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Big Green streak past Spencerville

OTTOVILLE, OH – For the Big Green of Ottoville Saturday night’s 54-39 win over visiting Spencerville represented the start and end to a couple of streaks.

Ottoville’s win represented their first in nine tries against Spencerville dating back to their last victory in 2010 over the Bearcats when Tom Von Sossan called Heckman Gymnasium home.

Unfortunately for the Bearcats the loss represents a streak of a different kind, the fifth straight loss to open the season. The last time Spencerville suffered a five game losing streak was the opening of the 2009/10 campaign that saw the Northwest Conference squad drop their first seven contests before rallying to beat Bluffton in their eighth game of the year.

Spencerville 6’4 senior and All-Ohio Offensive lineman Ben Dues scored six of his team high 14 points in the first quarter down low to give his team an early 11-5 lead at the end of the opening quarter.

In the second eight minutes of the contest the Big Green found themselves with many opportunities at the free throw line while their opponents found a pair of their starters on the bench with a pair of fouls. Ottoville’s Keagan Leis connected on a pair of free throws with 3:00 to go in the first half to tie the contest at 17-17 just moments before teammate Ryan Bendele split a pair to put the Big Green on top for good at 18-17.

Nick Moorman nailed all four of his charity tosses in the second stanza to help lead his team to a 12/13 performance in the quarter and to a 25-22 advantage at the break.

Six players marked tallies in the scorebook for Ottoville in the third period led by Josh Thorbahn’s eight points and back to back three pointers that forced Spencerville to utilize a timeout in effort to stop the Big Green run.

Perhaps the biggest highlight of the entire contest came in the waning seconds of the third stanza as 6’6 freshman Ryan Suever ripped away a Spencerville miscue and raced the length of the floor for a slam dunk just in front of the third quarter buzzer for two of his four points in the game.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw the visitors outscore the hosts 7-6 with four players adding buckets, including Dues for his final points of the evening. Ottoville’s Logan Kemper, a 6’3 senior tossed in all of his teams points and finished the night with a game high 17 in the victory.

Ottoville sees their record rise to 6-0 on the season and will host Elida on Friday night before traveling south to Delphos on Saturday night to take on the St. Johns Blue Jays.

Things don’t get any easier for the Bearcats (0-5) on the schedule as they will be home for a pair of games against former Northwest Conference rival Lima Central Catholic and PCL foe Kalida next weekend.

Scoring:

Ottoville (54):
Ryan Bendele 7
Logan Kemper 17
Ryan Suever 4
Keagan Leis
Drew Fisher 3
Nick Moorman 11
Zane Martin 2
Josh Thorbahn 8

FG: 17/46
FT: 17/20
3PT: 3/18 (Thorbahn 2, Moorman)
TO: 8

Spencerville (39):
Drew Armstead 4
Jackson Goecke 7
Keegan Goecke 5
Dalton Prichard 6
Conner Holmes 2
Kolten Murray 1
Ben Dues 14

FG: 13/30
FT: 11/15
3PT: 2/10 (J. Goecke, Prichard)
TO: 24

JV: Ottoville 56-29

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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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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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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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Bearcats victory earns Sensabaugh 200th win

PAULDING, OH – With their 75-56 victory in Paulding on Friday night the Spencerville Bearcats gave mentor Kevin Sensabaugh his 200th career victory.

In the midst of a six game swing away from home the Bearcats got solid contributions from their bench and saw four players finish in double figures as they improved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in Northwest Conference play while dropping host Paulding to 3-7, and 0-2.

Seniors Dakota Prichard and Bailey Croft led the visitors attack as they scored 23 and 17 points respectively, but it was the contribution from Junior Ben Dues (11 points, 8 rebounds) that had the Bearcat mentor smiling most. “Ben has played really well for us in back to back games and gave us good minutes tonight” said Sensabaugh.

Daniel Corso had solid first and third quarters for Spencerville as well as he pumped in 11 of his 13 points, including hitting all four of his free throws in the contest.

Paulding finished with two players in double figures as Jaret Miller led the Panthers in scoring and was joined by 6’6 Senior Griffin Harder who netted 10 markers before fouling out late in the fourth period.

Spencerville outscored Paulding 14-12 in the first quarter and pushed their advantage to 27-19 at the halftime break before outpacing the hosts 48-47 in the second half to secure the victory, their 10th in the last 13 meetings with the Panthers.

Free throws were a big story for the game in the second half as the two teams committed enough fouls to put the other deep into the double bonus limit. Paulding hit on 15 of their 21 charity tosses while the Bearcats went 13/15 in the second half. Overall the Bearcats were 21/24 in the game from the line while Paulding finished 19/26.

Saturday night will see Spencerville take their 4-0 road record down St. Route 66 to St. Marys as they battle the Roughriders (2-5) in a non-conference tilt. Paulding will wait until next Friday night, January 13th when they travel to take on Allen East for their next contest, an NWC battle.

Box Score:

Spencerville (75):
Daniel Corso 13
Gary Schrolucke 3
Brady Nolan 6
Dakota Prichard 23
Bailey Croft 17
Conner Holmes 2
Ben Dues 11

FT: 21/24
3PT: 2 (Nolan, B. Croft)

Paulding (56):
Marcus Miller 2
Ethan Rhonehouse 6
Jaret Miller 15
Kameron Echols 6
Cameron Doster 5
Preston Ingol 5
Logan Bradford 1
Griffin Harder 10
Carson Shull 3
Fletcher Cook 3

FT: 19/26
3PT: 3 (Miller 2, Cook)

JV: Paulding 55-39

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Bearcats win 3rd straight

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – Gary Schrolucke and Dakota Prichard combined for 21 of Spencerville’s 31 points in the second half, and the Bearcats grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the final two periods as the visitors defeated New Knoxville 54-42 in non-conference action at the Barn Friday night.

Each squad opened the first quarter with a pair of turnovers and shots from inside the arc but were unable to get into an effective flow of their offense early on as the opposing defense consistently found themselves in key position to keep the score in single digits. With only seconds left in the first quarter the Rangers nabbed an 11-10 advantage at the first quarter break as they sank a three pointer just before the buzzer.

Dakota Prichard’s seven second quarter points helped fuel a 12-7 second quarter that gave Spencerville a 22-18 halftime lead, but the Bearcat defense helped keep New Knoxville’s leading scorer Nick Topp to just one make from the field in the period and held the 6’1 Senior to 8 in the opening two quarters while not allowing him to create many open opportunities as well for his teammates.

Four players scored for the Bearcats in the second half as they again outscored their opponents in a quarter 12-7 and took their largest lead of the game into the final period leading by 9 at 34-25.

Missed free throws would become a story for Spencerville in the third and into the fourth quarter as the visitors finished just 7/15 on the evening but hit enough shots from the perimeter that they were able to keep the score near or in double digits until the clock struck all zeroes.

Nick Topp accounted for 10 of his team high 21 points in the final eight minutes but was unable to keep Prichard at bay for the Bearcats as he also tossed in 10 points. Schrolucke’s three pointer and basket provided 5 of his 13 markers in the ballgame and helped Spencerville to wrap up a 54-42 victory.

New Knoxville (2-3) has not beaten the Bearcats at home since they were victorious over Spencerville by a 60-38 score on December 30th, 2008. The Rangers will be off until next Friday, December 30th when they travel to St. Marys to take on the Roughriders.

Spencerville sees their record move to 5-1 on the season and will have a week off for the Christmas break as well before they travel to take on the Kalida Wildcats on Friday night.

Box Score:

Spencerville (54)
Daniel Corso 3
Gary Schrolucke 13
Jacob Propst 2
Brady Nolan 5
Dakota Prichard 24
Bailey Croft 6
Griffen Croft 1

FG: 21/42
3PT: 5/17 (Schrolucke 2, Prichard 2, Nolan)
FT: 7/15
REB: 29 (10 Offensive – Prichard 8)
TO: 13

New Knoxville (42):
Nick Topp 21
Ben Lammers 3
Jonah Lageman 6
Nathan Tinnerman 6
Nick Thobe 4
Nathan Merges 2

3PT: 6/16 (Topp 4, Lammers, Tinnerman)
FT: 4/7
REB: 18 (4 Offensive – Tinnerman 8)
TO: 14

JV: Spencerville 32-19

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Bearcats claw past St Henry

SPENCERVILLE, OH – Three pointers were the name of the game at the Walk-In Closet on Friday night as St. Henry and Spencerville combined to throw up 43 triple attempts on the evening. Spencerville finished the contest at 4/8 and in the end with a 56-49 victory in front of their home fans to open the season.

St. Henry held Spencerville scoreless for the first half of the opening quarter and held on to a 3-0 behind a Ryan Luttmer three pointer until the Bearcats got on the board with 4:05 left in the stanza when Senior Gary Schrolucke connected on 2/3 charity tosses. The Redskins tossed in a pair of three pointers from Ryan Bruening and Mitch Schwieterman to lead 15-11 after the first eight minutes of play.

The old adage is “live by the three, die by the three” and St. Henry put that to the test in the second quarter as their only points would come from the duo of Curtis Ulenhake and Luttmer who each hit from behind the arc.

Despite being held scoreless in the first quarter by the Redskins defense Dakota Prichard exploded in the second period with 9 points, including a three pointer of his own to help give his team their first lead at 16-15 with 4:24 left in the half. Junior Ben Dues two points in the quarter, his only marker of the game helped the Cats lead by four at the half 25-21.

Prichard struck the visiting defense again in the third quarter as he would pick up seven more points and a second made three pointer to bump his total to 16 and coupled with baskets from Bailey and Griffen Croft, and a three from Schrolucke handed the home squad a 40-36 lead going into the final quarter.

Spencerville finished from the free throw line 22/36 on the evening but did connect on 12/20 of their attempts in the fourth quarter that saw the Bearcats survive multiple miscues with the basketball and emerge victorious by seven. For their part the Redskins did put up 14 markers of their own but fall in the end 56-49.

St. Henry sees their season start at 0-1 but will be in action Saturday night at Russia. The Redskins were led in scoring by Ryan Luttmer who finished with 12 points, all coming on made three pointers.

The Bearcats were led in scoring by Dakota Prichard who finished with 22 points. Saturday night will see Spencerville on the road at Bluffton University for a 6pm tilt with Colonel Crawford.

Box Score:

St. Henry (49):
Curtis Ulenhake 3
Nathan Lefeld 1
Ryan Luttmer 12
Mitch Schwieterman 11
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 7
Blake Hoyng 6
Cody Bruggeman 2

FG: 17/46
3PT: 9/35
FT: 6/10
REB: 24

Spencerville (56):
Dakota Prichard 22
Gary Schrolucke 11
Griffen Croft 9
Bailey Croft 7
Daniel Corso 5
Ben Dues 2

FG: 15/32
3PT: 4/8
FT: 22/36
REB: 28

JV: St. Henry 40-33

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