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Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 AM

By BOB WEBER

DHI Correspondent

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OTTOVILLE — As the regular season nears the end for most high school teams and with championship titles on the line, the Leipsic Vikings came to the home of the Big Green Saturday night for their annual Putnam County League boys basketball matchup.

With the win on the evening, the Big Green could do no worse than tie for the league championship with either Miller City or Columbus Grove, who also played each other Saturday night and Miller City got the win.

The Vikings used a poor shooting performance from the home squad and a strong fourth period to come away with a 55-45 win.

The Vikings, under the leadership of head coach Scott Maag ,came out firing in the first quarter and grabbed an early 5-0 lead behind senior Zach Kuhlman. Kuhlman (8 points in the quarter) and his teammates grabbed an early 15-8 lead after the first eight minutes of play.

For the Big Green, only one shot fell in the first quarter - a 3-ball from senior Luke Schimmoeller. The Big Green went 5-6 from the charity line to add to their eight points in the quarter.

The second quarter again found the Big Green shooting woes continuing as they were only came away with two baskets, again by Schimmoeller, in the quarter. The home squad went 9-10 from the stripe to keep the game within reach at halftime.

Kuhlman kept the pressure on the Big Green the entire first half with nine points in the second quarter, giving him 17 of his team’s 28 first-half points. He found the range from behind the arc and also had some very nice driving layups or pull-up jumpers that the Big Green just couldn’t stop.

The Vikings led 28-21 after two quarters of play.

The third quarter found the Big Green’s defense, especially on Kuhlman, paying big dividends for them. The Vikings only mustered four points in the quarter with Kuhlman only adding one free throw to his total on the night. Junior Tyler Roby came off the bench for the Big Green with eight points in the quarter and with his second 3-pointer of the quarter gave the Big Green their first lead on the night, 33-32, after three quarters of play. The Vikings were outscored 12-4 in the quarter.

Many games, especially tough league contests, usually come down to the fourth quarter and foul shooting. Foul shooting was not the issue for the Big Green as they went to the line 30 times on the night, connecting on 24 of them for 80 percent. However, the Big Green could only make nine shots from the field on 40 attempts (23%) for the contest.

For the purple and white of Leipsic, the fourth quarter was its biggest point total on the night with 23 points. The Vikings got a big boost off the bench from sophomore Matt Schroeder with 11 of his 13 points in the quarter. Sophomore Jordan Brown also had a big quarter with five of his seven points coming in the quarter. The Vikings were 10-14 (71%) from the foul line in the fourth period.

The Vikings’ win against the Big Green evened their season record at 10-10. The Big Green, seeing their PCL title dreams vanished, now stand at 8-13 on the year and finish with a 5-2 mark in the league.

In the junior varsity contest, the Vikings came away with a 40-33 win. Sophomore Lorenzo Martin and freshman Hunter Meyer had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the winners.

Alex Krouskop led the Big Green with a game-high 17 points.

Ottoville visits Wayne Trace Friday.

VARSITY

LEIPSIC (55)

2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Gavin Cupp 2-0-0-4, Neil Haselman 1-0-1-3, Jordan Brown 3-0-1-7, Zach Kuhlman 4-3-3-20, Oscar Lopez 1-0-1-3, Ross Mangas 0-1-2-5, Matt Schroeder 3-1-4-13. Totals 14-5-12/23-55.

OTTOVILLE (45)

2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Colin Bendele 0-0-4-4, Austin Honigford 1-0-2-4, Brandt Landin 1-0-9-11, Luke Schimmoeller 3-1-7-16, Kyle Bendele 0-0-2-2, Tyler Roby 1-2-0-8. Totals 6-3-24/30-45.

Score by Quarters:

Leipsic 15-13-4-23 - 55

Ottoville 8-13-12-12 - 45

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JUNIOR VARSITY

LEIPSIC (40)

2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Grant Rader 1-1-0-5, Jordan Berger 3-0-0-6, Hunter Morman 1-0-0-2, Lorenzo Martin 3-1-2-11, Hunter Meyer 3-0-4-10, Grant Schroeder 1-0-0-2, Julius Lomeli 2-0-0-4. Totals 14-2-6-40.

OTTOVILLE (33)

2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Brendan Schnipke 1-0-1-3, Rudy Wenzlick 0-0-0-0, Jordon Gudakunst 1-0-0-2, Alex Krouskop 5-2-1-17, Emitt German 0-0-0-0, Eric Von Sossan 2-2-0-10, Dustin Trenkamp 0-0-1-1. Totals 9-4-3-33.

Score by Quarters:

Leipsic 8-12-8-12 - 40

Ottoville 8-5-5-15 - 33

 

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