Boys basketball: Shawnee earns top seed in tournament draw

Cutline: Shawnee High School junior Mason Griffith spins to the hoop against Tecumseh’s Brendan Toops (11) during their game on Friday night at Reynolds Gym in New Carlisle. The Braves won 69-53. Michael Cooper/CONTRIBUTED
Cutline: Shawnee High School junior Mason Griffith spins to the hoop against Tecumseh’s Brendan Toops (11) during their game on Friday night at Reynolds Gym in New Carlisle. The Braves won 69-53. Michael Cooper/CONTRIBUTED

SPRINGFIELD — Several Clark County boys basketball teams earned high seeds in the postseason tournament draw held last weekend.

Sectional tournament play begins on Feb. 15. The state tournament is scheduled to begin March 18.

Here’s a look at how local teams fared in the postseason draw in each division:

Division III

Shawnee, ranked 15th in the state poll, earned the No. 1 seed in the Division III, Dayton sectional draw. The 10-3 Braves will play No. 19 seed Dixie (5-14) in the Dayton 4 sectional at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Vandalia Butler High School.

“With this being our first time being in Division III, I really didn’t know how some of the teams would evaluate us compared to some of those other good teams,” said Braves coach Chris McGuire.

With a victory, the Braves would play the winner of No. 11 National Trail (8-9), No. 13 Stivers (2-6) and No. 14 Bethel in a district final game at 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Butler High School.

It may be the first time the Braves have gotten the No. 1 seed during McGuire’s time with the program, he said.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity,” McGuire said. “You still have to play the games and be able to play well. Hopefully we can build towards that by the time we play. … We’ve talked about it within the last couple weeks of building towards consistently getting better. My motto has been ‘Don’t beat Shawnee.’ We can’t beat ourselves. If someone beats us, they’ve got to be better than us.”

In D-III, Dayton 3 at Butler, Greenon and West Liberty-Salem tied for the No. 7 seed. The Knights will play the winner of No. 10 Brookville and No. 12 Indian Lake at 5:30 p.m on Feb. 23. West Liberty-Salem will play fourth-seeded Miami East at 8 p.m. Feb. 23. The Dayton 3 district semifinal will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Northeastern earned the No. 15 seed and will play the winner of No. 3 Anna and No. 20 Mechanicsburg in the Dayton 2 sectional game at 5 p.m. Feb. 23.

D-III 11th-ranked Greeneview earned the No. 5 seed in the Cincinnati district. They’ll play No. 9 Finneytown at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Princeton High School. With a victory, the Rams would play the winner of No. 11 Purcell Marian, No. 15 Riverview East and No. 4 seed Cincinnati Country Day in a district semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Division I

Springfield (7-9) earned the fourthseed in the Division I Dayton draw. They’ll play No. 17 seed Springboro at 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Centerville High School in the D-I Dayton 2 sectional.

“I’m very pleased with it,” said Wildcats coach Shawn McCullough. “No. 1, it speaks to our conference. The GWOC, in my opinion, is always one of the tougher conferences in the state of Ohio. I was excited when I took the job that I’d be in the GWOC coaching against a lot of really good coaches. It speaks to our strength of schedule as well.”

With a win, they’ll play No. 7 West Carrollton in a second round game at 5 p.m. on Feb. 23.

If both teams can avoid elimination, the Wildcats could face No. 3 seed Miamisburg in a district semifinal game on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Springfield beat the Vikings 69-66 on Jan. 5, but lost to the Vikings 85-52 on Wednesday.

Tecumseh (9-10) earned the No. 16 seed and will play No. 13 Northmont at 5 p.m. Feb. 20.

Division IV

Cedarville earned the No. 2 seed in the D-IV Troy sectional, while Catholic Central earned the No. 3 seed. Both teams opted for the Troy 2 bracket.

The Irish (14-4) will play No. 8 seed Tri-County North at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at Troy High School. The winner will play No. 7 Yellow Springs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24.

The Indians (15-1) will play No. 12 Miami Valley at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Troy. The winner will play No. 9 seed Twin Valley South at 5 p.m. Feb. 24.

In the Troy 1 bracket, No. 6 Emmanuel Christian Academy (10-10) will play fourth-seeded Legacy Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19. The winner will play fifth-seeded Franklin Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

No. 10 seed Southeastern (1-17) will play the winner of No. 1 seed Tri-Village and No. 11 East Dayton Christian at 5 p.m. Feb. 23.

The Troy 1 district semifinal is scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 26, with the Troy 2 semifinal scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Division II

No. 18 seed Kenton Ridge (5-11) will play No. 5 Chaminade-Julienne in the D-II Dayton 3 sectional on Feb. 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Kettering’s Trent Arena.

In the D-II, Dayton 1 sectional at Springfield High School, No. 21 seed Northwestern (3-10) will play third-seeded Dunbar at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 20.

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