Prep basketball: Ross-Badin rivalry resumes with maroon-and-gold win

    Rick Cassano
    11:00 p.m Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 Sports
Badin’s Caleb Meyer closely defends Sean Lange of Ross during Saturday night’s game at Mulcahey Gym in Hamilton. RICK CASSANO/STAFF

The Ross-Badin prep boys basketball rivalry returned to the court Saturday night. Quite literally, it rocked.

A standing-room-only crowd packed into Badin’s Mulcahey Gym and gave the players a thunderous, electric atmosphere to compete in, with Ross emerging as the 46-41 victor in the Butler County showdown.

Landen Angel scored 13 points, while Cody Geers and Cooper Shields both had 8, for the winners. Ross jumped out to a 19-6 lead, fell behind briefly near the end of the third quarter, then limited Badin to 6 points in the last period.

It was the first Ross-Badin matchup since BHS recorded a 36-33 victory on Dec. 4, 2010, and it was the first win for Ross since a 42-41 triumph on Dec. 28, 2004. The two squads only squared off three times in the intervening years (Badin wins in 2008-09, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011).

Jakob Tipton (11) and Daunte DeCello (9) led the scoring for Badin, which shot just 30 percent from the floor, made 2 of 17 shots from beyond the arc and converted 13 of 23 free throws.

Both teams are back at it Tuesday. Ross (11-7) will visit Talawanda, while Badin (9-9) travels to Northwest.

Ross 19-9-8-10—46

Badin 11-11-13-6—41

ROSS (11-7): Dylan Zimmerman 2 2 7, Ben Yeager 1 0 3, Landen Angel 3 7 13, Cody Geers 2 2 8, Joe Valentine 2 0 4, Cooper Shields 3 0 8, Sean Lange 1 0 3. Totals: 14-11-46

BADIN (9-9): Daunte DeCello 2 5 9, Jordan Flaig 1 0 2, Kyle Young 1 2 4, Caleb Meyer 1 2 4, Jakob Tipton 5 1 11, Joseph Walsh 1 0 3, Nathan Hegemann 2 0 5, Zach Switzer 0 3 3. Totals: 13-13-41

3-pointers: R 7 (Shields 2, Geers 2, Lange, Zimmerman, Yeager), B 2 (Walsh, Hegemann)