Final spots in district tournament on the line this weekend

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Eastern District Boys Basketball
Eastern District boy’s basketball tournament action is heating up. District play is right around the corner with most of the usual
suspects already entered. It seems as if there is a pattern year in and
year out with the likes of Dover, Garaway, and Fort Frye staking yearly
spots in the district. Here we take a look at Thursday’s action and peek ahead to Saturday’s key match ups.


Eastern District boy’s basketball tournament action is heating up.

Carrollton, Dover, and Meadowbrook all punch their tickets to the Division II district, while Fort Frye and Garaway land spots in the Division III district. Also, Bridgeport advanced to the sectional final in Division IV where the Bulldogs will face top-seed Shadyside.

District play is right around the corner with most of the usual suspects already entered. It seems as if there is a pattern year in and year out with the likes of Dover, Garaway, and Fort Frye making yearly spots in the district.

Let us take a look at Thursday’s action and look ahead to Saturday’s.

Division II

Meadowbrook 62 West Muskingum 45

At Coshocton, the Meadowbrook Colts never trailed en route to eliminating the West Muskingum Tornadoes (16-5). Coach Keith Arnold’s bunch will advance to play Carrollton in next Wednesday’s district final at Steubenville’s St. John Arena.

All-everything senior Phillip Biggs and his 18 points led the Colts. Brock Miracle added 12 markers for the winners.

The Colt defense held the Tornadoes top two scoring threats juniors Wade Smith and Josh Osborn to nine and five points respectively. Osborn entered the contest averaging 18.5 points per night, while Smith was true for 15.5 tallies an evening.

Senior Nathan Shumate led West Muskingum with a game-high 20 points.

Dover 39 Coshocton 38

At Steubenville, The Dover Tornadoes (20-2) needed a last second shot from Corey Lisowski to get by East Central Ohio League rival Coshocton, 39-38.

After the Redskins’ Ian Chrisman tipped in a shot with 7.5 seconds left on the clock to give Coshocton the lead, Lisowski took the inbound pass and dribbled all the way to the hoop and made a right-handed lay up that kissed off the glass and through the net with 2.1 seconds left giving Dover the victory.

Dover shot just 5-of-18 from the free-throw line and were 0-of-6 in the fourth stanza.

Senior Eric Dummermuth led Dover with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Lisowski and stud sophomore Marcus Mamarella each added nine points.

Sophomore Dom McCluskey led Coshocton with 12 points. Senior Rydell Chriman came into the game averaging 18.5 points per game scored just six points, but in doing so he surpassed the 1,000-point plateau (1,005).

The Redskins (12-10) trailed 29-15 in the contest before coming back to take a 32-29 lead in the fourth.

Dover will return to the Arena next Thursday to tangle with Saturday night’s West Holmes/Maysville winner.

Carrollton 66 Indian Creek 55

The Carrollton Warriors got hot at the right time. The Warriors started the season (1-16) playing in the tough Northeastern Buckeye Conference before rattling off six straight to advance to next Wednesday’s district final against Meadowbrook back at Steubenville.

The Warriors advanced to the district with a 66-55 win over previously red hot Indian Creek. Senior Pierce Oaks scored a game-high 22 points including 9-of-12 from the foul line in the final chapter. Derek Dowell added 21 markers and Tyler Haugh delivered 10 lightings.

Indian Creek received a career-high 21 points from junior Daniel Dunlevy.

Division III

Fort Frye 71 Monroe Central 35

The Fort Frye Cadets (17-4) made a simple statement last night and that was leave no doubt. Monroe Central (9-13) was coming off an impressive 66-45 win over Union Local last week, but found the slopes a little slippery against a game Fort Frye outfit.

The Cadet defense held Monroe scoreless for the first three and a half minutes of the game and then shut the Noles out for four and a half minutes in the second and third periods with its incredible man-to-man defense.

Coach Dan Liedtke’s bunch advanced to the Division III district at New Philadelphia where they will meet the winner of Saturday night’s Martins Ferry/Tuscarawas Valley match up in next Tuesday’s district semi-final (6:00 p.m.).

Fort Frye was led by senior Derek Thompson’s 19 points and 10 rebounds. Junior x-factor Brandt Thieman tallied 17 markers, while junior Jared Arnold also netted 17 points including 4-of-7 from distance and six boards.

Ethan Rose led Monroe in defeat with 12 points. Rose missed the opener due to injury.

Garaway 54 Ridgewood 37

Garaway (19-3) outscored Ridgewood 30-11 in the second and third quarters using a tenacious full-court pressure to win yet another sectional championship. The Pirates will now move on to district action next Tuesday (8:00 p.m.) when they will face the winner of Saturday night’s Shenandoah/St. Clairsville contest.

Ridgewood finished the season at (6-16), but optimism should be high with such a young roster. The Generals only have two seniors on the roster.

Senior Tyler Gerber led the Pirates with 18 points, while freshman Paul Honigford notched 11 points and seven caroms and junior David Gerber added 10 points and four boards.

Ridgewood was led in defeat by junior Jared Kreitzer with 12 markers and eight boards.

Division IV

Bridgeport 46 Caldwell 40

The Bulldogs trailed by two points in the fourth quarter, but a three-point basket by junior Justin Gregorcic gave the ‘Port the lead for good. Following the triple, the Dogs went on a 9-0 run for Coach Donnie Cash Jr.’s squad. Bridgeport will now play Shadyside in Saturday’s sectional final at Ohio University Eastern (5:00 p.m.).

Bridgeport (14-7) received 12 points from Gregorcic including three triples, while senior Mike Bachie was once again a force in the paint with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Ryan McKee led Caldwell with 14 points.

Saturday’s Action

Division I

District Semi-Final

Zanesville (19-2) vs. Dublin Jerome
10:00 a.m. @ Fairgrounds Coliseum in Columbus

Division II

Sectional Final

West Holmes vs. Maysville
7:00 p.m. @ Coshocton High School
Winner advances to District Final vs. Dover
Division III

Sectional Final

Tuscarawas Valley vs. Martins Ferry
7:00 p.m. @ Claymont High School
Winner advances to District vs. Fort Frye

St. Clairsville vs. Shenandoah
7:00 p.m. @ Meadowbrook High School
Winner advances to District vs. Garaway

Division IV

Sectional Final

Frontier vs. Bishop Rosecrans
2:00 p.m. @ Ohio University Eastern
Winner advances to District vs. Malvern/Tusky CC

Shadyside vs. Bridgeport
5:00 p.m. @ Ohio University Eastern
Winner advances to District vs. Wellsville/Hiland

Malvern vs. Tuscarawas CC
6:00 p.m. @ New Philadelphia High School
Winner advances to District vs. Frontier/Rosecrans

Wellsville vs. Hiland
8:00 p.m. @ New Philadelphia High School
Winner advances to District vs. Shadyside/Bridgeport

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