|Spencerville defense thwarts Lancers|
|Monday, February 18, 2013 10:00 AM|
SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville coach Kevin Sensabaugh said that without a doubt, it was the best defensive game his team had played in a long time.
Lincolnview won’t question that.
The Bearcats dominated from start to finish Friday night, routing the Lancers 60-31. Spencerville is now 11-7 overall and 7-1 in the Northwest Conference. Lincolnview is 8-12 and 4-4.
The Bearcats will play at Paulding next Friday for at least a share of the NWC crown. Lima Central Catholic — also 7-1 in the NWC — hosts Bluffton.
Junior point guard Ben Bowers scored seven first-quarter points on two treys and a free throw to stake the ‘Cats to a 13-3 lead after one period.
Spencerville was even hotter in the second stanza, leading 33-10 at the rest break. At that point, the hosts were shooting 52 percent (11-of-21) from the field, while the visitors were struggling mightily at 17 percent (3-of-18).
It was more of the same in the third period, during which the Bearcats shot 5-of-9 and the Lancers were 2-for-16. Spencerville led 50-17 after three.
Two minutes into the fourth period, Sensabaugh went to his deep bench and Lancer coach Brett Hammons did likewise a couple of minutes later. The Lancers won the fourth quarter 14-10.
“They’re a dangerous team,” said Sensabaugh of the Lancers. “They’ve got three good guards that can play. They had a great game last weekend (an upset win over Paulding). I thought they were playing a lot better basketball. Our guys really came to play defensively. We set the tone early with our defensive energy and that did wonders for us the rest of the game. Our guys were ready. They were locked in and that’s the best we’ve played defensively in a long time.”
“We had a game plan coming in,” said Hammons. “We knew we were gonna go against a man defense but Spencerville took us out of what we wanted to do. They’re physical on the defensive end and they kind of pushed us around and made things extremely difficult for us. I thought after awhile, we started to force some stuff instead of letting the game come to us and were taking tough, contested shots, but that’s a testament to their defense. They’re a good team. They’re 7-1 now in the conference for a reason.”
For the game as a whole, the ‘Cats shot a red-hot 54 percent (20-of-37) from the field, while the Lancers suffered through a 20-percent (9-of-44) night. Both teams were solid from the stripe: Lincolnview 75 percent (9-of-12), Spencerville 67 percent (14-of-21). The Bearcats won the boards 28-21 and had one less turnover, 14-15.
Eleven Bearcats got into the scoring column, led by Derek Goecke, Devon Cook and Bowers with 11, 10 and nine, respectively.
Kyle Williams and Justis Dowdy had nine and eight, respectively, for Lincolnview. Williams came into the game averaging 16.3 points per game but eight of his points in this one came during the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.
“It’s hard on ‘em,” said Hammons as his players cooled down in the locker room. “They’re not happy in there and you don’t expect ‘em to be. Like I told ‘em, we have to bounce back. We gotta understand the things we did wrong and correct them. We need to recognize what we did right and build on it. We have to come back to practice Monday ready to go.”
The Lincolnview jayvees (13-8) rolled to a 44-27 win. Chandler Adams, Derek Friesner and Austin Leeth led the Lancer scoring with 12, 10 and nine.
Mason Nourse had 18 for Spencerville (4-13).
Spencerville hosts New Bremen tonight, while Lincolnview hosts Allen East Friday.
Nick Leeth 0 2-3 2, Carey 2 0-0 5, Williams 3 1-2 9, Dowdy 2 3-4 8, McCleery 1 1-1 3, Hayden Ludwig 0 2-2 2, Adams 1 0-0 2, Miller 0 0-0 0, Farmer 0 0-0 0, Evans 0 0-0 0, Brooks Ludwig 0 0-0 0, Austin Leeth 0 0-0 0, Katalenas 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 9-12 31.
Corso 1 1-2 3, Roberts 2 1-2 6, Zach Goecke 2 1-2 5, Bowers 2 3-4 9, Derek Goecke 5 1-3 11, Crites 1 2-2 5, Cook 3 2-2 10, Patton 1 0-0 2, Wisher 0 1-2 1, Miller 1 2-2 4, McCormick 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 14-21 60.
Score by quarters:
Lincolnview - 3 7 7 14 - 31
Spencerville - 13 20 17 10 - 60
Three-point field goals: Lincolnview 4 (Williams 2, Dowdy, Carey), Spencerville 6 (Cook 2, Bowers 2, Crites, Roberts).