By Jamie Baker
Dave Hanneman and I are here live at Anderson Arena for tonight’s Division IV regional final boys basketball game between Kalida and Toledo Christian tonight.
I’ll try and keep the blog filled with updates from my perch high atop the rafters.
The winner of this game will play the winner of tonight’s regional final in Canton between Youngstown Christian and Cleveland Heights Lutheran East In the Division IV state semifinals at Value City Arena at 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning.
Dave’s prediction: Kalida 65, Toledo Christian 58
My Prediction: Kalida 47, Toledo Christian 44
Coach Kortokrax lives to coach another game on the tournament trail.
Mark Heiman is down in Kettering with updates from Ada’s game against Lockland on another thread.
NOTE: After the game will have an mp3 file with the post-game press conference with Coach Kortokrax and Toledo Christian’s Dave McWhinnie.
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And we're underway...
With Toledo Christian controlling the tip.
-- Michael gets the first basket for the Eagles' on their opening possession.
-- Levi Hutmacher with a nice turnaround jumper for the Eagles.
-- Justin Kahle with 2 straight lay ups off fastbreaks ties the score at 4-4 with 5:01 left in the first quarter.
-- Cory Brittham gets the long rebound and puts in a jumper to make it 6-4.
-- Jordan Basinger inside with a basket to tie the game again at 6-6 with 4:06 left.
-- Michael, who's headed to the Air Force Academy to play hoops, hits one of two free throws.
-- Kalida having trouble hanging onto the ball.
-- Brittenham hits a long 3 to make it 10-6 Toledo Christian. 2:46 left.
-- Basinger shows nice touch on about an 8 foot jumper.He's a good shooter for a big man.
-- Basinger hits a pair of free throws with 1:46 left to tie the game at 10-10.
-- Kalida gets its first lead when Basinger gets a rebound and muscles in the put back.
-- Michael stops Kalida's 6-0 run when Michael hits a jumper with 2 seconds left.
-- End of first quarter tied at 12-12.
-- Jake Rightnowar, son of former Major League pitcher Ron Rightnowar, hits a 3-pointer for TC. Unguarded he drains another. TC leads 18-12.
-- Basinger gets 2 back for Kalida at the other end. It's 18-14 with 4:34 left until halftime.
-- Toledo Christian's Grant Sims fouled by Ryan Kleman. He converts on a 3-point play to push Toledo Christian's lead to 21-14 with 3:51 left.
-- Michael steps up with a bucket inside and The King is calling time out. It's 23-14 with 3:26 left until halftime.
-- Kris Osterhage converts on a 3-point play for the Wildcats and at the other end, Basinger with a big blocked shot.
-- Toledo Christian's Jeremy Weemes and Kalida's Scott Schnipke both get their first baskets of the game. 25-19 TC with 1:44 left.
-- Kalida working for final shot. Kahle takes it to the hole and is fouled with 4 seconds left.
-- Kahle hits one free throw. TC travels and gives the ball back to Kalidawith :00.7. They miss the shot as Kalida player was pushed down as he shot at the buzzer. No foul called and a big boo from the 2000 Kalida fans on hand.
-- At halftime Toledo Christian leads 25-20. Halftime stats to follow.
-- Kalida Basinger leads the way with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Kahle has 5 and the only other players to even score are Osterhage (3) and Schnipke (2). The Wildcats are 8-18 from the field and 4-5 from the line.
-- Toledo Christian: Michael has 7 points, Jake Rightnowar 6 and Brittenham 5. The Eagles are 10-25 from the field and 2-4 from the line.
-- Basinger gets three shots at the ball on rebounds and finally gets fouled and will shoot two. He makes the first and misses the second.
-- Basinger at the line again. Toledo Christian has gone scoreless in the last 4:35. Basinger misses the first FT, TC calls time out. He missed the second too, but ball goes out of bounds off TC.
-- Michael breaks the drought with an inside basket.
-- Basinger does the same thing for Kalida at the other end.
-- Sims hits a pair of free throws for TC to make it 29-23 with 3:56 remaining in the third quarter.
-- Kahle nails a jumper to close it to 29-25. Kalida gets a steal and Matt Warnecke misses a chance on a 3-point play. It's 29-27 with 3:20 left.
-- Brittenham scores a bucket for the Eagles.
-- Basinger scores a basket but misses another free throw as Kalida has now mistfired on 5 straight freebies.
-- Matt Warnecke hits a jumper for Kalida to tie th game at 31-31 with 2:24 left. TC time out the tide is turning in the Maroon and Gold's favor.
-- Basinger with a jumper with 51 seconds left gives Kalida its first lead of the game at 33-31.
-- Toledo Christian holds for the last shot but Michael almost traveled.
-- End of the quarter and Kalida leads for the first time 33-31.
-- Michael's jumper ties it. But Kahle gives the lead back to K-town 35-33 with a jumper of his own.
-- Sims scores for the Eagles.
-- Basinger misses two more free throws that's seven straight misses for Kalida.
-- Back a it after a TYPEPAD hiccup.
-- It's 40-37 TC with 3:43 left and they have the basketball.
-- Basinger hits a pair of free throws to break Kalida 0-7 string at the line. It's 40-39 with 2:53 left.
-- Kalida with the board after a TC miss on a poorly chosen shot. Kalida will be in the double bonus on the next foul. Basinger goes to the line and makes his first...and the second to give Kalida a 41-40 lead with 2:05 left.
--Basinger picks up foul No.4 but its only the Wildcats 3rd of the half so TC isn't even in the bonus yet.
-- TC time out down to Kalida 41-40 with 1:33 lft in the game.
-- Schnipke fouls Michael as he goes to the basket and he bricks the first free throw. And the second, Basinger gets the board.
-- Warnecke hits a pair of free throws with 59 seconds left to put Kalida up 43-40.
-- TC's Grant Sims hits the first of his 2 free throws to cut it to 43-41 with 33.1 seconds left.Sims' second FT misses.
-- Basinger makes the first Kalida's sixth free throw in a row. It;s 44-41 with 30 seconds left.
-- Michael steps behind the line to try a 3. Off the mark, Basinger grabs the board with 18.7 seconds left and is fouled. Basinger hits the first ad that should ice it.He ets the second too.
-- Looks like Kalida is headed to Columbus for the first time since 1988. They lead 46-41 with 6.4 seconds left.
The Kalida student section MOBS the Anderson Arena floor.
Be back in a while with the post game audio.