Wauseon Holds Off Maumee

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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.

Bruns and Marion Local Too Much For Parkway

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On Friday night Marion Local traveled to Parkway for a road contest in the MAC. While the game had some intrigue heading into it, the story in this one from start to finish would be Marion Local and senior standout Nate Bruns.

From the jump Marion Local’s Nate Bruns’ presence was felt and it would remain that way until he checked out early in the final quarter. He opened this one with a flurry of buckets, assists, and steals, as Marion Local would go on a quick 10-2 run, eventually leading Parkway 15-7 after the 1st.

Marion Local’s experience, and the play of Bruns would see them continue to widen their margin over Parkway, leading 29-14 at the halftime break.

The theme for this one would remain the same to begin the second half, as Bruns and the visiting Flyers would explode offensively putting this one all but out of reach. Parkway sophomore guard Dylan Hughes would put together some tough finishes and scrappy plays periodically throughout this one, but that would be it for the home team. Marion Local led Parkway 49-24 after the 3rd quarter. Nate Bruns would have 24 points to lead the Flyers, tying the scoring output of the entire Panthers team.

With the game out of reach and decided heading into the final period, the starters on either side spent much of the remaining time on the bench, and Marion Local would go on to defeat Parkway by a final score of 68-38.

Nate Bruns would lead Marion Local with 24 points, as the future University of Findlay Oiler was nothing short of dominant on this night. Dylan Hughes would lead Parkway with 12 points in the loss.

Sylvania Northview Keeps Rolling

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Sylvania Northview traveled south on Tuesday night to Bowling Green to face the Bobcats in Northern Lakes League competition. Northview came into the game with an unblemished record, and would leave the gym on this night just the same.

To open the game and with much of the attention on Northview senior guard Alek West, West delivered one of the finest quarters of basketball you might see. Beginning the games first three possessions with an assist, basket in the paint, and a three pointer from the wing, West was sensational in the opening period. Led by the senior’s 11 points and 3 assists, Sylvania Northview would hold a 21-6 advantage over Bowling Green at the end of the 1st.

Bowling Green would make it a priority to slow down the pace of play in the 2nd quarter,  raising their activity on the defensive end and on the glass. Northview would cool off shooting the basketball, allowing the Bobcats to chip away a bit and cut into the deficit, trailing Northview 14-30 at the halftime break.

Northview would come out of the break playing an aggressive brand of basketball on both ends of the floor, with senior guard Sam Clear getting hot shooting the ball from the perimeter. Their ball movement and ability to make the extra pass really strained the Bowling Green defense, allowing them to widen their lead to a 45-24 advantage after the 3rd quarter.

The talented senior duo of Isaac Elsasser and Bryce Hoehner would make their mark on this ballgame throughout much of the second half¬† for Bowling Green and especially in the final quarter of play. While their performances and efforts were special, Northview’s cast of talent and the early lead they took in this one would just be too much to overcome. Sylvania Northview would defeat Bowling Green by a final score of 59-40.

Alek West led Northview with 13 points and 5 assists, with Sam Clear chipping in 12 points in the win. Isaac Elsasser led Bowling Green with 15 points, followed by Bryce Hoehner with 12 points in the loss.

Crestview Defeats Kalida

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On Friday night Kalida traveled to Convoy to face a Crestview team that is highly regarded as one of the most talented and skilled teams in small school basketball in the entire state of Ohio. In a game that featured two of the more successful programs in Northwest Ohio throughout the past decades, it was Crestview who would pick up the victory in front of a packed gymnasium.

Crestview got out to a quick start to open the game however Kalida did a nice job defending the post and in particular the Etzler brothers (Javin and Kalen) of Crestview and the length that they pose. Kalida was able to stay patient on the offensive end and mix defenses, but a late push and scoring from Crestview’s Javin Etzler would give them a 15-7 lead over Kalida at the end of the 1st quarter.

In the 2nd quarter Kalida would slow down the pace of play and really force Crestview into some difficult shots, while sharing the ball and getting points in the paint on offense. This combined to allow Kalida to make a late push in the quarter to only trail Crestview 20-23 at the halftime break.

While Kalida did a nice job of quieting the 6’8″ presence of Crestview’s Kalen Etzler for much of this game, he got loose in the 3rd quarter, scoring around the basket and off the bounce, totaling 7 points, and helping Crestview grow their lead to 35-28 after the 3rd.

Crestview senior guard Derick Dealey would get hot from the perimeter, knocking down multiple triples, and really put the game out of reach for Kalida in the final quarter, as Kalida struggled to find answers on the offensive end. Crestview would defeat Kalida by a final score of 52-38.

Crestview was led by Derick Dealey and his 16 points, followed by Javin Etzler with 9 points, and Kalen Etzler with 7 points in the win.

Findlay’s Roth Commits

2019 G Ryan Roth of Findlay High School has committed to Capital University. Roth has been performing and in particular shooting the basketball at as an impressive rate as anyone in Northwest Ohio at this point in the season, and should be able to compete for playing time as a freshman next season at the DIII school located in suburban Columbus.

Findlay Defeats Central Catholic In Thriller

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On Tuesday night Toledo Central Catholic traveled to Findlay in what was expected to be a quality battle in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference; the game lived up to the hype and more.

In the first quarter Findlay got out to a hot start, moving the ball, and knocking down shots from the outside, while Central Catholic struggled to get into the flow of the game. Ryan Roth, Findlay’s senior point guard put on a shooting display on this night, as he does just about every night, including 8 points in the first stanza.

Central Catholic would come out with better energy and focus in the second quarter, led by Jonzell Norrils at the lead guard position, who was finding teammates all over the floor, on his way to 5 assists in the half. Fred Overton would come off the bench for the Irish and provide them with a great lift in this quarter, which would take a 28-24 lead over Findlay in the halftime break.

The third quarter would be played at a slower scoring pace, with Findlay standout sophomore AJ Adams getting more involved on the offensive end. Adams was special on this night as he has been all season to this point, scoring inside-out, and protecting the rim on the defensive end. Norrils would continue to lead the Central Catholic charge, complimented by junior backcourt mate Cameron Awls who showed his ability to make plays from out on the wing. The score would be tied 34-34 after the third quarter.

In the fourth and final quarter the pace of play would pick up, as both teams began to put the ball in the basket at an efficient rate. Senior guard RJ Nunn would make his mark in this quarter for Findlay, scoring in a variety of ways, with Adams, and Roth getting involved as well. As the quarter wound down, Findlay held a 51-48 edge with :20 seconds on the clock. Central Catholic would get some buckets in the final seconds, and send Findlay to the foul line where they could close out the game, however they would not be able to do it there.

On Central Catholic’s final possession, off of a missed Findlay free throw, Kendal Marshall would bury a three pointer with Central Catholic trailing at the time, thus giving them the 54-53 lead with 2.4 seconds left. Many in the gym felt the game was over, but it was not.

Findlay would inbound it under the basket to the aforementioned AJ Adams with the length of the court to go, and he would make the catch, take one dribble across halfcourt, and heave a desperation three pointer that would find the net as the buzzer sounded, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. Findlay would defeat Central Catholic by a final score of 56-54.

AJ Adams would lead Findlay and all scorers with 23 points in the win, followed by Ryan Roth with 19 points. Central Catholic would be led by Jonzell Norrils with 12 points in the tough loss.

Rogers Holds Off St. Johns To Open Season

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On Friday night Rogers High School played host to Toledo St. Johns as both programs opened up their 2018-2019 seasons.

Both teams entered the game having changed rosters either expected or unexpectedly due to transfer, graduation, and injuries. Among those is the transfer of junior guard Caleb Smith, who left Rogers at the end of the school year to head to St. Johns. He was in attendance but didn’t play in this one because of his having to sit out the first 11 games per OHSAA rules.

The game got off to an ugly start for both squads, as youth and inexperience certainly took over. Two teams who historically tend to put points on the board struggled to do so, resulting in a St. Johns lead of 9-7 after the 1st quarter. Their senior guard Payton Moyer by far has the most experience on the roster, and provided the bulk of the offense for them early in this one.

Erratic play and empty possessions would be had on multiple occasions throughout the 2nd quarter, but freshman guard Nate Houston would provide Rogers with a needed lift, and leave his mark on this contest with his ability to provide a steady, calming presence, as well as stretch the floor with his ability to shoot it. St. Johns would still cling to a lead at the halftime break though, holding a 22-19 advantage.

The pace of play would pick up in the 2nd half as is usually the case in games of this variety, and the standout pair of juniors for Rogers, Ketaan ‘Keewee’ Wyatt, and Da’Sean Nelson would both amp up their aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. Rogers would begin to mix things up on the defensive end, and give St. Johns problems with their length and athleticism. Rogers would lead St. Johns 31-27 after the 3rd, in large part because of contributions from Wyatt and Nelson.

The final quarter would be a back and forth affair, with St. Johns’ junior guard Dimitri Mitsopoulos making things happen on both ends for the Titans. His toughness and fire that contribute to his success on the football field would hold true on the hardwood on this night. A frantic finish would see Rogers take and keep the lead through the final minutes of play, as they would go on to defeat St. Johns by a final score of 47-38.

Da’Sean Nelson would lead Rogers with 13 points, followed by Ketaan Wyatt with 11 points, and Nate Houston with 9 points. Payton Moyer would lead St. Johns in the losing effort with a hard-earned 16 points.