional timeout with 2:30 remaining after Michael Hall's 3 pointer made it a 35 - 21 game. The Stebbins Indians responded and cut the lead in half with a 7-0 run. But the Trojans again finished with a 4-0 run of their own scoring on a Matt Terwilliger layup with 4 seconds left. That was immediately followed by a heady steal on the inbound by Michael Hall who was fouled and went on to convert both free throws to finish out the quarter.
Troy cruised the rest of the way widening the lead throughout the 3rd quarter. Then came the most exciting series of plays of the entire evening... With 1:08 left in the quarter Shane Carter drove the lane and missed a layup, but Terwilliger flew in behind and threw down a monster jam. After a quick turnover by Stebbins, Terwilliger topped himself with an even more thunderous dunk off a Michael Hall assist. Those two poster jams came less than ten seconds apart and pushed the lead to 21. The game was already in hand but the crowd's reaction carried over into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was more of the same. Troy cruised through while the Stebbins Indians kept battling. The defining moment of the fourth was a fast break where Michael Hall went airborne along the top left hand side of the key. He scissored his legs in the air and made a perfect pass between his legs, still airborne, to a trailing Matt Terwilliger. Terwilliger soared to the rim, but had to settle for two free throws after getting fouled.
Several Trojans had outstanding games. Senior forward Markis Carey finished with a double double (14 points and 12 rebounds). Terwilliger also finished with a double double (27 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocks). Junior guard Michael Hall finished with 24 points and 4 assists. Junior Shane Carter finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. All in all, it was a very solid game for the Trojans who advance to play Vandalia Butler Sunday afternoon at UD.
The third game of the evening matched the Meadowdale Lions against the Beavercreek Beavers. The early action was fast paced. Beavercreek was intent on moving the ball around and waiting for a high percentage shot and Meadowdale was intent on pressuring the Beavercreek guards into mistakes and getting baskets in transition. The result was an evenly played quarter with two teams that appeared evenly matched. At the end of the first Beavercreek led 17-15.
The second quarter belonged to the Beavers. They protected the ball well and clamped down with an absolutely suffocating defense. The Beavers held Meadowdale to only 2 points the entire quarter. Meanwhile, the Beavers were patient on offense and increased the lead to 16.
The third quarter was more of the same from Beavercreek. Meadowdale did find more of their offense but they were outscored 23 to 12 in the period. As with the two games earlier, the highlight came at the end of the quarter with the game's premier post player. Beavercreek's highly touted junior power forward, Jerome Tillman, was the recipient of a near perfect outlet pass from senior Brian Busch. The end result was another thunderous dunk where Tillman appeared to float three feet above the rim before punishing the rim with a two hand slam.
Tillman repeated the feat in the fourth as the Beavers wrapped up the game to advance to the next round of the tournament. The Beavers will play Sunday at 3:30 against the winner of the Springfield North/Piqua game.
Although Tillman only had 2 points at the half, his fingerprints were all over the game. He dominated the boards, set up some nice scores for his teammates and intimidated every shooter in the paint. He finished with 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 blocks and 15 points.
Most impressive player: Matt Terwilliger
Waiting to be discovered: Shane Carter
Blue Collar Award: Markis Carey
Most Impressive Team: Troy