Toledo Christian entered Thursday night’s game hosting Gibsonburg with an unblemished 5-0 record and coming fresh off of a big road win Tuesday night at Maumee Valley Country Day.
From the jump the game was an intense high-quality conference contest, and while Gibsonburg was without the services of one of their key starters, they looked to make it known they had talent elsewhere in the lineup. On this particular night that talent would come from shooting guard Nick Kille, as he set the tone for early on for Gibsonburg along with backcourt mate Kane Gomez. Toledo Christian would use a number of three pointers from Delano Smith and Landon McGill to jump out to a hot start, but the combo of Gomez and Kille would keep it close for Gibsonburg; after the 1st the score would stand at 17-15 in favor of the visitors.
The second quarter would be more of the same as Gibsonburg’s zone, used to aid in their defense of Toledo Christian 6’7″ big man Joe Ochoa, would allow the Eagles plenty of opportunities to shoot the deep ball, and that they did. Delano Smith would round out the half for Toledo Christian with 12 points, while Nick Kille would match his effort with 12 points of his own for Gibsonburg and Toledo Christian would hold a slight 31-28 lead at the halftime break.
The aforementioned Eagles’ Ochoa would start out the game quietly, but the big man would pick up the slack in the third quarter getting to the rim and cleaning up the glass as he overpowered any presence Gibsonburg could throw at him. His efforts would give them their biggest lead at 45-38 heading into the 4th.
Both offenses would slow down in the final period of play and Toledo Christian would use some efficient free throw shooting, and some interior scoring from Ochoa to hold off Kille and Gibsonburg’s attempt at a comeback; Toledo Christian would claim a 57-48 league victory heading into the Christmas break. Joe Ochoa led the Eagles with 18 points, followed by Delano Smith with 15 points all coming from behind the arc. Gibsonburg was led by Nick Kille who would finish with a game-high 25 points in the loss. With the win Toledo Christian moves to 6-0 on the young season.