Fort Loramie Stuns Versailles In Overtime, 48-46

Staff Writer

The much-anticipated non-conference showdown between Division IV’s top-ranked and unbeaten Fort Loramie Redskins and Division III’s third-ranked Versailles Tigers ended in a way no one could’ve expected.

Fort Loramie’s Evan Berning drained a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to tie the game and then the Redskins took the lead when Versailles head coach Travis Swank called for a timeout when the Tigers had none remaining, leading to a game-deciding technical foul call.

Fort Loramie's Dillon Braun calmly stepped up to the free throw line and drained the two go-ahead free tosses. And with Fort Loramie getting the ball back due to the technical foul, that was all the Redskins needed to escape Versailles High School with the unlikeliest of 48-46 victories.

The win is Fort Loramie’s most impressive in a season that has started out with 11 straight victories. The run has catapulted the Redskins, who reached the regional title game a season ago, into the top ranking in the Associated Press’ Division IV poll this past week.

Fort Loramie hosts Anna on Friday night in Shelby County Athletic League action, where the Redskins are off to a 5-0 start.

Fort Loramie lost a 10-point lead to Versailles and then had to rally to force overtime. Down by three, a Berning free throw and driving basket tied the score at 40-all. Fort Loramie had a chance to win the game with the ball and 23.8 seconds left on the clock in regulation. But Versailles’ A.J. Ahrens stole an errant pass near the midcourt stripe and Versailles got two cracks at point-blank shots. A lay-up rolled off and after Versailles Justin Ahrens got an offensive rebound and went up with a putback shot, Fort Loramie’s Tyler Siegel swooped in and swatted the shot off the backboard. Versailles got another offensive rebound, but Braun drew a charge call in the paint, sending the large group that made the trip over from Fort Loramie into a frenzy while the sizable Versailles crowd booed the call.

Fort Loramie’s three-quarter court shot at the end of regulation went wide, setting the wild scene yet to come in overtime.

A.J. Ahrens led Versailles with 21 points while Ohio State commit Justin Ahrens scored 12 points.

Braun led Fort Loramie with 16 points. Tyler Siegel had 10 points.