Fort Loramie 47, Russia 32
Fort Loramie jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Russia Raiders 47-32 for their first regular-season win in two-plus years of this Shelby County rivalry, having gone 0-4 the last two seasons.
Tyler Siegel led the Redskins with 11 points in the win and Evan Berning added another 10 points for Fort Loramie. With the win, they move their undefeated mark to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the SCAL.
Russia was led by Daniel Kearns who had 10 points in the game and Jack Dapore with nine. The Raiders struggled to get going and after falling behind by 10 points at the half they never made a serious run to get back into striking distance. Russia falls to 7-4 overall and 5-1 in Conference.
Minster 45, Delphos St. John’s 41
Minster escaped Delphos St. John’s with a four-point win after allowing them to explode for a 17-12 lead after one-quarter of action. After suffering a few initial defensive breakdowns, the Minster defense put the clamps on Delphos and made it tough to get looks at the basket.
Isaac Schmiesing led Minster in scoring with 11 points, while Jared Schultze added eight points, and Jared Huelsman and Mike Ketner each chipped in with seven points apiece. With the win Minster improves to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the MAC and are back in action Saturday when they host Ottoville.
Collin Will led the Blue Jays in the loss with 11 points and was joined in double digits by Richard Cocuzza and his 10 points. Delphos St. John’s couldn’t get much help outside of those two though as they fell to Minster.
St. Henry 59, Fort Recovery 47
St. Henry took advantage of 10 second-chance points, nine points off turnovers, and their superior bench play Friday night to grab a 59-47 win Friday night over Fort Recovery.
Tyler Schlarman had a monster game with 27 points, seven rebounds, two steals, and a block. Caden Niekamp tossed in 11 points to join Schlarman in double figures. St. Henry held their own on the defensive end as well, allowing Fort Recovery to connect on just 23% from three-point range and forcing them into mistakes.
Payton Jutte led Fort Recovery with 21 points and two assists, he was aided by Ryan Braun in the loss with 13 points and eight rebounds. Unfortunately for the Indians, they didn’t get a lot of help outside Braun and Jutte as their teammates only put 13 points on the scoreboard.
Fremont St. Joe 77, Hardin Northern 45
Fremont St Joe dominated the Polar Bears from start to finish. After taking the big 19-11 to close out the first quarter, St. Joe’s put the game out of reach when they outscored Hardin Northern 26-6 in the second quarter alone. St. Joe’s called the dogs off in the fourth period and finished with a 77-45 win over the Polar Bears.
Hardin Northern was led by Nick Adams with 15 points and five rebounds. Lance Good added another nine points to Adams total, but the Polar Bears was unable to overcome sloppy play that led to an eye-popping 32 total turnovers in the contest. Making matters worse they only connected on 35% of their field goal attempts.
Upper Scioto Valley 71, Ridgemont 40
The Rams shot a whopping 50% of their field goal attempts in Friday’s 71-40 thrashing of Ridgemont. USV dominated in every category as they cruise along to the easy win.
Quinn Sanders scored his game high of 20 points and had a block and three steals in just 16 minutes of action. He was helped by teammate Wyatt Daniels who added 17 points and six rebounds in the win. Brady Hipsher and Wayne Lowery also got in on the scoring action with eight points each.
Ridgemont didn’t have an easy go of it in the game and was led by Connor Martino with his 12 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep his team in the game. Jayden Streets chipped in with nine and James scored another six points in the blowout loss.
Marion Local 66, New Bremen 30
The Flyers had few challenges in doubling up the New Bremen Cardinals in Friday night’s MAC contest. Marion Local had four players with double digits. Tyler Mescher led all scorers with 18, Nathan Bruns added 14, and Tyler Prenger and Nick Tangeman each threw in 13 points for Marion Local. Rounding out the scoring for the Flyers was Matt Rethman with four and Max Albers and Collin Everman with two each.
After ending the first quarter trailing 27-7 things didn’t get a whole lot better the rest of the way through for the Cardinals. They had trouble finding the basket and had too many mental mistakes to have a shot to beat a good team like Marion Local. New Bremen was led by Avery Powers and Grant Hoehne with six points each in the loss. Nolan Barnhorst added five and Luke Vonderhaar had three, while five players score two each in a losing cause.