OTTAWA, OH – Patrick Henry and Columbus Grove punched themselves a return trip to Ottawa Glandorf High School for Friday night as they posted victories at the same venue on Tuesday evening.
Patrick Henry engaged in a slugfest with Leipsic and emerged 54-43 victors in the early game while the Bulldogs utilized a massive point output in the games last three quarters to win 71-36 over Arcadia in the nightcap at OG.
Senior Christian Petersen put his mark on the ballgame early for the Patriots in the first quarter as he connected on a long shot from the wing for 3 to give his team the lead and just moments later a basket from inside for five of his squads 12 markers in the opening period. On the evening Petersen led all scorers with 18 points including 5 three pointers.
Leading 12-8 after the first period the visitors on the Ottawa Glandorf scoreboard for the evening stayed hot from behind the arc to run their lead to 27-17 at the halftime break behind a 5/13 three point shooting performance by three different players led by Petersen with 3 triples.
Patriots leading scorer Xavier Wensink accounted for 9 of his 12 points in the third period to help his squad extend their lead to 15 heading to the fourth period.
Sophomore Wesley Garcia helped to lead a Leipsic run in the fourth stanza as he canned a pair of threes. Tyler Hiegel hit from beyond the arc late in the last quarter as well but the Patriots closed out the game to keep their lead near double figures by hitting 7 of 10 of their opportunities to secure the win.
“It’s always hard to lose a game, especially in the tournament but I’m really proud of the effort of this entire team all season and especially tonight. We tip our cap to Patrick Henry, they made their shots and we didn’t,” Leipsic coach Chris Kuhlman said about his team and their performance tonight.
Leipsic sees their second season under Kuhlman come to an end for the second straight campaign at OG and at 8-15 overall while Patrick Henry (10-13) will move on to play second seeded Kalida on Friday night at 6:15pm.
Patrick Henry (54):
Jarrett Maus 6
Xavier Wensink 12
Kolton Holloway 2
Kaiden McGraw 9
Christian Petersen 18
Tommy Vance 2
Garrett Schwiebert 3
3PT: 8 (Petersen 5, McGraw, Maas, Wensink)
Cole Rieman 12
Tyler Hiegel 9
Clay Gerdeman 2
Alec Schroeder 6
Wesley Garcia 12
Reese Mangas 2
3PT: 7 (Garcia 3, Hiegel 3, Rieman)
Game two saw both Columbus Grove and Arcadia trade blows in the opening minutes but it was the Bulldogs who finished with a flurry in the first quarter to go on top 13-11 after a pair of buckets by Tayt Birnesser and never looked back.
Across the final three quarters the home team for the night in Columbus Grove reeled off 40 of the games next 50 points scored by the two squads.
Columbus Grove finished the first half by hitting 6/14 from behind the arc led by the duo of Birnesser and Blake Reynolds who combined to score 25 in the opening two quarters to put their team on top 37-17 at the break.
Just two shots found their way to the bottom of the net for Arcadia in the games penultimate quarter as Cole Coppus and Payton Simon each connected on fast break layups for the Redskins. Birnesser was the games high man with 21 points and added a pair of deep shots in the third quarter before taking a seat for good late in the period.
Cody Johnson of Columbus Grove off the bench had a big final eight minutes for the Bulldogs as he tossed in all 10 of his points and made his mark on the defensive end as well by committing four fouls.
In all on the evening the Bulldogs utilized 13 players in the contest and saw 9 of those young men reach the scorebook. Blake Reynolds was the third Grove player to finish in double figures as he ended with 12 points, all coming in the first half.
Friday night will see Columbus Grove (10-13) take on North Baltimore in the 8pm game at Ottawa Glandorf. Arcadia sees their season end with 5 straight losses at 3-20.
Caleb Barrientes 2
Blake Reynolds 12
Grayson Flores 4
Logan Schroeder 2
Alex Schneider 6
Tayt Birnesser 32
Logan Malsam 6
Garrett Nemire 2
Dane Selby 6
Cody Johnson 10
3PT: 9 (Birnesser 4, Reynolds 2, Schneider 2, Flores)
Levi Squire 2
Cole Coppus 10
Eli Palmer 5
Hayden Rader 2
Justen Stoner 4
Trevor Brubaker 2
Luke Metzger 1
Dez Johnson 4
Payton Simon 4
3PT: 2 (Coppus)