Beavercreek sr. Jon Alessandro scored a game-high 15 points in a 48-33 defeat of Franklin in a D-I boys high school basketball sectional opener at Trotwood on Fri., Feb. 23, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Beavercreek stuns Franklin; Sidney, Springboro also post D-I sectional opening wins at Trotwood

Jon Alessandro scored a game-high 15 points as the No. 12 seed Beavers mounted a decisive early lead and KO’ed the Wildcats, who won their seventh straight outright or shared SWBL Southwestern Division title. 

Beavercreek (10-13) advances to a lower bracket sectional semifinal against Sidney at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Centerville. Franklin (17-6) was a No. 11 seed in its first appearance in the D-I postseason. 

Sidney 55, Troy 35: Devan Rodgers scored 13 points to lead a balanced attacked as Sidney eliminated GWOC American North rival Troy in the middle game at Trotwood.

Andre Gordon and Ratez Roberts each added 10 points for the Yellow Jackets. Sidney (17-6) takes a seven-game win streak into Tuesday’s semifinals at Centerville against Beavercreek.

Caillou Monroe had 11 points to lead Troy (9-14) and Zach Reichelderfer added 10. 

Springboro 86, Piqua 56: Connor Grevey scored 22 points, Willieon Yates 17 and Garrett Powell 13 in leading the Panthers to a season scoring high in the D-I sectional opener at Trotwood. All three Springboro players had three 3-pointers.

Ben Schmiesing led Piqua (10-13) with 19 points. Mick Karn and Qurri Tucker each added 12 points and Xian Harrison 10.

Springboro (8-15) will play No. 2 seed Springfield (18-4) in the upper bracket sectional semi at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Centerville. Springfield drew a first-round bye.

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