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Springboro holds on and beats Beavercreek

Jul 12th 2013 at 6:46 PM
Springboro holds on and beats Beavercreek
12/5/2012 12:58:00 AMSpringboro holds on and beats BeavercreekStaff Writer SPRINGBORO It came down to the wire Tuesday night,nfl t shirts, but Springboro (2-0) was able to hold on to victory and defeat a hot Beavercreek (2-1) team, 77-75. The Panthers came out of the gate red hot,Green Bay Packers T shirts, hitting their first 10 shots. Their first miss was a floater with two minutes left in the first quarter and was put back by Springboro s big man, six-foot-eleven Maverick Morgan. Springboro had a comfortable lead of 27-13 after the first quarter, hitting 3-4 from outside. Their hot start wouldn t deter the Beavers though, and the game would be close again by half. Springboro continued to pour it on the Beavers to start the second quarter. Morgan caught the ball down low and stepped in to throw it down over Beavercreek s defenders. He finished the night with 30 points and hit the two game-winning free throws. Springboro head coach, Jay Byrne, praised his teams overall effort and mental toughness and was happy to have an asset like Morgan. Maverick is a great player. His upside is incredible, he said. Everyone played great. What an effort by our kids. I mean, that was a heck of an effort. They could have folded, but talk about resiliency. Senior guard Ryan Murray also had an excellent night, finishing with 20 points and only missing five of his shots. Beavercreek is an experienced squad and wasn t shaken by the Panthers hot start. Momentum started to shift around half way through the second quarter as they slowly chipped away at the lead causing turnovers and scoring easy points on the other end. They hit two huge threes late in the quarter, and the score was 47-40 at the half. The veteran squad came out in the second half smelling blood. Senior guard, Jalen Camper, came out on fire, along with fellow senior, Kyle Rader. They were both aggressive attacking the basket and getting fouled. Camper would finish the night with 23 points and Rader with 20. Creek stud, Airius Moore, was also key in the Beavers comeback, causing havoc on defense and getting to the rim. He would finish his night with 15 points. Much like their effort against Middletown, the Beavers defense came alive in the second half and caused multiple turnovers. Springboro looked sluggish coming out of the locker room and the once booming crowd had fallen silent. Beavercreek led 64-57 after three, but Byrne said he tried to keep his kids focused. We told them at the end of the third quarter, Guys, it s ok. Have confidence, relax, and play. We re going to be fine , he said. Things came a little too easy early and Beavercreek is a great team. They re experienced. They won the league and played in the district finals for a reason last year, Beavercreek would continue their assault to start the final quarter, but Springboro kept going to Morgan to stay in the ball game. Murray reignited the crowd with a big three to bring the game within five. Jarred Waters, key starter for the Beavers whose hustle is extremely important on the defensive end, was in foul trouble all night and got his final foul with just over three minutes left in the game. The Panthers tied the ball game at 71 just 30 seconds later, off a huge three from Jake Varinsky. A big block on the ensuing play by Morgan sent the crowd into a frenzy of chants saying, We believe that we will win. The game came down to the final 10 seconds with the score tied at 75. Springboro had the ball and it was a quick dump off to their big man in the middle. He went strong to the basket and got fouled with four seconds left. He would make both free throws to put his team up by two. Beavercreek orchestrated a play at half court but Rader would miss the game-winning three pointer. Both teams will have to recover from this emotional game by Friday, December 7, when Springboro is at Wayne and Beavercreek is at Butler.
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