Cincinnati Reading coach Rich Bensman was on hand tonight at UD Arena taking in the
action. The Reading Blue Devils
will face Middletown Fenwick in the sectional finals March 11th at
North College Hill made national headlines earlier this
year when highly touted freshman OJ Mayo announced his transfer to the
school. Mayo, already the subject
of an article in ESPN the Magazine and regularly referred to as the next Lebron James, made an immediate impact on his new team. The NCH Trojans finished the year
undefeated and ranked #1 in the state.
That set up Friday's matchup and a 58 to 47 victory for
the Blue Devils from
"We decided that we were going to really make them work on defense." Stated coach Bensman while he waited for the Waynesville/Fenwick game to get underway. "We also looked for opportunities to get out quick and get easy baskets. If they weren't there, we pulled out and ran them through about 20 screens before we attacked the basket."
"In the second half they came out in a softer man to man than we expected, so we drove to the basket a lot more and tried to get to the line."
"They are a great team and we're proud we played the
game we played. It's March Mania
Coach Bensman was a very popular man this evening. Congratulations came from many and it seemed like 100 people went up and shook his hand, but the thing that stuck out most in my mind was that big ring that he wore on his right hand. They don't give those out to just anyone and it was clear to me that the coach was aiming to add to his jewelry collection.