Campbell’s pressure too much for Tigers
DIVISION III SEMIFINALS
Next: Campbell vs. East Palestine at Salem, Wednesday, 8 p.m.
ST. THOMAS 58
Next: St. Thomas vs. Ursuline at salem, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
After watching Springfield dictate the tempo in the first half of Monday’s Division III sectional semifinal, Campbell High boys basketball coach Brian Danilov decided he’d seen enough.
Utilizing a suffocating press, the Red Devils held the Tigers to just 17 points in the second half to rally for a 52-45 victory at Salem High School.
“When we got out of man and went to [press], it changed the tempo a little,” said Danilov. “We came out in the second half and played a little better on the defensive end.”
Added Tigers coach Eric Fender, “That’s something you don’t really get in the [Inter Tri-County League].”
Ty Underwood gave Campbell its first lead midway through the fourth quarter and helped seal it down the stretch, hitting 3 of 6 free throws.
Claxton LeBron scored 13 points and Lester Hughes added 12 to help the Red Devils (10-11) advance to Wednesday’s sectional final against East Palestine.
“East Palestine has the big [guy],” said Danilov of the Bulldogs’ 6-foot-7 senior center Corey Wright. “Hopefully we can come out and play a little better defense and have some more shots fall our way.”
Ron Rogers scored 12 points, Nick Russell and Tom Mastran each had 11 and Brad Ferraro 10 for Springfield (14-7), which led 28-21 at halftime.
The second half was a different story.
“We gave up some dribble penetrations and weren’t able to take away the baseline in the second half,” said Fender. “They’re good and they hit some shots.”
In Monday’s other sectional semifinals, Canton Central Catholic defeated East Canton 66-40 and St. Thomas Aquinas dropped United 58-38.
Jansen Sneltzer scored 12 to lead the Eagles (5-16).