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Tusing fuels late Mohawk rally

Mohawk's Austin Tusing works his way around the outside as he is defended by New Riegel's Hayden Hohman and Jacob Theis during the first half of a basketball game on Friday, Nov 29, 2019. Jonathon Bird

NEW RIEGEL — Austin Tusing scored 11 points in a key fourth quarter Friday to push Mohawk past New Riegel 47-44 in the season-opener for both.

New Riegel entered the fourth quarter clinging to a 31-27 lead, but Tusing’s 11 points — and Mohawk’s 9-of-11 showing at the foul line in the period — gave the Warriors the win.

Tusing ended with 20 points for the Warriors (1-0), Brock Brause added 11 points and six steals and Landen Snyder scored eight points.

Hayden Hohman sparked the Blue Jackets (0-1) with 13 points, Joe Tiell netted 11 and Nick Reinhart scored nine.

Milligan’s big 3s

Mohawk's Hunter Gottfried takes a shot over New Riegel's Brandon Gillig and Joe Tiell during the first half of a basketball game on Friday, Nov 29, 2019. Jonathon Bird

lift H-L in triple OT

BASCOM — The 3-point line was Hopewell-Loudon’s friend Friday.

Travis Milligan hit a trey with 2.6 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and Carter Coffman and Milligan opened the third overtime period with back-to-back 3-pointers to propel H-L past Central Crossing 63-53.

Milligan ended with five 3-pointers for the Chieftains (1-0), adding another in the second overtime. All of his points came from behind the arc.

Jordyn Jury led all scorers with 20 points for H-L, Coffman ended with 10 and Ried Jury had eight.

Coffman also hauled in eight rebounds and Jordyn Jury had four steals and four assists.

Devon Miller gave the Comets (0-1) 14 points and seven rebounds. Matt Reid added 10 points, five assists and four steals, and Logan Green netted nine points.

Stockaders jump

on Wynford early

BUCYRUS — As starts to the season go, Old Fort had a good one.

The Stockaders sprinted past Wynford 29-2 in the first quarter Friday on the way to claiming a 75-49 triumph.

Wynford closed the gap to 39-22 by halftime, but the Stockaders (1-0) outscored the Royals 36-27 from there to secure the win.

Carson Steyer provided 19 points and seven rebounds for Old Fort, Zach Dewese had 17 points, eight boards and five assists and Jordan Smith netted 11 points.

Colin Nutter hauled in eight boards to help Old Fort a 39-14 rebounding advantage, and Casey Clouse tallied four steals and four assists.

Josh Crall’s 22 points keyed the Royals (0-1).

Cold night of shooting dooms Bucks

NEW WASHINGTON — Plymouth doubled up Buckeye Central 18-9 in the first quarter and benefited from the Bucks’ cold shooting Friday to claim a 47-40 season-opening win.

Wake Elliott paced the Big Red (1-0) with 12 points, four assists and three steals, Zeth Goth scored 10 points and Josh Beebe and Jace Barber both grabbed seven rebounds.

Buckeye Central (0-1) hit on just 13 of its 41 shot attempts.

Nick Ramey scored a game-high 13 points for the Bucks and Tyler Rose tossed in 12. Jake Heefner hauled in six rebounds.

Foul line helps Flashes boot Rams

UPPER SANDUSKY — Willard got the offense going in the second quarter and pulled away at the foul line in the fourth Friday to drop Upper Sandusky 64-59 on opening night.

Upper Sandusky (0-1) led 15-7 at the first stop, but the Crimson Flashes countered with a 24-16 surge in the second to knot the score at 31.

Willard (1-0) inched out 45-43 by the end of the third period before using a 12-of-19 effort at the line to pull away. The Crimson Flashes ended 21 of 31 on foul shots, while the Rams went 8 for 10.

Terry Baldridge went 8 for 10 at the line in the fourth — part of his 14-for-17 effort there in the game — to lead the victors with 27 points.

Cooper Parrott chipped in 13 points and Micah Dawson had eight.

The Rams got 12 points from Mason Vent and 11 each from Cameron McCreary and Trent Beamer.