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The support was strong for Coach Tom Flatter at Mississinawa Valley Friday as the
Patriots mourned the passing of Connie Flatter. The Pats rolled to a huge victory over the
Blackhawks in the season finale for both teams in Cross County Conference play.
CNO Photo by Dale Barger, tvpatriots.com
 
Patriots mourne passing of coach’s wife

By Dale Barger
tvpatriots.com

Union City – The Tri-Village Basketball Team, Coaches, Cheerleaders and Community took the hardwood tonight with a heavy heart with the passing of Coach Tom Flatter’s wife Connie. The Cheerleaders showed their support wearing t-shirts that read “For Coach Tom and Connie, while the boys wore them as their warm-up jerseys.

Connie loved basketball, why not? Her three boys all played and are embedded in the illustrious history of Tri-Village Basketball. In fact all three of her boys played on the same team at one time in 1998-99. Derek is a 1999 graduate and was a junior varsity coach a number years. Twins Aaron & Jeremy were both 2000 graduates and played on a district final team that went 21-3.

Tom & Connie’s contribution and love for basketball at Tri-Village has been unwavering and Connie will be deeply missed. In a show of respect Mississinawa Valley observed a moment of silence before the start of the game.

For Mississinawa it was a time to celebrate senior night and nothing would be better for seniors Steve Armstrong, Joey Brooks, Dustyn Whitesel and Cody Evans than to pull off an upset on Tri-Village.

It looked bleak in the early going as Tri-Village jumped out to a 15-4 lead… but the Blackhawks stormed back behind Cody Evans and Carson Stump to close to 20-15 at the end of the first quarter. In the end, T-V secured its 11th Cross County Conference win on the year 72-35. The win also gives the Patriots 17 wins overall to just 3 losses.

Tri-Village then opened up a 33-19 advantage at the 4:00 minute mark, looking to break the game wide open…but the scrappy Hawks wouldn’t fold, getting scoring from Joey Brooks, Brandon Byers and Dane Blumenstock to once again close the gap at the half trailing just 35-27.

The Patriots used a balanced attack in the first half, Kyle Pipenger led with 11 points. Evan Barger and Tyler Cook each had eight, and Matt Werner five along with Shade Brubaker dropping a trey.

In the third frame all hopes of pulling off the upset were quickly erased as Tri-Village clamped down on Mississinawa defensively, holding them to just 6 points.

Matt Werner stepped forward to get the Patriots rolling offensively and it was his floor game that got it going. It started with an assist over the top to Barger, then he stole the ball dishing to Pipenger for a bucket, followed it up with a three-pointer of his own, then stole the ball for a lay-up and finished the 11 point run with another dish to Cook for the fielder.

In one minute the Patriots had opened up a 52-31 advantage and the Blackhawks were never able to recover.

The Patriots placed four players in double figure scoring; Kyle Pipenger had 21 points while Tyler Cook had 18, Evan Barger 12 and Matt Werner 10 with 10 assists for a double in support.

Barger pulled down nine rebounds and Andrew Willcox registered five blocked shots.

The Junior Varsity once again found themselves in a good one with a strong Mississinawa team and the Patriots had to earn their second consecutive 20-0 season pulling away late in the game to get the win.

The win marks reserve coach Jeff Judy’s 49th in a row going back to the 2009-2010 season.


 
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