OTTOVILLE — Opening weekend continued in Ottoville as the Big Green looked for a repeat of Friday night’s performance, this time against the Hornets of Cory-Rawson.

Ottoville coasted to victory in a one-sided contest, 78-45.

The Big Green caught fire early in the first quarter and went on a 13-0 terror to open the contest. Three-pointers by Ryan Bendele, Josh Thornbahn and Logan Kemper helped Ottoville sustain the early run that seemed to stun the Hornets.

Cory-Rawson fired back with two threes of its own but the fast-pace offense of Ottoville was too much to handle. Zane Martin capped off a near flawless first quarter for Ottoville with a spectacular steal, followed by a layup and a trip to the charity stripe. The Big Green held the momentum and a 25-12 lead at the end of one.

Ottoville looked to put this one away in the first half and did just that as the onslaught continued. Martin knocked down two three-pointers and Bendele added one as well in the second. The Big Green defense was on full display and allowed on three baskets by Cory-Rawson all quarter. Ottoville placed intense pressure on the Hornets’ shooters and contested nearly every shot, which allowed Ottoville to garnish a 20-point lead at the break, 41-21.

The enthusiasm of Ottoville head coach Keith Utendorf became contagious and as the game wore on, the Big Green played even harder.

“I think our enthusiasm becomes contagious and that’s what is exciting for us and that is what is going to win us some games,” said Utendorf.

His players responded well in the third quarter with Thornbahn draining a three and Bendele contributing seven points to stretch the Ottoville lead to 64-35 going in to the final quarter of action.

The Big Green did not back down in the fourth quarter. Ottoville put up a total of twelve shots and didn’t shy away from the basket although the game was well in hand. The endless depth and talent by the Big Green kept fresh legs in the contest and wore down the Hornets both mentally and physically. Ryan Bendele hit a long three with 3:05 remaining in the game and received a rousing cheer from the home crowd before taking a rest for the remainder of the game. He finished with a team high of twenty points and twelve from behind the arch.

“We had the five seniors starting and then we bring guys off the bench, so it’s been a real collective effort. We were all in together and that’s what is exciting,” Utendorf added.

Ottoville defeated Cory-Rawson 44-14 in the junior varsity match.

Cory-Rawson (45)

Matthew Roth 1-3 0-2 2, Eric Ritter 7-12 4-5 20, Nathan Zuercher 3-8 4-5 12, Kyle Schultz 1-1 0-0 3, Carson Houck 0-2 2-2 2, Tommy Stauffer 2-2 0-0 4, Brandon Zuercher 1-1 0-0 2, Total 15-29 10-14 45

Ottoville (78)

Ryan Bendele 6-10 4-4 20, Logan Kemper 6-10 3-5 16, Ryan Suever 2-5 2-3 6, Keagan Leis 2-2 0-0 4, Drew Fisher 1-12 3-11 5, Nick Moorman 2-2 0-0 5, Zane Martin 4-5 1-1 11, Josh Thorbahn 4-6 1-2 11, Total 27-52 14-26 78

Cory Rawson

12 9 14 10 -45


25 16 23 14 -78