Miami Trace jumped out to a 16-2 first quarter lead over McClain Tuesday night and never looked back in the boys Division II Sectional Semi's. McClain did close out the first quarter going on a 5-0 run to cut the Panther lead to 16-7. The Panthers got in foul trouble in the second quarter forcing coach Pittser to go to his bench but Miami Trace was able to outscore the Tigers 9-7 in the second quarter to take a 25-14 lead into the half.
A 23 point Panther third quarter put the game out of reach and ended the season for McClain as they were never able to get back into the game. After three quarters the Panthers led 48-26, but McClain did play the Panthers nearly even in the final period only getting outscored 15-13 in the final frame.
McClain (3-20) was led on the night by Devin Carter who had a hard fought 13 points and Kobe Penwell added 10 points all in the second half. They finished the night shooting 13-47 fro 28% inside the arc and were 4-17 outside the arc for 24%, they committed 20 turnovers.
Miami Trace (13-10) was led by Cameron Carter's 21 points, 19 coming in the second half and Darby Tyree added 15 points, 9 of his were in the first half. Austin Matthews also had 8 points off the bench. The Panthers shot 25-53 for 47% inside the arc and 7-16 from outside the arc for 55%, they committed 19 turnovers.
Miami Trace moves on to play Unioto on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. for the Division II Sectional Championship at Southeastern High School. Buckeye Country Broadcast time will be 2:45 p.m.