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Friday, January 03, 2014 9:13 PM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville head boys basketball coach Kevin Sensabaugh was simply asking for his crew to play better Friday night in entertaining Kalida at the “Walk-In Closet” of Spencerville High School.

He got what he wanted to the chagrin of Kalida mentor Dick Kortokrax in a 55-33 dispatching.

The Bearcats (7-2) used stellar 3-point shooting — hitting 11 — to bomb out the Wildcats (5-3).

“We had struggled our last three games especially; we just weren’t playing well together. We did tonight,” Sensabaugh explained. “We played together; we hadn’t been always doing that. We communicated and that allowed us to apply more defensive pressure than we usually do; we made Kalida very uncomfortable offensively and that hasn’t always happened for us this year.”

Leading the Black Attack were sophomore sharp-shooter Mason Nourse (15 markers) with five rainbows, while classmate Zach Goecke dropped in 16 (3 treys) and senior Ben Bowers 14 (2 bombs).

Kalida was paced by junior Devin Kortokrax with eight points and seven each by senior Adam Langhals and junior Luke Langhals.

“The holidays and bad weather can make it a difficult time to get a team together. We put in a new defensive look this week and we didn’t practice on New Year’s Day and we lost Thursday due to weather,” Coach Kortokrax noted. “Coach Sensabaugh did a good job of getting his guys through this schedule and I did not, so I accept the responsibility for that happening.”

Both teams struggled to find the range from the field in the first half. Bowers was hot, hitting 11 markers in the first 16 minutes — seven in the first period — and Nourse buried a pair of triples in the second. On the other end, Devin Kortokrax struck for five in the half and Luke Langhals four. Kalida’s last lead was 9-8 in the defense-minded first period before the Bearcats scored the last five to take a 13-9 edge.

Spencerville only hit for 10 counters in the second stanza but they all came within the last five minutes, while the Wildcats countered with seven markers as the Bearcats grabbed a 23-16 edge on a Nourse triple from left of the wing with 4.9 ticks to go.

Spencerville’s man-to-man defense remained tough for Wildcats to score against in the third period, managing only three fielders (12 attempts). Unfortunately for the Maroon and White, their defense couldn’t keep it up. Nourse dropped in eight points (2 treys) and Goecke five as the Black Attack steadily pulled away. Shooting 6-of-16 in the canto, the hosts’ biggest margin was 39-25 on a trio from left of the key by Nourse at 2:03 before 1-of-2 singles by Adam Langhals at 1:40 accounted for a 39-26 spread after 24 minutes of action.

If the Wildcats had any chance of a comeback, they had to heat up in a hurry in the fourth. They were as cold as the weather outside, hitting 3-of-12 from the perimeter. The Bearcats weren’t exactly on fire, hitting 4-of-15, but they didn’t need to as they held their biggest lead of 53-30 before settling on the final margin.

“We have a lot of weapons offensively,” Sensabaugh added. “Everybody knows how well Ben can score but Mason is a shooter, Zach can score and we have more. Dakota Prichard can score but he didn’t start tonight because he wasn’t quite healthy enough for me. We moved the ball well offensively, which is why we shot well on our threes. We aren’t where we need to be or where we want to be but we are headed in the right direction.”

Spencerville visits St. Marys Memorial tonight (6 p.m. junior varsity tip).

“I can only hope this is one of those games that every team has every year,” Coach Kortokrax added. “We just didn’t have it and that’s why we were pretty quiet on the bench tonight; we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves or the kids. They played hard — we have no fault with their effort — but we just didn’t seem to have a clue tonight as to the game of basketball.”

Kalida visits McComb at 6:30 this evening.

In JV action, Kalida grabbed a 42-24 triumph.

Trent Gerding dropped in 12 and Grant Unverferth netted 10 to pace the victors.

Nick Freewalt tallied eight for the hosts.

VARSITY

KALIDA (33)

Adam Langhals 2-2-7, Luke Langhals 3-0-7, Devin Kortokrax 3-1-8, Randy Zeller 1-2-4, Logan Roebke 1-0-2, Cole Miller 0-0-0, Joe Gerdeman 2-1-5. Totals 9-3-6/15-33.

SPENCERVILLE (55)

Mason Nourse 6-0-17, David Wisher 0-0-0, Damien Corso 0-0-0, Grant Goecke 0-0-0, Jacob Meyer 0-0-0, Zach Goecke 5-3-16, Ben Bowers 6-0-14, Dakota Prichard 0-0-0, Bailey Croft 1-1-4, Griffen Croft 1-0-2, Jon Long 0-2-2, Aaron Crider 0-0-0. Totals 8-11-6/8-55.

Score by Quarters:

Kalida 9 7 10 7 - 33

Spencerville 13 10 19 13 - 55

Three-point goals: Kalida, A. Langhals, L. Langhals, Kortokrax; Spencerville, .

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JUNIOR VARSITY

KALIDA (42)

Grant Unverferth 3-2-10, Jordan Kortokrax 1-0-2, Drew Hovest 0-1-1, Trevor Maag 3-0-6, Nathan Vorst 1-0-2, Austin Klausing 1-0-3, Trent Gerding 6-0-12, Brandon Verhoff 0-0-0, Austin Swift 1-3-6. Totals 12-4-6/11-42.

SPENCERVILLE (24)

Chandler Kahle 0-0-0, David Wisher 1-0-2. Damiel Corso 1-0-3, Grant Goecke 2-1-5, Jacob Meyer 0-2-2, Gage Goecke 0-0-0, Gary Schrolucke 0-0-0, Keaton Gillispie 1-0-2, Chandler Schrolucke 0-0-0, Nick Freewalt 2-2-8, Eric Mack 1-0-2. Totals 5-3-5/6-24.

Score By Quarters:

Kalida 11 12 15 4 - 42

Spencerville 2 11 7 4 - 24

Three-point goals: Kalida, Unverferth 2, Swift, Klausing; Spencerville, Freewalt 2, Corso.

 

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