It was just a matter of time. Once Shawnee started running the floor in its Division II sectional championship game against Celina on Friday night at Lima Senior the game was destined for a running clock.
Shawnee advanced to a district semifinal game against Wauseon at Ohio Northern next Wednesday with a 64-24 win over Celina that was never really in doubt.
The Indians led 15-4 after one quarter and were up 38-19 at halftime before the game entered running clock territory with 1:45 left in the third quarter after Shawnee’s lead reached 35 points.
George Mangas led No. 1-ranked Shawnee (23-0) with 26 points. John Barker scored 14 points and Jarin Bertke had 11 points. Ethan Wilson’s eight points led Celina (3-21).
“We wanted to come out and start fast and try to jump on them early and take away their hope. I thought defensively we were really good in the first quarter. But tempo-wise it wasn’t where we wanted to be playing. I thought it was a slower game than we needed it to be,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said.
“The second quarter we talked about speeding them up and getting out in transition and we got the pace back to where we wanted it to be,” he said.
Shawnee kept the pace where it wanted it early in the third quarter, too. Tyson Elwer blocked Celina’s first two shots of the second half and Barker connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to push Shawnee’s lead to 25 points.
“I was proud of coming out in the third quarter and not letting our foot off the gas,” Triplett said.
Shawnee’s margin of victory was similar to its regular-season game against Celina, which it won 83-45 on Dec. 13 at Celina.
Shawnee shot 60 percent on field goals (26 of 43) and had a 29-10 rebounding edge.
Wauseon 62, Elida 40
Wauseon led 30-26 at halftime and took control of the game when it went out to a 48-33 lead after three quarters.
Noah Tester scored 25 points to lead Wauseon (17-6). Jonas Tester scored 15 points and Connar Penrod had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bulldogs led 19-16 early in the second quarter when Issac Manley, who had hit four of his first five shots, limped off the floor with 6:28 left in the quarter and did not return in the first half.
Wauseon outscored Elida 14-5 the rest of the second quarter after Manley had to leave the game. The Indians had five 3-point goals by four players in the first half. Manley returned to the floor early in the third quarter but scored only two more points.
Quan Moore led Elida (8-16) with 14 points and Manley scored 10.
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