Patriots advance to title game

TROY – The Tri-Village Boys Basketball team defeated Southeastern 69-24 to advance to the OHSAA DIV Troy Sectional final on Friday 5 pm at Troy High School.

The Patriots were a little sluggish to start but gradually opened up a 9-2 lead before Southeastern cut into the lead.

Layne Sarver then went off scoring 9 of his 12 first quarter points to help TV open up a 20-9 lead.

Sarver added another 9 points in the 2nd period for 21 first half points.

The Patriots used swarming pressure overwhelming the young Southeastern guards to score in the open floor. Justin Finkbine & Wilson Suggs each had 5 points, Dalton Delong 3 and Seth Cook 2 as well in the 2nd quarter to give the Pats a 44-15 halftime advantage.

“It was our first tournament game and nerves set in offensively which led to some early misses but defensively we were very active and engaged most of the night and really picked it up in the 2nd quarter,” Tri-Village coach Josh Sagester noted on the start for the Patriots.

Tri-Village was unable to play their first round game due to East Dayton Christian having to forfeit due to contact tracing.

Things didn’t get any better after the break for Southeastern as Tri-Village held them to just two points in the 3rd frame. Meanwhile Finkbine scored 6 points in the paint, Scantland 4 and Sarver 2 as the Patriots expanded their lead to 56-17.

The 4th quarter would go by quickly with a running clock and the junior varsity boys seeing plenty of action.

Ty Linkous would score 6 points to lead the Patriots in the final stanza and Tanner Printz converted a deuce on a drive that delighted TV fans to conclude a 69-24 win.

Layne Sarver had a pretty good night, he came out and led by example knocked down some shots and the even went to a box and one on him down 30 in the 2nd half which is pretty good compliment as to how good he is,” Sagester stated.

Sarver would score 28 points on the night to lead a trio in double digit scoring.

Justin Finkbine had 11 and Josh Scantland added 10.

Legacy Christian defeated Franklin Monroe 54-47 in the other sectional game and with the win improved to 20-4 and will take on 24-0 Tri-Village for the sectional title on Friday.

Box Scores

Score By Quarters

SE09 … 06… 02 … 07 – 24

TV 20 … 24 … 12 … 13 – 69

Team Scoring

SE:Flax 4, Walton 5, Benigan 7, Coral 2, Kessler 3, Finney 3; Totals 1-7-7/10 – 24

TV: Delong 3, Suggs7, Scantland 10, Sarver 28, Cook 2, Linkous 6, Finkbine 11, Printz 2;

Totals 6-23-5/9 – 69

Layne Sarver slams down 2 of his game high 28 points for Tri-Village in the Patriots OHSAA DIV tournament win over Southeastern.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_thumbnail_Sarver.jpgLayne Sarver slams down 2 of his game high 28 points for Tri-Village in the Patriots OHSAA DIV tournament win over Southeastern. Dale Barger | Darke County Media

The Patriots Josh Scantland scores for Tri-Village in the team’s tournament win over Southeastern.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_thumbnail_Josh_Scantland.jpgThe Patriots Josh Scantland scores for Tri-Village in the team’s tournament win over Southeastern. Dale Barger | Darke County Media

Justin Finkbine scores for Tri-Village in the Patriots sectional tournament win over Southeastern.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_thumbnail_Justin_Finkbine-1-1.jpgJustin Finkbine scores for Tri-Village in the Patriots sectional tournament win over Southeastern. Dale Barger | Darke County Media

Wilson Suggs drives to the basket for TV in the Patriots
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/web1_thumbnail_Wilson_Suggs-2-1.jpgWilson Suggs drives to the basket for TV in the Patriots Dale Barger | Darke County Media

By Dale Barger

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