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Big Green falls in regular-season finale

By KEVIN WANNEMACHER

DHI Correspondent

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OTTOVILLE – The Ottoville boys basketball team wrapped up the regular season Friday night with visiting Wayne Trace opening a quick lead and holding on for a 68-62 win over the Big Green.

The visiting Raiders got a game-high 28 points from freshman guard Ethan Linder while senior guard Colby Speice posted 15 markers.

The Raiders finish the regular season with a record of 19-3, going into next week’s sectional riding a 5-game winning streak.

“It’s always good to go into the sectional on a winning streak and I thought the guys came out and did a good job tonight,” commented Raider head coach Jim Linder. “We came out and established ourselves offensively, getting a lot of people involved right away, and that was a big key tonight.”

The Raiders quickly jumped in front 12-6, using a pair of Speice treys and two Devin Wenzlick baskets to grab control.

“We didn’t come out ready to play and that was disappointing,” noted Ottoville mentor Todd Turnwald. “You have to give Wayne Trace credit. They played hard despite facing a little adversity and they deserve credit for that.”

Buckets from Kyle Bendele and Colin Bendele brought the Big Green within 12-11 before the Raiders responded.

Wayne Trace closed the opening stanza with 11 straight points, using treys from Ethan Linder, Luke Miller and Speice, to widen the margin to 22-11 after eight minutes of action.

The Raiders pushed the lead to 35-15 early in the second quarter, capping a 13-4 run with buckets by Jake Arend and Ethan Linder.

“We had a lot of guys step up and make plays tonight,” continued the Raider head coach. “I thought we moved the ball and did a good job of giving guys scoring opportunities in good positions.”

With the red, white and blue in front 36-18, Ottoville would make a run just before halftime.

The Big Green closed the first half with two free throws each from Luke Schimmoeller and Kyle Bendele before adding a Kyle Bendele bucket to slice the deficit to 38-24 at the intermission.

“I thought we became more aggressive in the second half but we have to do that in the first two quarters,” Turnwald continued.

Quarter number three saw the two teams play virtually even, with Wayne Trace outscoring the Big Green 14-13 to post a 52-37 lead entering the fourth quarter.

However, it was all Ottoville at the start of the final period.

The hosts scored the first 11 points of the quarter to trim the deficit to 52-48 on a Tyler Roby basket 5:48 remaining in the contest.

Ottoville actually pulled within 54-52 on a Landin bucket at the 4:41 mark but the Raiders would respond.

An Ethan Linder basket, one of two free throws from Wenzlick and a trey by Ethan Linder widened the red, white and blue advantage to 62-54, a margin that would prove to be too much for Ottoville to overcome.

Wayne Trace expanded the lead to 64-55 following a pair of Miller foul shots before a Schimmoeller three point play cut the Big Green deficit to 64-58.

Miller added two more charity tosses to make it 66-58 but Ottoville again answered, getting a 3-point play from Landin to trim the lead to 66-61 with 30 seconds left.

Linder, though, finished the Raider scoring on the night with two free throws to seal the 68-62 victory.

“Ethan stepped up for us tonight,” added the Raider head coach. “Luke came in and hit some shots for us again and we got some big shots from Colby as well. All of them contributed in their own ways tonight.”

David Sinn chipped in seven markers for the Raiders while Wenzlick added six markers. Speice and Wenzlick both picked up six caroms as well. Linder dished out three assists and recorded four steals while Jake Arend posted three assists and three steals.

Landin led the way for Ottoville with 21 points followed by Schimmoeller with 20 and Kyle Bendele chipped in 13 markers. Austin Honigford, Schimmoeller and Kyle Bendele all had six caroms for the Big Green, who won the battle of the boards 27-24.

Ottoville did commit 18 turnovers on the night compared to Wayne Trace’s 13. The Raiders were 22-of-46 from the field (48 percent), including hitting 10-of-20 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. Ottoville connected on 22-of-43 shots (51 percent) on the night but was only 3-of-14 (21 percent) from 3-point land.

“We have to get better,” Turnwald concluded. “We play a good Lincolnview team on Tuesday and we have to be better than we were tonight.”

Wayne Trace’s junior varsity wrapped up a stellar season with a 17-4 record after defeating the Big Green 56-27.

Darius Hale scored 15 points to lead the Raiders while Luke Miller chipped in six markers. Rylen Asher, Justin Speice, Cole Shepherd and Gabe Wobler added five markers each.

Speice had ten rebounds and Clint Sinn picked up six boards. Hale also picked up four steals with Shepherd, Chris Davis and Alec Vest had three apiece.

Alex Krouskop had eight points for Ottoville and Dustin Trenkamp posted seven markers and eight rebounds.

The Big Green will take on Lincolnview (11-11) at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday in Division IV sectional semifinal action at Van Wert High School.

Wayne Trace opens tournament action on Friday in the Division IV sectional at Paulding High School. The Raiders will play either Continental (10-12) or Patrick Henry (5-17) in the 6:15 p.m. game at the ‘Jungle.’

WAYNE TRACE (68)

2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Luke Miller 1-1-4-9, Ethan Linder 4-5-5-28, Colby Speice 1-4-1-15, Cole Shepherd 0-0-0-0, Jake Arend 1-0-1-3, Alec Vest 0-0-0-0, Devin Wenzlick 2-0-2-6, David Sinn 3-0-1-7, T.J. Blackmore 0-0-0-0, Speice 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-10-14-68.

OTTOVILLE (62)

2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Brendan Schnipke 0-0-0-0, Colin Bendele 1-0-0-2, Tyler Roby 1-0-0-2, Austin Honigford 0-1-1-4, Brandt Landin 7-4-1-21, Matt Turnwald 0-0-0-0, Luke Schimmoeller 6-1-5-20, Kyle Bendele 4-0-5-13, Alex Krouskop 0-0-0-0. Totals 19-3-15-62.

Score by Quarters:

Wayne Trace 22 16 14 16 - 68

Ottoville 11 13 13 25 - 62

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Vikings spear Musketeers in PCL

By DAVE BONINSEGNA

DHI Correspondent

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LEIPSIC — It was raining triples at Leipsic High School on Friday night at the Fort Jennings Musketeers and the Leipsic Vikings rounded out the boys regular season in the Putnam County League.

The Musketeers hoisted 25 attempts from beyond the arc, while the hosts delivered 13 shots.

The guests made good on eight, Leipsic on four, but in the end, the home team came through when it counted, coming away with a 69-52 victory.

Leipsic had five players in double figures in a balanced scoring effort: Matt Schroeder and Jordan Brown had 15 each for the home team, Oscar Lopez 13, Zach Kuhlman 11 and Gavin Cupp 10 in the win.

Conner Wallenhorst paced the Musketeers with 17 markers, hitting three from beyond the arc; Nick Von Sossan put 10 on the board, nailing a pair of shots from long range.

After a back-and-forth battle to start things off, Leipsic went on a 9-0 run to set the tone for the game. Schroeder hit a long-range shot, followed by a pair of Brown buckets from in the paint; a Lopez steal and conversion sent the Vikes up by a count of 22-13 with seconds left in the first frame.

The Musketeers tried to combat the deficit in the second as Von Sossan drained a pair of long balls, along with Wallenhorst’s third 3-pointer of the night, cutting the Leipsic lead down to 33-26.

However, the home team responded with a pair of 3s of their own by Kuhlman and Schroeder, the latter giving Leipsic a 38-29 advantage going into the break.

In the second half, the long attempts kept coming from the visitors but the conversions were fewer and farther between; Fort Jennings made just 2-of-8 3-pointers in the second 16 minutes of play, while Cupp hit from eight of his 10 markers in the third canto. Lopez went on a personal 8-0 run in the period to help extend the home team lead to 54-36 late in the canto.

The foul shooting was near perfect in the second half with the teams combining for a 10-of-12 showing, with the hosts nailing all four of their opportunities; the guests were 4-of-4 in the final period as both Von Sossan and Josh Whittler hit on both of their attempts.

Fort Jennings heads into the tournament at 3-19; the Vikings end the regular year 11-11.

Fort Jennings (52)

Von Sossan 3-2-10, Berelsman 2-1-6, Wallenhorst 7-0-17, Metzge 0-2-2, Kehres 3-0-6, Whittler 2-2-8. Totals 15-7-52.

Leipsic (69)

Cupp 4-2-10, M. Schroeder 6-0-15, Haselman 2-0-4, Brown 7-1-15, Kuhlman 3-2-11, Lopez 6-1-13, R. Schroeder 1-0-2. Totals 29-6-69.

Score by Quarters:

Ft. Jennings 15 13 8 13 - 52

Leipsic 20 20 14 15 - 69

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Lancers edge Bearcats in NWC tilt

By NICK JOHNSON

DHI Correspondent

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MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview Lancers welcomed the Spencerville Bearcats to Lincolnview High School on Senior Night for the Lancers as six seniors played their last home game in front of the Lancer faithful.

The Lancers got a 1-point victory over Northwest Conference foe, Spencerville, by a 56-55 score.

The Lancers said goodbye to Kyle Williams, just the sixth Lincolnview boys basketball player to reach 1,000 points scored in a career; he ranks second all-time in made3-pointers. Lincolnview also bid goodbye to fellow seniors Derek Friesner, Ethan Fraker, Conner McCleery, Eli Farmer and Logan Miller.

“We have six seniors that have giving me four great years since we have been in the high school program. I wanted to send them out the right way and Williams, McCleery and Farmer brought the energy tonight and great effort; then we got Logan, Ethan and Derek, who have been great every day in practice and they really deserve this to go out with a win,” said Lincolnview coach Brett Hammons.

On the night Williams was honored for point-scoring ability, Williams open the game with a 3-pointer. Spencerville cut the lead to 3-2 with two made foul shots from Ben Bowers. After that, the Lancers went on a 9-0 run, getting a basket from McCleery, four points from Hayden Ludwig and three from Justis Dowdy. The Bearcats got a 3-pointer from Mason Nourse and a basket from Zach Goecke but a layup from Williams gave Lincolnview a 14-7 lead at the end of first period.

Lincolnview opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run to make the score 22-7 but the Bearcats got 3s from Nourse and Bowers to cut the Lancers lead to 25-14. Each etam scored four points to bring the halftime score to 29-18, home team.

Spencerville wasn’t messing around to start the third quarter as Nourse scored seven straight points, including two 3s, to cut the Lancer lead to 29-25 and a layup from Goecke cut it to two points but layups from Dowdy and McCleery extended the lead back to 33-27. Dakota Prichard got a steal and took the ball coast-to-coast for the Bearcats to make the score 35-31, Lincolnview, at the end of the third stanza.

After a Bowers’ jumper to start the fourth for Spencerville, Lincolnview got a 3 from Williams and baskets from Dowdy and McCleery to increase the lead to 42-33. Midway thru, a Nourse trey cut the Lancer lead to 44-40 but Lincolnview quickly countered with a 3-point play from Dowdy. The Lancers had a 53-44 lead with three minutes left but Spencerville got hot from beyond the arc as Bowers drained two 3s and Nourse one. After two made Goecke foul shots, the Bearcats were just down two with seconds left on the clock. Spencerville fouled Williams and he calmly drained two foul shots to give the Lancers a 56-52 lead. With seconds ticking off the clock, Bowers knocked down a triple for Spencerville to make it 56-55 but the Lancers quickly inbounded the ball and the horn sounded.

“We didn’t deserve to win; we gave ourselves some chances in the second half. We didn’t deserve to win and they played harder than us all game,” said Spencerville coach Kevin Sensabaugh. “They beat us to the ball with offensive rebounds and loose balls. Our guys didn’t come ready to and we got what we deserve. We didn’t shoot the ball well and I think part of that isn’t not having the intensity we have had all year and we were not in the right frame; I just know that wasn’t the team I had coach the last couple weeks.”

“Extremely proud of the players; we know it was going to be our last game here and we came in on a 3-game losing streak and playing a tough game against Wayne Trace last night,” Hammons added. “We had to get back up for this game. I thought we battled all game long and we were able to get out to an early lead and luckily we were able to hold Spencerville off at the end,” said coach Hammons.

The Bearcats had two scorers in double digits as Bowers had a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds and Nourse chipped in with 19 points for Spencerville.

The Lancers had three players in double figures points as Ludwig had 15 points and seven rebounds, Williams added in 13 points and Dowdy put 12 points and nine boards in for the Lancer victory.

The Bearcats and Lancer both finish the season 6-2 in the NWC, which is good enough for second place. Spencerville drops to 15-5 on the year, whereas the Lancers improve to 11-11 on the season.

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Elida edges Celina

ELIDA — Elida overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to edge Celina 61-60 in Western Buckeye League boys basketball action Friday on the Union Bank Court of the Elida Fieldhouse.

Dakota Mathias played his final home game and exploded for 31 points to pace the host Bulldogs (19-3, 8-1 WBL), aloing with 15 from fellow senior Louis Gray.

Leading Celina (13-8, 7-2) were R. Hoyng with 18, C. Hoyng 14 and C. Ross 11.

Elida plays Tuesday’s Shawnee/St. Marys winner 6:15 p.m. Friday at Lima Senior.

CELINA (60)

2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.

E. Moeder 0-2-1-7, J. Stolly 2-0-0-4, A. Schierone 0-0-1-1, G. Laffin 2-0-1-5, C. Hoyng 3-1-5-14, R. Hoyng 4-1-7-18, M. Ross 5-0-1-11. Totals 16-4-16/21-60.

ELIDA (61)

2-pt. 3-pt. FTs Pts.

Max Stambaugh 0-2-1-7, Marquevious Wilson 2-0-0-4, Austin Allemeier 2-0-0-4, Louis Gray 2-3-2-15, Dakota Mathias 4-6-5-31. Totals 12-10-7/8-61.

Score by Quarters:

Celina 7 15 24 14 - 60

Elida 15 9 13 24 - 61

JV score: 58-56 (Elida).

 

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