Crestview 69, Paulding 56
Despite allowing Paulding to shoot 60 percent from the field and watching them nail 11 three-pointers to their own 45 field goal percentage and 5 three-pointers, the Knights pulled off the come from behind win.
Javin Etzler led all scorers with 24 points for Crestview and for good measure he threw in seven rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Etzler received plenty of help from Drew Kline and Wade Sheets who scored 19 and 10 respectively. The Knights entered the fourth quarter trailing by five points and turned it into a big 13-point win.
The Panthers outplayed Crestview for most of the evening, but they didn’t do a good enough job of taking care of the basketball. They turned it over an eye-popping 24 times and was outscored 22-9 when it came to scoring off turnovers. Marcus Miller had a big offensive game for Paulding with 20 points and five assists. Jaret Miller and Kameron Echols each scored 11 to join Miller with double-digit scoring.
Fort Loramie 44, Jackson Center 28
Fort Loramie had a rare off night Friday, but thanks to their superb defensive play they came still came away with an easy win over the Redskins. Dillon Braun led the Redskin in scoring with a dozen and Tyler Siegal scored 11 points. Fort Loramie kept pace with Russia Raiders for first place in SCAL tonight as they knocked off Jackson Center 44-28. The victory pushes the black and red record to (19-1, 9-1). Fort Loramie will be back in action tomorrow night when they take on the Anna Rockets.
Jackson Center played well defensively as they held the Redskins to just 44 points, but the defensive success didn’t carry over to the offense where they only averaged seven points a quarter. Christopher Elcher led the Tigers with his game-high 14 points, unfortunately for him his fellow Tiger teammates only combined for another 14, falling short of Fort Loramie.
Elgin 46, Upper Scioto Valley 44
Elgin was able to overcome slow starts to both halves with big second and fourth quarters to sneak past the Rams on Friday. Peyton Halzenbarlhe scored seven of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. He was joined in double figures in scoring by Colin Rife.
Upper Scioto had plenty of offensive issues in the game where they only were able to shoot 41 percent and 29 percent from the field and behind the arc respectively. Wayne Lowery scored 10 and had five rebounds for the Rams, meanwhile Quinn Sanders chipped in with 10 points of his own and grabbed three rebounds in the losing cause.
New Bremen 55, Parkway 46
Luke Vonderhaar led the Cardinals with 16 points and seven boards and Nolan Bornhorst chipped in another 14 points to go with seven of his own rebounds. Finally, Bryce Blicke tossed in a dozen points to give New Bremen three players of double-figure scorers to lead the Cardinals past Parkway.
Parkway trailed from start to finish in this one and was unable to find their rhythm on offense and at the time was unable to slow the Cardinals offense at others. Caleb Kinney was the man for the Panthers as he secured a double, double with 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge. He was joined in double digits Jack Wehe who scored 10 points of his own.
Wayne Trace 74, Hicksville 47
The Raiders jumped all over Hicksville with a 16-3 advantage after a quarter of action and they didn’t look back as they rolled. Josiah Linder had his typical 23 points in the contest and Reid Miller added 11 points, while Jake Kuhn threw in 10. With the w, n Wayne Trace pushes their season mark 16-3.
Hicksville didn’t have an answer to slow down the Wayne Trace offense and before they knew what hit them they were down by 20 points and things only got worse from that point on. Payton Tunis led Hicksville with 14 points and Dylan Early added another 10. With the loss Hicksville moves to (15-4, 5-1) to tie them with Wayne Trace in conference play, but they are a game back of Wayne Trace overall.