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By Dale Barger



DALE BARGER/Advocate photoTri-Village's Damion Cooks dunks the ball during a tournament boys basketball game against Emmanuel Christian on Tuesday at Troy.
DALE BARGER/Advocate photoTri-Village's Damion Cooks dunks the ball during a tournament boys basketball game against Emmanuel Christian on Tuesday at Troy.
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TROY – The Tri-Village boys basketball team advanced to the sectional title game of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division IV Troy sectional with an 83-26 win against Emmanuel Christian.


It didn’t take long to see that the Lions were overmatched as Tri-Village pounded the ball inside to Tyler Cook in the opening frame. Cook would score seven in the quarter while cousin Damion Cook added six, Colton Linkous and Tommy Bell each dropped treys and Tyler VanWinkle added layup for a 23-5 lead.


The second quarter would turn out to be even worse for Emmanuel as it only scored one fielder midway through the quarter, bringing a big cheer from the its crowd.


Meanwhile the Patriots added 27 more to their total for 50 at the half.


Tyler Cook again led the way with eight points while Damion Cook added another six points, including a monster two-handed flush over two defenders bringing a little excitement to the Troy gymnasium. Mason McCabe chipped in five points, Linkous six and VanWinkle two in the quarter.


The third quarter was basically like ground hog day a repeat of the first and second quarters with the same cast of characters doing the damage.


In the final stanza the Patriots reserves put in their time and played an even quarter with Emmanuel Christian 11-11 as they went on to claim an 83-26 win over the Lions.


Johnny Wilson, Knox Morris, Gavin Richards and Brandon Peters all scored in the period.


Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester was glad to see his team come out and take care of business Tuesday night.


“We were very focused tonight, mentally and physically and did some good things,” Sagester said.


“It’s easy to lose focus, but we didn’t do that … we shared the ball well and rebounded very well,” Sagester added.


“I really like the way we have been rebounding the basketball, we are doing a better job on the boards then we did earlier in the year then getting out on the break for some easy baskets,” Sagester continued.


“We will have to be on our game Friday night. Rebounding will be a key along with getting stops and some easy baskets,” Sagester concluded.


Damion Cook was all over the glass Tuesday with 18 rebounds, eight of those on the offensive end. Tyler Cook pulled down 10 boards while VanWinkle dished out eight assists.


The Patriots had four players in double figures: Tyler Cook 19, Damion Cook 16, McCabe 13, Linkous 12,and VanWinkle was just shy of the tally with nine points.


The Patriots will face the Bethel Bees, 57-33 winners over Xenia Christian at 7 p.m. Friday at Troy High School.


This is rematch of the overtime thriller that Tri-Village was able to win earlier in the year and an anticipated rematch for a sectional title.


Score by quarters:


TV…23…27…22…11 – 83


EC…05…02…08…11 – 26


Individual scoring:


TV: Morris 3, VanWinkle 9, Bell 5, McCabe 13, Richards 2, Wilson 2, D. Cook 16, Linkous 12, Peters 2, T. Cook 19. Totals: 35-7-83.


EC: Morgan 1, Reep 3, Ball 5, Livingston 11, Gosney 6. Totals: 8-7-26.


3-pointers: TV 6 (Morris, VanWinkle, Bell, McCabe, Linkous 2); EC 3 (Reep, Ball, Livingston)


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