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Redmen get physical to beat Bobcats

Green Bobcats’ Gage Sampson looks for an opening as Rock Hill Redmen defenders Caleb Dillon (20) and Kadin France (33) try to block his path to the basket. Rock Hill won, 63-57. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

PEDRO — When the Rock Hill Redmen say they need to get physical, they’re not talking about a visit to the doctor.
The Redmen powered their way to a 63-57 win over the Green Bobcats on Tuesday.
“We weren’t ready from the start. Rock Hill outplayed us from beginning to end,” said Green coach Dirk Hollar.
“Whenever we had a chance to take the lead, we would turn it over or miss a layup. We didn’t shoot it well. A lot of it had to do with how hard and physical Rock Hill played. They wanted it more.”
Leading the power game for the Redmen was 6-foot-4 senior Kadin France who scored a game-high 25 points and hauled down 17 rebounds. Logan Hankins scored 15 and Braydon Stamper added 11.
“I’m very proud of our boys’ efforts tonight. That’s a very good win against a strong Green team. Green is very well coached and they are great competitors,” said Rock Hill coach Gordy Collins.
Rock Hill shot 22-of-50 from the field for 44 percent and connected on 17-of-25 foul shots.
“We again played as a team and had very good shot selection. France had a huge night in the paint. Hankins did a great job converting free throws down the stretch,” said Collins.
Green (1-1) had three players in double figures as Tanner Kimbler scored 19, Tayte Carver 16 and Gage Sampson 10.
Rock Hill was up 9-3 at the end of the first quarter, but Kimbler made two 3-pointers and scored eight points while Carver, Sampson and Ethan Huffman had four each and Green got within 26-25 at the half.
France scored eight points in the quarter as well while Hankins got five points including a 3-pointer.
Kimbler and Carver combined for 11 points in the third quarter as the Bobcats tied the game at 38. France and Stamper scored 10 points between them.
But in the fourth quarter, France had seven points, Garrett Miller got five points including 3-of-4 at the foul line, and Hankins had seven points as he went 5-of-6 at the line.
Rock Hill (2-0) was 10-of-16 from the free throw line in the quarter while the Bobcats were 4-of-5.
Green is back in action on Wednesday at Portsmouth.
“It’s disappointing but this is a tough group of kids and I know we will come out tomorrow night ready to play,” said Hollar.
Rock Hill visits Symmes Valley on Saturday.
Green 3 22 13 19 = 57
Rock Hill 9 17 12 25 = 63
GREEN (1-1): Tanner Kimbler 4 2 5-8 19, Tayte Carver 5 0 6-10 16, Gage Sampson 4 0 2-2 10, Zach Huffman 1 0 0-0 2, Ethan Huffman 2 0 3-5 7, Caden Blizzard 1 0 1-2 3. Totals: 18 2 17-27 57. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: E. Huffman.
ROCK HILL (2-0): Logan Hankins 2 1 8-9 15, Garrett Miller 1 0 3-4 5, Jake Blagg 0 0 1-2 1, Nick Blankenship 0 0 0-0 0, Braydon Stamper 3 1 2-6 11, Caleb Dillon 2 0 2-3 6, Owen Hankins 0 0 0-0 0, Kadin France 12 0 1-1 25. Totals: 22-50 17-25 63. 3-pt goals: 2-8. Rebounds: 8-O, 24-D = 32 (France 17, Stamper 7). Assists: 11 (Blagg 5, Stamper 3). Steals: 8 (Blagg 4, L. Hankins 2). Blocks 3 (Dillon 2, France 1). Fouls: 23. Fouled out: Blagg, Dillon.