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Vorhees paces Grove past Lancer boys

By NICK JOHNSON

DHI Correspondent

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MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview Lancers faced off against the Bulldogs of Columbus Grove on Friday night at Lincolnview High School in boys basketball action and Grove managed to beat the Lancers by a score 59-49.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth affair as both teams exchanged baskets for much of the quarter. The Bulldogs ended the first quarter with a 13-12 lead with six points from Derek Rieman and four points from Will Vorhees.

The Lancers got two 3-pointers from Kyle Williams and two baskets from Kade Carey to keep the score close in the first quarter.

Vorhees did all the heavy lifting for Grove in the second quarter as he scored all eight of the Bulldogs’ points in the period. Lincolnview got back-to-back 3-pointers from Williams and Mark Evans to give the Lancers a 22-19 lead in the second.

A Justis Dowdy layup pushed the score to 24-21, Lancers, at the end of the first half.

The Bulldogs came out in the second half with a purpose as they started the third quarter on a 12-2 run before the Lancers were forced to burn a timeout with 4:14 left in the frame.

Vorhees again was the main factor as he had six of the 12 and Colin Grothaus added four points. The Lancers, coming out of the timeout, cut the lead to three with layups from Dowdy and Nick Leeth to make the score 33-30, Bulldogs.

Columbus Grove countered with a 3-point play from Vorhees and a jumper from Jace Darbyshire to push the lead back up to eight, 38-30.

Lincolnivew cut the Grove lead to four with a layup from Carey to end the third quarter and a jumper from Conner McCleery to start the fourth to make it with a 41-37 Bulldog lead.

In the middle of the fourth, Lincolnview and Grove exchanged 3-pointers from Carey and Grothaus to keep the Bulldog lead at seven. Dowdy added another 3-pointer for good measure as Lincolnview cut the Grove lead to four points.

After another 3-pointer from Dowdy, the Bulldogs countered with a 3-point play from Vorhees to make it 54-49, Grove. The Bulldogs played good defense and used good foul shooting to ice the game and seal the 10-point victory.

The Bulldogs shot 70 percent from inside the arc, whereas the Lancers shot 46 percent.

Vorhees led all scorers with 28 points, including going 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Grove also got 13 points from Darbyshire and nine from Rieman.

Lincolnview had two double-digit scorers: Dowdy with 12 and Williams with 11. Carey chipped in nine points.

“I thought we played hard; we executed some things. I thought they created some mismatches; Vorhees caused us some problems,” said Lancer coach Brett Hammons. “We kept it close; you know looking at the stats, they shot around 70 percent from the field; that just means we aren’t playing good enough defense and are giving up too many good shots.

“I thought we shoot the ball decent; we need to learn to be more aggressive when we are looking for shots for ourselves and when we need to get stops, we just could not get them.”

“We tried to mix up some defense and when they got the ball inside, we tried to double down. But Vorhees made some shots and they had the size advantage. They were able to execute their game plan with their size and get some offensive rebounds. We just need to work on getting some stops.”

With the victory, the Bulldogs improve to 5-3 on the year and 1-1 in NWC play.

The defeat drops the Lancers overall record to 3-6 and 1-2 in the NWC.

Both units return to the court tonight: Grove hosting Fort Jennings and Lincolnview entertaining Fort Recovery.

Lincolnview (FG, FT, 3PT): Nick Leeth 2-2 1-2 0-0 5, Kade Carey 3-8 0-3 1-6 9, Kyle Williams 1-1 0-0 3-5 11, Mark Evans 1-3 0-0 1-3 5, Justis Dowdy 3-7 0-0 2-4 12, Conner McCleery 3-5 1-2 0-0 7, Brooks Ludwig 0-2 0-0 0-0 0, Totals: 13-28, 2-7, 7-18, 49.

Columbus Grove (FG, FT, 3PT): Blake Hoffman 0-1 0-1 0-0 0, Jace Darbyshire 4-5 2-4 1-3 13, Collin Grothaus 1-2 2-2 1-2 7, Will Vorhees 9-12 10-10 0-1 28, Brady Shafer 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Derek Rieman 3-4 3-10 0-0 9, Totals: 18-26, 17-27, 2-6, 59.

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Cougars roll past Kenton

By JIM COX

DHI Correspondent

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VAN WERT — Van Wert put together its best 32 minutes of the season Friday night against Kenton, the result being a big 72-57 Western Buckeye League win.

The Cougars are now 6-2 overall, 2-0 in the WBL. The Wildcats are 7-3 and 1-1.

The middle two quarters proved decisive, the Cougs winning the second 24-13 and the third 18-10 to break it open after a tight 16-15 first period. Kenton’s Matt Bahr opened the second quarter with a jumper from the right elbow to lead 17-16 but Van Wert’s Kyle Keber swished a three from the right corner to regain the lead, 19-17. The Cats’ sharpshooting sophomore guard, Colyn Blackford, banked in an 8-foot angle shot to tie it but Keber drained another trey, this one from the left corner, and the Cougs led for the duration.

Blackford then swished a 15-foot fall-away baseliner to get within 22-21 but AJ Smith led an 18-7 run to put Van Wert up 40-28 at the half.

That second stanza could hardly have gone better for the Cougs — 67 percent shooting (10-of-15) from the field, 2-of-2 free throws and only one turnover. Smith had 16 points by that time, eight in each quarter.

It was more of the same in the third quarter — hot Van Wert shooting (8-of-15 from the field, 2-of-2 free throws and only one turnover). It was 58-38 after three.

Kenton landed three treys in the fourth quarter and managed to close the gap slightly.

The Cougars haven’t shot well from the field or the line this season but neither was a problem Friday night — 53 percent (30-of-57) from the field and 78 percent (7-of-9) from the stripe. Van Wert also was stellar in the ball-handling department with only eight turnovers.

“We’ve got potential to be a decent shooting team and it’s a good thing we did (tonight) because we couldn’t stop anybody for a while,” said Van Wert coach Dave Froelich. “We got the tempo up and down the way we wanted to do it and tried to spread them because we can’t match up physically in the half-court. We wanted to make their big kids run with us and I think that took away some of their effectiveness.”

Kenton was impressive with 53 percent (24-of-45) field goal shooting. The Wildcats, however, only cashed in 50 percent (5-of-10) of their free throws and they had 16 turnovers. Kenton won the boards 22-20.

Smith had a huge night with 28 points, while Joey Hurless and Kyle Keber chipped in with 10 apiece. Hurless constantly sliced up the Kenton defense with nifty passes — he ended up with 12 assists.

Big Grant Sherman pounded inside for 18 Kenton points and Blackford added 10.

“Even though we were giving up some easy baskets, we were trying to turn it and go the other way and obviously you’re a lot better when you make shots,” added Froelich. “We’ve shown we can do that at times. I thought we sustained it a little bit longer tonight than we have in the past. I didn’t think we played particularly well the first eight minutes but we didn’t have that big lull that we’ve had, and that’s good to see.”

The Van Wert jayvees (8-0) led 30-4 at the half, then coasted to a 54-22 win. Justice Tussing led Cougar scoring with 11. Seth Kuhlman had 13 for Kenton (4-6).

Kenton (57)

Halsey 2 1-1 6, Sherman 8 2-3 18, Bahr 3 0-0 7, Blackford 4 1-2 10, Forbush 4 1-3 9, Travis Downing 1 0-0 2, Hensel 0 0-1 0, Phillips 1 0-0 3, Trevor Downing 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 5-10 57.

Van Wert (72)

Markward 2 0-0 4, Smith 11 3-4 28, Hurless 4 2-2 10, Bidlack 2 0-0 4, Wolford 3 0-0 6, Kyle Keber 3 2-2 10, Holliday 2 0-0 4, Moreland 2 0-0 4, Ray 1 0-0 2, Wortman 0 0-1 0, Nick Keber 0 0-0 0, Smelser 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 7-9 72.

Score by quarters:

Kenton 15 13 10 19 - 57

Van Wert 16 24 18 14 - 72

Three-point field goals: Kenton 4 (Halsey, Bahr, Blackford, Phillips), Van Wert 5 (Smith 3, Kyle Keber 2).

 

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