The boys basketball team had one of those nights in the second round of the OHSAA State Tournament and just could not shake free from the pesky West Carrollton Pirates until the middle part of the fourth quarter en route to a 55-37 win. Seniors Joey Weingartner (16), Kyle Dodson (15) and Clayton Schmerber (12) all reached double figures for the Elks.
Senior Mitch Balser made the play that ignited the Elks in the 4th quarter when he stole a pass in the back court and converted a layup to give the Elks a 36-30 lead. From there, the team finished the game on a 19-7 run.
Now 21-3 on the season, the Elks advance to the Sectional Finals this Saturday afternoon at UD Arena against GWOC South Champion Xenia. Tip-off is set for 4:00 PM. There will be two Division II Sectional Finals at UD as well on Saturday following our game. At 6:00 PM, Dunbar will take on Alter and at 7:30 PM Ponitz will take on Franklin. Your ticket to the Elks game grants you admission for all three games and can be purchased in advance at the HS Athletic Office until 4:30 today for $6. All tickets at the door will be $7.