It is called the Mercy Health Tip-off Tournament but this year it could have been called the Shawnee show no mercy tournament after the Indians capped off the two-day event with a convincing 79-37 win over Lima Central Catholic to snare the title for the third straight year Saturday.
Shawnee improves to 2-0 on the year. LCC falls to 1-1.
This marks the 32nd tip off event and it is Shawnee’s ninth title overall. LCC had the most with 11 followed by Elida with 10. Bath has two,
Defense once again paved the way for the Indians who took advantage of Thunderbird turnovers into the points. The Indians held both opponents to under 40 points on both nights.
It took a quarter for the Indians to kick it into high gear but by the third quarter, Shawnee was in total control.
“I thought we started out really well and then we kind of went into a lull and then I thought that was their defensive pressure and they got after us and frustrated us but we talked about coming out in the second half and being us and wanted to switch the pressure where it was coming from us and once we were able to control the glass and limit them to one shot or get the steal that led to ” transition points I thought we really got going,” Shawnee head coach Mark Triplett said. “I thought the defensive intensity was significant better in that third quarter.”
Shawnee George Mangas put on an impressive shooting display as he dunked and 3-pointed his way to a game-high 37 points. The senior standout hit four 3-pointers and s had 22 points in the third quarter when Shawnee secured the game.
“George Mangas went showtime on us and puts on a clinic with his ability to shoot the ball the way that he did tonight and finishing at the rim,” LCC head coach Frank Kill said. “He was unstoppable and we didn’t have an answer for him.”
Indian Tyson Elwer had 10 points and nine rebounds.
For LCC, Rossy Moore scored 10 points and freshman DeMarr Foster added eight pints.
Shawnee hoped to repeat what it did against Elida in last night’s tournament game and when the Indians jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead many might have thought the blow-out was on. But LCC had other plans and ran off nine straight points to grab the 9-8 lead with 3:05 left when Foster hit bucket to cap off the run and Shawnee knew they were in for a battle.
By the end of the first quarter, Shawnee owned an 18-15 advantage.
That lead went from three to double digits in the opening minutes of the second quarter when the Indians defense scored eight unanswered points to grab a 25-15 lead with 6:56 left in the first half. In that quick strike run, the Indians forced three turnovers and converted them to easy buckets.
The Thunderbirds sliced the lead to single digits with 4:22 left in the second quarter, 28-20 but the relentless Indian attack continued and they closed out the first half with a 9-2 run to go into halftime with a 37-23 lead.
Mangas scored eight straight points to open up the second half to open that lead to 20 points and the Indians never looked back.
“It wasn’t perfect either night and there were things that we had to fix but when we had the effort on the defensive end of the court, spurts happened very quickly,” Triplett said. “I was proud of our bench. They gave us good minutes and good energy those were guys that don’t have much varsity experience so we played 15 guys each night and I thought everyone that went in there produced some good energy.”
Kill added that despite the big loss his team was encouraged by the team’s effort.
“I am encouraged by our heart and our passion,” Kill said. “This is a good group of guys. We never never quit.”
Bath 57, Elida 46
Bath has struggled in the Mercy Health Tip-Off tournament the past few years, but the Wildcats, utilizing its size and some solid defense to bump off Elida 57-46 in the consolation game Saturday.
It was a tight game for three quarters with Bath clinging to a 40-38 lead going into the final eight minutes but Bath outscored Elida 17-8 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Six of Elida’s points came with 25 seconds left in the game.
Bath improves to 1-1 and Elida falls to 0-2.
“I think with our 1-3-1 defense we mixed it up and it kind of flustered them,” Wildcat head coach Adam Burris said. “We continued to attack the rim. We kept getting beat up there but we kept attacking and attacking. Our guys were getting frustrated and in the past would have hung their heads but they continued to attack the rim.”
Wildcat Jonah Wauben pumped in 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Bradyn Fleharty added 11 points with Andrew Stahr chipping in 10 points.
Wauben garnered most of his points grabbing offensive rebounds.
For Elida, Jeremy Irons led the team with 13 points.
The All-Tournament team were Shawnee’s Mangas and Elwer, LCC’s Moore and Foster and Bath’s Wauban.