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BATH TOWNSHIP — A 15-4 spurt to start the fourth period was enough for Bath to take an 8-point lead and the Wildcats hung on for a 52-49 non-league boys basketball triumph over St. John’s Saturday night at “The Bath Tub” inside Bath High School.


The school honored its 1977-78 team in halftime ceremonies.


Senior Conner Rockhold led the winning Wildcats (17-4) with 21 markers, including five triples, while fellow senior Logan Rockhold and classmate Cole Chambers added nine each.

The Blue Jays (14-5) received 15 counters from senior Curtis Geise, 11 from junior Ryan Koester, knocking down three trifectas, and nine from sophomore Andy Grothouse.

The Jays led 39-36 entering the ultimate period but the Bath full-court pressure defense, especially looking to trap at the mid-court line, forced three turnovers (16 total) in the Jays’ first four possessions of the fourth. The Wildcats turned those into four straight baskets, including a pair of treys, to take a 46-41 lead. Eventually, that lead was 51-43 on a third-chance putback by Logan Rockhold at 2:54. The Jays rallied: Geise dropped in a deuce at 2:34, followed by a layin by Grothouse and a steal-and-layin by junior Eric Clark at 2:00 to get within 51-49. After forcing a Bath turnover (11 for the game), the Jays had three looks to tie the game but they wouldn’t fall. After another Bath miscue, Geise’s baseline drive was blocked and Rockhold was fouled with 28.9 ticks to go. He hit the first of the bonus but missed the second and Geise got a carom. After calling a timeout four seconds later, the Jays ran down the clock and Geise fired in an off-balance triple from the left wing that misfired, with Colin Gossard grabbing the rebound as time expired.

Both coaches pointed to that stretch to start the fourth as key.

“That’s what they try to do with their defense; turn you over and transition to offense. They make you do things faster than normal,” Jays coach Aaron Elwer said. “You can’t afford to turn it over; they are already have high skill level and when they are getting easy baskets, it makes it even harder for you, especially when they are hitting threes. We had 16 turnovers and three big ones in that one stretch; we shoot for 12 and under, so we didn’t meet that goal, but they’ve done that to a lot of teams.”

Bath head man Doug Davis got what he intended.

“That’s what we want to do all the time. We like to get up and down the floor and defense is what helps us do that,” Davis explained. “We try to get that first trap and rotate people up to get steals and get going the other way.”

Both teams shot 20-of-41 from the field for 48.8 percent, except Bath was 9-of-19 beyond the arc and the Jays 6-of-13. Each team hit three free throws: the Jays on five tries (60%) and the Wildcats on six attempts (50%). Both teams were coming off tough games from the night before: the Jays an overtime win and the Wildcats a last-second loss. After St. John’s senior Seth Bockey scored inside just 14 ticks into the game, the home team had the better of the proceedings. Conner Rockhold netted seven points as Bath surged to a 14-4 edge on a Taren Sullivan jumper from the left elbow with 40 ticks on the board. When Geise hit two singles with 1.1 ticks on the clock, the Jays were within 14-6.

The Jays continued that trend into the second period, slowing the Bath offense down slightly better with their mix of man-to-man and matchup zone defenses. On the other end, Geise started to get untracked with seven points and Koester added a pair of bombs. They were within a point three times, the last at 23-22 on a Geise triple from the right wing at 1:06, before Sullivan pun it a third-chance basket at 44 ticks to make it 25-22, Bath.

The hosts slowly built up their lead in the third period, grabbing a 34-26 edge on a 3-point play by Chambers at 3:53 and forcing Elwer to call time. The Jays then had their reply: a 13-2 spurt, jump-started by a Bockey hoop-and-harm and featuring five straight made baskets, including a pair of trifectas. When Buescher hit a back-door layin at 28 seconds, the Jays had their biggest lead of the game at 39-36.

The Jays outboarded the Wildcats 25-18 (11-9 offensive) as Geise and Buescher each had eight rebounds for the Jays and Sullivan grabbed five for the hosts. St. John’s had 11 fouls and Bath 12.

The Jays close their regular season Friday with a Midwest Athletic Conference game on the road at Parkway.

“Coming off a tough game, we started off slowly tonight but kept at it. They have so many weapons, you are really challenged on defense,” Elwer added. “Even when they went up eight in the fourth, we battled back. We had some good looks down the stretch but they didn’t fall; it just wasn’t meant to be.”

The Wildcats host Western Buckeye League foe Celina the same night.

“A lot of guys took that loss really hard last night and they came out ready to go. They bounced back nicely and we got off quickly,” Davis added. “St. John’s came back, which you knew they would. They hit some tough shots against some pretty good defense. We also know at times, with the way we play defense, we will give up some layups. It’s a gamble and sometimes, you lose.”

In junior varsity action, Bath secured a 52-44 victory.

Leading their way were Andrew Renner with 13 and Cam Clark 12 (4 treys).

For the Jays (8-11), Alex Odenweller dropped in 13.



ST. JOHN’S (49)

Andy Grothouse 4-0-9, Ryan Buescher 3-0-7, Eric Clark 1-0-2, Ryan Koester 4-0-11, Curtis Geise 6-2-15, Cole Fischbach 0-0-0, Evan Hays 0-0-0, Seth Bockey 2-1-5. Totals 14-6-3/5-49.

BATH (52)

Conner Rockhold 8-0-21, Hayden Atkins 1-0-2, Cole Chambers 3-2-9, Logan Rockhold 3-1-9, Doug Sanders 1-0-3, Colin Gossard 0-0-0, Taren Sullivan 4-0-8, Tyler Baxter 0-0-0. Totals 11-9-3/6-52.

Score by Quarters:

St. John’s  6  16  17  10 - 49

Bath         14  11  11  16 - 52

Three-point goals: St. John’s, Koester 3, Buescher, Grothouse, Geise; Bath, C. Rockhold 5, L. Rockhold 2, Chambers, Sanders.



ST. JOHN’S (44)

Aaron Hellman 2-3-9, Ryan Hellman 0-0-0, Ben Wrasman 3-0-6, Eric Gerberick 1-0-2, Gage Seffernick 0-0-0, Jake Csukker 2-2-6, Austin Heiing 2-0-4, Alex Odenweller 4-4-13, Tyler Conley 2-0-4. Totals 13-3-9/12-44.

BATH (52)

Cam Clark 4-0-12, Noah Burchett 0-2-2, Nate Clark 0-0-0, Andrew Renner 4-3-13, Chase Clark 1-1-3, Cam Jenkins 2-4-8, Dylan Burkholder 2-0-4, Trent Jones 3-0-6, Hunter Weis 1-2-4. Totals 11-6-12/22-52.

Score by Quarters:

St. John’s  15  13   6   10 - 44

Bath          17  20   3   12 - 52

Three-point goals: St. John’s, A. Hellman 2, Odenweller; Bath, Cam Clark 4, Renner 2.


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