|Red Devils Defeat Kenton Ridge for Third Time|
|Written by Gary Gregory|
|Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:18|
Basketball fans know it's hard to beat the same team three times in a season.
Don't tell that to the Tippecanoe squad.
Paced by Nick Fischer's 12 points and a solid defense, the Red Devils opened Division II sectional play with a 52-39 decision over Kenton Ridge.
Earlier in the regular season, Coach Marcus Bixler's team had beaten the Cougars twice.
"We jumped out early, played very good defense, and got some big shots," Bixler said.
Two three-pointers by Cameron Johnson, one by Fischer and four points each from Michael Landwehr and Michael Donahey sparked the Red Devils to a 17-6 first quarter lead. At halftime, their lead was 25-19.
"We only scored six points in the third quarter, and (Kenton Ridge) made a run, which we knew they would," Bixler said.
The Cougars cut the deficit to one point at 31-30 after three quarters, but the Red Devils answered with a 6-0 run to take control of the sectional game at Springfield High School.
With a 22-8 scoring advantage in the final period, the game was signed, sealed and delivered in the final minute.
"We were passing inside and kicking it out," Bixler said. "Jared Ervin was in the corner with his feet set and put in two 3-pointers."
Ervin's two long range shots triggered the Red Devils to a 42-34 lead with four minutes left the game.
Tippecanoe improved to 18-5 for the season. Their second-round opponent is Urbana, a 31-25 winner over Bellefontaine. Game time at Springfield is 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Feb. 27.
Earlier in the regular season, the teams battled for three overtimes before the host Red Devils nipped the Hillclimbers.