As strange as it may sound, Preble Shawnee’s boys basketball team controls its own destiny in the race for the Southwestern Buckeye League Division title.
The Arrows sit at 3-4 in the SWBL’s Buckeye Division after 68-58 win over Waynesville on Friday, Feb. 7. Every team in the Buckeye Division has at least four losses with the exception of Carlisle, which has three.
And there are still plenty of games to be played before a champion will be decided.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 10, Shawnee is scheduled to play seven games in nine days, with three of those being league games.
The Arrows (7-6) were scheduled to host Middletown Madison on Monday, play at Dayton Christian on Tuesday and at Tri-County North on Wednesday. They are off Thursday, before being scheduled to visit Northridge on Friday. Shawnee will host Arcanum on Saturday. The following week, Shawnee is scheduled to host Carlisle on Monday and Lemon-Monroe on Tuesday.
They still have to reschedule games with Dixie and Milton-Union to close out the regular season.
In addition to playing Waynesville last weekend, Shawnee lost 67-65 at Twin Valley South on Saturday.
“We’re still in control of our destiny in the league as crazy as that is, with four losses,” Shawnee coach Jason Crider said. “One of our goals going into this season was to contend for the league. There could be a situation where the league champion has five losses.”
Against Waynesville, the Arrows placed four players in double figures.
Joby Williams scored 20 points, Trey Smith added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Willoughby netted 12 to go along with five rebounds and four assists and scored 10 and grabbed 8 rebounds.
The Arrows held a 13-11 lead after the first quarter, but trailed 27-25 at the half. Shawnee closed the gap to 44-43 after three before outscoring the Spartans 25-14 over the final 8 minutes.
On Saturday, Shawnee overcame a pair of 8-point deficits in the final quarter against South, but came up short.
Smith led the way with 24 points and Willoughby added 18.