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Tygers Forfeit OCC Basketball Crown

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/24/2014

Despite taking care of business on the court in the Ohio Cardinal Conference, the Mansfield Tyger boys basketball team received bad news on Sunday from conference commissioner Ron Dessecker that the conference championship they had won on Friday night when they downed Clear Fork 51-49, in Bellville will instead go to runner-up West Holmes. Senior Donovyn Benson, the District Six Player of the Year, who played against West Holmes on February 14th, a 61-53 win over the Knights at Pete Henry, was in fact academically ineligible even though the coaching staff had had been told he was eligible. His academic status was not official until this Friday at which point Benson was ruled ineligible retroactive to February 13th. Because of the lack of communication the Tygers see their OCC record go from 12-2 to 11-3 and overall from 16-6 to 15-7. Mansfield Senior will also go into tournament play this Friday without Benson against the winner of the Madison/Marion Harding contest to be played on Friday at Galion in the Division I sectional final. Mansfield fell at Massillon, without Benson, this past Saturday in the teams final regular season game 77-60.  Benson was averaging nearly 14 points per game and had pulled down a total of 130 rebounds.

   
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