MCS tops Fayetteville to capture first sectional championship


The Middletown Christian School’s boys basketball team has come a long way since its 1-4 start to the season.

Now, the Eagles are sectional champions for the first time in program history.

knocking off the top seed earlier in the week, No. 7 Middletown
Christian bumped out No. 3-seeded Fayetteville 67-58 in a Division IV
sectional final Saturday at Taylor.

“Our principal, Mr. (Preston)
Johnson, always talks about what our legacy is going to be, so for us to
be able to leave the legacy as the first team to win the sectional
means a lot,” said senior C.J. Reisinger, who scored all 12 of his
points in the first half. “We started the season 1-4, and to be able to
come back and win a sectional championship, it’s unbelievable. From the
beginning of the season, I would have never thought this would be us.”

(15-10) set the tone early with six 3-pointers — including three from
Reisinger — to take a 20-14 lead into the second quarter, and the Eagles
had the advantage for all but 20 seconds of the remaining minutes. The
Rockets (13-9) used an 11-3 run to start the second quarter and move
ahead briefly, but a Jamaal Hunter trey sparked a 13-2 run to put MCS up
36-27 at halftime.

The Eagles led by as many as 15 points in the
second half and held off a fourth-quarter rally to seal the win. Hunter
led the way with 21 points, while Dre Shores added 16, including 12 in
the third quarter as MCS maintained a double-digit gap.

“It was
huge for us to get the lead, and then in the second half it was huge to
maintain it,” MCS coach Eric Gwinn said. “We had some ups and downs.
They made a little run on us a couple times, but our kids just responded
when they were called upon.”

Fayetteville actually got it down to
four points with five minutes left. However, MCS took advantage of
fouls to rebuild cushion with an 11-of-17 effort from the free-throw
line to close out the game.

Max Iles led Fayetteville with 19 points.

was nervous,” Reisinger said. “I thought it was slipping out of our
hands, and of course we didn’t want to give it up, so we just had to
keep fighting. Jamaal actually told us to dig in, and that’s what we

MCS now meets Yellow Springs in a district final at 6 p.m.
on Thursday at the University of Dayton Arena. The Metro Buckeye
Conference foes split during the regular season.

“The best thing about this team is they just kept practicing and playing, and this is the payoff,” Gwinn said.

Fayetteville 14-13-13-18—58

Mid. Christian 20-16-15-16—67

FAYETTEVILLE (13-9) — Caleb Dowers 9, Nic Ball 8, Cole Schaefer 8, Max Lanham 9, Tim Crone 5, Max Iles 19. Totals: 19-15-58

CHRISTIAN (15-10) — Dre Shores 16, C.J. Reisinger 12, Jarod Hamlin 7,
John Leisinger 2, Jamaal Hunter 21, Cameron Russell 9. Totals: 21-16-67

3-pointers: F 5 (Iles 3, Schaefer, Crone), M 11 (Reisinger 4, Hunter 4, Shores 2, Russell)