Boys Basketball Roundup: Old Fort powers through sluggish start

BLOOMDALE – The records say they were on opposite ends of the spectrum, but through one quarter they were nearly equals. Winless Elmwood trailed a one-loss Old Fort team by one, 15-14, after the first quarter.

Then the Stockaders flexed their muscles.

Hunter Perry continued his assault on the record books with 31 more points and Maison Steyer added 13 in an 80-57 win.

Old Fort (7-1) also got nine points from Brad Bannister and eight each from Hootie Cleveland and Adam Alexander. Chris Anstead chipped in seven.

“We got off to a sluggish start because we just weren’t playing any defense the first 10 minutes,” said Old Fort coach Eric Hoover. “We were letting (Aaron) Arnold do whatever he wanted and he was creating a lot of things for them. Once we decided to find him and pick up the intensity on defense, we were able to push the lead.

“Hootie, Adam and Chris knocked down jump shots and Maison and Brad did a good job attacking and making positive contributions on offense.”

Arnold led Elmwood with 19 points.

Anstead also hauled in nine rebounds for Old Fort. Perry dished out seven assists and Steyer grabbed three steals. Old Fort also shot 16 of 17 from the foul line.

Winless Warriors fall to Hardin Northern

DOLA- Mohawk was unable to grab its first win of the season, falling to Hardin Northern, 68-66 in a closely-contested match-up.

The Polar Bears broke the ice early in the first period, leading 22-16. A 26-point burst by Mohawk in the second quarter knotted the game up at the half 42-42.A 12-7 run in the third period put the Warriors within eight minutes of that first win. Yet, The clock struck midnight for Mohawk as the Polar Bears came back with 19 points in the final period to close the books.

Hunter Fitschen led the charge for the Warriors with 22 points. He made seven field goals and made six 3-pointers. Mitch Parker and Logan Stillberger each put up 12 points.

Bucks surge in second half

NEW WASHINGTON – Buckeye Central powered past North Central Conference foe Galion 39-28 in the second half Friday, turning a two-point deficit into a 65-56 victory.

Cade Kaple sparked the Bucks (7-1, 2-1 NCC) with 25 points and six assists.

Austin Wurm chipped in 20 points, Sam Robertson scored 11 and Stone Wurm netted nine.

The Tigers (2-5, 1-2) entered halftime up 28-26, but couldn’t hold back Buckeye Central.

H-L can’t rein in Panthers

BASCOM – McComb pulled away in the second half and got a combined 31 points from two players in Friday’s 45-37 win over Hopewell-Loudon.

The Panthers (5-2) trailed 17-15 at halftime, but outscored H-L 14-6 in the third quarter to take the lead.

Clay Grubb tossed in 19 points for McComb and Taylor Reardon netted 12. No other Panther scored more than six points.

Tyler Imes tossed in 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Chieftains (4-4), and Ryan Lommerse had 15 points and nine boards. Gauge Sadler added seven rebounds.

Blue Jackets sputter in loss

ARCADIA – Arcadia broke away in the fourth quarter Friday to turn a close game into a 44-34 win over New Riegel.

New Riegel’s offense struggled after the first quarter. The Blue Jackets led 15-9 at the first stop, but were outscored 15-7 over the next two periods and finished just 14 for 46 from the field.

Josh Ireland popped in 24 points for the Redskins (1-5), who picked up their first win.

Shae Watkins added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Tim Ink’s 12 points and three steals keyed New Riegel (3-5). Michael Kirian scored nine points.

Waite breaks away in second half

SPRINGFIELD – Division I Toledo Waite spread out the scoring in the third quarter to gain control Friday en route to beating Lakota, 82-66 in the Emmanuel Christian Warrior Classic semifinals.

The Indians (3-3) entered halftime clinging to a 36-32 lead, but outscored the Raiders 21-14 in the third period.

A 25-20 scoring advantage in the fourth finished out the win for Waite.

Colin Timmons sparked Division IV Lakota (3-5) with 28 points and Josh Kirkpatrick chipped in 19.

The Raiders play in the consolation game today.