Friday, December 20, 2019


The second game of the evening featuring No. 6 Ballard taking on defending Ohio Division II State Champion Trotwood-Madison was certainly one for the record books in several ways. Perhaps most importantly for the Bruins, it was because they captured their 60th all-time KOB victory. 

The opening four minutes of action was all Trotwood-Madison as the Rams cruised to an early 17-5 lead in the opening three minutes. The Bruins quickly turned things around defensively holding Trotwood-Madison scoreless over the next four minutes with DJ Tilford tying the game at 17-17 on a pair of free throws with 1:29 remaining in the quarter. Ballard would take the lead on their next possession as part of a 42-8 run that saw the Bruins lead grow to as many as 22 points at 47-25 with less than three minutes to play in the second half. Carl Blanton provided the Rams with a late first half boost scoring 10 points as part of a 15-6 run to pull Trotwood-Madison back to within 13 points in the final minute of the half. 

A Gabe Sisk three-pointer less than two minutes into the second half extended the Ballard lead to 23 points at 65-42. Trotwood-Madison would cut the Ballard lead to 19 points on two occasions but couldn’t get any close in the third quarter. Chaunte Marrero’s 3-pointer and free throw capped a late 9-3 run for the Bruins to take an 85-58 lead in the closing seconds of the third quarter. Trotwood-Madison connected on four 3-pointers in the opening four minutes of the fourth quarter as part of a 25-10 rally that cur the Ballard lead to 85-98. With 2:07 remaining in play Trotwood-Madison’s Carl Blanton picked up his fifth foul becoming the fifth Ram to foul out and leaving the team with only four players for the remainder of the game. A steal and layup by Terrence McDaniels pushed the Bruins lead back to 20 points at 109-89 with 1:39 remaining in action. A late foul by the Rams’ Anthony Wilson would leave just three Trotwood-Madison players on the floor in the closing minute of action as the Rams closed the final score to 109-99 with a 10-0 spurt in the closing ninety seconds of action. 

Gabe Sisk led the way for Ballard with a team-high 22 points earning Central Bank Player of the Game honors. The Bruins also got 21 points and 13 points respectively from Jack Edelen and Chaunte Marrero. Trotwood-Madison was led by Carl Blanton with a game-high 31 points. Sellers Little added 17 points for the Rams. 

The following King of the Bluegrass Singles Game Records were tied or broken: MOST POINTS SINGLE QUARTER – 39 Trotwood-Madison
MOST POINTS (COMBINED) – 208 Ballard vs. Trotwood-Madison
MOST POINTS IN ONE HALF (COMBINED) – 111 Ballard vs. Trotwood-Madison
MOST PERSONAL FOULS (COMBINED) – 62 Ballard vs. Trotwood-Madison 

Next Up: 
Ballard vs. Bishop McDevitt (Sat. 4:30pm) 
Trotwood-Madison vs. Palmetto (Sat. 4:30pm)

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