|Strong defensive effort gives Big Green 5th win of year|
|Friday, January 17, 2014 9:25 PM|
By BOB WEBER
OTTOVILLE — As the boys basketball season turns to the final half of the regular schedule, the Miller City Wildcats traveled to the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium Friday night to take on the Big Green of Ottoville in their annual Putnam County League game.
The Big Green outscored the visiting Wildcats each quarter of play and come away with a 49-39 win.
The Wildcats, under the direction of head coach Bryan Kuhlman, started off cold from the field and the Big Green capitalized on the lack of scoring from the Wildcats and came out of the gate to take an 11-7 lead after eight minutes of play.
The second quarter saw Big Green junior Brandt Landin notch seven of his 14 points on the evening with aggressive driving layups, often splitting the Wildcats’ defense and helping his team to stretch their lead. The Wildcats, battling foul trouble, fought back in the final minutes to keep the score close going into halftime.
As the teams went to the locker room, the Big Green led 24-18.
Big Green head coach Todd Turnwald has often this year saw his team ahead at halftime but unable to finish the effort off to get the win. This night was not the case as the Big Green outscored the Wildcats in each of the final two quarters of play and do just enough from the foul line to preserve the win.
The Big Green only placed four players in the scoring column on the evening. Junior Tyler Roby led the home squad with 18 points. Landin completed a great game on both ends of the floor with those 14 points. Junior Austin Honigford and senior Luke Schimmoeller added nine and eight points, respectively.
The Wildcats struggled all night from the field and especially from where they’ve been recently hot from — beyond the arc. Junior Adam Niese led his squad with 15 points on the night and senior Cory Heuerman chipped in nine points.
Miller City (7-5, 3-1 PCL) will be back in action tonight as they travel to take on Lima Temple Christian starting with a junior varsity start at 6 o’clock.
Ottoville (5-9, 3-1 PCL) will host the Liberty-Benton Eagles tonight, also with a 6 o’clock start.
The JV game went to the Wildcats as they won 27-15.
MILLER CITY (39)
Jackson Lammers 0-2-0-6, Max Kuhlman 1-0-0-2, Adam Niese 5-0-5-15, Adam Drummelsmith 2-0-0-4, Mick Lammers 1-0-0-2, Cory Heuerman 1-2-1-9, Jacob Gerten 0-0-1-1. Totals 10/23-4/28-7/12-39.
Luke Schimmoeller 2-0-4-8, Brandt Landin 6-0-2-14, Austin Honigford 2-1-2-9, Tyler Roby 6-1-3-18, Kyle Bendele 0-0-0-0, Colin Bendele 0-0-0-0. Totals 16/30-2/9-11/23-49.
Score by Quarters:
Miller City 7-11-5-16 - 39
Ottoville 11-13-8-17 - 49
Three-point goals – Miller City – Jackson Lammers 2, Heuerman 2; Ottoville – Honigford, Roby.
Rebounds: MC 27 - 10 off. (Drummelsmith 9), OV 32 - 6 off. (Landin, K. Bendele 8).
Turnovers: MC 9, OV 14.
MILLER CITY (27)
Matt Niese 0-0-1-1, Trey Hermiller 0-1-0-3, Kody Kuhlman 3-0-5-11, Travis Niese 2-1-0-7, Max Kuhlman 1-0-0-2, Quintin Niese 1-0-1-3, Trevor Niese 0-0-0-0. Totals 7-2-7-27.
Dustin Trenkamp 3-0-0-6, Brendan Schnipke 0-0-0-0, Rudy Wenzlick 1-0-2-4, Eric Von Sossan 0-0-0-0, Emitt German 0-0-0-0, Alex Krouskop 2-0-1-5. Totals 6-0-3-15.
Score by Quarters:
Miller City 8-2-8-9 - 27
Ottoville 2-2-6-5 - 15
Three-point goals: Miller City – Travis Niese, Hermiller; Ottoville — none.