Tippecanoe boys’ basketball coach Joel Visser knew that their GWOC crossover game last week against Springboro could go a long way to making a statement as far as the progression of the Red Devils squad.

It also could mean that a bigger Panthers squad may flex their muscle against the GWOC newcomers.

Tipp controlled the first eight minutes of the game, leading by seven after the opening period before the proverbial doors fell off, as the Panthers exploded for 28 points in the second period, which set the tone for the rest of the game as the Panthers knocked off the Red Devils 69-45 last week.

“We knew it would be physical, most Tuesday night games are physical, and we knew that were going to be a good basketball team,” Visser said. “They are very disciplined and they don’t beat themselves.”

“We came out with a lot of energy and threw some punches early.”

Tipp built an early 11-2 lead on the Panthers, shooting the ball well early. Once the game settled down, the Panthers began their comeback. Quentin Williams scored ten points in the opening period for the Red Devils.

“They missed some shots inside early that they started making later,” Visser said. “The rebounding margin was 17 and it just got out of hand for us inside.”

Visser stated his team did not get bodies on the boards to rebound, and it hurt them.

“We did a poor job boxing out, and we did not match up well in man,” he said.

Tipp trailed by four at halftime, and 10 heading to the fourth, and while it was a good ballgame, it got out of hand late.

“For three and a half quarters it was a good game, but we started to press in the fourth and they broke it and got some layups out of it,” Visser said. “The score was not at all reflective of the game.”

“At halftime, I told the kids the score was 0-0, and we need to come up with a couple more possessions that they did. We had the chance to beat a team on paper that shouldn’t beat.”

Visser said his team did not back down or play intimidated.

“We just made a few too many mental mistakes late,” he said.

Tipp was led in scoring by Caiden Smith with 16 points and Williams with 14.

Also last week, the Red Devils watched as Fairborn scored 24 points in the fourth period, as the Skyhawks defeated Tippecanoe 57-45.

*Tipp closed out last week with a record setting performance hosting Milton Union on Saturday night. The Red Devils defeated Milton Union 49-18, setting a new record for lowest points allowed in a game. Th previous record was 19.

OHSAA Military Appreciation Night- The Red Devils return to action Friday night as they host Stebbins at 7:30. That evening will also be OHSAA Military Appreciation Night all across Ohio for teams who are participating, of which Tipp will be one of those participating teams. Military veterans will get into the game free and will be recognized at halftime. Tippecanoe athletic director JD Foust is also asking everyone to wear red, white and blue to the game.

Tipp also plays at Bellbrook on Saturday night.