|Bowers leads Bearcats over Big Green|
|Friday, December 27, 2013 9:13 PM|
By BOB WEBER
OTTOVILLE — After a nice little break away for the hard court for Christmas, the Bearcats of Spencerville traveled up Route 66 to take on the Big Green of Ottoville in a non-league contest Friday night.
The Bearcats outscored the Big Green in the second half 33-26 to take a 62-53 win over the home squad.
The Bearcats, under the veteran leadership of head coach Kevin Sensabaugh, started strongly with sophomore Zach Goecke drilling two long-range three-balls that went along with his 10 points for the quarter. Junior Tyler Roby of the Big Green kept the home squad battling with seven points of his own. After the first eight minutes, the Bearcats led 16-14.
The Big Green stormed out of the gate in the second quarter using a nice inside-outside game, finding junior Kyle Bendele for four of his six first-half points, that also included a couple of blocked shots and four rebounds.
Spencerville found themselves behind midway in the second quarter but battled back to take the lead going into the locker room behind the excellent bench play of freshman Jacob Meyer (6 points) and sophomore Mason Nourse (2 points).
At the break, the Bearcats led 29-27.
Todd Turnwald, head coach of the Big Green, has seen his team give great effort throughout the year but has struggled to finish in games; this night was the same story playing out again.
The third quarter found the Big Green outscoring the Bearcats 16-14 to knot the game at 43-43 after 24 minutes of play. Junior Brandt Landin had a nice quarter of taking the ball to the hoop on the Bearcats and adding eight points to his team-leading 17 on the night.
If there would have been a headline act for this night’s game, however, Bearcat senior Ben Bowers would have filled that role extremely well. Bowers had 20 of his team’s high 27 points in the second half (7 in the 3rd, 13 in the 4th).
The Big Green, forced to foul in the last several minutes, sent the Bearcats to the line where they went 13-16 (81%), compared to the Big Green that had a tough night at the line going 9-19 (47%).
The Bearcats used a 19-10 difference in the fourth quarter to come away with the non-league win over the Big Green.
The Bearcats (6-1) used their two weapons that have performed at a high level all year to lead them in scoring as Bowers (27) and Goecke (14) led their team in scoring. The visitors actually shot a higher percentage from 3-point land, going 9-23 (39%) compared to 11-30 (37%) from inside the arc.
The Big Green (2-6) had three players in double figures with Landin (17), Roby (16) and senior Luke Schimmoeller chipping in 10 points.
Shooting percentages tell a lot of the story. Even though the Big Green shot 41% (19-46) from inside the arc, they went 15 percent (2-13) from beyond the arc.
The JV contest also went to the Bearcats 28-20.
Zach Goecke 3-2-2-14, Ben Bowers 5-4-5-27, Dakota Prichard 0-1-3-6, Bailey Croft 1-0-0-2, Mason Nourse 1-1-0-5, Jacob Meyer 1-1-3-8. Totals – 11-9-13-62
Tyler Roby 5-2-0-16, Brandt Landin 6-0-5-17, Luke Schimmoeller 4-0-2-10, Kyle Bendele 4-0-1-9, Colin Bendele 0-0-1-1. Totals – 19-2-9-53.
Score by Quarters:
Spencerville 16-13-14-19 — 62
Ottoville 14-13-16-10 — 53
David Wisher 0-0-2-2, Damien Corso 2-1-1-8, Grant Goecke 1-0-0-2, Jacob Meyer 5-0-0-10, Nick Freewalt 1-0-0-2, Keaton Gillispie 2-0-0-4. Totals 11-1-3-28.
Brendon Schnipke 1-0-2-4, Jordon Gudakunst 1-0-0-2, Alex Krouskop 4-0-4-12, Eric VonSossan 0-0-2-2. Totals 6-0-8-20.
Score by Quarters:
Spencerville 8-9-7-4 — 28
Ottoville 6-6-2-6 — 20