|Kohli leads Mustekeers to decisive win over Big Green|
|Monday, December 17, 2012 12:21 PM|
FORT JENNINGS — Two teams having a rough start to the season squared off Friday night as the Ottoville Big Green traveled to The Fort for their non-league matchup with the Fort Jennings Musketeers.
Both teams play each other twice during the regular season with the Putnam County League game scheduled for Jan. 24 at Ottoville. The Musketeers scored 25 first-quarter points and bury the Big Green early in a 59-36 win.
The Musketeers came out of the gate blazing with four 3s from behind the arc by (2 by senior Kurt Warnecke and one apiece from sophomores Nick Von Sossan and Connor Wallenhorst. In addition, 6-4 senior Brandon Kohli owned the inside with a team-high eight points in the quarter. For the Big Green, they tried to keep up with the up-tempo play from the Musketeers and were led by junior Luke Schimmoeller and senior Derek Schimmoeller with six and five points, respectively, but trailed at the quarter break 25-14.
Veteran Musketeer head coach John Von Sossan was happy to see his big senior underneath have a strong game: “Kohli had an exceptional game tonight. He has shown us signs of that all year but has never been consistent. We might get it in spurts but then the aggressiveness stops. He got into a little foul trouble in the first half but I thought he played a much better all-around game for us tonight.”
The second quarter found both teams struggling from the offensive end of the court with only eight points being scored between the two teams. The Musketeers increased their lead going into halftime by a score of 30-17.
As has been the case throughout the year for the Big Green, they found themselves trailing throughout the second half. The Musketeers continued to use their inside-outside game with Kohli underneath and the strong outside shooting of Von Sossan, Warnecke and Wallenhorst to maintain their lead throughout the final 16 minutes of play.
Coach Von Sossan called a timeout early in the fourth quarter and instructed his team to take the air out of the ball and force the Big Green to foul. The Big Green, with only one team foul starting the quarter, was forced to foul numerous times until the Musketeers got to the line. The Musketeers did not disappoint the home fans as they went 9-13 (69%) from the stripe for the game in notching their first win on the year.
Von Sossan savored the first win of the year: “It’s always nice to get that first win, especially against our neighbors and rival. We went after the ball better tonight then we have all year. Not to take anything away from Ottoville, but they’re not a dominant rebounding team. We were more aggressive to the boards and looking at our stats on the night, we were happy to see that our starting guards hauled down five boards apiece for the game.”
The Musketeers had four starters score in double figures: Kohli, Von Sossan, Wallenhorst and Warnecke had 18, 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively. The home team connected on six 3-pointers for the game.
The Musketeers (1-4) will be back in action Tuesday night as they visit the Crestview Knights in a stretch of three games in five nights.
The Big Green (1-4) had only three players find the scorebook with (Luke) Schimmoeller and (Derek) Schimmoeller leading the way with 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the visitors. The Big Green will next play tonight as they travel to Spencerville for a 7:30 varsity-only start.
The JV game had to be cancelled due to an injured player on Ottoville’s squad which only left 10 players for the Big Green.
Derek Schimmoeller 1-4-0-14, Ryan Honigford 0-0-0-0, Luke Schimmoeller 7-0-1-15, Cory Fischer 0-0-0-0, Brandt Landin 3-0-1-7, Tyler Roby 0-0-0-0, Austin Honigford 0-0-0-0. Totals 11/25-4/19-2/4-36.
Fort Jennings (59)
Nick Von Sossan 2-3-1-14, Connor Wallenhorst 4-1-0-11, Kurt Warnecke 1-2-2-10, Chad Recker 0-0-2-2, Brandon Kohli 7-0-4-18, Austin Kehres 1-0-0-2, Drew Stechschulte 1-0-0-2. Totals 16/29-6/17-9/13-59.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 14-3-10-9 — 36
Ft. Jennings 25-5-14-15 — 59
Rebounds: Fort Jennings 28-21. Turnovers: Ottoville 15, Fort Jennings 9.
Mathias scores 22 as Elida downs Redskins
WAPAKONETA — Dakota Mathias netted 22 markers and Ebin Stratton and Aric Thompson 12 each to pace Elida past homestanding Wapakoneta 59-46 in Western Buckeye LEague boys hardwood action Friday.
Alex Greve countered with 17 for the Redskins (3-2) and Jake Buzzard 15.
Elida (3-2) hosts Toledo Woodward tonight.
Ebin Stratton 2-8-12, David Diller, 1-2-5, Austin Allemeier 1-1-3, Aric Thompson 4-0-12, Dakota Mathias 9-2-22, Trent Long 2-1-5. Totals 19-13-59.
Alex Greve 6-4-17, Jake Buzzard 6-2-15, Brandon Erb 1-0-3, Kodi Morgan 2-2-6, Travis Bertram 2-0-5. Totals 17-6-46.
Score by Quarters:
Elida 15 12 13 19 - 59
Wapak 11 10 16 9 - 46
3-pointers: E-- Thompson 4, Mathias 2, Diller, Allemeier 1; W-- Morgan 2, Greve 1, Buzzard 1, Erb 1, Bertram 1.
T-Birds eke past Bulldogs
By Dave Boninsegna
The Delphos Herald
COLUMBUS GROVE — The final Northwest Conference boys basketball contest between Columbus Grove and Lima Central Catholic will be one to remember. The Bulldogs got a momentum push in the first half to give them a 13-8 lead but a 13-0 stretch by LCC gave the Thunderbirds a 18-13 on their way to a 38-34 victory.
Martyce Kimbrough led the ’Birds with eight points. Will Vorhees led all scorers for Columbus Grove with 18 points, while Derek Rieman added 11 in the effort.
The Bulldogs led 9-8 after the first period, while Rieman and Vorhees combined for a 5-0 run. However, as fast as the hosts got the impetus, LCC stole the swing right back.
Kimbrough nailed a 3-pointer and later rounded out the stretch with another long-range shot, making it a 21-13 lead in favor of the guests. Vorhees and Collin Grothaus rounded out the first half for the Bulldogs with back-to-back baskets as the home team trailed 21-17.
LCC came out in the second half putting on the pressure but the Bulldogs responded: Rieman got a back-door cut that he converted into a bucket, Vorhees nailed the first two from the charity stripe for the hosts to cut it to 26-25 with 3:31 to go in the third. The Bulldogs held their guests close in the frame and won the battle on the scoreboard by a count of 8-7.
Vorhees continued the improvements at the stripe in the final canto, going 5-for-5, but the LCC speed caught up with the Bulldogs early on as the guests got a breakaway basket from Darius West (7 points) to give the ‘Birds a 32-27 advantage. The game eventually came down to the wire and the line; Johnson hit two key shots for the Thunderbirds with 2:00 on the clock to make it a 36-33 score. Vorhees nailed one from the stripe for Grove 30 seconds later to make it a 2-point contest. However, after a 3-point attempt by the Bulldogs (2-1) missed and led to a Grove foul, Xavier Simpson hit one of two foul shots to seal it up for Lima Central Catholic (4-1).
Simpson 2-1-5, Huffman 2-0-4, Johnson 2-2-7, Kimbrough 3-0-8, West 3-1-7, Williams 1-1-3, Judy 1-0-2, Stewart 1-0-2. Totals 12/26-3/8-5/9-38.
Rieman 5-1-11, Vorhees 5-7-18, Grothaus 1-0-2, Darbyshire 0-1-1, Warnecke 1-0-2. Totals 11/25-1/7-9/17-34.
Score by Quarters:
Lima CC 8 13 7 10 - 38
Col. Grove 9 8 8 7 - 34
Three-pointers: LCC, Kimbrough 2, Johnson; Columbus Grove, Vorhees.