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Monday, December 17, 2012 3:40 PM


The Delphos Herald

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SPENCERVILLE — Saturday night, the Spencerville Bearcats welcomed the Big Green of Ottoville for a non-league boys basketball game.

Veteran Bearcat head coach Kevin Sensabaugh, after becoming the all-time leading boys basketball coach in school history Friday night with 129 wins, extended that record to 130 with a decisive 55-32 win over the Big Green.

The Bearcats came into the game on a 2-game winning streak after a very tough beginning to their season with losses to St. Henry, Minster and Elida.

The Big Green, on the other hand, came into the contest on a 4-game losing streak at the hands of Van Wert, Columbus Grove, St. John’s and Fort Jennings.

The first quarter saw both teams struggle offensively with the Bearcats going only 1-for-5 beyond the arc and narrowly coming away with a 9-7 lead at the break. The Big Green could only come away with one 3-pointer but were 4-of-4 from the stripe for their seven points.

The Bearcats extended their lead throughout the second quarter of play that included a lot of interesting developments. Both teams were called for several fouls during the eight minutes but after the third Big Green foul was whistled on senior guard Ryan Honigford, head coach Todd Turnwald questioned the call and while the Bearcats were at the line, Turnwald was assessed a technical at the 1:33 mark. The Bearcats made three of the four shots from the line and also got possession back which they ultimately scored on.

If the quarter wasn’t strange enough with the events on the court, the final 17 seconds required three separate attempts of the Big Green bringing the ball in because the clock malfunctioned and froze up, not allowing the timer to start the clock to resume play. Finally, play was resumed and the Bearcats outscored the Big Green 15-6 to take a commanding 24-13 lead into halftime.

The third quarter saw the Big Green try to battle back on the road behind Honigford’s two deep 3-pointers and the nice all-around game of sophomore Brandt Landin (Big Green leading scorer with 11 points for the game) in outscoring the Bearcats 12-11; however, they still trailed for the game 35-25.

The second half — and especially the final period of play — saw the Bearcats get big contributions out of 6-0 starting freshman guard Zach Goecke (21 points on the evening) and off the bench from 6-4 senior center Greg Miller with six points. Senior Derek Goecke also chipped in 10 markers on the night but was sidelined throughout most of the second half with foul trouble.

The Big Green only came away with seven points in the final stanza as the Bearcats’ experience and depth took over the game and preserved the 23-point win over the visitors.

The Big Green continued its season offensive woes with going 26 percent (7-27) from 2-point land, 43 percent (3-7) from 3-point land, and 75 percent (9-12) from the stripe.

Sensabaugh began the year knowing that after a solid 2011-12 season that saw his team get to the districts, he had a nice nucleus coming back for this year’s campaign: “We have a lot of guys back from last season. They are a great group of young men and I love working with them. We have a lot of guys back that gained valuable big-game experience last year.”

That experience was on display this night with contributions from all of his starters and getting much needed help from his bench. However, the night belonged to a freshman as Zach Goecke lit up the scoreboard using several breakaway and driving layups on the Big Green defense, two deep 3-pointers and 3-of-6 from the stripe.

The Bearcats (3-3) will try to extend their winning streak Friday night as they host Allen East with a 6 p.m. JV start.

The Big Green (1-5) were led by Landin’s 11 points. Landin, who had lost his starting position for a couple of games this season, had a nice game on both ends of the court for the Big Green. The Big Green will play Tuesday night as they host the Jefferson Wildcats for a 7 p.m. varsity-only start.

The JV game once again had to be cancelled due to an injured player on Ottoville’s squad, only leaving 10 players for the Big Green.



Ottoville (32)

Derek Schimmoeller 1-0-4-6, Ryan Honigford 0-2-0-6, Luke Schimmoeller 1-0-2-4, Cory Fischer 0-0-0-0, Brandt Landin 4-0-3-11, Tyler Roby 0-0-0-0, Austin Honigford 1-1-0-5, Brendon Schnipke 0-0-0-0. Totals 7-3-9-32.

Spencerville (55)

Ben Bowers 0-2-0-6, Devon Cook 0-2-0-6, Zach Goecke 6-2-3-21, Coleman McCormick 1-0-0-2, Derek Goecke 4-0-2-10, Evan Crites 1-0-0-2, Greg Miller 2-0-2-6, Hunter Patton 0-0-2-2. Totals 14-6-9-55.

Score by Quarters:

Ottoville                 7- 6-12-  7 — 32

Spencerville          9-15-11-20 — 55


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