Marquee Matchups

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RICHARD PARRISH | The Lima News Lima Central Catholic's Martyce Kimbrough is coming off an 18-point performance against Ottawa-Glandorf on Sunday.
RICHARD PARRISH | The Lima News Lima Central Catholic's Martyce Kimbrough is coming off an 18-point performance against Ottawa-Glandorf on Sunday.
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Here are previews of four of the top games involving Lima area schools this weekend.



When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Columbus Grove defeated Delphos Jefferson in last Friday’s Northwest Conference matchup, 60-45. Jace Barbyshire led the Bulldogs with 16 points, five assists and three steals. Post player Will Vorhees got it done down low, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds for Grove. The Bulldogs connected on 19-of-23 from the free throw line.

Columbus Grove is scoring 55.3 points per game, while yielding just 40 per outing.

Lima Central Catholic came back strong after a two-week lay-off between games and ran away from Ottawa-Glandorf for a convincing 64-44 win. LCC’s strong backcourt was led by sophomore Xavier Simpson, who scored 20 points. Backcourt mate Martyce Kimbrough scored 18. LCC also controlled the boards against the Titans, 32-23.

After three games, LCC is averaging an impressive 72.6 points per game at the offensive end, while giving up 52.3.

Odds and ends: This will be a good barometer for both teams. This will be the quickest backcourt Grove has faced this season.

The Brass Tacks: This should be an interesting nonconference matchup. Both teams have solid guard play and like to get after it at the defensive end.

WAPAKONETA (1-3, 0-0 Western Buckeye League) AT ELIDA (3-2, 0-1 WBL)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Wapakoneta is coming off a 57-41 loss to Bluffton in nonconference action. Jarrett Koch led the Redskins with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

This past weekend, Wapakoneta notched its first win for first-year coach Doug Selvey, when it defeated Minster 53-48 in nonleague action. Adam Henderson led Wapakoneta with 15 points, while Keaton Metz scored 12 points.

On the young season, Wapakoneta is averaging just 44 points per game at the offensive end. The opposing teams are scoring 58.3 points per game.

Elida most recently defeated Delphos St. John’s 52-40. Dakota Mathias led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Louis Gray scored 13 and Austin Allemeier added 10 for Elida.

Last Friday, Elida was defeated by Defiance in its Western Buckeye League opener, 63-62. It was a tight game throughout as Defiance outscored Elida 21-17 in the fourth quarter to slip out with the victory. Mathias led Elida with 31 points, including seven 3-pointers. Allemeier added 11 for Elida. On the season, Elida is scoring 60.8 points per game, while giving up 54.4 points per contest.

Odds and ends: The Redskins lost a great deal of their offense from last year’s squad. Elida returns several key players, including Purdue-bound Mathias.

The Brass Tacks: Elida is looking to bounce back in league play after the tough loss at Defiance. The Bulldogs cannot afford a letdown if they want to contend for the WBL title.

FINDLAY (5-0, 3-0 Three Rivers Athletic Conference) AT LIMA SENIOR (2-3, 1-2 TRAC)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Findlay slipped past Toledo St. Francis last Friday in TRAC action, 50-46. Austin Gutting and Adam Twining each scored 13 points for Findlay in the win. Findlay is scoring 60.8 points per contest, while holding opposing teams to just 38 points per outing.

Lima Senior recorded its first TRAC victory last Friday when it defeated Fremont Ross 71-44 on the road. Jay Thomas led the Spartans with 18 points, while Rico Stafford scored 11 and Mari Dillingham added 10. On the season, Lima Senior is scoring 62.4 points per game, while giving up 64.4.

Odds and ends: The win over Fremont Ross snapped a three-game losing streak for the Spartans. With four starters and seven letter winners returning, Findlay is the preseason favorite in the TRAC. Findlay is very solid at the defensive end. The Trojans held two of their opponents this season to less than 30 points.

The Brass Tacks: Findlay and Lima Senior has always been a big rivalry.

DEFIANCE (3-0, 1-0 Western Buckeye League) AT BATH (3-1, 1-0 WBL)

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Defiance pulled out a hard-fought one-point victory over Elida in last week’s WBL matchup. Defiance had balanced scoring against Elida. Katwan Singleton led Defiance with 23 points. Trey Guillium scored 17 and Emilio Pearson added 15 for the winners.

Bath went on the road last Friday and handed Celina its first loss of the campaign, 63-54. Taren Sullivan led Bath with 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Colin Gossard poured in 23 points and pulled down nine boards for Bath.

Odds and ends: Despite losing three starters from last season’s regional final team, Bath looks to battle with the teams in the upper echelon of the WBL. After Defiance knocked off Elida, it looks like Defiance should contend for the WBL title.

The Brass Tacks: This will be a huge pivotal league game for both squads. In a very balanced Western Buckeye League this season, each contest will be huge.

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