For the first eight minutes, Ben Logan battled and stayed right with Tippecanoe in their boys’ basketball sectional Division Two opener last week at Springfield. The final 24 minutes however saw the Red Devils run away from the Raiders and easily advance to the second round.
Tipp opened up a 16-point lead at the half, and cruised to a 77-43 rout of the Raiders, which sent the Red Devils into last night’s second round game against the Shawnee Braves. A win last night would send the Red Devils into the sectional finals this Saturday night, 6:30 at Springfield against the winner of the other game last night between #1 seed Urbana and Kenton Ridge.
Tipp jumped out to a 9-2 lead early behind strong play in the post from Adam Grieshop and a three from Cade Gingerich. Ben Logan battled back over the final 3:54 of the opening period scoring five points to cut their deficit down to 13-7 after the opening period.
The Raiders made it 13-11 before Tipp settled down and scored seven quick points, including the beginning of a big game from senior Quenten Williams. The guard scored in the paint, then hit a three to give Tipp is 20-11 with 5:15 left in the half.
After the Raiders broke the Tipp scoring run, the Red Devils started to separate themselves with another one. Twelve consecutive points, including eight more from Williams with two threes, gave the Red Devils a 32-13 lead with 3:20 left in the half. Tipp added to their lead as the half came to a close as Tyler Skaggs scored a pair of baskets and Tippecanoe enjoyed a comfortable 38-22 lead at the half.
Gingerich had a huge third period for the Red Devils, as the junior scored the first seven points for the Red Devils. Tippecanoe enjoyed another 9-0 run during the third period to open up a 54-29 advantage as they began to turn their attention to the second round of the sectionals.
As another group of players battled for the Red Devils in the fourth period, they maintained their lead and increased it behind solid bench play for Tippecanoe.
Williams led the way for the Red Devils with 20 points, while Gingerich added 12 and Josh Wildermuth scored 11.