PEMBERVILLE – Toledo Christian produced a big third quarter and then held off Gibsonburg to win the school's 12th straight boys basketball sectional title tonight.
The Eagles (15-8) trailed by six points at the half but then tallied 20 points in the third quarter and went on to down the Golden Bears 42-38 at Eastwood High School.
Toledo Christian junior Kyle Kempton scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the pivotal third quarter. Senior guard Garshawn Paynther tallied six of his 10 points in the third when the Eagles seized a 32-26 lead.
Gibsonburg (17-6) tied it at 38 with 1:30 left on Jordan Kreglow's 3 pointer. But Toledo Christian grabbed two defensive rebounds off of missed 3 point attempts down the stretch. The Eagles also knocked down five of six free throws over the final 36 seconds to seal it.
Kreglow and Bryce Ernthausen each scored 11 points for Gibsonburg.
Kempton also had eight rebounds for the Eagles.
Toledo Christian advances to play top-seeded Old Fort in the district semifinals at Lakota next Tuesday.
In the first sectional final at Eastwood, Ottawa Hills jumped out to a 15-0 start over Cardinal Stritch and went on to post a 53-36 win.
The Green Bears (20-1), who are ranked fifth in the state, won the sectional title and will face Tiffin Calvert in the district semifinal on Tuesday at Lakota.
Geoff Beans, the 6-foot-7 forward, scored a game-high 17 points for Ottawa Hills. R.J. Coil chipped in with 17 points.
Cardinal Stritch junior Austin Adams poured in a game-high 24 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, for Cardinal Stritch (9-14). Adams also had eight rebounds.
The Cardinals had seven turnovers in the first quarter and then just three more the rest of the game.