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Cavaliers outlast Wildcats

ELIDA, OH – While points were coming at a premium in the first half for Coldwater and Delphos Jefferson on Wednesday night in Elida they seemed to come by the bunches in the last two quarters for Cavalier junior Marcus Bruns as he dropped 18 of his game high 27 markers to lead his squad to a 53-46 victory.

Bruns, a 1st team Midwest Athletic Conference selection this season for the Cavaliers (12-11) eclipsed the 20 plus point marker for the sixth time on the season with and set a new season high to eclipse his 23 point performance in January against Celina.

Delphos Jefferson (9-14) was led on the evening by sophomore Hunter Mericle with 14 points that included a quartet of made three pointers. Mericle got things going right away for the Wildcats as he helped his squad to an 8-7 first quarter lead with a shot from beyond the arc. Teammate Tyler Bratton who finished with 13 on the evening pumped in half of his teams first quarter scores with short jump shots.

The two teams combined to hit three triples in the second quarter to help pick up the games tempo but it was again the Cavs leading scorer in Bruns who did the damage to the opposition as he tallied 7 quarter points. With a 2/3 effort at the free throw line mid-way through the quarter Bruns gave Coldwater the games first markers from either side in a nearly five minute span and pushed the Cavaliers into the lead 18-17 at the halftime stoppage.

In the first half the Wildcats found themselves at the line for just a pair of tosses, in the second half Jefferson however saw their chances to shoot with the clock stopped increase as the game began to be called tighter by the officials. Unfortunately for the Jeffcats however they were their own worst enemy from the charity stripe as they would finish just 4/11 while their opponents hit on 9 of their 13 chances in the game.

Foul trouble from a trio of players in the second half forced Delphos coach Jordan Jettinghoff to go to his bench early and often and search for extra scoring. Sophomore Doug Long tossed in a solid offensive effort in the final two periods as he ended with 4 points and helped to slow down the hot shooting Coldwater offense.

Marcus Bruns seemingly could do no wrong for the Cavaliers in the second half as he not only connected on a pair of technical foul free throws in the third stanza but also hit a three pointer and 7 of his 8 tosses from the charity stripe.

Grant Meyer and Jacob Wenning knocked down a trio of three pointers and Cole Frilling, who finished with 12 in the game hit a wide open shot in the fourth quarter to push the Cavs into the next round with a 53-46 victory.

Tyler Bratton (13), and Hunter Mericle had strong performances in the game for Jefferson but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wildcats from bowing out in the sectional round for the second straight season.

Coldwater will take on Lima Central Catholic at the Elida Fieldhouse on Friday night in the 8pm contest with the victory for the right to move on to the district level next week.


Coldwater (53):

Marcus Bruns 27
Grant Meyer 6
Cole Frilling 12
Jacob Wenning 6
Ben Wenning 2

FG: 19/52
3PT: 6/17 (Bruns 2, Meyer 2, J. Wenning 2)
FT: 9/13
TO: 7

Delphos Jefferson (46):

Brenen Auer 5
Davion Tyson 2
Tyler Bratton 13
Hunter Mericle 14
Alex Rode 8
Doug Long 4

FG: 19/44
3PT: 4/15 (Mericle 4)
FT: 4/11
TO: 5


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


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: