Loveland, Ohio – On Valentine’s Day at Tiger Court, the student section sported pink and red to show their support for the Loveland men’s basketball team as they hosted Walnut Hills on Senior Night. Unfortunately, the ECC-leading Eagles weren’t cooperating – and defeated the Tigers 71-49.
In pre-game festivities, Loveland honored six seniors on this year’s edition of the Tigers. Playing their last game on Tiger Court were Jacob Campbell, Drew Kluender, Mitch Robinson, Mitch Suder, Owen Wilhoite, and Alex Wolf. The seniors helped keep the Tigers in the game early, as Loveland led 8-7 after the first quarter behind a zone defense that slowed down the Eagles. But, Walnut Hills heated up in the second quarter, hitting four treys from beyond the arc. Closing on an 8-0 run, the Eagles took a 28-19 lead into halftime.
Walnut Hills opened the third quarter with six straight points, including two breakaway dunks, and after outscoring the Tigers 24-10 in the quarter, the game was essentially over.
Loveland’s final basket of the game was a baseline jumper by sophomore Gabe Rubeo, as he scored his first 2 varsity points. Mitch Suder led the way for the Tigers, scoring 14 points. See full game stats.
In the State tournament draw the Tigers will be taking on Edgewood on Saturday, February 25 at 8 PM at Fairfield. See Bracket below.
Photos by Olivia Smith/David Miller/Loveland Magazine © 2017
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