ELIDA — A pair of Shawnee sophomores came of age in a hurry.
Shawnee’s George Mangas and Tyson Elwer delivered in a big way Saturday.
And that’s why Shawnee brought home the championship of the Elida Tip-Off Classic.
The two sophomores made the all-tournament team and led Shawnee to a 49-43 victory over Elida in the championship game to win the Elida Tip-Off Classic Saturday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
“This gives us confidence moving forward,” Mangas said.
This marked the 30th year for the Elida Tip-Off Classic.
It is the seventh time Shawnee has won the Classic.
“This was our first goal for the season,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said. “It’s a really neat atmosphere for high school basketball to open the season. These guys haven’t played a whole lot of basketball together so it’s really neat to see them go out and compete and overcome some adversity and come out with a win.’’
Mangas gave Shawnee the lead to stay 44-41 with a 3-pointer from the corner with 1:39 to go.
“I knew I had confidence in making it and I was wide open,” Mangas said.
The Indians’ 2-2-1 press then turned Elida over twice in the final 1:16.
Justin Behnke helped the Indians put the game away by hitting 4 of 5 at the line in the final 34 seconds.
Mangas finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
Elwer had 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
“We’ve played with each other since the fourth grade,” Mangas said of Elwer. “We know each other inside and out. I drive and kick it out to him and same with him.’’
Elida was led by Dante Wheeler’s 18 points and five rebounds.
Matt Fish had 12 points and six rebounds.
Wheeler and Fish joined Mangas and Elwer on the all-tournament team.
Lima Central Catholic’s Shaun Thomas rounded out the all-tourney team.
The game was played mostly at Elida’s slower pace.
Shawnee led 22-21 at the half and 33-32 after three quarters.
But Shawnee forced 19 Elida turnovers.
Shawnee won the boards, 32-26.
“We have to trust our defense and our defense got stops,” Mangas said.
Shawnee is 2-0, while Elida is 1-1.
In the consolation game, Lima Central Catholic got its running game in high gear with a 68-38 victory over Bath.
LCC 68, Bath 38
Lima Central Catholic kicked in its fast-break game and the T-Birds ran past Bath to win the consolation game.
LCC forced 38 Bath turnovers and converted most of those into transition layups.
Shaun Thomas led LCC with 18 points, with all nine of his baskets coming off driving layups.
“I really thought Shaun Thomas did a great job on both ends of the floor,” LCC coach Frank Kill said. “Him and Dominic (Riepenoff) were our solid leaders tonight. … Shaun is a slasher. If he can shoot layups, good things are going to happen for him.’’
Dominic Riepenhoff added 11 points and six rebounds for LCC.
Rossy Moore had nine points and six rebounds. Michael Jay Riepenhoff had eight points.
LCC is 1-1, while Bath is 0-2.
“We talked about it before the season started,” Kill said of his running game. “If we can play 94 feet, we can play nine guys. And if we play nine guys, that means we are going to play at our pace and keep everybody fresh.’’
Jonah Wauben led Bath with 11 points with three 3-pointers.
LCC used a 21-4 spurt to start the second half to pull out to a 49-24 lead.
“We turned them over in the first half, but then we turned it back over,” Kill said. “We like to shoot layups. Right now our shots aren’t falling, but if you can shoot layups all night, that’s a good thing.’’
LCC jumped out to a 6-0 lead with Thomas scoring all six of the T-Birds’ points.
The T-Birds led 8-5 after the first quarter.
LCC opened the second quarter in a press and it gave Bath plenty of problems.
LCC led 28-20 at the half. The T-Birds forced 21 Bath turnovers by halftime.