On Tuesday night Wauseon traveled to Maumee, along with their recent ranking of #7 in the state of Ohio in DII. In an entertaining game featuring two teams with underrated talent, Wauseon would ultimately prevail.
To open the night, both teams played a slow-paced half court brand of basketball that would see Wauseon creep out to an early 10-8 lead over Maumee after the 1st quarter. Trent Armstrong would come out determined to make his mark in this game for Wauseon, and would do so, with 5 points in the opening period.
The pace of play would pick up in the second quarter, to the advantage of Wauseon, as they would really get rolling offensively, thanks in large part to senior guard Levi Seiler. His play was nothing short of impressive on this night, as he used his strength and size from his guard position to his advantage, while knocking down shots consistently from the perimeter. He would have 17 points at the half for Wauseon, and they would hold a 32-18 lead over Maumee.
Things would begin to look up for Maumee in the third quarter and throughout the second half as they would score the ball at a much higher level, and pick up their defensive intensity. Part of the Maumee turnaround, especially in the third, would be due to the strong minutes provided by junior big man Garrett White. Even though Maumee would pick up their level of play, Wauseon would extend their lead with the backcourt of Armstrong and Seiler leading the way; Wauseon would lead Maumee 51-35 after the 3rd.
The Maumee offense would get hot, especially from the perimeter in the final quarter of play, as Luke Metzger and backcourt mate David Walker would begin to fill it up. Metzger especially would deliver and score in bunches to make this one interesting in the closing minutes. Timely execution, and a good showing at the foul line down the stretch would allow Wauseon to hold on for the victory, as they would defeat Maumee by a final score of 64-55.
Levi Seiler would lead Wauseon with 28 points, followed by Trent Armstrong with 13 points in the victory. Luke Metzger led the Maumee effort with 22 points, followed by David Walker with 11 points in the loss.