Aviators defeat Stebbins for first tournament win in over a decade


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



The 2016-17 Butler Aviator varsity basketball team is standing, left to right, Braedon Norman, Leland Skapik, Bryant Johnson, Sutton Skapik, Trey Sanders, Michael Kreill, Quentin Glover; seated, left to right, Coach Wyrick, Nathan Stogdill, Tyler Burley, Aaron Fields, Miles Joiner, Kenny Messenger, and Kyle Armstrong.


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TROTWOOD – The Butler Aviators continued their late-season surge on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Stebbins 59-40 in the opening round of the OHSAA Dayton Division I Sectional Tournament at Trotwood-Madison High School.

The win lifts the Aviators to 13-10 overall and is the first post-season win in over a decade according to records found on the GWOC website.

Butler advances to face Northmont (18-4) on Wednesday evening at Centerville. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

Miles Joiner led Butler with 26 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three assists and two steals. Michael Kreill had 8, Nathan Stogdill 7, Tyler Burley and Trey Sanders 5 each, and Quentin Glover and Bryant Johnson 4 each.

Johnson had 5 rebounds and 5 blocks and Sanders also pulled down 6 boards.

Butler led the Indians 18-12 after a quarter and then pulled out to a 30-21 lead at half. A 17-7 third quarter eliminated any chance for Stebbins to mount a comeback.

Butler will face a hot Northmont team that has won its last five games by significant margins. The Aviators fell on the road to the Thunderbolts 51-42 on January 3. The Aviators have been surging as well as they have won 9 of their last 12 games.

The 2016-17 Butler Aviator varsity basketball team is standing, left to right, Braedon Norman, Leland Skapik, Bryant Johnson, Sutton Skapik, Trey Sanders, Michael Kreill, Quentin Glover; seated, left to right, Coach Wyrick, Nathan Stogdill, Tyler Burley, Aaron Fields, Miles Joiner, Kenny Messenger, and Kyle Armstrong.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/02/web1_VarsityBasketball-2.jpgThe 2016-17 Butler Aviator varsity basketball team is standing, left to right, Braedon Norman, Leland Skapik, Bryant Johnson, Sutton Skapik, Trey Sanders, Michael Kreill, Quentin Glover; seated, left to right, Coach Wyrick, Nathan Stogdill, Tyler Burley, Aaron Fields, Miles Joiner, Kenny Messenger, and Kyle Armstrong. File photo

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.