Boys Basketball Roundup: Columbian takes over in second half, votes out Harding
MARION – Columbian had to rally after a tough first half against Marion Harding. The Tornadoes scored just seven points in the first quarter, and trailed 29-24 at the break.
But they did rally, and behind a combined 31 points from Cody Daniel and Derek Dryfuse, defeated the Presidents, 57-43.
“Halftime we talked about defensive positioning,” Columbian coach Bill Beaston said. “All their looks were contested in the second half.”
The Tornadoes outscored Marion Harding 33-14 over the final two periods. Dryfuse had 16 points, Daniel 15 points. Bryce Lonsway added eight points as TC improved to 4-5. Marion Harding fell to 3-10.
The Presidents were led by Shawn Tyler and Sebastian Walker, who each scored nine points.
Hahler seals comeback
NEW WASHINGTON – Seneca East rallied from an early 11-point hole and Ben Hahler’s 13th rebound sealed the win Saturday as the Tigers clipped Buckeye Central 42-49.
Buckeye Central (4-6) led 18-7 at the first stop, but the Tigers (7-3) rallied to take a 25-22 halftime advantage.
The Bucks had a chance to tie the game with time winding down, but missed the shot and Hahler grabbed the rebound and drew a foul.
Hahler and Ethan Caudill both scored 17 points for the Tigers and Nate Phillips had 13.
Cade Kaple’s 21 points for the Bucks led all players. He also had five boards. Austin Wurm tossed in 15 points.
Blue Jackets put away Bucyrus
BUCYRUS – Brandyn Reinhart scored 25 points and New Riegel shot nearly 50 percent from the field in Saturday’s 50-30 thumping of Bucyrus.
Jake Dryfuse backed Reinhart with nine points and seven rebounds for the Blue Jackets (10-1), who finished 18 of 37 from the field.
Andrew Hohman snared four steals and Josh Nye handed out four assists.
The Redmen (2-9) got nine points from Logan Plumley and four assists from Greg Patrick.
Stockaders suffer first loss
MILLBURY – Lake gained breathing room in the third quarter and stormed off in the fourth Saturday as the Flyers ruined Old Fort’s hopes of a perfect season by a 66-46 margin.
The Flyers snapped a 29-all tie with a 17-11 run in the third quarter before racing away 20-6 in the fourth.
Jared Rettig popped in 19 points for the Flyers (9-1), Connor Bowen had 10 and Marcus Pierce scored nine.
Hunter Perry’s 14 points, nine rebounds and three steals sparked the Stockaders (10-1). Dalton Perry added eight points and Brad Bannister added three steals.
Rams clamp down on Wynford
BUCYRUS – Upper Sandusky owned the middle quarters and allowed only four Wynford players to score Saturday as the Rams claimed a 45-39 North Central Conference win.
The Rams ended the first quarter clinging to an 8-7 lead, but outscored the Royals 13-6 in both the second and third periods to gain momentum.
Joe Reile’s 13 points and five assists keyed Upper Sandusky (5-4, 4-1 NCC). Cody Collins and Trent Howard both added nine points.
Michael Powers tossed in 14 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Royals (4-7, 1-3). Tyler Baumgardner had 10 points and Todd Carter snared six boards.
Early shutout dooms Warriors
SYCAMORE – Holgate blanked Mohawk 10-0 in the first quarter and powered away from there Saturday in a 57-30 win. Landon Grim paced the Tigers (5-6) with 20 points and Mitchell Gonzalls tossed in 16.
Drew Loose scored 17 points for the Warriors (9-3), but none of his teammates had more than six.
Chieftains falter in fourth
BASCOM – Elmwood raced past Hopewell-Loudon 19-6 in a crucial fourth quarter Saturday on the way to a 45-32 win.
The teams ended the third quarter knotted at 26, but H-L couldn’t keep pace with the Royals (7-3).
Aaron Arnold had 19 points and three steals for Elmwood, Zach Foster scored 14 points and Austin Hoiles hauled in six rebounds.
The Chieftains (6-5) got 16 points from Tyler Imes, but no other Chieftains scored more than six.
Alec Gregg added seven assists and four rebounds, and Weston Hill had four boards.