Green claims 6th straight sectional

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 26, 2001

ALBANY – It was the shot heard ’round the gym.

Monday, February 26, 2001

ALBANY – It was the shot heard ’round the gym.

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Ben Dyer drained a 3-pointer with the buzzer sounding to tie the score and the Green Bobcats went on to beat the Trimble Tomcats 67-65 in overtime Saturday night in the Division IV sectional finals.

"Ben had a big game including the big 3 that sent the game into overtime. It was good to see someone come through under pressure," Green coach Kevin Lewis said.

The win marked the sixth straight sectional title for the Bobcats (12-9). They play Portsmouth Clay at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Ohio University.

Dyer’s shot capped a fourth quarter comeback that saw the Bobcats fall behind by as many as 10 points.

But a 3-pointer by Joe Salyers midway through the quarter cut the deficit to seven and got Green back on track.

"That was a big shot. That kind of got us going again and started us on our comeback, and then Jacob (Yarnell) came off the bench and gave us a big lift," said Lewis.

Jacob Yarnell scored six points and Dyer had another 3-pointer in the quarter as Green rallied to tie the game at 54-54.

Alex Poe scored five points and Dyer four as Green opened up a six-point lead in the overtime period and held on for the win.

Poe finished with 21 points and six rebounds while Dyer had 18 points and three assists. Kyle Dyer had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Bobby Trace hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points for Trimble. Trent Patton got 20 points including 10-of-12 at the line with Jeff Trace adding 10 points.

Poe scored seven points the first quarter as Green took a 14-10 lead. Bobby Trace sank three 3-pointers for Trimble.

"We didn’t do that bad of a job locating Bobby Trace early in the game, but he was just doing a good job pulling up and hitting the shot behind the line. Give him credit," said Lewis.

Ben Dyer had a pair of 3-pointers the second quarter as Green went up 25-20 at the break. Green was up 20-10 early in the second quarter before Trimble went on a 10-5 run to close the half.

Patton scored nine points and Jeff Trace six as Trimble outscored Green 19-6 the third quarter and took a 39-31 lead.

"They upped their pressure and we turned the ball over more than we like. They were able to turn us over the third quarter because we didn’t’ do a good job taking care of the basketball. Midway through the quarter we started to break their pressure and from then on we did a good job scoring off their press," said Lewis.

"We just kept plugging away and plugging away and then Dyer hit the 3-pointer. The board batted was big. Kyle Dyer had a huge game with 11 boards and 11 points. He had the job of containing Trent Patton. Patton is their point guard and he controls their game. Alex was steady throughout the game and he wanted the ball. Our seniors showed great leadership."

Green 14 11 6 23 13 – 67

Trimble 10 10 19 15 11 – 65

GREEN (12-9): Ben Dyer 1 4 4-6 18, Brad Bainer 1 0 0-0 2, Kyle Dyer 3 0 5-7 11, Alex Poe 8 1 2-5 21, Jacob Yarnell 4 0 1-5 9, Joe Salyers 0 2 0-0 6, Jesse Ferrell 0 0 0-0 0, Aaron Patton 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-48 (7) 12-23 67. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: 21. Assists: 11 (B. Dyer 3). Rebounds: 25 (K. Dyer 11, Poe 6).

TRIMBLE: Jason Gunther 1 0 0-0 2, Zach Walton 1 0 1-2 3, Trent Patton 2 2 10-12 20, Bobby Trace 3 5 0-0 21, Jeff Trace 4 0 2-2 10, Mike Jago 2 0 1-4 5, Noah Barrett 0 0 4-4 4. Totals: 13 7 18-24 65. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: 25.