WAPAKONETA Thad Vernon turned in a huge effort to lift Shawnees boys basketball team to a Western Buckeye League win at Wapakoneta 54-51 on Friday.
However, Shawnee had to withstand a furious second-half effort by Wapak to grab the win. Shawnee jumped out to an 18-9 lead after one quarter and led 37-22 at halftime. Wapakoneta answered by outscoring its visitor 9-2 in the third and 20-10 in the fourth.
Wapakoneta led with less than a minute to play before Shawnee hit two free throws and Marquis Miller hit a putback to go up 52-51 with 21.5 seconds remaining.
Vernon finished with 24 points and Trey Brock added 9 points for the Indians. Travis Bertram finished with 22 points for Wapakoneta, Alex Greve had 13 points and Brandon Miller finished with 11.
Shawnee improved to 3-17 overall and 1-7 in the WBL while Wapakoneta falls to 11-9, 4-4.
Elida 79, Celina 55
CELINA Elida did its part in the WBL standings, beating host Celina to move back into a tie for first in the league. Bath fell to O-G, meaning both Bath and Elida are tied atop the WBL standings at 7-1. Bath takes on Celina at home Friday while Elida plays host to Defiance on Friday.
Dakota Mathias finished with a game-high 24 points for Elida (12-8 overall), Aric Thompson buried seven 3-pointers and scored 21 points, Louis Gray had 15 points for Elida and Austin Allemeir scored 11 points. Matt Buschur scored 18 points for Celina (10-10, 4-4) while Grant Laffin and Ryan Hoyng both had 10 points.
Spencerville 60, Lincolnview 31
SPENCERVILLE Eleven Bearcats scored points as Spencerville led early and never looked back for the NWC win. Spencerville led 13-3 after one quarter and 33-10 at halftime. Derek Goecke scored 11 points for the Bearcats (11-7, 7-1), Devon Cook had 10 points and Ben Bowers scored 8 points. Kyle Williams finished with 9 points for the Lancers (8-13, 4-4) and Justis Dowdy scored 8 points.
Bluffton 46, Delphos Jefferson 39
BLUFFTON Michael Donley scored a game-high 19 points to lift Bluffton to the NWC victory. Levi Kistler scored 11 points for the Pirates, who improved to 9-11 overall, 3-5 in the NWC. Trey Smith had 12 points for Jefferson (4-15, 2-6) and Ross Thompson added 9 points.
Crestview 39, Columbus Grove 26
COLUMBUS GROVE Cam Etzler scored 24 points and the defense did the rest to lead the Knights past NWC-host Columbus Grove. Crestview is 17-3 overall and 6-2 in the conference while Grove is 13-7, 5-3. Crestview made 5-of-9 3-pointers, Etzler had 4 treys, and finished 13-of-35 from the field while Grove was 11-36 from the field (3-10 from behind the arc). Collin Grothaus and Will Vorhees both had 11 points for the Bulldogs.
Paulding 63, Ada 41
ADA Lance Foors 22 points paced Paulding to the NWC win. Austin Dumbaugh had 9 points for Ada. Paulding improved to 15-5 overall and 5-3 in the NWC while Ada is 6-13, 1-7.
Van Wert 60, St. Marys 52
ST. MARYS Garet Fledderjohann scored an unreal 40 points for St. Marys but Van Wert had four players reach double-digits in the WBL win. Fledderjohann had four 3-pointers, 8 two-point buckets and shot 12-of-17 from the free throw line for St. Marys (6-14, 1-7). A.J. Smith scored 15 points for Van Wert (10-10, 3-5), Matt Bidlack scored 13 points and both Nathan Stoller and Conner Holliday had 11 points each.
Kalida 41, Continental 39
CONTINENTAL Devin Kortokrax scored 14 points and Kalida survived its trip to Continental for a PCL win. Kalida is 7-12 overall, 5-2 in the league while Continental is 6-13, 0-6. Randy Zeller scored 13 points for Kalida. Tyler Dockery had 12 points for the Pirates and Chaz Slattman had 10 points.
Fairbanks 51, Perry 42
MILFORD CENTER Bruce Hodges scored 12 points for Perry in the NWCC loss. Jared Poling scored 11 points for the Commodores (6-14, 3-4).
USV 52, Lehman Catholic
McGUFFEY Woody Prater finished with 16 points to help Upper Scioto Valley win in non-league action. USV improves to 15-4. Austin Howard finished with 12 points and Lane Hurley scored 9 points for the Rams.
Marion Local 71, Parkway 35
MARIA STEIN With the game tied 17-17 late in the second, Marion Local went on a 6-0 run and never looked back for the MAC win. Marion Local is 8-11 overall, 1-6 in the MAC while Parkway is 2-18, 0-8. Luke Knapke had 14 points and 10 boards for the Flyers and Brant Barna had 12 points for Parkway.
Minster 43, Versailles 42
MINSTER Ethan Wolf scored 13 points for Minster and Adam Niemeyer scored 10 in the MAC win. Minster is 12-8 overall, 3-5 in the MAC, Versailles is 16-5, 5-4.
St. Henry 58, Fort Recovery 43
ST. HENRY Kyle Stahl netted 21 points for St. Henry in the MAC win. Stahl also had 6 boards and 4 assists for the Redskins (17-4, 7-1) while Jordan Bender and Ryan Mikesell had 12 each. Wade Gehaus had 14 points for Fort Recovery (16-4, 4-4) and Elijah Kahlig scored 12 points.
Coldwater 64, New Knoxville 62
COLDWATER Austin Bruns scored 23 points and Coldwater edged by visiting New Knoxville. Jake Allen led New Knoxville with 24 points. Coldwater is 8-10, 3-4 in the MAC while New Knoxville is 10-9, 3-5.
Leipsic 69, Pandora-Gilboa 41
PANDORA Caleb Barrera scored 12 points for Leipsic in the Blanchard Valley Conference win. Austin Brown and Devin Mangas each had 11 points for the Vikings (16-4, 7-2). Seth Schmenk scored 13 points for the Rockets (4-16, 2-7).