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DELPHOS — Both St. John’s and Spencerville were coming off of tough league losses from Friday night: the Blue Jays to MAC power St. Henry and Spencerville to NWC stud Crestview; when the two boys basketball units met up Saturday night at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.


The Bearcats had the better of things in the first half, leading 25-24 at the break, but the Blue Jays dominated the second half — including a shutout in the fourth period — to emerge with a 54-35 non=league triumph.


“You always worry about how your team will come out after a tough league loss the night before. We were playing another good team in Spencerville and they hit some shots early; (Ben) Bowers got them going right away,” Jays coach Aaron Elwer noted. “I felt that after we got through the first period, we were OK. We started to hit some shots and that got us into the game a lot more.”

For Spencerville mentor Kevin Sensabaugh, it was another Saturday night game that got away.

“We had a tough game the night before, a close loss to Crestview, but St. John’s was in the same boat coming off a loss,” he explained. “In all honesty, we have not played well on Saturday nights all season for some reason.”

Bowers led the Bearcats with 15 points; 11 of those came in the first period as he netted three treys to stake the visitors to an 18-11 edge. St. John’s senior Ryan Buescher tried to counter Bowers as he dropped in nine of his team- and game-high 18 but Seth Bockey was the only other scorer for the Jays in the stanza with a deuce.

The Jays (10-4) put the clamps on Bowers in the second frame, limiting him to a field goal. Zach Goecke (2), Coleman McCormick (2) and Derek Goecke (1) accounted for the rest of the Bearcats’ points in the period. The Jays weren’t exactly lighting it up but did enough — Buescher and Curtis Geise (limited to 6 points overall) netting four each — to get within 25-24 at the half.

The third period saw the hosts outscore the Bearcats (7-6) 20-10 to assume a 44-35 edge. Junior Ryan Koester exploded for three triples — all of his points for the game — for the home team to lead the way, while Spencerville’s Hunter Patton knocked down his two trifectas for the contest to try and help them keep pace.

However, Spencerville was done in the fourth, getting shut out from the field and the foul line, as the Jays finished it off.

“We started to get some stops after the first period and limited them to one shot; that got us into a better offensive flow because we could run more,” Elwer added. “I felt physically and mentally we kind got back into the flow after a slow start; that is what you are concerned about on the back end of double-weekends, especially after a loss.”

For Sensabaugh, it was about his team running out of bodies.

“We came into the game down a couple of players in our rotation due to injuries, so our depth has been a struggle,” he added. “Then we had some issues with kids turning their ankles tonight, limiting their effectiveness. We simply wore down the second half.”

Both teams return to league action Friday: St. John’s at Marion Local and Spencerville hosting Jefferson.

St. John’s won the junior varsity clash 40-34.




Ben Bowers 3-3-0/0-15, Devon Cook 0-0-0/0-0, Zach Goecke 0-0-2/4-2, Coleman McCormick 1-0-1/2-3, Derek Goecke 3-0-1/6-7, Cole Roberts 0-0-0/0-0, Greg Miller 0-0-2/3-2, Joe Wisher 0-0-0/0-0, Hunter Patton 0-2-0/0-6. Totals 7-5-6/15-35.

ST. JOHN’S (54)

Andy Grothouse 2-0-1/1-5, Ryan Buescher 6-1-3/4-18, Eric Clark 0-2-0/0-6, Ryan Koester 0-3-0/0-9, Curtis Geise 2-0-2/4-6, Cole Fischbach 0-0-0/0-0, Evan Hays 1-0-0/0-2, Tyler Conley 1-0-2/2-4, Seth Bockey 2-0-0/0-4. Totals 14-6-8/11-54.

Score by Quarters:

Spencerville   18    7 10    0 - 35

St. John’s 11   13 20   10 - 54

JV score: 40-34 (St. John’s).


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