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Kalida downs Fort Jennings in PCL boys matchup

FORT JENNINGS — Kalida jumped on top of Fort Jennings 14-2 in the first period and went on to a 43-28 Putnam County League boys basketball victory Friday night inside The Fort of Fort Jennings High School.

Senior Austin Horstman led the Wildcats (4-6, 2-0 PCL) with 14 and sophomore Devin Kortokrax added 13. They shot 17-of-31 from the floor, including 3-of-11 beyond the arc, and 6-of-12 free throws. They added 28 boards, with Horstman finishing his double-double with 19, a mere seven turnovers and only five fouls. Kalida visits Tinora tonight.

The Musketeers (1-11, 0-2 PCL) received nine from sophomore Connor Wallenhorst and six each from classmate Nick Von Sossan and senior Brandon Kohli. They finished 10-of-38 from the field, 3-of-20 long range, and 5-of-7 singles. They totaled 21 caroms (Brandon Kohli with 8); seven errors; and 12 fouls. Von Sossan added three assists. They visit Bluffton tonight.

KALIDA (43)

Cody Mathew 1-0-2-4, Adam Langhals 1-1-0-5, Devin Kortokrax 3-2-1-13, Randy Zeller 1-0-1-3, Cole Miller 0-0-0-0, Joe Gerdeman 2-0-0-4, Austin Horstman 6-0-2-14. Totals 14-3-6/12-43.

FORT JENNINGS (28)

Nick Von Sossan 0-2-0-6, Connor Wallenhorst 4-0-1-9, Josh Wittler 0-0-0-0, Austin Kehres 1-1-0-5, Kurt Warnecke 1-0-0-2, Brandon Kohli 1-0-4-6. Totals 7-3-5/7-28.

Score by Quarters:

Kalida 14 5 11 13 - 43

Ft. Jennings 2 7 7 12 - 28

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Bearcats win road game vs. Bluffton

BLUFFTON — Spencerville headed to the Pirates Den inside Bluffton High School Gymnasium to battle the Pirates in Northwest Conference boys hardwood action Friday night and came back to Spencerville with a 51-42 victory.

Topping the Bearcats (6-3, 3-0 NWC) were freshman Zach Goecke with 15 and senior Derek Goecke with 14.

Michael Donley was high scorer for the Pirates (3-7, 0-3 NWC) with 17.

Spencerville visits Bath tonight.

SPENCERVILLE (51)

Ben Bowers 1-1-3-8, Devon Cook 0-0-4-4, Zack Goecke 7-0-1-15, Coleman McCormick 0-0-0-0, Derek Goecke 5-0-4-14, Cole Roberts 0-0-0-0, Evan Crites 0-0-0-0, Dominic Corso 3-0-1-7, Greg Miller 0-0-0-0, Hunter Patton 0-1-0-3. Totals 16-2-13/21-51.

BLUFFTON (42)

Austin Bricker 2-0-2-6, Noah Stratton 2-0-3-7, Robbie Stratton 1-0-0-2, Trent Phillips 0-0-0-0, Levi Kistler 1-1-3-8, Michael Donley 4-3-0-17, Jordan Skilliter 0-0-2-2, Mitchell Ault 0-0-0-0. Totals 10-4-10/16-42.

Score by Quarters:

Spencerville 12 12 15 12 - 51

Bluffton 9 11 10 12 - 42

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Mathias’s buzzer shot sinks Cougars 62-60

By JIM COX

DHI Correspondent

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ELIDA - With the score tied at 60 and the clock ticking down, everybody knew the play was designed to go to Elida junior Dakota Mathias -- and everybody was wrong. Coach Denny Thompson set Mathias up as a decoy to free Ebin Stratton for a lob underneath. Point guard Louis Gray chose not to risk the lob to the open Stratton, however, giving the ball to Mathias, who drilled a buzzer-beating 17-footer from straight out, despite being well covered, to win it for the Bulldogs.

Elida is now 8-3 overall and 3-0 in the Western Buckeye League. Van Wert is 6-4 and 2-1.

Only an incredible fourth quarter by the visitors made Mathias’s game-winner necessary. Mathias started the fourth period with a 15-foot banker to put the Dogs on top 55-41, a seemingly safe margin. The feisty Cougars, however, were far from finished. AJ Smith nailed a three from the left wing but Elida sophomore Austin Allemeier hit an open layup on a dandy pass from Mathias -- 57-44 with 6:23 left. Aided by a slew of Elida turnovers, however, Van Wert went on a splendid 12-0 run -- Nik Wolford layup (Joey Hurless assist), Hurless spinning layup, Wolford putback, Connor Holliday baseline drive/layup, four straight free throws by Smith -- 57-56, Elida, at 2:41.

Allemeier, however, then canned the second-biggest shot of the game -- a trifecta from straight away -- to push the lead to 60-56 at 1:35. Smith slashed through the Bulldog defense for a layup to cut it to 60-58 and a Wolford interception led to a Hurless breakaway layup to tie it at 60 with 51 ticks left on the clock. That set the stage for the game-winner.

The hosts started the game in fine fashion, spurting out to an 8-0 lead. Allemeier drilled a total of three treys in the first eight minutes after which Elida led 19-8.

Mathias started off the second quarter with his first two field goals to stretch the lead to 15 at 23-8. Allemeier’s fourth trey of the game gave Elida another 15 point lead, 31-16, at the 3:25 mark, but the Cougars then went on a 14-5 run to make it interesting -- 36-30 at the half. Holliday started the run with a 3-ball from the right corner. Hurless provided seven points and two assists the rest of the way, including a breakaway layup at the buzzer.

Smith got going in the third stanza with eight points but Mathias had nine and Elida regained the momentum to take a 53-41 lead after three.

Allemeier led all scorers with 21 points. Mathias had 18 points, nine assists, three steals and six rebounds.

Smith, Hurless and Holliday had 17. 16 and 15 points for the Cougars.

The Elida jayvees (8-3) handed Van Wert (9-1) its first loss 51-48. Clark Etzler and Trent Cutlip led the Bulldog scoring with 18 and 15. Drew Myers and Brant Henry had 15 and 10 for Van Wert.

Van Wert (Total FG, 3-Pt FG, FT, TP) (60)

Smith 5-13 1-4 6-6 17, Hurless 6-14 0-2 4-5 16, Holliday 5-8 3-6 2-2 15, Ray 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Markward 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Bidlack 1-3 0-0 0-0 2, Keber 0-1 0-1 0-0 0. Wolford 4-5 0-0 0-0 8. Totals 22-45 4-13 12-13 60.

Elida (Total FG, 3-Pt FG, FT, TP) (62)

Allemeier 8-9 5-6 0-0 21, Mathias 7-14 1-4 3-4 18, Stratton 4-9 1-4 0-0 9, Gray 3-7 1-3 0-0 7, Thompson 2-7 1-4 0-0 5, Stambaugh 1-2 0-1 0-0 2, Painter 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Long 0-0 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-49 9-22 3-4 62.

Score by quarters:

Van Wert 8 22 11 19 - 60

Elida 19 17 17 9 - 62

 

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