CANTON — Already-thin Oberlin lost two starters in a two-play span with 5:20 left in the game, and neither were very pretty.
Senior Marcus Bailey injured his lower left leg after teammate Malcolm Allen hit a three to cut LaBrae’s lead to 20. He didn’t return.
On the next play, junior Charles Lewis tracked down LaBrae’s John Richards as the Vikings beat Oberlin’s press. As Richards attempted a layup, Lewis fouled him, and immediately jogged to the locker room. Seconds later, Oberlin assistants came onto the court to look for — gulp — Lewis’ tooth. They found it and took it back to Oberlin. Richards, meanwhile, had to be bandaged up after Lewis’ contact bloodied his elbow. He missed the ensuing two free throws and exited the game.
Moore said he took most pride in rallying the Oberlin community around the Phoenix, which advanced to its first regional tournament since 2001.
“Seeing everyone live and happy in Oberlin is what I always strived for,” the Findlay-bound Moore said.
Oberlin’s crowd was raucous despite the final score, and applauded Moore, Bailey and fellow senior Nolan Isom as they exited with about two minutes left.
One and done
Oberlin led only once Wednesday night. Marcus Bailey hit a jumper in the lane but Peyton Aldridge got two quick buckets and LaBrae led the rest of the night.
Long time ago
Hanging high from the rafters at Canton’s Memorial Field House are a number of banners celebrating Canton McKinley’s state championships. The football banner lists both 1895 and 1896 among the titles. Hard to argue that fact.
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