Ohio State commit Kalen Etzler of Crestview, throws down a dunk in Friday's game with Spencerville. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)
Ohio State commit Kalen Etzler of Crestview, throws down a dunk in Friday's game with Spencerville. (DHI Media/Wyatt Richardson)

SPENCERVILLE – The boys of Crestview and Spencerville concluded their regular season Friday night in The Ville with an old-fashioned Northwest Conference battle. The Bearcats battled back late but it was Crestview shutting the doors in the end to win their fourth straight versus Spencerville.

Crestview’s star Senior and future Buckeye, Kalen Etzler started hot from the field to lead all scorers with nine in the opening quarter. Etzler’s fast start was countered by Spencerville’s young star Josh Henline. With 4:49 to play in the first Henline pushed the Bearcats to the lead with his 51st 3-point make of the campaign. Sophomore Dylan Cook knocked down his first two shots including Cook’s go ahead three with 2:38 to go.

Carson Kreischer drove to the paint for a basket and connected on a pair of free throws for the Knights, Etzler’s three at the 1:03 mark sent the visitors back on top. Henline made a pair of trips to the free throw line charitable and after one, Spencerville led 16-13.

The middle chapter would be each teams lowest scoring quarter of the evening. Dylan Smith hit a triple for the Bearcats, Henline provided the only other offense by drawing a shooting foul after swooshing a three for a four-point play. Etzler tallied five more for Crestview, Rontae Jackson and Nathan Lichtle joined the scoring with a basket each. At halftime it was dead locked at 25-25.

Kreischer was in a groove after the break attacking the paint to chip in a trio of baskets. Kalen Etzler struggled to get going due to a pair of offensive charges. Sophomore Gavin Etzler kept the Knight spark lit adding seven in the quarter including a shot from downtown. Spencerville was held to just three field goals in the third, Keegan Goecke shot 4/4 at the line.

Kalen on his charges “It happens almost every game. It is frustrating to play through, but it is never something I will back down from. I’m always going to try to take it at the rim, to avoid the charge I just try to jump over them.”

Leading 43-35 with the final eight minutes on the scoreboard Spencerville had one more punch for the Knights. Tyler Koenig pestered the Crestview defense all night long, and points started to show in the fourth. Koenig scored five and Goecke added his second basket. With 2:16 to play Dalton Prichard knocked down a three, then stole the following inbound for a quick basket forcing Crestview into a timeout.

Crestview found the spark they needed from head coach Doug Etzler during the timeout to put away the Bearcats. Rontae Jackson shot a perfect 4/4 from the free throw line to seal the regular season finale victory for the visiting Knights. As time expired on the season Crestview escaped Spencerville with a 62-56 conference victory.

(7-15) Spencerville opens tournament play next Tuesday at Upper Scioto Valley as (18-4) Crestview awaits the winner of Leipsic or Delphos St John’s.

Box Score.

CV: 13 12 18 19 – 62

SV: 16 9 10 17 – 52

JV Score.

Spencerville 34, Crestview 27

Scoring.

Crestview (62)

Kalen Etzler (21), Carson Kreischer (17), Rontae Jackson (10), Gavin Etzler (7), Nathan Lichtle (17), Brody Brecht (2)

Spencerville (52)

Josh Henline (13), Dylan Smith (12), Keegan Goecke (8), Dalton Prichard (7), Tyler Koenig (5), Dylan Cook (5), Cade Elling (2)