TROTWOOD – On Friday the Butler Basketball team traveled to Trotwood for their final GWOC North game of the season. The Aviators came into the game off a ten point loss to Piqua on Tuesday. Trotwood won their previous matchup as they defeated Greenville on Tuesday. This game marked the beginning of a three game road stretch for the Aviators.
Butler started the game well, grabbing a quick lead early in the opening quarter. Trotwood picked up their play and began to wear on the Aviators. The Rams entered halftime with a 15 point lead following a big second quarter. Trotwood continued to tear at the Aviators in the second half.
The Rams would over double their lead, and go on to defeat Butler by a final score of 72-40. This loss moved the Aviators to 0-10 in the division and 4-16 overall.
The Aviators started the game strong, playing physical on both ends of the floor. Butler added two quick baskets to start the game and get the Aviators and early lead. The Rams quickly found their rhythm though, and gave Butler all they wanted and more. After grabbing the early lead, Butler would add only two more points in the quarter. The Aviators were outscore 17-6 in the opening quarter. Leading the way for Butler was Senior Noah Ballard, who added a two point field goal. Heading into the second quarter, Butler would trail by eleven points.
Trotwood continued their success in the second. The Rams continued to find scoring chances and controlled the tempo of the game. Trotwood outscored Butler 17-13 in the second, which stretched the Ram lead to 15. Butler was led in the second quarter was Senior Zach Ledbetter who added six points for the Aviators. At halftime, Butler would trail Trotwood by a score of 34-19.
The second half was much of the same for Butler. The Aviators struggled to find open opportunities on the Rams. Also, the physicality between both teams began to fatigue the Aviators. Butler was outscored 18-13 in the third quarter, which stretched the Trotwood lead to 20. Leading the way for Butler in the third quarter was Senior Cameron Glover who added three points. With one quarter remaining, Trotwood would lead by a score of 52-32.
The final quarter was much like the first three for Butler. The Aviators couldn’t find a way to stop the Rams, or score on the offensive end. Butler turned to their underclassmen in hopes of gaining experience for the future. The Aviators couldn’t rally against Trotwood and would eventually fall by 32. Leading the way for Butler was Nathan Stogdill who added three points. Butler would fall to Trotwood by a final score of 72-40.