defeat host and three-time defending Division III state champion North College Hill 75-66. The win allowed Seven Hills to remain tied for first place in
the Miami Valley Conference Scarlet. Sophomore Jake Davis had a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Stingers.
NORTH COLLEGE HILL – Cincinnati Seven Hills pulled the upset Tuesday, holding on to defeat host North College Hill 75-66 to remain tied for first place in the Miami Valley Conference Scarlet.
Sophomore Jake Davis had a team-high 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the way for the Stingers (9-1, 7-1 MVC).
Seven Hills lead at halftime 39-31 behind the shooting of Davis and the leadership of senior guard Drew Kohn, who added 20 points in the victory over three-time defending Division III state champion North College Hill (8-3, 6-1 MVC).
“We wanted to play a little bit of zone and man,” said Seven Hills coach Willie Hill of his team’s defensive efforts. “We really wanted to make them shoot the ball to beat us.”
NCH sophomore guard Barry Cobb lead all scorers with 25 points, while senior forward Alfonso McPherson totaled 23 points in a losing effort for the Trojans.
Forward Edmund Schweitzer added 12 points for the Stingers, while sophomore guard Fran Chatfield lead the way with six assists in the game.
Junior guard L.T. Burke added 11 points as well for Seven Hills.
Seven Hills had gone into the game preparing to stop NCH guard Damon Butler, their leading scorer. Butler sat out the game with an undisclosed injury.
The Stingers had to settle with stopping McPherson, a force in the paint.
“We needed to try to keep McPherson out of the paint and match up with him,” Hill said. “Make them beat us as best we could.”
Hill credited part of the win with playing zone defense in the first half then moving to man-to-man in the second.
The loss for NCH was their first conference loss since rejoining the league to play a full schedule this season.
Kohn continued his march toward the Seven Hills record books, adding to his career total after topping the 1,000-point mark against St. Bernard on Dec. 14.
Kohn has a chance to set the Stingers career mark, which stands at 1,149 points.
After starting the season with a loss to NCH, Seven Hills has won nine straight games and looks poised to continue that consistent play when they host Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (5-4) Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Hill said that the win over Lockland the game before was a good win that improved the team’s chances of winning the conference. But they are not overlooking CHCA.
Seven Hills was upset by St. Bernard in the first round of the tournament last year after overlooking them and is not looking to make the same mistake this winter.
Davis leads the Stingers in scoring with 19.4 points a game and rebounding with 59, while Kohn averages 19.2 points a game with a team-high 29 steals.
North College Hill will look to rebound against host St. Bernard Friday. The Trojans have yet to lose to a conference opponent other than Seven Hills.
If they don’t get Butler back in the next couple of games the Trojans will look to Cobb and junior guard Everett Horne to make bigger contributions off the bench.
McPherson leads the Trojans in field goal percentage with 59.7% shots made and in rebounding with 29 boards.