Fort Loramie Finally Puts Away Bradford to Advance

Eli Rosengarten reaches for a loose ball against Bradford on Wednesday. (Staff Photo/Brian Smith)
Staff Writer

 When a shot rattled home early in the third quarter of Wednesday’s Division IV sectional game at Piqua High School, a 1-21 Bradford team inexplicably drew to within four points of a Fort Loramie squad that had spent a part of the season the top-ranked small-school program in Ohio.

Fort Loramie, short-handed without standout center Tyler Siegel for a third straight tournament game, looked clunky for more than a half of basketball, as the Railroaders, riding all the momentum of a team with a 21-game losing streak,  drew to within 31-27 of the top seed in the district.

Fort Loramie head coach Corey Britton called a timeout during the middle of an offensive possession, as the Redskins passed the ball around the perimeter of the Railroader 2-3 zone without much zip.

Then the avalanche.

The Redskins established senior Austin Siegel in the post, as he got three quick baskets in the paint, Dillon Braun turned steals into transition points on a night he put up 29 points and Fort Loramie accelerated away for a 67-40 win.

Siegel added 14 points on the night for Fort Loramie.

The victory pushes Fort Loramie to 22-2 on the season and to within a victory over Ansonia (12-10, 7-5 CCC) on Saturday from another district title and another trip to UD Arena.