ELIDA — Elida said no to the Lima Central Catholic inside game.
And in the end, Elida turned LCC into a team of jump shooters.
Elida took over on the inside and notched a 54-42 victory over LCC to capture the 29th Elida Tip-Off Classic Saturday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
It marked the first time Elida has won its own Dave May Memorial Trophy since 2011.
LCC has won 11 Tip-Off Classics, while Elida has won 10. Shawnee has won six, including last year. Bath has won two.
The championship game turned in the second quarter with the game tied at 12.
Elida then ripped off a 12-2 run to grab a 24-14 lead at the half.
Daniel Unruh, the tournament’s most valuable player, scored five points during that run, on a putback and a three-point play.
“It’s really exciting to win it,” Unruh said. … I thought we came out and we were more physical than them. We wanted to set a tone and that’s what we’ve been able to do so far.’’
Elida built its lead to 39-22 after three quarters and was never challenged in the final quarter.
“They smothered everything we did,” LCC coach Frank Kill said. “They forced us from the outside. They let us take jump shots. They took away our interior for three and a half quarters. We didn’t get anything out of our post guys and that’s where our bread and butter is. … Give credit to Elida. That was a regional final team last year.’’
Unruh led Elida with 18 points and five rebounds. He hit two 3-pointers.
Elida’s inside game was handled by Isaac McAdams (12 points, six rebounds) and Donte Johnson (six points, nine rebounds).
“Both nights they got it done for us inside,” Elida coach Denny Thompson said of McAdams and Johnson. “They’ve both bought into the need for post play for us to be successful.’’
Mark Janowski, Ron Banks, De’Montre Garner and Matthew Cecala all scored eight points for LCC. Janowski led the team with five rebounds.
Elida dominated the glass, outrebounding LCC, 33-22.
In LCC’s Friday night win over Bath, Janowski and Garner cleaned up inside and owned the boards.
It wasn’t that way in the title game on Saturday.
Instead, Elida clogged the lane and forced LCC to take the outside jumpers.
“We work at defending at the post and our guys buy into it,” Thompson said.
The all-tournament team consisted of Unruh and McAdams for Elida, Bath’s Chad Frey, LCC’s Janowski and Shawnee’s Johnny Caprella.
Shawnee 61, Bath 35
Shawnee got its transition game going in the second quarter.
And when the Indians weren’t in full-run mode, they went inside.
The result was Shawnee rolled off TWO 21-0 runs.
One came in the second quarter, which erased a 13-8 Bath lead and pushed the Indians out to a 29-13 lead.
“All of a sudden we put some defensive stops together, we got out in transition and that’s our strength,’’ Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said. “If we can get out and run, I think we’re going to be able to be pretty successful. I think we controlled the tempo tonight.’’
The second 21-0 burst came to start the second half.
Just like that, Shawnee led 50-16 at the 2:27 mark in the third quarter.
The Indians led 54-19 after three before the game was turned over to the subs.
Johnny Caprella led Shawnee with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Tyler Moore had 11 points and six rebounds.
Shawnee dominated the glass 41-27.
At the half Caprella had seven points and seven boards for Shawnee to lead the bustout.
Sheridan O’Neal had eight points and played sticky defense on Bath guard Chad Frey, holding him to six points through three quarters.
Frey led Bath with 14 points. Derrick Grigsby scored 11.
Shawnee forced 17 Bath turnovers.
“I thought for the first quarter tonight we stuck with the process, but then we totally went away from anything we were trying to do because they flat out outworked us,” Bath coach Shawn Allen said. “They outrebounded us and we couldn’t stop turning it over. That is unacceptable when you have six seniors.’’
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