T-Birds fly south to Columbus

Each of the previous two seasons have ended for Lima Central Catholic on the floor of the Stroh Center at the hands of the Ottawa Glandorf Titans, but not this season.

LCC used a big performance by Martyce Kimbrough to secure the win as the Senior tossed in another 20 point performance to lead his team to a 55-40 win over the defending Division 3 State Champion OG Titans.

OG trailed after the 1st quarter 10-8 but despite another outstanding 4th quarter from the free throw line as they have done in all 3 visits to the Stroh Center this postseason were not able to get enough points to outscore the T-Birds.

The Titans were led in scoring by 6-7 Junior Noah Bramlage with 19.

OG’s season comes to an end at 16-11 while LCC improves to 23-4 and will next play on Friday afternoon at 2pm inside the Schottenstein Center in Columbus against Roger Bacon for a chance to play either defending Division 4 State Champion Villa Angela St. Joseph or Columbus Bishop Ready in the State Finals. Ready and VASJ will meet in the early contest on Friday at 10:45am.

2010 was the last time LCC was able to hoist a State Championship trophy but will be making their 7th appearance since 1989 on Friday.

Hear the T-Birds take on Roger Bacon with the “Voice of the T-Birds” Aaron Matthews beginning at 1:30pm Friday on www.931thefan.com or listen to all of the games on via your tunein ap courtesy of www.zsportslive.com

Hear the game as it aired with Michael Hirn and Chris Kuhlman:


LCC/OG advance to meet for 5th straight year

Ottawa Glandorf and Lima Central Catholic both picked up wins last night at the ONU Sports Center and will now meet on Saturday night in the D3 Regional Finals in Bowling Green for the 5th straight postseason.

Lima Central Catholic advanced with a win in the first game at ONU 64-37 over Worthington Christian. LCC jumped out to an early lead and used a couple of quick 1st quarter runs to lead 15-8 after the first stanza.

The second quarter did not get any easier for the Warriors as LCC torched them for 23 points to lead 38-14 at the halftime break.

A cool moment in the second half came when Martyce Kimbrough scored his 1,000th point, much to the delight of the LCC student section who in unison began to chant “That’s 1000” to show their appreciation in the stands.

LCC would continue to shoot a high percentage in the second half as they outscored the Warriors 26-23 to advance to the Regional Finals for the second straight season in Bowling Green and pick up win number 22 on the season against just 4 losses. Worthington Christian finishes their season at 19-7.

Lima Central Catholic was led in scoring by Kimbrough with 18 and followed in double figures by Xavier Simpson with 14, and Tre Cobbs with 13. Worthington Christian was led by 13 from Johnny Wordlaw.

In the nightcap the defending Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans took the floor in front of 1367 fans for the first time against the Huron Tigers with the winner knowing they’d advance to play LCC on Saturday night.

Despite slow starts in both District games last week, the Titans were able to jump out to a fast one against Huron as they led 16-8 after the first stanza behind 7-14 shooting while holding the Tigers to just 3-9 from the field.

Noah Bramlage who had 6 of the Titans first quarter points continued to torment the smaller defenders as he added three more before the half, but it was teammate Zach Kuhlman who did the most damage before the break as he accounted for 8 points in the quarter and 11 total to give his team a 35-23 advantage at the half.

For the first half the Titans shot 15-28 from the field while holding the Tigers to 9-22 from the field and just 3-10 from deep. Cody Thompson had a good first half for his team leading the way with 9 points on 4-9 shooting for Huron.

Bramlage, the 1st Team All-WBL selection this season started off the 3rd quarter for OG with a bang as he ignited a quick 4-0 run for his team with a jumper off an assist by Matias Trampe-Kindt to put OG up 36-27 just 26 seconds into the stanza.

Huron would close the gap to 45-37 at the end of the 3rd quarter as they outscored Ottawa Glandord 14-10 but couldn’t get any closer in the 4th.

As they have done the past couple of games, OG shot almost flawlessly from the charity stripe in the 4th quarter to finish 14-18 on free throws to ice the game to secure the 63-45 win.

OG finished 23-45 from the field but just 3-10 from 3 in the win with two of those coming from Bramlage. Huron was outscored 18-8 in the 4th quarter and finished 15-43 from the field, 8-14 from the free throw line, but were able to stay in the game by making 7-22 3 pointers on the night.

Huron was led in scoring by Junior Adam Storer who poured in 18 points on 5-10 shooting and 4-9 from 3 to go along with his perfect night from the free throw line (4-4). Ottawa Glandorf was led by 19 from Bramlage, 14 from Zach Kuhlman and 12 from Tyler Zender in the win.

The Tigers and coach Bobby Jones finish their season at 18-7 and fall in the Regional Semifinals for the 2nd straight season in the Bowling Green Regional. Ottawa Glandorf ups their record to 16-10 and into a Regional Finals rematch from a year ago where they defeated the Thunderbirds en route to the D3 State Championship.

Hear the matchup Saturday night on www.zsportslive.com at 7pm from Bowling Green State University’s Stroh Center with myself, Chris Kuhlman and Steve Wiener as the T-Birds look for retribution against a Titans team who has ended their last two seasons at the Regional level.


OG vs Huron Regional Semifinal Preview

The Ottawa Glandorf Titans and Huron Tigers were supposed to meet one another on Wednesday night in Bowling Green at the Stroh Center, but as she often does Mother Nature had other ideas. Following a postponement and a realignment of games in the state, OG will now meet Huron in Ada at Ohio Northern University on Thursday night at approximately 8pm.

Ottawa Glandorf, the defending Division 3 champions will enter the contest at 15-10 and riding a 3 game winning streak. Despite opening the season at 3-3 through their first six games, OG rallied to finish with 15 wins by stringing together two separate 4 game winning streaks in the middle of their schedule en route to their fourth straight District Championship.

Despite slow starts against both Archbold and Paulding in the District round at the Stroh Center, the Titans were able to survive and advance with blistering fourth quarters at the free throw line and full court pressure defense. In the win over Paulding that earned Ottawa Glandorf another chance to play in Bowling Green, the Titans shot 10-13 from the charity stripe to finish off the Panthers and cut down the Stroh Center nets.

Offensively the Titans are scoring at a 55.6 per game clip, but are giving up 52.6 points per contest, a razor thin margin for a team that has gotten off to such slow starts in the OHSAA Tournament.

Six of the Titans ten losses this season are to teams who played in a District Finals. Two of those six losses are to fellow Western Buckeye League teams in Bath (20-4) and Defiance (21-3), both of whom are still alive in the Division 2 Regional bracket.

First team All-WBL selection Noah Bramlage leads the Titans offensively averaging about 18 points per game. The Junior also leads the team in rebounding as he pulls down 8 rebounds per contest as well. Bramlage has draw noticeable attention from major college programs such as Yale, Wright State, Purdue, and Northwestern among others. Coach James Johnson of Virginia Tech and his staff even made their way to see Bramlage in person earlier this season.

Huron’s Tigers find themselves in uncharted territory as far as the history of their program goes. Thursday night will make the first time in school history that Huron has ever had back to back Regional appearances. Despite losing to Bloom Carroll last season and fall one game short of a Regional Finals matchup with OG last season, the Tigers used the experience as something to build off of and will roll into Ada with an 18-6 mark on the season.

Leading the way for the Sandusky Bay Conference runners up is the Senior duo of Keegan Bollenbacher and Cody Thompson who have been teammates since the fourth grade and know where one another is on the court at all times. Bollenbacher, a Division 3 Northwest District Honorable Mention selection this season is averaging 10.9 points per game and has connected on nearly 100 shots from beyond the arc. Thompson is a two sport athlete who was selected as 2nd Team All-SBC in basketball last season is also a star on the gridiron where he was named 1st Team All-State at Defensive Back in Division 5 averages 10.5 ppg.

Offensively the Tigers average 56.9 points per game and give up 49 per game. Huron has been fantastic on defense as they have yet to allow a team more than 37 points in three tournament matchups during their run. A six game winning streak will be on the line for the Tigers as they last lost on February 15th at Norwalk 56-47.

Despite being a Division 3 team, Huron plays a tough schedule that is laden with Division 1 and 2 squads. Two of Huron’s six losses came at the hand of one team who is still playing in the Division 1 Tournament (25-1 Norwalk), and Division 2 Olmsted Falls who finished the season with 16 wins this year.

Tomorrow will mark the first time that Ottawa Glandorf has ever faced Huron, but it will mark the second time OG has played a team from the Sandusky Bay Conference as they lost to Clyde in the 1995 Regional Finals to Clyde.

One interesting note from the Titans fourth straight Regional trip is that it will mark the 27th consecutive year that at least one team from Putnam County has made it that far.

The game can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com at approx 8pm from the ONU Sports Center with myself, Steve Wiener and Leipsic Vikings Assistant Coach Chris Kuhlman with the winner advancing to the Regional Finals at 7pm on Saturday night against the winner of the earlier game as 21-4 Lima Central Catholic matches up with 18-7 Worthington Christian at 6pm in Ada.


Knights move on

Most fans will tell you that the team who is able to hit the most amount of shots will win the game, and that was never more evident than last night at the Elida Fieldhouse where Miller City could not buy a bucket in the first half of their Division 4 District Championship game against the Crestview Knights as they went down in defeat 54-39.

Another poor shooting first half on the Union Bank Court at Elida doomed the Wildcats as they were unable to rebound in the second half Friday night like they did on Tuesday night against Delphos St. Johns.

Miller City scored only 5 points in the first stanza, with all of their points coming from the foul line. “We just weren’t able to make shots tonight, we’ve got a bunch of good shooters on this team, but not a lot of mature shooters,” Miller City mentor Bryan Kuhlman said. The Wildcats went 0-14 from the field in the first quarter, but 5-6 from the charity stripe as they trailed 8-5 heading into the second quarter in a matchup between the PCL and NWC Champions for the second time this season.

For the game, Miller City shot 10-41 from the field (2-16 from 3) and were forced to rely on their free throw shooting (17-20) to keep them in the game. Crestview shot 19-44 on the evening but were 8-18 from behind the arc including 4-7 from NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm. On the season the Knights shoot over 70% from the line as a team and did nothing to diminish that statistic as they hit 8-9 from the line on the night.

Helm was the game’s high scorer as he finished with 21 points to go along with his 6 rebound 5 assist night before checking out of the game for good with just under 2 minutes to go and his team enjoying a double digit lead. Tyson Bolenbaugh was the second leading scorer for Crestview as he finished with a double double, 12 points and 13 rebounds. Only five Knights broke into the scoring column as Cam Etzler finished with 9 while the duo of Connor Lautzenheiser and Mitchell Rickard each scored 6.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by Adam Niese with 16 points (8-8 FT) to go along with his 10 rebounds. Adam Drummelsmith finished with 8 points, Corey Heuerman finished with 6 despite going 2-10 from the field with Jacob Gerten (5) and Jackson Lammers (4) provided the rest of the scoring for Miller City.

With the win the Knights improve their record to 25-0 on the season and win for the first time in three years in Elida during the tournament, they will next play on Tuesday night in Bowling Green against Ottawa Hills in Regional play. Miller City’s season comes to an end at 16-9, but with their first PCL Championship since 1994 when Kevin McGlaughlin was their head coach.

Hear the broadcast as it aired on www.zsportslive.com here with myself (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46): Miller City vs Crestview Broadcast


Miller City, Crestview roll on

A District Tournament doubleheader on Tuesday night in Elida provided two drastically different games for fans to see.

In the first game the NWC Champion Crestview Knights upped their perfect record on the season to 24-0 with a 65-34 victory over Columbus Grove. For the second time this season the Bulldogs lost to the Knights, but this time they didn’t get as close as they did in their OT loss during the regular season in Convoy.

Crestview utilized a 16-2 run before Grove could get their bearings on the Union Bank Court and continued the onslaught behind a trio of triples in the first half from off the bench by Isiah Simmerman who finished the game with 11.

Led by All-NWC players including the NWC Player of the Year Damian Helm (14 points), Crestview utilized the three point arc all night long as they finished 7-15 from deep. Hitting a ton of 3’s is no new feat for the Knights as they shoot 34% from there on the season, an unusually high number for a high school basketball team that has taken as many shots as they have.

Grove was led in scoring by All-NWC and PCL 1st team selection in Senior Will Vorhees and 2nd team selection in Junior Jace Darbyshire with 12 apiece.


Always a class act, Vorhees proved how much respect he has for his opponents as he walked first to the Crestview bench to shake hands with Coach Best and his staff before taking a seat on the bench in his final game as a high schooler to a standing ovation from the Grove crowd in attendance.

In the nightcap, it would be easy to say that Delphos St. Johns and Miller City both got off to a slow start. Delphos St. Johns got on the scoreboard first at the 3:47 mark of the 1st quarter as they hit 1 of 2 free throws to lead 1-0. At the end of the first quarter however it was Miller City who led 6-3.

The second stanza did not prove fruitful for the Bluejays as they did not make their first free throw in the game until almost 3 minutes in, and only put up 7 points in the quarter as they trailed 18-10 at the break.

Miller City would find themselves facing a Bluejays squad with a renewed vigor in the second half that came out swinging as they tied it up to end the 3rd at 23 after a 13 point 3rd quarter.

The final stanza played out like a heavyweight prize fight, as both teams bumped and bruised not only each other but also the rims and backboards with their misses. Miller City would go on to finish 13-47 from the field while the Jays went 14-49 overall.

With their season on the line late, the Wildcats were able to have their leaders in Adam Drummelsmith and Adam Niese, both All-PCL selections connect from the free throw line and survive a DSJ onslaught for the 39-36 win. DSJ and Miller City have played 4 times at the Fieldhouse with each of them now having two wins apiece.


Friday night in Elida will see Miller City at 16-8 taking on the 24-0 Crestview Knights for a D4 District Title and a chance to move to the Regionals at BGSU’s Stroh Center early next week. On December 27th this season, the Knights bludgeoned the Cats by 22 and will be looking for a similar outing this time around.

Will Crestview pick up win #25 this season or will Miller City keep their best season in over 20 years going? Tune into www.zsportslive.com at 7pm on Friday night to find out as myself and Steve Wiener will have the call of all the action.


Leipsic, OG, Grove, PG, Ottoville all advance

By virture of their wins in Putnam County on Saturday night, Leipsic and Pandora Gilboa added dates next Thursday night in Allen County against Ottoville and Crestview respectively.

On the back of a 25 point night from Senior forward Megan Maag, the Rockets capped off the night at Ottawa Glandorf’s Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in which they could seemingly do no wrong.

Pandora jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter behind Maag who would go on to score her 1,000th point in the 3rd quarter and never looked back (Hear the call of it here: http://t.co/lm8ZfjtOKZ).

After the first quarter the scoreboard read Pandora 14-10 over McComb, a team the Rockets have now beaten twice this season. At the half the Rockets led 26-10. Pandora would push their advantage to 43-29 after three stanzas and finish it off with a 57-38 win.

With the win the Rockets improve to 16-8 on the season while McComb behind a big night from Emily Clymer finish their 2013-14 campaign at 12-12.

Thursday night at 6:15pm it will be second seeded Pandora Gilboa against top seeded Crestview. The game can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com

In the earlier contest of the night the Leipsic Vikings picked up win #20 as they dispatched the Miller City Wildcats 55-35.

Leipsic jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead and led 36-13 at the half. In the contest Amber Gerdeman went well over her 12ppg average as she had 23 points in the win that will set up a rematch between the Vikings and the Ottoville Big Green that was won just a few weeks ago by the Vikings that denied Ottoville their 5th straight PCL title.

Ottoville will meet Leipsic at 8pm in the 2nd game at Lima Senior High School on Thursday night following completion of the Crestview/PG game. The Big Green racked up another sectional title with a 58-53 win over Kalida in Van Wert to earn themselves a rematch with the top ranked Vikings.

Two other Putnam County League schools also got an opportunity to cut down nets on Saturday night as the Columbus Bulldogs were victorious in Wapakoneta over the Allen East Mustangs 55-37 behind another big game at Wapak for Julia Wynn, and the Ottawa Glandorf Titans were winners as well 68-33 over Bluffton in the Riverdale sectional.

Ottawa Glandorf and Columbus Grove will meet in Elida on Thursday night in Division 3 Tournament action at the Fieldhouse with a 6:15pm tipoff that can be heard on www.zsportslive.com as well with Dave Boninsegna on the call.

Be sure to stay tuned to @zsportslive and @michaelhirnpbp to stay up to date on OHSAA tournament action, scores and news.


Bulldogs Advance

It’s that time of the season again, OHSAA Girls Tournament Basketball, the time of year where you throw the records out the windows and anything can happen.

Columbus Grove entered the Sectional Tournament Wednesday night at Wapak with a 13-9 record while their opponents the Coldwater Cavaliers brought a 14-8 record along with them into the contest.

With Coldwater looking to utilize their size advantage, Columbus Grove looked to counter with their speedy four guard lineup. It appeared early as if the Cavaliers could run away with the game as they jumped out to a 10-7 lead after the first stanza. Outside of a pair of Lynea Diller buckets from the paint, Grove could not buy a bucket early as their other three points came from Julia Wynn and Sydney McCluer at the charity stripe. Coldwater sharpshooter Sarah Kanney put on an impressive display from long range in the quarter as she put 8 early points on the board including a pair from 25 feet away with her set shot jumper.

In the second stanza both teams traded turnovers as Grove would end the half forcing 12 Cavalier miscues while only committing 10 of their own. Despite being outscored on the perimeter in the opening quarter, the Bulldogs fought back in the second as they sent the teams to the break tied at 20 on the back of a 13-10 stanza with 6 players accounting for points. Coldwater reversed the roles from the opening quarter in the second however as they hit 7-7 from the free throw line to tie it at 20 with half the game gone.

A hardened effort by Columbus Grove to shut down Kanney in the 3rd quarter proved to be an effective strategy as the only Cavalier to score in the third would be Hannah Bruns who would account for all 7 Coldwater points in the stanza. Utilizing balanced scoring again, Columbus Grove had 5 players score in the quarter including 4 from Diller and used those points to lead 31-27 heading into the final quarter of regulation despite a 3 point play from Bruns as time expired.

With both teams racking up fouls in bunches, both teams spent a major part of the fourth quarter at the line. Columbus Grove would convert on 6-6 attempts while Coldwater shot 5-9 from the line. Kanney and Kiersten Siefring both provided a spark from long range to keep it close and send the game to overtime tied at 42. Grove had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but could not get enough separation at half court to get a shot close enough to the rim to win it, despite a great heave that came up just short.

During the overtime period both teams again looked to put their stamp on the game and advance, but the Bulldogs utilized the free throw line where they went 7-8 en route to the 51-49 win. Julia Wynn was fouled for the Bulldogs with 1.8 seconds left and the game tied at 49, and promptly buried a pair of charity tosses through the net to secure the 2 point victory for her squad. Wynn would finish the game with 14 points and 5-6 from the line in the OT. Jade Clement, a 5’3 freshman finished off her 10 points with the other two makes from the line for Columbus Grove.

Sarah Kanney finished with a game high 17 for the Cavaliers while her teammate Bruns dropped in 14 in the loss.

Coldwater finishes their season at 14-9 while Columbus Grove ups their record to 14-9 and will play at Wapak again on Saturday night at 6:15pm against Allen East, a team who beat the Bulldogs on January 30th 50-44. The winner of that contest will be crowned Sectional Champions and will move on to play in Elida on Thursday Feb 27th against either Ottawa Glandorf or Bluffton.

Hear the contest as it happened with myself (@michaelhirnpbp) and Steve Wiener (@wienerman46) here:


Wapak outlasts Van Wert

Friday night after a rough start the Wapakoneta Redskins got back on track against the Van Wert Cougars and found a way to pick up their first home win in the series since 2006. In the 53-46 victory the Redskins were led by Kodi Morgan with 17. Wapak moved to 5-12 overall and 2-6 in WBL play with the win while Van Wert who was led in scoring by Connor Holiday’s 13 points fell to 9-11 overall and 2-6 in Western Buckeye League contests this season.

The game aired on Game Face Ohio (www.gamefaceohio.com) and can be seen in it’s entirety here with myself and Rick Bowersock on the call:


Bulldogs down Titans

Listen to the broadcast here: Elida vs OG Broadcast

Friday night Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium in Ottawa was packed to capacity and was rocking early as the Elida Bulldogs came into town to take on the defending Division 3 state champion OG Titans. Both teams were trying to keep pace in the Western Buckeye League race as Elida entered at 5-1 in the conference while OG came in 4-2 in the WBL race.

Elida got off to a hot start as future Purdue Boilermaker Dakota Mathis picked up 12 quick points out of the gate behind a trio of three pointers from 23, 24 and finally 25 feet with an OG defender’s hand in his face to give his squad a 13-3 lead just two minutes in before the Titans had to call their first timeout to regroup. The Bulldogs would finish the quarter leading 28-12 behind 17 opening stanza markers from Mathis who came into the contest just 51 points away from breaking Reggie McAdams (now at the University of Akron) Elida high school scoring record.

The second quarter didn’t yield much for Ottawa Glandorf in the way of luck as every ball on the floor seemed to be bouncing right to the Bulldogs. One play in particular saw the ball come off of the backboard and then off the side of the head of guard Louis Gray before being fired up court by Mathias to a teammate for an easy layup.

As the teams headed into the break, the Bulldogs led 42-21 behind 20 from Mathis and 10 from Gray. Tyler Zender led the Titans with 7 first half points.

Whatever the halftime speech OG coach Tyson McGlaughlin gave his troops had them fired up as the 3rd quarter began as they climbed on the back of Zender and began to cut into the Elida lead with a quick 6-0 run. As they had done all game however, Elida roared back with a run of their own keyed by a trio of made free throws by Mathias after he was fouled in the act of shooting a three pointer (of which he finished 7 for 15 on the night).

Elida led 71-46 after three quarters of action between the two schools and put themselves in position for their 21st win in 53 contests against the Titans.

Despite checking out midway through the fourth quarter, Mathis finished as the games leading scorer and Zsportslive.com player of the game with 38 points, 5 rebounds and 4 beautiful assists. Louis Gray chipped in 20 points as one of three Bulldogs in double figures in the 89-69 win.

Elida with the win improves to 14-3 overall and 6-1 in the Western Buckeye League and remains in a 3 way tie for 1st while the Titans drop to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in WBL play.

Ottawa Glandorf will play host to the Leipsic Vikings and newly minted 1,000 point scorer Zach Kuhlman who surpassed the point plateau with 24 in a Friday night win over the Pandora Gilboa Rockets. OG vs Leipsic can be heard on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Rudy Lomeli on the call.

Elida returns home to the Fieldhouse Saturday night where they will play host to the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds who were winners over Bloom Carroll on Friday night 76-67. In the tipoff at the beginning of the season, LCC defeated Elida 77-62 back in November.

Don’t forget to follow @michaelhirnpbp for scores and updates from around the area.


Bearcats outlast Bulldogs

COLUMBUS GROVE – Four quarters of basketball wasn’t enough to settle things between Spencerville and Columbus Grove so they played an extra stanza in front of a capacity crowd Friday night.

A back and forth first quarter of action between the two teams ended as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 17-16 lead at the end thanks to a late basket. In the second stanza both teams continued to shoot a torrid pace and protect the ball with only 1 turnover apiece. For the half the Bearcats shot a respectable 41%, but were matched by the Bulldogs who made 50% of their shots.

Spencerville led going into the lockerroom at the half by a 30-29 margin.

Looking to prove they could continue to do damage from the field, each team tore it up in the 3rd quarter with the Bearcats throwing in 14 while the Dogs followed right behind with 10.

One of the biggest plays of the game came midway through the 4th when following a steal of a Bearcat defender, Will Vorhees used his 6’7 frame to slam one home on a fast break to the delight of the home fans in attendance to ignite a quick Bulldog rally and pull them within a point of the Cats lead.

As the quarter ran down, the Bearcats had a chance to win it with 20 seconds left but a Ben Bowers shot from just beyond the free throw line wouldn’t drop. Columbus Grove’s chance to win came on the ensuing possession but ended just as empty as Logan Diller’s 23 foot heave hit the front of the rim to send the game to overtime tied at 49.

A four minute overtime period began with neither team able to get a shot to fall until Zach Goecke’s three point play opened the 7-4 scoring advantage the Bearcats used to put the game away.

Will Vorhees led the way for the Bulldogs with 18, followed by Jace Darbyshire with 15. Columbus Grove shot 21-46 from the field in the game and 7-9 from the free throw line while committing just 4 turnovers.

Spencerville was led by Ben Bowers with 18, Zach Goecke with 15 and Dakota Pritchard with 10. For the game the Bearcats shot 19-47 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line including 3-4 from the charity stripe in the overtime in the win.

Goecke, a Sophomore for the Bearcats was named as the Zsportslive.com player of the game as he went 2-3 from the line in the overtime to secure the win for Spencerville.

Spencerville with the win improves to 11-3 overall and 5-0 in the Northwest Conference and will play host to Delphos St. Johns on Saturday night at 7pm inside the walk-in closet. Columbus Grove drops to 7-5 on the season and 2-2 in the NWC, their contest on Saturday night will see them play host to the defending OHSAA Division 3 State Champion Ottawa Glandorf Titans.

Grove vs OG can be heard live as it happens on www.zsportslive.com with myself and Mark Roney on the call around 7pm weather permitting.

Hear the game in it’s entirety here: Spencerville vs Grove broadcast


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