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Green rallies to beat Flyers

St. Joseph Flyers’ Matthew Sheridan (right) and Green Bobcats’ Zach Huffman (1) go after a loose ball during Tuesday’s game. Green rallied in the fourth quarter for a 74-57 win. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

An offensive foul on one team provided the ignition to the other team’s offense.
The St. Joseph Flyers led the Green Bobcats 57-56 when Isaac Whaley was called for a charge and his fifth foul with 7:01 to play.
The play energized the Bobcats who went on an 18-0 run to end the game and get a 74-57 win on Tuesday.
“Green’s seniors played well. They are a veteran team with a lot of experience. Isaac is our only senior and we miss him a lot. We learned from this game,” said Flyers’ coach Chris Barnes.
“We missed a lot of easy shots in the first half. We could have been up by 15 or 20 points at the half. I’m pleased with how hard we played.”
Green (10-6) outscored the Flyers 23-6 in the fourth quarter as Tanner Kimbler scored 12 points including a 3-pointer and 5-of-6 at the foul line.
Kimbler finished the game with a game-high 33 points. Gage Sampson scored 19 and Tayte Carver scored 13.
St. Joseph (12-4) was led by Zach Roach with 25 points including five 3-pointers. J.C. Damron scored 11 points while Whaley had eight points before fouling out.
The Flyers took a 22-13 first quarter lead as Roach drained four trifectas and scored 13 points. Whaley and Jimmy Mahlmeister also had 3-pointers.
Kimber hit a 3-pointer and scored five points with Sampson getting four more for Green.
The Flyers lead was 41-31 at the break as Roach hit another trey and went 3-for-3 at the line. Jackson Rowe also hit a triple and Damron was 2-for-2 at the line as he got four points.
Carver scored six points and Kimbler five more — he was 3-of-5 at the line — to keep the Bobcats within striking range.
Kimbler came out firing in the third quarter as he hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 11 points while Sampson had seven more and Green battled back to tie the game at 51 and set the stage for the fourth quarter comeback.
Green is at New Boston on Friday and St. Joseph hosts New Boston on Saturday.
Green 13 18 20 23 = 74
St. Joseph 22 19 10 6 = 57
GREEN (10-6): Tanner Kimbler 5 4 11-14 33. Tayte Carver 5 0 3-6 13, Gage Sampson 9 0 1-2 19, Caden Blizzard 0 0 2-2 2, Zach Huffman 2 0 1-2 5, Ethan Huffman 1 0 0-0 2, Troy Otworth 0 0 0-0 0, Caden Brammer 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 4 18-26 74. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: None.
ST. JOSEPH (12-4): Isaac Whaley 1 1 3-4 8, Zach Roach 3 5 4-6 25, Jimmy Mahlmeister 0 1 0-0 3, Max Weber 0 0 1-2 1, J.C. Damron 4 0 3-3 11, Jackson Rowe 0 1 0-0 3, Jared Johnson 0 0 0-0 0, Andrew White 0 0 0-0 0, Matt Sheridan 3 0 0-0 6, Will Whaley 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 8 11-15 57. Fouls: 24. Fouled out: I. Whaley, Sheridan.