KETTERING — Jackson Center’s chances looked slim late in the fourth quarter of a Division IV regional final against St. Henry on Friday at Fairmont’s Trent Arena — but Trent Platfoot wanted some more practice.
Platfoot hit several big late shots in a superb second half and nearly led the Tigers to one of the biggest comebacks of the tournament.
A late nine-point deficit proved to be a bit too much for Jackson Center (22-6) to overcome, as the Redskins (24-3) held on for a 46-43 victory.
Jackson Center trailed 41-32 with 1:27 left, but Platfoot made four free throws and two 3-pointers to help the Tigers rally.
“We had an agreement before we left practice yesterday that we were going to meet for practice on Monday,” Jackson Center coach Scott Elchert said. “I think he was trying to carry through with the promise on that.”
Platfoot, a senior guard, scored 23 of Jackson Center’s 25 points in the second half. He led the squad 28 points.
“He was awesome,” St. Henry coach Eric Rosenbeck said. “We knew he was terrific, and that was a case of a senior not wanting to go home. Our hat’s off to him, because he was pulling up at 22-, 24-, 26-feet. At some point you’re hoping he misses some, but he didn’t.”
Zach Niekamp led St. Henry with 15 points while Jay Knapke scored 11 and Caden Niekamp added nine.
St. Henry advances to play Berlin Hiland in a Div. IV state semifinal next Friday at noon at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center in Columbus. Berlin Hiland (27-1), which was the No. 1 ranked D-IV team in the final state Associated Press poll, beat New Boston Glenwood 75-32 in a regional final on Friday at Ohio University.
Fisher 14, UNOH 7
LIMA — Lorenz Frazier had three hits, including a double, and two RBI and Michael Knollman homered and had a a pair of RBI for the University of Northwestern Ohio (5-14-1), which also fell Fisher College 18-10.
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