DAYTON - In a hit-and-miss game where Pomeroy did most of the shot-hitting and Dayton did most of the missing, Pomeroy used a 31-9 second-half rout to eliminate the visiting Bulldogs, 47-34, here Tuesday in the Southeast District 2B boys play-in game.
The final margin of 13 was much closer than the game was for most of the second half. At the 2:27 mark of the fourth quarter, Pomeroy's advantage over Dayton stood at 45-22.
"If you can't put the ball in the hole, you can't win," Dayton coach Roy Ramirez said. "That's pretty much the story. I don't know what we shot in the second half, but it wasn't pretty."
"We didn't make offensive changes at half," Pomeroy coach Wes Koller said. "We just told the kids to be stronger with the ball, be better with their screens, and put (the ball) up if they're open."
"The most important key tonight is we actually hit our shots," Pomeroy post Justin Ruark said. "We've been struggling lately hitting shots."
Both teams came out slowly and deliberately in the first half, working the shot clock each possession. Pomeroy held a 6-0 lead after five minutes, but Dayton closed to 6-5 at the end of the first period on baskets by Garett Turner and Kroft Sunderland.
Dain Henderson's back-to-back inside buckets capped the 13-4 run in the second quarter and bought the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the game at 13-10, with 2:26 left in the half.
After that, Dayton turned ice-cold from the floor. The Bulldogs scored just two field goals over the next 16 minutes - two full quarters. During that span, the Pirates outscored the Bulldogs 35-9.
Pomeroy halted Dayton's first-half run and began the decisive 35-9 run on a Trevor Koberstein layup and Sean Beale mid-range jumper. Pomeroy re-gained the lead going into halftime, 14-13.
The floodgates opened in the second on the hot hands of Grant Jenkins and Beale. Each player hit a 2 and a 3, and Justin Ruark added a layup and made free throw, which forced a Dayton timeout. Pomeroy led by 11 late in the third quarter, 27-16.
Going into the fourth up 27-18, Pomeroy poured it on with an 18-4 burst over the initial five-and-a-half minutes to up the lead to its largest - 23 - at 45-22.
Dayton's shooting regained life in the final 2:30 as bench players patrolled the court for both teams. On the strength of three 3-pointers, Dayton closed out the game on a 12-2 run, to make the final margin 47-34.
Dayton's Turner scored 12 points - the only Bulldog in double figures. Dain Henderson led all players with eight rebounds.
The five Pirate starters did all the scoring for Pomeroy led by Trevor Koberstein's 12 points. Beale added 11, Jenkins 10, and Ruark nine. Ryan Koberstein supplied the final five points for the Pirates.
"We played (Dayton) twice before, and we knew what they were going to do," Koller said. "We knew they were going to step up the pressure. We were able to handle that pressure, control the boards and get some buckets when we needed them."
"Their 2-3 zone didn't really bother us," Ramirez said. "They gave us the outside shot. We couldn't hit from the outside. When we got it inside, we couldn't hit from there either. It was a tough night.
"I told the kids ‘you didn't shoot the ball well, and that's the way it goes sometimes. It's part of basketball,'" he said. "We've got everybody back next year, so we'll just go from there."
While Dayton's season is finished, Pomeroy advances to the double-elimination district tournament. Pomeroy's first opponent is Southern Division No. 1 Liberty Christian.
Pomeroy lost to Liberty Christian in their previous meeting, Jan. 22, by 30 points.
"We've got to control (LC's) inside game and establish one ourselves - take it right at them in the paint," Koller said. "We were able to do that last time, but we missed a lot of easy shots."
"Last time we played them we had like 30+ turnovers," Ruark said. "If we can keep that down around 15 and hit some of our shots like we did tonight, we should do pretty well."
Pomeroy and Liberty Christian collide in Richland Thursday at 6 p.m.
DAYTON (34) - Frame 0 0-0 0, Norris 1 0-0 2, Bickelhaupt 1 2-3 5, Schlachter 0 1-2 1, Henderson 2 0-0 4, Turner 5 0-0 12, McCleary 1 0-0 3, Eaton 0 1-2 1, Groom 0 2-4 2, Sunderland 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 6-11 34.
POMEROY (47) - Jenkins 3 3-4 10, Beale 3 4-4 11, T. Koberstein 5 2-2 12, Wolf 0 0-0 0, W. Koller 0 0-0 0, Bingman 0 0-0 0, Ren 0 0-0 0, FitzGerald 0 0-0 0, R. Koberstein 2 0-2 5, Ruchert 0 0-0 0, Ruark 3 3-4 9, J. Koller 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 12-16 47.
Dayton 5 8 5 16 - 34
Pomeroy 6 8 13 20 - 47
3-point goals - Day 4 (Turner 2, Bickelhaupt, McCleary), Pom 3 (Jenkins, Beale, R. Koberstein). Total fouls - Day 13, Pom 12. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - Day (Turner). Rebounds - Day 30, Pom 30. Turnovers - Day 16, Pom 11.