|Raiders notch 20th win over Big Green|
|Monday, February 25, 2013 10:53 AM|
HAVILAND – Friday night saw two teams’ regular seasons come to an end as the Ottoville Big Green traveled northwest to take on the Raiders of Wayne Trace in a non-league boys basketball contest.
The game was close throughout; however, the Raiders got some clutch foul shooting down the stretch and seven of junior Colby Spiece’s 12 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win over the Big Green 55-50.
Friday night marked the final time four seniors of the Raiders performed in front of the hometown faithful. Grady Gudakunst, Dalton Sinn, Nick McClain and Ryan Kortokrax were escorted to mid-court by their parents and given a nice picture frame to remember their careers and teammates that they’ve been a part of over the past four years.
The first half was a very closely-played half of basketball with both teams on occasion getting a 3-4 point lead but to see the other team fight right back to tie or take the lead themselves. Both used the hot shooting of one player to lead them in scoring throughout the half. Sophomore Tyler Roby, as he’s done all year, came off the Big Green bench and drilled three 3-pointers to keep his squad close throughout the half. On the other side, Sinn played a solid 16 minutes of ball and led the Raiders with 12 (10 in second quarter) of his team’s 28 first-half points.
As both teams headed to the locker room, the Raiders held a narrow 28-26 lead.
The third quarter saw both teams score 13 points each. Neither could break away from the other as only one turnover was committed in the entire quarter by both teams. After three quarters of play, the Raiders held to their 2-point advantage, 41-39.
As has been the case for the Big Green in several games this year, they found themselves trailing going into the final quarter and had to foul to get the ball back. The Raiders were up to the challenge as they went to the charity stripe throughout the final minutes of play. Gudakunst (3-4) and McClain (2-2) helped the Raiders go 6-7 (86%) in the final quarter and seal the win as the Raiders outscored the Big Green 14-11.
The Raiders also played a solid defensive game on the Big Green’s two leading scorers as they held junior Luke Schimmoeller to five points and senior Derek Schimmoeller to four.
The Big Green (8-14) was led in scoring off the bench by Roby with 15 points (five 3-balls). The visitors were 16-44 (36%) from the field, 10-12 (83%) from the foul line, hauled in 20 rebounds and committed only 12 turnovers (5 in final quarter of play).
The victorious Raiders (20-2) were led in scoring by Sinn and Speice with 18 and 12 points, respectively. The home team was 20-44 (45%) from the field, 9-11 (82%) from the charity stripe, hauled down 23 rebounds and turned the ball over only 10 times.
The JV contest was won by Wayne Trace 26-11.
Ottoville battles Perry 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Van Wert Division IV sectional.
Derek Schimmoeller 0-0-4-4, Ryan Honigford 3-2-2-14, Austin Honigford 1-1-1-6, Brandt Landin 3-0-0-6, Luke Schimmoeller 1-0-3-5, Tyler Roby 0-5-0-15. Totals 8-8-10-50.
Wayne Trace (55)
Grady Gudakunst 1-1-3-8, Colby Speice 4-1-1-12, Corbin Linder 0-2-0-6, Dalton Sinn 6-2-0-18, Nick McClain 0-0-2-2, Ryan Kortokrax 3-0-3-9. Totals 14-6-9-55.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 10-16-13-11 — 50
Wayne Trace 11-17-13-14 — 55
Brendon Schnipke 0-0-4-4, Tyler Roby 0-1-0-3, Matthew Turnwald 1-0-0-2, Dustin Trenkamp 0-0-0-0, Rudy Wenzlick 0-0-0-0, Brandt Landin 1-0-0-2. Totals 2-1-4-11.
Wayne Trace (26)
Nick Glass 2-0-1-5, Gabe Wobler 2-1-0-7, Alec Vest 0-0-2-2, David Sinn 1-0-0-2, Brock Worden 1-0-0-2, Hank Sinn 1-0-0-2, T.J. Blackmore 1-0-0-2, Justin Speice 2-0-0-4. Totals 10-1-3-26.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 2-9 — 11
Wayne Trace 13-13 — 26