The Springfield South Wildcats and Hamilton
Big Blue need no introduction to one another. These team have
a rich history of fantastic games against one another and today at the
For many years the Big Blue and Wildcats
have had great battles, but you only have to go back to January 18th
of this year to get a preview for what the teams had in store for the fans in
this one. That game, held at the
Flyin' To The Hoop National
Basketball Tournament, was one of the best games of the event.
Since that game neither team has lost and many consider this pair of teams the two hottest in the state. Earlier in the tournament the Wildcats scored 29 points in the first quarter alone and the defeated highly ranked Cincinnati LaSalle to get to this game. On the other hand, the Big Blue removed the slipper from Cincinnati Sycamore's Cinderella like run in the Regional Semi-final. Between the two, they have been giant killers and dream crushers and tonight these two fantastic teams are set to battle for a shot at the ultimate prize in Ohio High School Basketball.
One of the difference makers against
LaSalle started things off for the Wildcats. Nate Miller who had 15 points and 15
rebounds in the semi-final scored the first bucket of the game. South got a few more baskets in
The second quarter seemed to fly by. Both teams applied a lot of defensive
pressure and there were several turnovers, but most noticeable was South's
shooting. Normally a very good
shooting team, the Wildcats did not hit a single three point shot in the half
(shades of the game at Flyin To
The Hoop). They finished the
half 0 for 6 from behind the arch.
It appeared that the Wildcats may have been feeling the effects of their
battle with LaSalle a few nights ago.
LaSalle pressed the entire game and used their full bench to keep fresh
legs in the game and try to wear down the Wildcats. South was able to withstand the Lancers
pressure, but that game may have had an effect on this game due to strain it
must have taken on South's players.
Their shooting woes combined with excellent rebounding for
The third quarter belonged to South
Nate Miller missed a breakaway layup, but Von Davis was there for a thunderous
slam. That gave South a 29-26 edge
and led to a Big Blue timeout.
The lead was pushed to six and that's where
we stood with 35 seconds remaining and South's ball. The Big Blue came out pressuring Isiah
Carson and South had to look for their second
option. Nate Miller floated out
behind the arch but missed the three.
The Wildcats were then forced to foul and
The South Wildcats, who have proven all
year long to be great from behind the arch, failed to hit a single three pointer
in the contest. They finished 0 for
15 behind the arch. That could be
just as much a testimony to the battle the Wildcats had with LaSalle as a result
tired legs as well as a Big Blue defense that applied relentless pressure. However you must give credit to
Brandon Lampley came up huge for the Big
Blue scoring 16 points, dishing out 4 assist, playing suffocating defense and
running the point all night. The
big man, Jason Miller, pulled down 10 boards for