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BC captures final NCC crown
BUCYRUS- An early lead in the second half gave Buckeye Central the window it needed to close out a 49-39 victory over Bucyrus.
The win secured the final North Central Conference for the Bucks (20-2) at 13-1. The conference disbands after this year.
The Bucks trailed 28-24 at halftime, but a 17-5 run in the third period not only closed the gap, but gave Buckeye Central a lead that Bucyrus could not overcome.
Buckeye Central was led by Austin Wurm with 17 points. Wurm went 5 for 10 from the floor with three 3-pointers and led the team in rebounds with six.
Grant Loy and Cade Kaple both added nine points to the Bucks’ win.
Mohawks ease past Bettsville
FOSTORIA – All 17 St. Wendelin players scored at least two points during the Mohawks’ 87-35 romp over Bettsville.
St. Wendelin had a 27-point advantage at the half to lead 50-23.
A 23-5 run in the third period clinched the victory for the Mohawks as the Bobcats were only able to answer with 12 points the entire second half.
Nick Root, Brady Rutter and Cole Frankart each had 10 points to lead the Mohawks. Nick Kelbley put up seven points, while Gabe Walters, Brodie Whetsel, Joel Lopez and Andrew Schetter all added six.
Kennith Stander’s 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists topped the Bobcats. Erin Smalley added eight points and three steals.
Chieftains post their best MAL record in school history
BASCOM – Hopewell-Loudon made school history Friday when it beat Seneca East, 63-37 in both teams’ final Midland Athletic League game.
Yet, the game wasn’t only special because it was the last but also because the Chieftains posted their best MAL boys basketball record to date as they finished the season 8-2.
The Chieftains shot out to an early 33-11 lead at the half that proved insurmountable for the Tigers.
Ryan Lommerse paved the way for Hopewell-Loudon’s historic night with 25 points. He went 5 for 8 at the line and 9 for 16 from the field and had 10 boards.
Garrett Sendelbach backed up Lommerse with 16 points, while Weston Hill chipped in 11.
Hunter Saylors stepped up for the Tigers with a team-high 10 points. Johnny Diehm had seven points, while Jack Daniel added five.
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Columbian pulls away from Sandusky in overtime
SANDUSKY – A late steal helped Columbian survive a wild final 30 seconds of overtime Tuesday in a 60-59 Northern Ohio League win over Sandusky.
Sandusky hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to cut TC’s lead to a point, then stole the ball with 12 seconds to go.
Each team then had a player miss two foul shots, with Sandusky calling timeout with six seconds to go and needing to go the length of the floor.
Donovan Walker deflected inbound pass and Matt Zirger recovered the loose ball to secure win and help the Tornadoes (11-9, 6-5 NOL) secure third place in the league.
Derek Dryfuse poured in 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for TC, and Isiah Moore added 12 points and 10 boards.
Alec Demith dished five assists and Walker and Zirger each added three.
The Blue Streaks (3-17, 2-9) got 16 points from Jayrese Williams, 12 from Deaontre Palma and 11 from George Brown.
The teams play again – this time in Tiffin – Friday.
BC claims outright NCC crown
NEW WASHINGTON – Cade Kaple had a double-double and three teammates scored in double digits Tuesday as Buckeye Central held off Colonel Crawford, 52-47, to wrap up the North Central Conference championship.
The win moved the Bucks (19-2) to 12-1 in the NCC with one conference game left. Colonel Crawford (16-5) needed to win to keep its title hopes alive, but fell to 10-3 in the conference.
No other NCC team has less than three conference loses.
Kaple provided 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Austin Wurm scored 14 points, Sam Robertson added 12 points and Stone Wurm tallied 10 points and five boards.
Todd Entenmann’s 13 points led the Eagles. Nate Klingenbarger added 11 points and six rebounds, Connor McCreary had 11 points and three steals, Logan Sager snared four steals and Dylan Gulley dished three assists.
Harrison keys St. Joe
NEW RIEGEL – Hunter Harrison tossed in 22 points and got plenty of scoring support Tuesday as Fremont St. Joe dropped Midland Athletic League foe New Riegel, 63-55.
Harrison added five rebounds for the Crimson Streaks (10-10, 6-3 MAL), who led 33-19 at halftime.
Ben Linke, Marcus Kerr and Kyle Veleba each added nine points and Ryan Williams scored another eight for St. Joe. Kerr also snared six steals.
Meanwhile, Jake Dryfuse sparked the Blue Jackets (7-13, 5-4) with 25 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Tim Ink chipped in eight points and four assists.
Stockaders race away
NORTHWOOD – Old Fort broke away in the middle quarters and had three players combine for 49 points Tuesday in a 73-43 whipping of Northwood.
Hunter Perry’s 23 points, six rebounds, five steals and five assists sparked the Stockaders.
Jon Lotycz scored 16 points and Maison Steyer tossed in 10, with Jordan Bryon adding eight.
Steyer also grabbed seven boards and Adam Alexander snare six steals.
Old Fort ended the first quarter with a 23-18 lead, but outscored the Rangers (1-19) by a 39-17 margin over the next two periods.
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Walters helps Mohawks preserve victory
ARCADIA – With three players hitting double digits, St. Wendelin had just enough to edge Arcadia, 43-40.
Gabe Walters led the way for the Mohawks tossing in 16 points. Walters also led the team in rebounding with 10. Peter Campbell and Nick Root completed the trio of double-digit scorers, scoring 13 and 11, respectively.
Arcadia had its own pair of double-digit scorers as Hayden Ramsey led the Redskins with 15 points, followed closely by teammate Josh Ireland with 14.
New Riegel pulls away from Vanlue
NEW RIEGEL – The Wildcats came into New Riegel’s house and found themselves quickly domesticated after a second half meltdown led to a Blue Jackets’ 64-50 win over Vanlue.
Vanlue held a 26-24 lead at halftime, but a 17-point surge launched the Blue Jackets ahead in the third period, and they didn’t let up. New Riegel went on to outscore Vanlue 23-16 in the fourth to seal the victory.
Jake Dryfuse led New Riegel with 21 points. Michael Kirian and Tim Ink added 14 points each.
Chieftains get around Hornets
BASCOM – Ryan Lommerse turned in a double-double and two teammates combined for 20 points Saturday as Hopewell-Loudon held off Cory-Rawson, 48-44.
Lommerse led the charge with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Chieftains (11-8).
Garret Sendelbach registered 12 points and seven boards and Gauge Sadler netted eight points for H-L.
The Hornets got 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists from Grant Risner. Matthew Alspach scored 17 points and Ian Moser snared four steals.
Kaple helps BC dish up Bulldogs
CRESTLINE – Four Buckeye Central players scored in double digits and Cade Kaple dished out 10 assists in Saturday’s 69-35 romp past North Central Conference foe Crestline.
Kaple also tallied seven points, and team highs with five rebounds and four steals for the Bucks (16-2, 9-1 NCC).
Austin Wurm and Seth Ollis scored 12 points each, Sam Robertson tossed in 11 and Grant Loy netted 10.
Stone Wurm and Robertson both added three steals, and Scott Heydinger and Loy both added three assists. Buckeye Central had 20 assists as a team.
Nate Coffman’s 13 points and 11 boards paced the Bulldogs (3-14, 1-10).
Rams thunder off early
OLD FORT – Upper Scioto Valley jumped out 38-18 by halftime and rolled from there Saturday in a 74-59 win over Old Fort.
Dylan Hunsicker popped in 25 points for the Rams (17-1), who won their 16th in a row. Lane Hurley chipped in 16 points, Cameron Parker scored 11 and Woody Prater netted 10.
The Stockaders (13-5), who played one night after an emotional overtime Midland Athletic League win over Carey, got 21 points from Hunter Perry and 18 points and six rebounds from Maison Steyer.
Brad Bannister added three steals and three assists for Old Fort.
Despite the loss, Perry moved into seventh on the Midland Athletic League career scoring list. His 1,332 points put him between 1987 Hopewell-Loudon graduate Bill Riley (1,321) and 2010 New Riegel graduate Dustin Kinn (1,369).