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Tygers Heads To Regionals To Face The Rebels

Story By: Jeff Alan

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 3/11/2014

The Mansfield Tygers claimed their first district championship in boys basketball since 2006, when they downed Perrysburg 43-29 at Bowling Green state University this past Saturday. The Tygers now at 18-7 will play Toledo Bowsher in the Division I, regional semifinal Wednesday at 7pm at the University of Toledo's Savage Arena with the winner moving on to the regional final at James A. Rhodes Arena at the University of Akron on Saturday at 7pm vs the winner of the Cleveland St.Ignatius/Lakewood St.Edward matchup. Like the Tygers, the Rebels, who have scored over 100 points eight times with a high water mark of 124 against Fairport Harbor Harding (124-71), prefer to run with the basketball.  But unlike Senior High who's running is caculated according to head coach J.T. Reese, Bowsher wants to get out and go all the time. When asked if the Rebels style plays into the Tygers hands, senior Jameel Butts answered by saying to an extent yes, but you have to be under control. One advantage the 24-2 Rebels may have is the fact they have already played to games at Toledo's Savage Arena, most recent a 63-48 win over Toledo St.John's Jesuit in their district final, plus the fact that the Tygers will be making a two hour trip up to UT. Reese says one of the keys for Mansfield will be to play good defense as they have the last two games against Ashland and Perrysburg, hitting open looks and the ability to finish on the offensive end making layups. Size wise the two teams are comparable. Bowsher's two losses have come to Springfield in week one 65-60, and to Toledo Scott 72-66. *** Of note, if the Tygers/Rebels matchup is cancelled because of bad weather on Wednesday in Toledo, then the game will be played on Thursday at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio at 7pm.

   
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