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Prichard signs with Edison CC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Coming off of a successful senior season where he became just the fifth player in Spencerville boys basketball history to score 1,000 plus career points, Dakota Prichard has announced where he will play college basketball.

Per a post on his twitter Monday night (@dprich2017):

Blessed to say that I have committed to play for Edison CC! 🏀🏆 I would to thank everyone who has pushed me and made me the player I am today

Dakota Prichard Twitter the 2016-17 Northwest Conference Player of the Year announced he will play at the next level for Edison Community College, a state college located in Piqua, Ohio.

During his senior campaign Prichard scored 18.0 points per game to lead the Bearcats who finished at 18-6. In addition to his scoring punch the future Charger handed out 2.7 assists and snagged 5.0 rebounds per game while connecting on 34.1% of his three pointers.

In addition to being a multiple time All-NWC selection on the hardwood Prichard also played quarterback for the football team and was a 1st team all-conference selection on the gridiron as a member of the defensive line and helped to lead that squad to three straight playoff appearances under the guidance of now former Head Coach John Zerbe.

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Area hoopers earn NCAA Tournament bids

Northwest Ohio has long been blessed with an immense amount of talent from the boys basketball ranks and that was never more evident than this season as a host of prep stars earned bids to compete for their collegiate squads in the upcoming NCAA Men’s Division 1 and Division 2 Basketball Tournaments.

University of Dayton Sophomore Ryan Mikesell of St. Henry will take the short trip to Indianapolis this weekend as his Flyers (24-7) begin their march to the finals in the South Regional where they will battle the Wichita State Shockers (30-4) starting at 6:10pm on Friday night.

Joining Mikesell at Bankers Life Fieldhouse are the Lima Central Catholic duo of Tre Cobbs and Dantez Walton who are both Freshmen at Northern Kentucky University (24-10) and just a year removed from a trip to the OHSAA State Tournament where they helped the T-Birds capture a Division 3 championship. NKU will begin their trek on Friday night around 9pm as they take on Southeastern Conference Champion Kentucky (29-5) in the first round.

Also in action in Indianapolis will be the Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan Wolverines (24-11) and last seasons OHSAA Division 1 Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio Xavier Simpson (Lima Senior) as he and his team make the four hour trip for a Friday morning 11:15am matchup with Oklahoma State (20-12).

8th seeded Wisconsin (25-9) who begins their play Thursday night at approx 8:45pm against ninth seeded Virginia Tech (22-10) in Buffalo, NY is well represented by young talent from Ohio as they feature a foursome of talented players from the Buckeye state. Representing close to the area are the duo of Seniors Nigel Hayes (Toledo Whitmer), and Bowling Green Bobcat standout Vitto Brown.

The Midwest Regional will feature the Purdue Boilermakers (25-7) and Elida product Dakota Mathis as they take on a 29-5 Vermont squad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday at 6:27pm.

19-14 Michigan State takes a trek to the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma as they look to advance past the Miami Hurricanes (21-11) and advance to the second round with Versailles Tiger and current Sophomore guard Kyle Ahrens on Friday at 8:20pm.

Ivy League Champion Princeton (23-6) will have Ottawa Glandorf big man Noah Bramlage with them as they head east to Buffalo on Friday night for an early morning 11:15am start against ACC Tournament finalist Notre Dame (25-9) at the Key Bank Center.

Already in full swing with their team deep in the Division 2 bracket and with a Wednesday night date in Louisville, KY against Bellarmine University at 7pm, the Findlay Oilers are well represented by local products as they feature Bath’s Taren Sullivan, Defiance’s Katwan Singleton, Martyce Kimbrough of Lima Central Catholic, Elijah Kahlig of Fort Recovery, Ricardo Smith from Toledo Whitmer, and Toledo Central Catholic’s Trey Buford among their ranks.

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PG’s Johnson headlines All-PCL list as Player of the Year

Pandora Gilboa Junior Drew Johnson and PG Head Coach Joe Braidic were tabbed Sunday as the Putnam County League Player and Coach of the Year respectively as they led the Rockets to their third PCL title in school history and first since 2009 as they finished with a 16-6 regular season campaign and went 6-1 in league competition.

Braidic who is in his third term as the head of the boys program at PG picked up his second win for the top mentor in the league. In 2008 Braidic was honored for the first time as he guided his Rockets to their first PCL crown.

In winning the player award Johnson, a dynamic 6’5 Junior forward who already nabbed his 1,000th point this season becomes the fourth player in school history selected for the honor and he joins Josh Lee who snagged it in the first two PCL title seasons of 2008 and 2009, Eric Hermiller who won in 1990, and Steve Fenstermaker who was honored in 1987.

Joining Johnson on the 1st team this season were Seniors Wade Stauffer of Continental, and Grant Schroeder of Leipsic. Juniors Mark Kuhlman of Miller City and Logan Kemper of Ottoville joined with Johnson to make it three underclassmen in this seasons top five vote getters.

2nd team selections included a future St. Francis Cougar football player in Columbus Grove Senior Rece Roney, who was honored alongside four Juniors in Miller City’s Jacob Kuhlman, Ottoville’s Nick Moorman, Brandon Wehri of Fort Jennings, and Pandora Gilboa Sophomore Jared Breece.

Honorable Mention status for the league went to 16 players this year:

Caiden Grothaus (Senior) Columbus Grove
Logan Schroeder (Junior) Columbus Grove
Trevor Williamson (Senior) Continental
Jacob Williams (Senior) Continental
Ian Finn (Junior) Fort Jennings
Luke Trentman (Junior) Fort Jennings
Trent Siebeneck (Senior) Kalida
Collin Nartker (Senior) Kalida
Jordan Berger (Senior) Leipsic
Grant Rader (Senior) Leipsic
Matt Niese (Senior) Miller City
Noah Otto (Junior) Miller City
Ryan Bendele (Junior) Ottoville
Eric Von Sossan (Senior) Ottoville
Cooper McCullough (Junior) Pandora Gilboa
Riley Larcom (Sophomore) Pandora Gilboa

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Bearcats win route 66 battle

ST. MARYS, OH – Two Allen County rivals met on the hardwood in Auglaize County on Saturday afternoon when NWC rivals Spencerville and Delphos Jefferson took the court against one another, and the result was the same as it had been in the earlier meeting as the Bearcats pulled out a 63-57 victory over their foes from Delphos.

Delphos Jefferson was led by Senior guard and perennial All-NWC 1st team selection Jace Stockwell who pumped in a game high 27 points but saw his team fall short in their bid to force an early exit for the NWC Champions. Just a few days prior to this matchup inside Murotech Court at St. Marys HS the outgoing Wildcat tossed in a career high 29 points in a semifinals victory over Lima Central Catholic to earn his squad an opportunity to cut down the Roughriders nets.

Four players for Spencerville finished in double figures in the game led by the Northwest Conference player of the year Dakota Prichard who scored 12 of his team high 17 points in the first half as he helped give the designated home squad a 31-27 lead after the first two quarters.

Before being forced to exit late in the contest when he picked up his fifth foul, 6’2 Bearcat Junior Daniel Corso provided his team a spark in the opening minutes as he used his teams focused defensive attack to score on a pair of layups and a three pointer that would mark his only points of the contest.

Three Jefferson players (Stockwell, Drew Reiss, Tyler Bratton) hit from deep behind the arc in the opening eight minutes of the ballgame to keep the Jeffcats close but Delphos found themselves behind 1 at 15-14 at the first stoppage.

Alex Rode joined the Wildcats three point brigade in the second quarter as he connected on a triple try but as he had done just a few days prior it was once again Stockwell who took over and accounted for eight of his 12 first half markers to keep his team afloat when they struggled at times offensively against the Bearcats.

If the first half was a story about how many three pointers Delphos Jefferson could hit then the third quarter was a story about just how many Spencerville’s Gary Schrolucke could hit as the Bearcat Senior connected on three in a span of just two minutes and nearly hit a fourth that rolled back out. With Schrolucke and their offense hitting on most cylinders the Bearcats pushed their lead to 45-40 heading to the final stanza.

Talk to any coach about what is important and wins games and there is a good chance they will tell you defense and free throws, and that was the case on Saturday as the Bearcats connected on every one of their nine attempts in the fourth quarter while the Wildcats hit on just one of their three shots from the line.

Spencerville was led in scoring in the fourth quarter by Bailey Croft who tossed in nine of his 14 on the afternoon in the period but it was the rebounding by his brother Griffen (10 points/10 rebounds) that helped to keep possessions alive and ultimately help give Spencerville the Sectional Title and opportunity to move on.

Delphos sees their season come to an end under alumnus and first year Head Coach Jordan Jettinghoff at 12-12 while the Bearcats (18-5) will move on to play in the District Semifinals at Lima Senior High School on Thursday, March 9th at 6:15pm against a team they were victorious against in the regular season in the Marion Local Flyers.

Box Score:

Spencerville (63):
Daniel Corso 7
Gary Schrolucke 13
Dakota Prichard 17
Bailey Croft 14
Griffen Croft 10
Ben Dues 2

FG: 23/44
3PT: 7/17 (Schrolucke 3, Prichard 3, Corso)
FT: 10/11
REB: 25 (G. Croft 10)
AST: 14 (Prichard 5)

Delphos (57):
Jace Stockwell 27
Drew Reiss 5
Tyler Bratton 6
Alex Rode 17
Davion Tyson 2

FG: 22/46
3PT: 6/17 (Stockwell 2, Bratton 2, Reiss, Rode)
FT: 7/11
REB: 17 (Rode 6)
AST: 7 (Stockwell 3)

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Cavaliers rally past Indians

COLDWATER, OH – Fort Recovery may have led for a good portion of their MAC contest Friday night but a late rally by Coldwater helped the Cavaliers rally past them for a 66-63 victory in front of a packed crowd at the Palace.

First team All-Ohio football standout Dylan Thobe’s three pointer with 1:40 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the home squad a 60-59 advantage in the final period and teammates Neal Muhlenkamp and Marcus Bruns free throws helped ice the contest for the Cavs who have now beaten their Midwest Athletic Conference rivals three straight times.

Caleb Martin, the future Toledo Rocket Quarterback helped put his team on top early in the first quarter as he and Micaiah Cox combined to score 14 of the Indians opening quarter 23 markers. Three pointers helped keep Coldwater in the game in the first period as Sam Broering, Thobe, and Jacob Wenning all connected from behind the arc to bring their squad within 8.

With foul trouble limiting Cox’s availability on the floor in the middle two quarters the Indians were forced to look for scoring elsewhere and it was Martin they found willing to answer the call as he cashed in on nine points including a triple. Payton Jutte was effective as well for Fort Recovery, scoring 11 points in the contest but was unable to have a good night from the free throw line as he finished just 3/7.

Neal Muhlenkamp finished the game with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Coldwater but it was his second half that had the home fans talking. Tasked with guarding the inside and the big scorers for Fort Recovery the 6’3 Senior held his own as he helped engineer a handful of fast breaks during his teams comeback in the second half where he scored 13 of his points on the evening.

On the evening the Cavaliers outrebounded their opponents 29-27 and held an advantage at the free throw line where they connected on 17/22 offerings to just 7/12 for the Indians.

In the fourth quarter alone Coldwater Sophomore guard Marcus Bruns hit on 6/7 from the charity stripe and finished the game with a remarkable 11/12 performance to give his team their ninth win of the season.

Fort Recovery falls to 11-7 on the season and 3-4 in MAC play, the Indians will travel to Triad for a non-league matchup on Saturday night while Coldwater (9-9, 3-4) is home against Tri-Village.

Box Score:

Coldwater (66):
Marcus Bruns 15
Sam Broering 9
Dylan Thobe 13
Neal Muhlenkamp 14
Mitch Balster 2
Cole Frilling 4
Jacob Wenning 5
Derek Albers 4

FG: 20/47
3PT: 7/26
FT: 17/22
TO: 9

Fort Recovery (63):
Caleb Martin 18
Ryan Braun 5
Payton Jutte 11
Cade Wendel 2
Travis Sutter 2
Matt Bihn 6
Jason Roessner 5
Micaiah Cox 14

FG: 25/46
3PT: 4/13
FT: 7/12
TO: 7

JV: Coldwater 41-40

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Defense keeps Bearcats perfect in NWC

SPENCERVILLE, OH – A strong defensive effort coupled with a big opening offensive run to open the game helped the Spencerville Bearcats move their league leading Northwest Conference record to 6-0 Friday night as they defeated rival Columbus Grove 47-27.

Hot shooting from four different Bearcats in the opening eight minutes gave the home squad a quick 12-0 lead minutes into the game. Bailey Croft, the Bearcats 6’6 Senior knocked down a shot from behind the arc and a pair of free throws en route to seven of his game high 14 markers and helped create a handful of Grove turnovers to push the Cats advantage to a dozen.

Trailing 12-0 with 2:32 remaining in the first quarter the Bulldogs finally posted a tally on the scoreboard when St. Francis football commit Rece Roney found the bottom of the net. Roney who found himself in foul trouble early for Columbus Grove would score the only points of the quarter for his squad and see the visitors trek into the break down 14-2.

Everything that went wrong in the first quarter for Columbus Grove went right in the second quarter as the Bulldogs forced the Bearcats into a myriad of fouls and capitalized to cut the lead to just four at 20-16 at the halftime break courtesy of a 10-0 run midway through the period that included five points from Junior Logan Malsam.

Turnovers and missed shots were the story of the third quarter as the two rivals combined to score just 17 points and see the Bearcats head to the final stanza leading 30-23.

Five players scored for Spencerville in the fourth quarter including their leading scorer on the season Dakota Prichard who secured seven of his 11 points on the evening in the period to help solidify the fifth straight win for the NWC leaders in the series 47-27.

Columbus Grove (4-11, 0-5) was led in scoring by Roney who finished with 10. The Bulldogs will travel to take on Continental in Putnam County League play Saturday night where they will look to improve their PCL mark to 3-2 against the Pirates.

Spencerville improves their record to 13-4 overall and 6-0 in the NWC. The Bearcats travel to fellow league undefeated foe Crestview on Friday night in a game that could very well determine the conference champion.

Scoring:

Spencerville (47):
Drew Armstead 2
Daniel Corso 8
Gary Schrolucke 6
Dakota Prichard 11
Bailey Croft 14 (9 rebounds)
Griffen Croft 6

FT: 7/14
TO: 8

Grove (27):
Caiden Grothaus 2
Ryan Tabler 2
Grant Cassidy 5
Logan Schroeder 2
Lachlan Clymer 1
Logan Malsam 5
Rece Roney 10

FT: 8/9
TO: 9

JV: Spencerville 50-49 (Brady Nolan putback with .6 left wins game for Bearcats)

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St. Henry downs Coldwater in OT

ST. HENRY, OH – It took an extra quarter Friday night but the St. Henry Redskins were able to complete their comeback in front of their home fans and down MAC rival Coldwater in OT 62-53.

Trailing for most of the contest the Redskins took a three point lead at 51-48 near the end of the fourth quarter but were unable to stop Coldwater Sophomore Cole Frilling from connecting on a right wing three pointer with just over ten seconds to go in the game to tie the contest at 51-51. On their final possession of regulation St. Henry was unable to get a shot to drop to pick up the win before the fourth period buzzer rang out.

Despite seeing Senior Mitch Schwieterman connect on just 2/7 from the free throw line in the overtime period and 2/9 in the fourth and OT the Redskins got solid contributions from Tyler Schlarman, Ryan Luttmer, and a basket from Schwieterman himself as they outscored the Cavs 11-2 en route to the victory.

Combined the two squads finished 30/97 from the field and shot 9/36 from behind the three point line.

St. Henry committed just a trio of turnovers in the game and utilized nearly every player on their roster and every foul available to them to combat their rivals. Coldwater finished the game with 14 turnovers and many that stymied possessions late in the ballgame that could have given the Cavs just their fourth win in the last 19 meetings with the Redskins.

Four players for St. Henry finished in double figures led by leading scorer Tyler Schlarman who tossed in three above his season average with a game high 17. Ryan Luttmer scored 14 in the contest with a pair of three pointers while Blake Hoyng added 13 and Parker Link tossed in 10 for the victors.

Marcus Bruns led Coldwater’s offensive attack with 13 while Dylan Thobe added a dozen on 5/11 shooting.

Coldwater sees their season record drop to 5-8 overall and 2-3 in Midwest Athletic Conference play while the Redskins up their mark to 10-5 overall and 3-2 in MAC play. The Cavaliers will play host to the Van Wert Cougars Saturday night while St. Henry travels to Wapakoneta to take on the state ranked Redskins in non-league play.

Box Score:

St. Henry (62):
Curtis Uhlenhake 3
Ryan Luttmer 14
Mitch Schwieterman 4
Ryan Bruening 1
Tyler Schlarman 17
Parker Link 10
Blake Hoyng 13

FG: 21/50
3PT: 5/18 (Uhlenhake, Luttmer 2, Link, Hoyng)
FT: 15/26
REB: 30
TO: 3

Coldwater (53):
Marcus Bruns 13
Sam Broering 9
Dylan Thobe 12
Neal Muhlenkamp 8
Derek Albers 6
Cole Frilling 5

FG: 19/47
3PT: 4/18 (Broering, Thobe 2, Frilling)
FT: 11/16
REB: 29
TO: 14

JV: St. Henry 56-45

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Prichard joins 1,000 point club in Bearcat win

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Dakota Prichard pumped in 29 points for Spencerville and helped his squad improve to 9-3 on the season Monday night as the Bearcats downed visiting Ottoville 73-56.

Prichard, a 6’4 Senior entered play Monday night needing 21 points to become just the sixth member of the schools 1,000 point club. Seven points in the opening eight minutes found their way on the board for the Bearcat leading scorer this season but it was an eight point first period from classmate Bailey Croft that helped push Spencerville to a 21-11 lead at the first quarter stoppage.

Ottoville responded to their opponents markers shot for shot in the second stanza as the Big Green outscored Spencerville 18-11 to trim the halftime lead to just three at 32-29 at the buzzer on a three point goal from Nick Moorman. Five first half shots from deep for Ottoville dropped in the hoop as Todd Turnwald’s crew were led by Moorman, Logan Kemper, and Eric Von Sossan’s makes.

In the third period the Bearcats added four shots from deep themselves including one from Prichard that beat the quarter buzzer and sent the home fans into a frenzy when it was announced that the make put Dakota at exactly 1,000 points and gave the home team a 56-42 lead.

Moorman finished the game with 26 points for the Big Green and did a lot of his damage from the free throw line in the second half as he connected on 6/7 in the final two quarters to couple along with a pair of shots from inside the arc and a late three for half of his scores on the evening.

Along with Prichard the Bearcats added two in double figures as the duo of Gary Schrolucke (12) and Bailey Croft (18) helped Spencerville secure their 11th win in 14 all-time meetings with their Route 66 Putnam County League foes.

Ottoville sees their record fall to 7-5 on the season with the loss and will travel to Miller City on Friday night in an attempt to hand the defending PCL winners their first conference loss of the season. Spencerville, the leaders of the Northwest Conference at 3-0 welcome Allen East to the Walk-In Closet Friday night for a league battle before Arlington finishes a three game home-stand for the Bearcats on Saturday night.

The previous five members of the Bearcat 1,000 point scoring club feature four players coached by current mentor Kevin Sensabaugh, who himself is a club member along with Zach Goecke, Logan Nourse (schools all-time leading scorer at 1500 points), Isaac Bowers and now Dakota Prichard. The remaining member of the group for the Bearcats to accomplish the feat is Mick Miller.

Box Score:

Spencerville (73):
Daniel Corso 4
Gary Schrolucke 12
Brady Nolan 3
Dakota Prichard 29
Bailey Croft 18
Griffen Croft 3
Ben Dues 4

3PT: 7 (Prichard 4, Schrolucke 2, Nolan)
FT: 10/16

Ottoville (56):
Ryan Bendele 5
Andy Schimmoeller 3
Logan Kemper 11
Eric Von Sossan 7
Nick Moorman 26
Zane Martin

3PT: 9 (Moorman 3, Kemper 2, Von Sossan 2, Martin, Bendele)
FT: 21/25

JV: Spencerville 39-15 *2 quarters*
Jacob Propst (SP) – 21 points (5 three pointers)

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Fairmont, IMG Academy post day 1 Flyin to the Hoop wins

KETTERING, OH – Flyin to the Hoop has become known as a place for highlight offensive plays over the past 15 years but Friday night it was a pair of strong defensive performances from Fairmont and IMG Academy that helped secure opening night victories.

Fairmont (7-6) used a pair of three pointers from Kamron Drollet and Kellan Bochenek to jump out to an early first quarter lead, but it was the defensive effort of the Firebirds and misses from the field by Sidney (9-2) that gave them a 13-2 lead after the opening period.

Despite seeing just one shot, a layup from Devan Rogers hit the bottom of the basket in the first eight minutes the Yellow Jackets got strong contributions from Andre Gordon and a three pointer from Ryan Heins to pull within 26-15 at the half. Fairmont shot 5/17 from the three point line in the first half while holding their opponents to just 7/27 from the field in that same time period.

A refocused Yellow Jackets starting lineup took the floor in the third quarter and got four quick points, including a steal and a slam from Gordon but still found themselves unable to cut the lead any lower then four before the stanza came to an end with their opponents leading 40-25.

Free throws became a big story in the fourth quarter as the home squad Fairmont hit on 15 of their 17 tosses and were led by Drollet who hit on 9/10 from the charity stripe. Sidney had no issues getting to the line themselves as they hit all eight of their attempts. While the Jackets outscored the Firebirds 26-20 they were unable to trim the lead and fell 60-51 when the final horn rang out.

Box Score:

Fairmont (60):
Kellan Bochenek 12
Sam Lickliter 3
Jansen Davidsen 6
Jack Hendricks 15
Kamron Drollet 20
Brandon Hall 2

FG: 19/55
3PT: 5/24
FT: 17/20
TO: 16

Sidney (51):
Isaiah Bowsher 9
Jace Conrad 8
Ratez Roberts 6
Andre Gordon 17
Devan Rogers 5
Josiah Hudgins 1
Ryan Heins 5

FG: 19/56
3PT: 3/18
FT: 10/12
TO: 15

Game two of the evening featured the IMG Academy Ascenders defeating Tennessee’s Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (16-5) 70-57.

IMG Academy led by the Nation’s top guard and unsigned product Trevon Duval jumped out to an early lead as Duval splashed in a pair of jumpers to add to his lengthy highlight reel and scored 8 of his teams 15 opening quarter markers. Hamilton Heights 13 points were led by University of Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 5 points in the first period.

Just six points would find their way to the board for the the Hamilton Heights Hawks in the second eight minutes as their opponents IMG clamped down and forced a myriad of steals en route to 20 points and a lot of highlights. Not only did 6’8 Junior Emmitt Williams, fresh off a 20 rebound performance in his last game slam home six points, the Ascenders big man also swatted away a pair of Hawks shots and turned them into fast break opportunities for his teammates.

Gilgeous-Alexander and Virginia Tech bound teammate Nickeil Alexander-Walker did their best to pull them team back inside a single digit deficit in the games penultimate period as they combined for 13 of their squads 16 but were unable to prevent the IMG lead from growing as the score was 49-35 heading to the fourth stanza.

Alexander-Walker and Gilgeous-Alexander again led their team in scoring in the final quarter with 17, but were unable to keep the score close as IMG continued to pour on the points en route to the win.

Silvio de Sousa, a 6’8 Junior for IMG Academy scored 8 points in the last quarter but it was via the highlight reel dunk variety that he did his damage as the big man from Luanda, Angola smashed home the exclamation point in a game that featured many many spectacular plays that can be viewed via the SUV TV twitter account here: SUV TV Twitter.

In the end it was IMG Academy who upped their record to 17-1 on the season with the win. Duval led the way for IMG with 20 while Alexander-Walker was the overall top scorer with 21 for Hamilton Heights on the evening.

Box Score:

IMG Academy (70):
Trevon Duval 20
DeAndre Osuigwe 4
Arseniy Andreev 3
Emmitt Williams 12
Keyontae Johnson 6
Isaiah Stokes 11
Fabian Rial 2
Silvio DeSoussa 12

FG: 30/54
3PT: 4/12
FT: 6/10
TO: 13

Hamilton Heights (57):
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 21
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 18
Therren Shelton-Szmidt 11
Mahamadou Diawara 4
Wheza Panzo 3

FG: 20/58
3PT: 5/19
FT: 12/14
TO: 11

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Riders rally past Bearcats

ST. MARYS, OH – Trailing by nine heading into the final quarter on Saturday night the St. Marys Roughriders outpaced visiting Spencerville 23-8 in the final stanza and posted a 63-57 win to put a stop to their two game skid.

Jacob Grannan entered play against Spencerville averaging just a shade under 10 points per game but tossed in that mark for that amount through the first two and a half quarters before exploding in the fourth quarter for 14 of his game high 26 points.

St. Marys finished the contest by shooting 22/44 from the field, but it was the strong last eight minutes from the line for Grannan and Derek Jay who combined for 7/7 on charity shots that helped secure the come from behind win.

Spencerville jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter because four three pointers from the trio of Bailey and Griffen Croft, and Gary Schrolucke who hit half of the shots from beyond the arc to put the Cats up 20-11 at the first quarter stoppage.

Schrolucke’s hot streak from three point land continued in the second period as he again tossed in two buckets from deep before falling scoreless for the rest of the evening. Dakota Prichard’s 11 first half points helped give the Bearcats a 37-24 advantage at the midway stop.

During the third quarter it was the Roughriders all-time leading three point shooter Jay that stole the show as pumped in three triples and set up a fourth make for the home squad with an assist on a Drew Jacobs make from deep to cut into the deficit. Bailey Croft and Prichard scored the only points of the stanza for the visiting team as they each hit on six points apiece.

Grannan ended the night by hitting on 10/16 field goals and 5/5 from the free throw line and led the Roughriders in scoring while Dakota Prichard paced Spencerville by connecting on 8/20 shots from the field for his 20 markers.

Entering play Saturday night the Roughriders had dropped six straight to their Route 66 rivals dating back to their last victory in the series on January 9th, 2010.

With the win the Riders improve their record to 3-5 on the season. St. Marys will next be in action on Tuesday night as they welcome Fort Recovery (6-1) to the Horseshoe for a non-league contest.

The Bearcats loss snaps a five game winning streak and sees the team at 7-2 heading into next Friday night as they continue their six game road trip at Ada (2-6) and on Saturday at Bath (2-7).

Box Score:

Spencerville (57):
Daniel Corso 2
Gary Schrolucke 12
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 17
Griffen Croft 4
Ben Dues 2

FG: 20/49
3PT: 8/23 (Schrolucke 4, Prichard 2, B. Croft, G. Croft)
FT: 9/14

St. Marys (63):
Braedan Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 26
Austin Wilker 2
Drew Jacobs 3
Colin Clements 3
Sam Young 6
Derek Jay 19

FG: 22/44
3PT: 8/14 (Jay 4, Young, Jacobs, Grannan, Clements)
FT: 9/13

JV: St. Marys 45-23

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