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Dragons claim sectional title

Fairland Dragons’ Jordan Williams (5) and Gavin Hunt (2) both reach for a rebound in Friday’s 46-29 win over Westfall. (Kent Sanborn/Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

JACKSON — When you don’t play well, you just try to survive.
The Fairland Dragons won the game on Survival Island on Friday as they shoot off a cold shooting night to beat the Westfall Mustangs 46-29 to win the Division 3 sectional tournament.
Jacob Polcyn scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the second half and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Dragons.
Aiden Porter scored 17 as he made 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Gavin Hunt added 8 points and 7 boards.
Jay Wyman made four 3-pointers and had 12 points for Westfall.
Fairland — ranked No. 6 in the final Associated Press poll — shot 21-of-52 from the field and 4-of-14 from the arc.
Porter hit a 3-pointer and scored 5 points while Gavin Hunt had 4 points and the Dragons led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Tyler Shipley hit a 3-pointer and Casey Cline a basket in the first quarter for Westfall (11-13).
The Dragons struggled to score 8 points in the second quarter — Porter had 4 — while Jay Wyman and Connor Spohn had 3-pointers to get the Mustangs within 19-15 at the half.
Polcyn hit a 3-pointer and scored 7 points and Porter added another triple to help Fairland take a 29-24 lead.
Wyman accounted for all of Westfall’s scoring in the third quarter with three 3-pointers.
Fairland (21-2) finally got its offense going in the fourth quarter as Polcyn scored 8 points and Porter had 5 points including his third 3-pointer.
UP NEXT: Fairland plays South Point at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, at Ohio University in the district semifinals.
Westfall 5 10 9 5 = 29
Fairland 11 8 10 17 = 46
WESTFALL (11-13): Jay Wyman 0-2 4-9 0-0 12, Hayden Lemaster 0-2 0-2 0-0 0, Connor Spohn 0-1 1-3 0-0 3, Ashton Nunemaker 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Weiss 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Wolfe 1-1 0-1 0-1 2, Casey Cline 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Tyler Shipley 1-1 2-2 0-0 8, Luke Blackburn 1-4 0-0 0-0 2. Totals: 11-29 0-1 29. 3-pt goals: 7-17. Rebounds: 12 (Blackburn 4, Spohn 3). Assists: 1 (Spohn). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None.
FAIRLAND (21-2): Jacob Polcyn 8-14 1-2 0-1 10, Aiden Porter 4-9 3-6 0-0 17, Gavin Hunt 4-9 0-0 0-0 8, Clayton Thomas 0-2 0-5 0-0 0, J.D. Thacker 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jordan Williams 0-1 0-0 0-2 0, Zach Tooley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Tevin Taylor 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Mason Manns 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Nate Thacker 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Steeler Leep 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Cameron Mayo 0-0 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-52 0-3 46. 3-pt goals: 4-14. Rebounds: 30 (Polcyn 9, Hunt 7, Williams 6). Assists: 10 (Thomas 6). Steals: 3. Turnovers: 3. Fouls: 9. Fouled out: None.