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Marauders lose SIAC opener

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Central State led Morehouse College by 11 with 2:49 remaining in Tuesday night’s opening round of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, but failed to close out the game in a 52-49 loss to end the 2015-16 season.

On CSU’s final possession, a basket by Sterling Gilmore was waived off as the guard was whistled for an offensive foul with one second to play, sending Morehouse back to the free throw line where they hit both shots with 0.6 left on the clock. A full-court heave from Jeremy Brown was off the mark as Morehouse escaped the potential upset.

“Despite the outcome, I am really proud of our players for coming out with passion and energy in the second half. We had a lot of effort from several players and we just did not stay disciplined down the stretch,” said CSU coach Joseph Price. “Morehouse kept fighting and is really well coached. They made more plays than we did to pull out the victory.”

Brown paced CSU with 12 points and seven rebounds. Gilmore finished with 10 points while battling foul trouble throughout the evening. Senior Tre’ Edwards also finished with 10 points as his collegiate career came to an abrupt end.

Morehouse’s Ayinde Russell led all scorers with 19 points. Michael Scott finished with 12 points and Michael Hall grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

“We just have to learn how to close out these type of games. It has been our weakness all year so we are looking forward to getting back and working towards next season,” said Gilmore, a junior guard from Cincinnati. “It was a tough call at the end of the game, but we will work even harder going forward so that the refs are not put in a position to decide the game on a close call.”

Central State concludes the 2015-16 season with an 11-15 record. Morehouse improved to 15-9 and will face Lane College in the SIAC Tournament quarterfinals.

PROFESSIONAL

Bobblehead exhibit opens at Reds Hall of Fame

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum’s new exhibition “Bobbleheads: The Exhibit” showcases more than 500 different bobbleheads and includes every Reds bobblehead giveaway since 2001.

Bobbleheads: The Exhibit presented by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP celebrates the bobblehead collecting phenomenon and highlights the many and varied designs and styles of one of the most unique and popular promotional items ever created.

Exhibit highlights include:

• Over 500 bobbleheads dating back to the introduction of the collectible as a novelty item in the early 1960s.

• Every Reds bobblehead (over 90) issued as a ballpark promotion dating back to the first fan giveaway in 2001

• Every bobblehead issued by the Reds Hall of Fame

• Bobbleheads from other sports teams as well as non-sports bobbleheads and local bobbleheads from around Cincinnati.

The exhibit opens to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 4.

The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is located next to Great American Ball Park at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202.

Plan your visit at redsmuseum.org or by calling (513) 765-7923.

SIGNUPS

Bellbrook announces league signups

BELLBROOK — The Bellbrook Lions Club and Bellbrook T-Ball would like to announce registrations for the Summer Baseball/Softball program for children ages 6 through 15. Registration will take place at Stephen Bell Elementary in front of the gym entrance from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3rd. Parents may also register their children by visiting the Lion’s Club website at www.bellbrooklions.org and follow the “Sports” link to T-Ball, Baseball and Softball registrations.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com or jbombatch@civitasmedia.com.

Compiled by John Bombatch. Please send your sports information to: sports@xeniagazette.com or jbombatch@civitasmedia.com.

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