On Wednesday night, a pair of Sectional games took place at Findlay High School in the DII Ada District. In the first game of the night, #3 Defiance took the court with #13 Maumee, while in the nightcap, #4 Wapakoneta squared off with #8 Kenton.
Defiance would jump out to a quick 10-0 lead over Maumee to begin the first game of the night, as junior guard Will Lammers got hot from the outside. Defiance would lead 13-4 after the 1st quarter, as Maumee struggled to find offense. Maumee would be without junior guard David Walker due to off the court issues, really hindering their chances in this game, and it would show.
Luke Metzger would do all he could to keep Maumee within reach throughout the first half with 9 points, and ultimately throughout the game. Lammers and junior standout Tyrel Goings would continue to lead the charge for Defiance, who would lead Maumee 29-13 at the half.
The same trend from the first half would continue into the third quarter as Defiance opened up their margin even further. Lammers would continue to light it up from the perimeter, with Maumee struggling to find answers. Metzger would continue his efforts for Maumee, but they would trail 21-42 after the 3rd.
With the game all but over, starters on both sides would check out minutes into the final quarter of play. Defiance would cruise to a 56-30 victory to advance. Tyrel Goings would deliver a 12 point and 14 rebound performance for Defiance in the win. Luke Metzger would finish with 19 points for Maumee in his final high school game.
The second game of the night would be filled with high energy and plenty of competitive juice from both sides as the Western Buckeye League foes went to work. The opening quarter would be very much a back and forth pace, with Aaron Good and Camron Pulfer doing the bulk of the damage for their teams. The game would be tied between Wapakoneta and Kenton at 11-11 after the 1st.
Wapakoneta would make the first big run of the game early on in the second period, courtesy of talented senior Adam Scott, helping them jump out to a double-digit lead. Scott and the aforementioned Good, would take over the game on both ends of the floor, with Kenton struggling to get anything going. The game would all but be decided by the halftime break with Wapakoneta leading 42-13.
Kenton standout Jaron Sharp would finally begin to get involved in the third quarter, but it would be all too late, as the senior would finish his high school basketball career in a disappointing way. Kenton sophomore guard Jaden Cornell would knock down some perimeter shots along the way, but Wapakoneta would be too much on this night, leading Kenton 56-24 after the 3rd.
Wapakoneta would go to their bench early in the fourth quarter with the game in hand, as Aaron Good would check out with 20 points and Adam Scott with 21 points; the senior duo looked really good in all facets on this night. Wapakoneta would roll to defeat Kenton by a final score of 64-29 to advance to a date with Defiance.