ELIDA — Elida Hall of Famer Mianda Watts bounced from Elida player to player giving pre-game high fives after she was inducted into the Elida Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
Maybe her passion and enthusiasm rubbed off.
Daniel Unruh and Isaac McAdams powered Elida down the stretch to a 48-40 boys basketball victory over Lima Central Catholic at the Elida Fieldhouse.
Unruh had only 11 points in Friday’s loss to Wapakoneta. But Unruh bounced back with 24 points with two 3-pointers in Saturday’s win.
“We had to focus and take it upon the seniors to take leadership and round up the troups after last night,” Unruh said.
McAdams had nine points and seven rebounds. Skyler Smith had eight points with two 3-pointers.
LCC got within 37-33 after a 3-pointer by Biggz Johnson in the final quarter.
That’s when McAdams hit a driving layup and a 3-pointer. Those key five points pushed the Elida lead to 42-33 with 2:55 to go.
“That was a big 3-pointer he hit,” Elida coach Denny Thompson said. “That shot right there. They were almost daring him to shoot it. No one came out to get him. He made the decision to take it. That was a very big shot.’’
Elida is 12-1. LCC stands 5-9.
Elida led 29-24 at the half.
Unruh had a key spurt of his own in the third quarter when LCC cut the lead to 31-30.
Unruh had a three-point play and a steal he converted into a fast-break layup. That gave Elida a 36-30 lead as the half ended.
“We had to settle down and make better decisions tonight,” Unruh said.
For LCC, Johnson had 12 points and two 3-pointers.
Matthew Cecala had seven points with two 3-pointers.
Mark Janowski had seven points and nine rebounds. Brendan Stolly had nine rebounds with his four points.
It was 6-3 McAdams who watched the 6-8 Janowski and forced him out farther from the basket.
“For the most part we did a really good job of not letting them have what they wanted out of their sets,” Thompson said. “I was very happy with our defense. He (McAdams) tried to beat him to his spot. Usually, if big guys catch it a couple feet out farther than they want to it’s a whole different ballgame.
“And Skyler (Smith) chased him (Cecala) all night. He did a really good job of getting to him. Skyler played great tonight and hit two threes and hit two free throws (with 30 seconds left).’’
LCC won the rebounding, 28-25.
Saturday’s matchup was a rematch from the championship game of the Elida Tip-Off tournament. Elida won that night 54-42 to take the Tip-Off title.
Both teams started sluggish after Friday night games.
Elida was coming off its first loss of the year, 50-47 to Wapakoneta. LCC knocked off Van Buren 47-43.
Elida led 10-7 after the first quarter, with LCC hitting 1 of 11 in the opening quarter.
After a Smith 3-pointer, Elida’s lead grew to 20-9.
Johnson led LCC back with a 10-2 run to cut the margin to 22-19. Johnson had a 3-pointer and a three-point play.
It marked a good bounce-back game for Elida.
“It definitely takes the taste out of your mouth from last night,” Thompson said.
Joining Watts as Hall inductee were Del Shinn and Jeff Brown.
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