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(updated 9:45 p.m.) Timmons' last-second shot lifts Lakota past Elmwod, 63-62 (2-25-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 22:02
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Lakota celebrates after their win over Elmwood in Tuesday night's Division 3 Sectional at Findlay High School. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)

FINDLAY — Colin Timmons’ last-second jumper from the elbow lifted Lakota past Elmwood’s boys basketball team 63-62 on Tuesday in a Division III sectional semifinal.
The Raiders mounted a full-scale comeback after committing 10 turnovers in the first half, and trailing by 14 points at Findlay High School. PHOTO GALLERY
“The kids really deserve this. They come to practice everyday and they’re coming to work hard,” said Lakota coach Tim Walsh. “You’ve got to give them credit after winning only seven games this season and coming out and playing hard like they did.”
Lakota (8-14) advances to play Liberty-Benton (17-4) in a sectional final at 6:15 p.m. Friday also at Findlay High School .
Trailing 62-59 with 26 seconds left, Lakota’s Kyle Below grabbed an offensive rebound and made the putback to bring the game to 62-61. He was fouled while shooting and had a chance to tie it with a free throw. He missed and Elmwood’s Aaron Arnold grabbed the rebound. Arnold was immediately fouled and missed the front-end of a one-and-one. Timmons grabbed the rebound and dribbled down the court where he pulled up at the left elbow and knocked down a contested shot.
“I knew I had to get the ball up the court as fast as I could and try to hit my mid-range shot,” Timmons said.
“I knew right away,” the shot was going in, Timmons said. “It felt so good.”


Timmons had 17 points for Lakota. Teammates Josh Kirkpatrick and Hunter Chalfin added 12 points apiece.
After the first two quarters, it seemed Elmwood had the game in its control. The Royals led 38-24 at the half on the heels of a combined 28 points from Trevor Solether and Arnold.
Solether had 12 of Elmwood’s first 18 points of the game. He finished with a game-high 23 points. Arnold had 17 points and teammate Deven Peter had 10.
“Give Lakota all the credit in the world,” said Elmwood coach Ty Traxler. “They hit the shots when they needed to.”
In the first half, Elmwood rattled Lakota and caused 10 turnovers.
It was a different story in the second half. Lakota didn’t commit a turnover in the third quarter and had just three in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t think you can underestimate how bad we played defensively in that second half to give up that many points,” Traxler said.
Lakota outscored Elmwood 39-24 in the second half.
“We couldn’t run zone against them, we couldn’t run man against them,” Traxler added.
Lakota opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run.
“They got a turnover right off the bat, and we hit a three and I knew we were rolling,” Timmons said.
The Raiders got within four after the third quarter, trailing 49-45. Lakota never led until the buzzer beater from Timmons to end the game.
“In the first half we had more turnovers than we wanted ... and we got ourselves into a hole,” Walsh said.
“But our guys came back in the second half and played hard,” he said.
“I think our kids played with a lot of determination and focus and tightened up our defense” in the second half, Walsh continued.
Lakota was also able to contain Solether in the second half. The Raiders’ defense held Solether to seven, second-half points after he erupted for 16 points in the first half.
“We just told our guys that whoever was guarding him to be out on him all the time,” Walsh said.
Elmwood finished its season at 6-17.

DIVISION III
LAKOTA 63, ELMWOOD 62
ELMWOOD
Peter, 2-6—10; Childress, 1-1—3; Baxter, 1-0—2; Arnold, 5-1-4—17; Solether, 6-3-2–23; Lentz, 0-1-2—5; Buckingham, 1-0—2; Jones, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 16-5-15—62.
LAKOTA
Timmons, 5-1-4—17; Kirkpatrick, 5-2—12; Chalfin, 2-2-2—12; Below, 3-0—6; Bowling, 2-1-0—7; King, 0-0—0; Crowe, 2-3—7; Monroe, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 20-4-11—63.FINDLAY — Colin Timmons’ last-second jumper from the elbow lifted Lakota past Elmwood’s boys basketball team 63-62 on Tuesday in a Division III sectional semifinal.
The Raiders mounted a full-scale comeback after committing 10 turnovers in the first half, and trailing by 14 points at Findlay High School.
“The kids really deserve this. They come to practice everyday and they’re coming to work hard,” said Lakota coach Tim Walsh. “You’ve got to give them credit after winning only seven games this season and coming out and playing hard like they did.”
Lakota (8-14) advances to play Liberty-Benton (17-4) in the district final at 6:15 p.m. Friday also at Findlay High School .
Trailing 62-59 with 26 seconds left, Lakota’s Kyle Below grabbed an offensive rebound and made the putback to bring the game to 62-61. He was fouled while shooting and had a chance to tie it with a free throw. He missed and Elmwood’s Aaron Arnold grabbed the rebound. Arnold was immediately fouled and missed the front-end of a one-and-one. Timmons grabbed the rebound and dribbled down the court where he pulled up at the left elbow and knocked down a contested shot.
“I knew I had to get the ball up the court as fast as I could and try to hit my mid-range shot,” Timmons said.
“I knew right away,” the shot was going in, Timmons said. “It felt so good.”
Timmons had 17 points for Lakota. Teammates Josh Kirkpatrick and Hunter Chalfin added 12 points apiece.
After the first two quarters, it seemed Elmwood had the game in its control. The Royals led 38-24 at the half on the heels of a combined 28 points from Trevor Solether and Arnold.
Solether had 12 of Elmwood’s first 18 points of the game. He finished with a game-high 23 points. Arnold had 17 points and teammate Deven Peter had 10.
“Give Lakota all the credit in the world,” said Elmwood coach Ty Traxler. “They hit the shots when they needed to.”
In the first half, Elmwood rattled Lakota and caused 10 turnovers.
It was a different story in the second half. Lakota didn’t commit a turnover in the third quarter and had just three in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t think you can underestimate how bad we played defensively in that second half to give up that many points,” Traxler said.
Lakota outscored Elmwood 39-24 in the second half.
“We couldn’t run zone against them, we couldn’t run man against them,” Traxler added.
Lakota opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run.
“They got a turnover right off the bat, and we hit a three and I knew we were rolling,” Timmons said.
The Raiders got within four after the third quarter, trailing 49-45. Lakota never led until the buzzer beater from Timmons to end the game.
“In the first half we had more turnovers than we wanted ... and we got ourselves into a hole,” Walsh said.
“But our guys came back in the second half and played hard,” he said.
“I think our kids played with a lot of determination and focus and tightened up our defense” in the second half, Walsh continued.
Lakota was also able to contain Solether in the second half. The Raiders’ defense held Solether to seven, second-half points after he erupted for 16 points in the first half.
“We just told our guys that whoever was guarding him to be out on him all the time,” Walsh said.
Elmwood finished its season at 6-17.

DIVISION III
LAKOTA 63, ELMWOOD 62
ELMWOOD
Peter, 2-6—10; Childress, 1-1—3; Baxter, 1-0—2; Arnold, 5-1-4—17; Solether, 6-3-2–23; Lentz, 0-1-2—5; Buckingham, 1-0—2; Jones, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 16-5-15—62.
LAKOTA
Timmons, 5-1-4—17; Kirkpatrick, 5-2—12; Chalfin, 2-2-2—12; Below, 3-0—6; Bowling, 2-1-0—7; King, 0-0—0; Crowe, 2-3—7; Monroe, 1-0—2. TOTALS: 20-4-11—63.

ELMWOOD    18    20    11    13    —62
LAKOTA    13    11    21    18    —63

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