Devin Alltop looks to score for Tecumseh between Northwestern defenders (Ed Chen photos)

Despite the fact that both teams sat at the bottom of their division of the Central Buckeye Conference, there is a lot of pride when Tecumseh and Northwestern battle on the court.

The neighborly-rivals played in a crossover game last week in Springfield, and after a big second and third quarter, the Arrows earned a 69-47 win over the Warriors to push their record on the season to 3-14 overall, 3-6 in the conference. Northwestern dropped to 3-13, 0-9 in the Mad River Division.

Tecumseh was led in scoring by Easton Lewis as the sharpshooter scored 17 points which included four three-point shots. Devin Alltop added 13 and Davey Berner scored 12 for the Arrows.

The Warriors were led in scoring by Evan Noffle 12, Jalen Minney 10 and Ethan Farmer eight points and 10 rebounds.

Northwestern only held one lead in the game, when Evan Nofkee scored in the opening seconds to give the Warriors a quick 2-0 lead. The Arrows answered with a pair of threes from Lewis and Donovan Collins.

The Warriors hung around in the opening quarter behind the play of Nofkee and Adam Reidinger, who kept the Arrows lead at a minimum with scores in the opening four minutes. Matthew Hurt scored in the paint for Northwestern to cut the Arrows lead to 12-8 with 3:33 left in the first period.

Tecumseh then put together a run at the end of the period behind four points from Tyler Cory and they looked to head into the second period with a double-figure lead before Hart connected on a three at the end of the first period, cutting the Arrows lead to 18-12 heading to the second.

From there, Tecumseh began to slowly start to pull away. Leading 22-16 midway through the second, Alltop connected on a three for the Arrows, and followed with another three the old-fashioned way to give Tecumseh a 28-16 lead.

Northwestern continued to battle, as Ethan Farmer hit a pair of free throws, and Reidinger added three more points to try to keep it close, but a pair of free throws from Clay Mastin sent the Arrows into the half leading 37-22.

The Arrows put the game away early in the third, and left no doubt to the outcome. Four quick points from Lewis and a three from Mastin make the Arrows lead 22 points, then after a Northwestern basket, the Arrows reeled off seven more points to take the lead to 51-24 with four minutes left in the third.

Northwestern had one last push to close the gap, as they went on an 8-3 run to end the quarter behind the play of Farmer. Tecumseh led 56-38 heading to the fourth before they put the game away in the final eight minutes.

*Last last week, Tecumseh lost to Kenton Ridge 57-39. Berner and Alltop each scored eight to lead Tecumseh.

Tecumseh is back in action Friday night hosting Indian Lake, then Greenville comes to town on Saturday.

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