A late rally by the Eastmoor Academy boys basketball team fell short in a 47-44 loss to Cincinnati Taft in a Division II regional semifinal March 13 at Kettering Fairmont.
After trailing by double digits in the first half and 35-27 heading into the final period, the Warriors rallied to within 43-40 with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left.
Then with 7.9 seconds to go and trailing Taft 45-44, Eastmoor’s Shamonty Manning was called for a five-second violation.
The Senators made two free throws for their final points and Eastmoor missed a 3-point attempt that would have tied it before time expired.
“We had a crucial five-second call go against us with seven seconds left in the game,” coach Jim Miranda said. “The referee beyond halfcourt called it and they got the ball back. It was a back-and-forth game.”
Nate Jameson finished with 12 points and Jahmal Hughes made three 3-pointers and had 11 for the Warriors, who finished 20-7.
Taft improves to 19-6 and will play in a regional final March 15 at Fairmont against Dayton Thurgood Marshall.
Eastmoor held Taft’s leading scorer, Kenny Kaufman, to seven points after he came in averaging 15.2, but Keron Harris had 14 points and Aaron Oden added 12 to lead the Senators.