“You don’t mess around with knees and you sure don’t mess around with a kid’s brain when you’re talking about concussion protocol,” Anderson said. “He’s got a future to protect.”
• Streaking Troy Christian outlasted host Bethel 66-60 in overtime last Saturday in what might be a preview of what’s ahead in the D-III postseason. TC’s James Anderson had 20 points and nine rebounds. Barring upsets, Troy Christian (20-2), a No. 5 seed, should play No. 2 seed Bethel (17-5) in a D-III sectional final at Northmont.
Troy Christian won the Metro Buckeye Conference (12-1) and takes a 16-game win streak into its tourney opener against Indian Lake on Saturday. Bethel (12-0) won the Central Buckeye Conference but ended with regular season 3-3. The Bees face the Miami East/Greenon winner on Feb. 28.
• Northmont saved its best for last to end the boys regular season last Saturday. Thunderbolts senior Jabari Perkins tied it on a 3-pointer with eight seconds left. Northmont’s Cameron Rucker followed with a steal with 2.2 seconds remaining and then Dawson Walker hit a buzzer-beater in Northmont’s 57-55 win.
Northmont (10-12) opens the D-I postseason against Fairborn (9-13) at Butler on Friday. Beavercreek (9-13) opens against Franklin (17-5) on Friday at Trotwood.
• Northeastern standout Hayley Suchland scored 41 points in last week’s 67-61 defeat of Triad in a girls Ohio Heritage Conference game.