KALIDA – With just one returning starter back from last year’s team, Kalida’s boys basketball team is trying to develop some chemistry with its young squad.
For more than three quarters of Tuesday’s Putnam County League opener against visiting Pandora-Gilboa, the Wildcats struggled to find some consistency.
However, with P-G leading 34-28 at the 5:20 mark of the fourth quarter, Kalida went on a 19-0 run to pull away from P-G, en route to a 47-34 victory.
Kalida (2-2, 1-0 PCL) did most of its damage at the free throw line, shooting 12-of-15 from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes of action.
Austin Horstman, a 6-foot-4 post player, led Kalida with 25 points, 10 rebounds and had three steals. For the game, Horstman was 7-of-10 from the free throw line.
Jarod Triplehorn led P-G (1-3, 0-1) with 15 points – all 3-pointers. Abe Basinger added nine points, including two shots behind the arc.
“That was the good part of the game for us,” Kalida coach Dick Kortokrax said about the fourth quarter. “Up to that point in time, we were not playing very good basketball. We just couldn’t get any leadership, from the standpoint of moving our feet on defense.
“So when No. 24 (Triplehorn) hit two (3-pointers) in a row and made it 34-28, we had to change our defense (to man-to-man). That resulted in a totally different mindset on our part. We just absolutely got into the game and basically did the things that we needed to do.”
At the end of the third quarter, Kalida led 26-25. The Wildcats had a 16-15 advantage at the halftime break.
P-G struggled with Kalida’s press, late in the game. The Rockets committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter. For the game, P-G turned the ball over 13 times.
For the game, Kalida shot 42 percent from the field, while P-G connected on 33 percent of its field goal attempts. Kalida outrebounded P-G, 29-19.
“I just didn’t do enough to prepare my young team with the different looks that coach Kortokrax put on us there,” P-G coach Josh Klear said. “And I give them a lot of credit for executing in those looks.
“The Horstman kid is a good player. …He’s a load. We knew that from the start. He seemed to be the one that capitalized when things got going their way.”
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