|Red Devils With Big Conference Win|
|Written by Jim Dabbelt|
|Sunday, 23 February 2014 18:42|
With three quarters in the books, the Tippecanoe boys' basketball team was in a tight battle with their league foes from Shawnee. Then just that quickly, it was like a light switch was flipped on.
That's how quickly the Red Devils turned things up to another level in their game against the Braves, turning a tie game early in the fourth quarter into a 16-2 run to end the game, giving the Red Devils a 60-46 victory, and pulling them within a half game of the division leaders in the Kenton Trail Division.
With the win, Tipp pushes their record to 6-1 overall, and 2-1 in the conference. Both Tecumseh and Bellefontaine sit atop of the division at 3-1.
Both teams battled early in the game before Tipp sophomore Nathan Shirley buried a three to give the Red Devils a 9-6 lead. They pushed that out to 13-6 before the Braves answered with a pair of free throws.
Leading by six, the Red Devils' senior Sean Ford scored the final four Tippecanoe points in the period, and they led 17-10 after eight minutes.
Shawnee fought back in the second, outscoring Tippecanoe 6-2 in the first four minutes of the second period before Ben Stucke hit a short jumper temporarily stopped the momentum. Just that quickly, the Braves went back to work.
Shawnee ran off a 10-2 run over the final three minutes of the first half, and Tipp went into the locker room at the half trailing 26-23.
The Braves came out with the momentum and quickly added to their lead, using a 10-4 run in four minutes to take a 36-27 lead, and Tipp needed an answer.
They got one when Zack Blair scored five quick points including a big three-pointer, and the teams battled for the remainder of the third quarter.
Tipp actually battled back to take the lead when Ford hit a pair of free throws and Blair connected on a three-pointer, but the two teams headed to the final eight minutes tied at 42.
With the game tied at 44 one minute into the fourth period, Ford hit a five-footer which started the avalanche of scoring for the Red Devils. Michael Landwehr and Ford took the lead out to eight, and following four points from Stucke and a pair of free throws from Blair, the Red Devils took their lead to 58-44 with one minute left. It was a 14-0 run that sent Tippecanoe to the victory.
Stucke led the way for the Red Devils with a game high 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Blair added 14 with three assists. Ford added 13 points and six assists.
The Red Devils are back in action Friday night hosting Kenton Ridge on Friday night at 7:30, then Bellbrook comes to town on Saturday for another 7:30 contest.
* The Tippecanoe football team was honored at halftime as the National Guard JJ Huddle Ohio Football Team of the Year, presented to several of the team members and Coach Charlie Burgbacher who were in attendance. The Red Devils advanced to the regional finals for the first time in school history before falling to Trotwood Madison. Tipp also claimed the CBC league title.