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(3-14-18) It is a short trip from Marion Local (Maria Stein) to Ft. Loramie, the two schools will meet in the D IV Boys Basketball Regional Final which will decide which of the ‘backyard neighbors’ will head  to State in Columbus.

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Despite not being in the same conference both teams have a lot in common, including playing each other during the regular season, in that game the Redskins beat the Flyers 47-35 (February 2nd).  Both teams play very similar schedules, Ft. Loramie has not lost to a Midwest Athletic Conference team this season going 7-0 (did not play Parkway, Delphos St. John’s and Coldwater). The Flyers went 2-1 against Shelby County League foes. Both teams have lost to D III Anna this season, the Redskins lost to the Rockets twice in Shelby County League play.

Last season Ft. Loramie was knocked out of tournament play in the D III Regional semifinal by Lima Perry 52-50, while Marion Local lost in the D III Regional Final to Archbold 48-24. The Flyers make the move down to D IV in this first year of the competitive balance plan in place.

SSN asked several coaches who played both teams to give us their thought on the match-up:

St. Henry Head Coach Eric Rosenbeck:

Ft. Loramie and Marion Local are both outstanding basketball teams. Ft. Loramie’s skill level was as strong as we saw all year while Marion Local’s size and athleticism is unmatched in our area. Ultimately, it will come down to three areas – Offensive rebounds, Turnovers and Free Throws. Whoever wins those battles will win the game.

Minster Head Coach Mike McClurg:

Marion Local –They are long, physical, and very skilled ….. Tyler Mescher is an absolute craftsman in the paint. Knows how to use his body, knows how to position himself to score, and has a constant motor. The other major factor for them is Nathan Bruns, who is 6’6” and can play inside and out and also competes his tail off for 32 minutes. Around those two, they have a few shooters and a few other kids that are long and athletic. Defensively, they can be really really good and offensively they play their percentages very well.

Fort Loramie is probably a bit more athletic and have all the makings of a really good all around basketball team. Defensively, they are just “solid”. They don’t make many mistakes and make you earn your points. One of the best pure shooters in the area with Braun and one of the best penetrating PG’s in the area in Evan Berning. They are extremely patient on offense and those two are complimented by the taller Siegel in the paint and 4-5 other guys that guard well and knock down open shots.

Anna is the only team this year to beat both teams during the regular season, beating the Redskins twice.

Head Coach Nathan Barhorst talks about the match-up:

Both teams are very talented and you need to come with your very best to beat either one. Marion Local has more size all around that will be a tough match up. Loramie has phenomenal guards in Berning who can penetrate, drive and dish and Braun who can absolutely shoot the basketball from anywhere and can drive attack as well. And they have a huge force down low in T. Siegel who is a rim protector but also has become a force inside offensively. If Loramie can attack the paint and get it going from the inside then out, I like their chances. If Marion Local is able to get buckets from the interior with ease with Mescher and Bruns as well as getting positive play from their bench , then they will be a tough team to beat. Both teams will have 5 guys on the court at any time that you cannot overlook. Obviously limiting turnovers, winning the battle on the boards, tough physical play, and transition buckets will play a huge part in determining the outcome of this game. Should be a good one!

A look at the first match-up

One thing Marion Local does not want to happen in this second match-up is to be shut-out in the third quarter like they were in the first game, to make matters worse in that loss the Flyers did not score until 2 minutes had elapsed in the fourth quarter.

Score by quarters
		1	2	3	4	F
Marion Local 	7	18	0	10	35
Ft. Loramie  	8	18	9	12	47


Ft. Loramie
FG – 19-37 – 51% 
3pt FG – 2-8
FTs – 5-5 
Rebs – 26
TO – 10

Marion Local
FGs – 15-47 – 32% (2nd half -5-22 23%)
3pt FG – 2-11
FTs – 0-4
Rebs – 22
TO – 7

Ft. Loramie Head Coach Corey Britton told Press Pros Magazine after the game:

“It doesn’t matter who we play, we have to play our best. We have to do the things every night that helps us win. This year, we have done a really good job of that, except for that one game. We have played extremely well, and have risen to the occasion every night. That is a credit to our kids, They don’t back down and they play as hard as they can every time out. I will go down with this group any day of the week.”

The two will play at Fairmont HS Friday night (3-16-18) at 7pmto decide who will move on to Columbus.

Ft. Loramie 25-2

Date Opponent Result
12/2 New Knoxville (W) 57 – 22
12/8 Botkins (W) 62 – 27
12/12 Franklin Monroe (W) 49 – 39
12/15 @ Fairlawn (W) 67 – 21
12/16 New Bremen (W) 67 – 31
12/22 Houston (W) 80 – 41
12/23 @ St. Henry 65 – 44
12/29 @ Jackson Center (W) 43 – 30
12/30 @ Bethel (W) 55 – 47
1/5 Russia (W) 47 – 32
1/9 @ Versailles (W) 48 – 46
1/15 Thurgood Marshall (W) 58 – 53
1/19 @ Botkins (W) 77 – 37
1/20 Minster (W) 52 – 51
1/23 @ Anna (L) 54 – 50 (OT)
1/26 Fairlawn (W) 62 – 39
1/27 @ Fort Recovery (W) 57 – 45
2/2 @ Houston (W) 68 – 32
2/3 Marion Local (W) 47 – 35
2/9 Jackson Center (W) 44 – 28
2/10 Anna (L) 59 – 55
2/16 @ Russia (W) 52 – 35

Tournament Trail

2/24 Mechanicsburg (W) 65 – 21
2/28 Bradford (W) 67 – 40
3/3 Ansonia (W) 47 – 24
3/9 Middletown Christian (W) 68 – 33
3/13 Russia (W) 48 – 45

Marion Local

vs. Shelby County League teams (2-1)

Date Opponent Result

1/6 Anna (L) 53 – 49
1/20 Jackson Center (W) 60 – 29
2/17 Russia (W) 58 – 38

Tournament Trail
3/2 Temple Christian (W) 63 – 33
3/6 New Bremen (W) 61 – 31
3/9 St. Henry (W) 39 – 38 (OT)
3/13 Springfield Catholic Central (W) 55 – 33


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