Botkins hit 12 three-pointers on Tuesday, as they roared past Newark Catholic 75-50 in the Region 16 semifinals of the Division IV boys basketball tournament.

The victory raises their record to 24-3 and puts them in Friday's regional championship, which will be their third straight time at Butler. They will face the winner of the game between Cedarville and Tri-Village, who played later on Tuesday.

The Trojans and Green Wave went blow-for-blow in the first, with Newark Catholic holding a two-point edge.

Botkins then erupted for 27 points in the second quarter to take a 15-point lead at the break. In the first half, junior Jameson Meyer came off the bench to hit five three-pointers.

In the second half, the Trojans switched gears and went to more traditional half-court offense. They maintained their lead through the third, then salted away the win with a number of free throws in the final minutes.

Senior point guard Jayden Priddy led the scoring with 26 points on the night, going 13-of-14 at the free throw line. As noted, Meyer had the hot hand from outside, making seven 3s for a lucky 21 points. Big man Jacob Pleiman, the 6-6 junior, had 16, including a couple of dunks.

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