ELIDA — Elida’s inside-outside game proved pesky for Shawnee.
But with the game on the line, Shawnee did what it does best: It got the ball to George Mangas.
Mangas scored 28 points to help Shawnee knock off Elida 65-52 to win its second straight Elida Mercy Health Tip-Off Classic championship Saturday at the Elida Fieldhouse.
It marked the 31st Tip-Off Classic.
The Bulldogs cut the margin to five with 1:22 left in the third quarter.
Elida was still within five 57-52 with 2:35 to play.
“We couldn’t get over that little hump of five right there,” Elida coach Denny Thompson said. “But they have guys who can make plays and they did. … I’m really pleased with our kids effort and it’s definitely something we can build on and go from here.’’
At 57-52, Shawnee, Mangas sank a layup and John Barker dropped two free throws.
Mangas then got a steal for a fast-break layup and hit a driving layup.
Just like that Shawnee had an eight-point run and it was 65-52 with 36 seconds left.
“We didn’t play our best game in any way, shape or form, but a lot of that was Elida,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said. “But we got (John) Barker going from the perimeter tonight and George was George. Getting George more touches down low with more ball reversals at the end of the game I think allowed us to do it.’’
Barker finished with 18 points for Shawnee, with five 3-pointers.
For Elida, Quan Moore had 20 points and three 3-point goals.
Dylan Buetner had 14 points and four 3-pointers. Devon Barnett scored 10.
Lima Central Catholic has the most Tip-Off titles with 11. Elida has 10, while Shawnee now has eight. Bath has two.
Mangas, who led the Indians to the regional finals last year, had 35 points on Friday in the first round of the Tip-Off Classic.
Mangas was the top player in the tourney, as he had 28 Saturday, with 16 in the second half.
Shawnee ran out to a 16-9 lead behind Barker’s three first-quarter, long-range 3-pointers.
The Indians held a 32-23 lead at the half.
Mangas picked up back-to-back steals in the second quarter and converted one into a layup and the other into a slam. He had 12 points at the half.
Elida stayed within range at the half behind Moore’s 11 first-half points.
LCC 66, Bath 45
In the consolation game of the Tip-Off Classic, LCC used its press to post a victory over Bath.
The T-Birds forced 20 Bath turnovers.
“We said if we could dictate tempo, we’d be pretty good,” LCC coach Frank Kill said. “Our transition was pretty good for the most part. … If we can turn teams into a track race with us, I think it’ll be a fine year for us. Bath did a really good job of sitting back (in a 2-3 zone and taking away our offense) and for 24 minutes they played a really good game.
“With our press we were able to dictate both ends of the floor.’’
Biggz Johnson led LCC with 19 points and four 3-pointers.
Rossy Moore had 12 points and seven rebounds. Michael Jay Riepenhoff had 11 points.
“This is Biggz’ opportunity (as a senior) to take the bull by the horns. He knows his shots are going to come at the right time instead of trying to force them. … And Rossy gave us some high-energy moments.’’
For Bath, 6-foot-5 sophomore Jonah Wauben finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.
LCC led 18-14 after the first quarter and 32-28 at the half.
The T-Birds’ press locked in during the third quarter and they were able to run off an 18-7 run to pull out to a 51-35 lead.
The T-Birds started the second quarter with a 9-2 run, as their run-and-press game took hold. That gave LCC a 27-16 lead.
LCC forced Bath into 12 first-half turnovers, which got the T-Birds’ offense going.
It also gave them a way to score against the Bath 2-3 zone.
LCC’s offense seemed to sputter against the zone when both Unruh and Johnson went to the bench in the first quarter with two fouls each.
But Wauben brought Bath back with eight second-quarter points, with one 3-pointer.
Bath went on a 7-0 run to climb within 27-23 with 4:07 left before halftime.
All-tournament: Making the all-tournament team were the following: Shawnee’s George Mangas, Shawnee’s John Barker, Elida’s Quan Moore, LCC’s Biggz Johnson and Bath’s Jonah Wauben.
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