|Lammers leads Miller City boys over Ottoville Big Green|
|Monday, January 21, 2013 11:43 AM|
MILLER CITY — Friday night, the Big Green of head coach Todd Turnwald traveled to Miller City for their annual Putnam County League boys basketball matchup.
Wildcat head coach Brian Kuhlman saw his team come out with a lackluster first half only to outscore the Big Green 28-20 in the second half in notching their third PCL and 10th win of the season 39-32.
The first quarter saw the Wildcats open the scoring with a 3-ball from Adam Drummelsmith to take the early lead. As promising as that first shot looked for the Wildcats, it would be their only points of the quarter as the Big Green would come away with a 6-3 quarter lead. As the score indicated, the Big Green were not lighting up the scoreboard, either. Luke and Derek Schimmoeller accounted for all the Big Green scoring with four and two points, respectively.
As bad as the first quarter was on the offensive end of the court for both teams, the second quarter was none better. The Wildcats were not able to dent the scoreboard until the 2:55 mark when Ross Vennekotter was fouled and sent to the line where he connected on both from the charity stripe. All eight points scored in the quarter for the Wildcats came off the bench as Jacob Gerten added three and Adam Niese added a deuce, rounding out the scoring for the Wildcats.
The Big Green’s six points all came from the foul line as again, only two players scored for the visitors with both Schimmoeller boys going 3-4 from the line.
The third quarter saw the Wildcats turn up the heat on both ends of the court. Austin Lammers came up big in the quarter with three big 3-pointers and Ross Kaufman, on the bench most of the first half with two quick fouls, chipped in five points, leading the scoring attack for the home squad. The Big Green tried to stay close during the stanza and only trailed 27-24 going into the final period.
As the fourth quarter began, the Wildcats — with the lead — started to force the Big Green to come out of their zone after them. Also, the Wildcats were aware of the foul situation and knew the Big Green would be forced to foul, sending them to the line throughout the quarter. The strategy worked well for the Wildcats as they connected on 5-8 from the stripe and used two Big Green turnovers late in the game to outscore the visitors 12-8 in the quarter and notch the 7-point win.
Coach Turnwald saw his squad take a step backwards this night: “We talked about #35 (Austin Lammers) all week that we couldn’t give him any good looks because he’s an excellent 3-point shooter but tonight we just could not execute against that and it really killed us tonight. I’m really disappointed in our all-around execution tonight, especially on the offensive end. You need to credit their defense for a lot of that but I thought mentally, we were not here tonight. I’m not sure why; it’s really disappointing because we had some real good things going and to come out here tonight with that performance — especially on a league night — is simply disappointing. We’re not deep enough — we play five guys a lot — and got great minutes out of Cory Fischer off the bench; however, we cannot have the (Ryan) Honigfords and the (Brandt) Landins come out and only score two points. Four guys score and two out of the four score two - that’s tough to win at any level.”
The Wildcats (10-3, 3-1 PCL) were led by Lammers and his 12 points on the night. The Wildcats were only 5-24 from inside the arc for 21 percent; however, the game was won beyond the arc as the hosts connected on 6-16 (38%) and were 11-17 (65%) from the foul line. The Wildcats hauled down 23 boards and committed 12 turnovers.
The Big Green (6-8, 1-2 PCL) were led by Luke Schimmoeller with 17 and Derek Schimmoeller with 11. The Big Green shot 46 percent by going 12-26 from inside the arc and were a dismal 0-7 from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, they continued their excellent shooting by connecting on 8-10 (80%) for the evening. The Green only had 14 turnovers for the game and hauled down 19 boards.
The Big Green will travel to Liberty-Benton tonight for a 6:30 junior varsity start.
The Wildcats will host Lima Temple Christian.
The JV game went to the Wildcats 23-15.
Jacob Gerten led the Wildcats with six points.
Ottoville was led by Brendon Schnipke and Dustin Trenkamp with six points apiece.
Derek Schimmoeller 3-0-5-11, Ryan Honigford 1-0-0-2, Luke Schimmoeller 7-0-3-17, Cory Fischer 0-0-0-0, Brandt Landin 1-0-0-2, Austin Honigford 0-0-0-0. Totals 12-0-8-32.
Miller City (39)
Cory Heuerman 1-0-0-2, Ross Kaufman 2-0-4-8, Adam Drummelsmith 0-1-3-6, Austin Lammers 0-4-0-12, Ross Vennekotter 0-0-2-2, Jacob Gerten 0-1-0-3, Adam Niese 2-0-2-6. Totals 5-6-11-39.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 6-6-12-8 — 32
Miller City 3-8-16-12 — 39
Brendon Schnipke 1-0-4-6, Tyler Roby 0-0-2-2, Matthew Turnwald 0-0-1-1, Rudy Wenzlick 0-0-0-0, Dustin Trenkamp 3-0-0-6. Totals 4-0-7-15.
Miller City (23)
Mick Lammers 2-0-0-4, Jacob Gerten 0-0-6-6, Hunter Berner 1-0-0-2, Josh Inkrott 2-0-0-4, Jared Snyder 2-0-1-5, Tristan Niese 0-0-2-2. Totals 7-0-9-23.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 3-12 — 15
Miller City 5-18 — 23