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Tygers Knock Off Knights, Take OCC

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/8/2013

Mansfield Senior locks up an outright OCC championship Friday night with a 80-76 win over West Holmes.

The Tygers dominated the first meeting with the Knights, a 81-49 win at West Holmes, but All-OCC point guard Brady Arnold did not play for the Knights in the first game. Arnold was in action Friday, dropping a dozen first quarter points to help West Holmes build a 27-17 lead.

Mansfield Senior switched their defensive strategy in the second quarter, putting Keon Johnson on Arnold for the rest of the night and the senior would hold him to just 4-points the rest of the contest. Johnson did his fair share of scoring as well, dropping 18 in the first half to rally the Tygers to a 41-40 half-time lead.

Mansfield Senior would extend their advantage by outscoring West Holmes 19-15 in the third quarter and would build a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. The Knights battled back to within three late in the game but the Tygers would hold them off for their 15th win on the season.

Johnson led all scorers with 25 points and added 7 assists. Teammates CJ Simmons put up 15 pts and 6 rb's, Donovyn Benson had 6 pts and 8 rb's in just 15 minutes of action.

Ryan Neer had 20 pts and 5 rb's to lead the Knights. Arnold finished with 16 pts and 4 asts, Grant Hay and Brock McCaulay each had 13.

The Tygers (15-3) are now 12-0 in the OCC with just two league games remaining and can become the first team to go unbeaten in conference play since Mansfield Senior went 14-0 in 2009-'10. Saturday the Tygers travel to Akron for a showdown with St Vincent St Mary's. West Holmes falls to 13-6 (8-4), they also play Sat at Waynedale. 

   
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