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Monday, January 20, 2014 12:00 AM


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OTTOVILLE — Saturday night saw one of the better area boys basketball teams brave the weather and travel to take on the Ottoville Big Green at the L.W. Heckman Gymnasium.

The Liberty-Benton Eagles brought their very experienced squad to Putnam County and came away with a convincing 60-44 win over the Big Green.


The Eagles started quickly with some long-range shooting as seniors John Darnall and Zach Garver connected on three 3-pointers, giving the visitors a 13-5 lead after the first quarter.


The Big Green could only connect on one field goal in the first quarter; however, they were able to get the Eagles into early foul trouble as Garver and senior Adam Cytlak picked up two early fouls.

Veteran head coach Steve Williman had to go to his bench early and it seemed to slow down the early momentum the Eagles had in the first quarter. The Big Green tried to take advantage and junior Brandt Landin led the attack with seven of his nine first-half points in the second quarter. With about four minutes to go in the first half, Williman had seen enough and reinserted both Cytlak and Garver. They both played out the half without getting their third foul and Garver hit a big 3-ball at the end of the second quarter to help the Eagles go into the locker room with a 24-15 lead.

The second half saw the Big Green try to stage a valiant comeback on the Eagles as senior Luke Schimmoeller led the attack with seven points in the third quarter. However, the closer the Big Green got, the bigger the shots came from the Eagles with Cytlak, Darnall and Garver notching 3-balls and allowing the visitors to outscore the Big Green 17-14 in the quarter and push their lead out to 41-29 after three quarters of play.

The fourth quarter saw the veteran leadership of the Eagles as they played keepaway from the Big Green for most of the quarter. With the Big Green trying to come away with some big steals, the Eagles time after time either went to the foul stripe where they converted 11-of-13 in the quarter or found sophomore Nathan Craft all alone underneath with four big baskets to seal the victory.

The Eagles (10-4) will be back in action Friday night for a Blanchard Valley Conference game starting at 6 o'clock at Cory-Rawson. The Eagles had three players in double figures on the evening with Darnall (20), Craft (18) and Garver (16).

The Big Green (5-10) will travel to Paulding next Saturday night starting with a junior varsity tip at six o'clock. Landin led the Big Green in scoring with 17 points and Schimmoeller and junior Tyler Roby chipping in nine points each.

In the JV game, the Eagles also came away with the victory 46-28 as freshman Anthony Masterlasco (12 points) and junior Jon Dager (10 points) led the Eagles in scoring.

Sophomore Dustin Trenkamp scored 11 points for the Big Green.



Adam Cytlak 0-1-3-6, John Darnall 1-4-6-20, BJ Lawson 0-0-0-0, Alec Rhodes 0-0-0-0, Zach Garver 3-3-1-16, Brandon May 0-0-0-0, Nathan Craft 8-0-2-18. Totals 12/21-8/17-12/16-60.


Colin Bendele 0-0-2-2, Tyler Roby 1-2-1-9, Austin Honigford 0-1-1-4, Brandt Landin 5-1-4-17, Luke Schimmoeller 4-0-1-9, Kyle Bendele 1-0-1-3. Totals 11-4-10-44.

Score by Quarters:

Lib.-Ben. 13-11-17-19 - 60

Ottoville 5-10-14-15 - 44

Three-point shots: Liberty-Benton - Darnall 4, Garver 3, Cytlak; Ottoville - Roby 2, Honigford, Landin.




Tyson Neiling 1-0-2-4, Jaret Kern 0-0-1-1, Spencer Osborne 2-1-0-7, Tyler Vorst 2-0-0-4, Jon Dager 3-0-4-10, Jacob Schimmoeller 2-0-0-4, Storm Shepherd 1-0-2-4, Anthony Masterlasco 6-0-0-12. Totals 17-1-9-46.


Brendan Schnipke 1-0-5-7, Rudy Wenzlick 0-0-1-1, Alex Krouskop 0-1-3-6, Eric Von Sossan 1-0-1-3, Dustin Trenkamp 2-0-7-11. Totals 4-1-17-28.

Score by Quarters:

Lib.-Ben. 11-10-8-17 - 46

Ottoville 5-9-4-10 - 28

Three-point shots: Liberty-Benton - Osborne; Ottoville - Krouskop.

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