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2nd chance points prove costly to Redmen

Rock Hill's Shane Russell (12) drives down the lane to score two points against Minford. The Redmen lost to Minford 60-50 on Monday in the Division III sectional tournament. (The Ironton Tribune / Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

By JIM WALKER

Tribune Sports Editor

JACKSON — Giving others a second chance is a sign of compassion, except in basketball.

Then it’s crippling.

Rock Hill gave up too many second chance baskets Monday and the result was a 60-50 loss to the Minford Falcons in the Division III sectional tournament semifinals.

Minford had 17 offensive rebounds — 14 in the first half — to just seven for the Redmen.

“They score eight or 10 points off offensive rebounds in the first half and that was the difference in the game,” said Rock Hill coach Bob Wilds.

Minford jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game and never trailed. The lead was 17-11 at the end of the first quarter after a 3-pointer by Seth Lloyd with eight seconds on the clock.

Rock Hill (7-14) fell behind 30-17 at the half due mainly to cold shooting in the second quarter. While Minford was just 6 of 20 from the field in the second quarter, the Redmen made only one of 11 attempts.

“We gave them that spurt in the second quarter and that hurt us. We just couldn’t hit a shot,” said coach Wilds.

Rock Hill kept the Falcons off the offensive glass in the second half that helped ignite a comeback bid.

A 3-point play by Shane Russell and a 15-footer by Mitchell Patterson cut the Minford lead to 35-26 with 3:48 left in the third quarter.

Devin Darby had a putback and a layup that cut the deficit to 37-31 with 2:03 on the clock. The Redmen missed two shots in the lane and Minford capitalized as Brett Taylor made a layup push the lead to 40-31.

“We talked to them at halftime about keeping them off the boards. We just got down to far and couldn’t dig out of the hole,” said coach Wilds.

Minford opened up a 53-40 lead with 1:38 left. Darby made a layup and Trey Wilds drained a trifecta that cut the gap to 55-45. But the Falcons were 9 of 14 from the line in the quarter with Taylor hitting 7 of 10 to shut off the comeback bid.

Darby led a balanced Rock Hill offense with 12 points. Wilds scored 11 points and Will McCollister had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Taylor scored 29 points — 18 in the fourth quarter — to pace the Falcons. Craig Miller grabbed 12 rebounds including six on the offensive end.

Minford (8-13) advances to play top-seeded Chesapeake at 6 p.m. Friday.

Rock Hill 11 6 16 17 = 50

Minford 17 13 10 20 = 60

ROCK HILL (7-14): Shane Russell 3 0 2-4 8, Devin Darby 4 1 1-2 12, Trey Wilds 2 2 1-2 11, Mitchell Patterson 1 0 0-0 2, Will McCollister 2 1 3-6 10, Andy Knipp 3 0 1-1 7, Jonathan Schwab 0 0 0-0 0, Drew Kidd 0 0 0-0 0, Jared Bruce 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-45 8-15 50. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: None. 3-point goals: 4-11. Rebounds: 7 offense, 27 defense = 34 (McCollister 9, Patterson 6, Darby 4, Knipp 4). Team rebounds: 4. Assists: 8 (Wilds 3, McCollister 2). Steals: 3 (McCollister, Patterson, Kidd). Turnovers: 12.

MINFORD (8-13): Brett Taylor 8 2 7-10 29, Seth Lloyd 0 2 0-0 6, Ethan Butcher 2 0 1-2 5, Mark Slone 4 0 1-3 9, Craig Miller 2 0 3-4 7, Noah Thiel 0 0 0-0 0, Bo Vallandingham 0 0 2-4 2, Tyler Gaines 0 0 0-1 0, Tyler Sanford 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 21-58 14-24 60. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Lloyd (4th 2:54). 3-point goals: 4-13. Rebounds: 17 offense, 25 defense = 42 (Miller 12, Taylor 6, Butcher 6, Slone 6). Team rebounds: 4. Assists: 9 (Butcher 2, Taylor 2). Steals: 6 (Slone 2). Turnovers: 9.