Pandora-Gilboa makes history, wins PCL boys basketball title


By Tom Usher - sports@limanews.com



Pandora’s Drew Johnson lets a three-pointer fly infront of the student section of Fort Jennings on Saturday night.

Pandora’s Drew Johnson lets a three-pointer fly infront of the student section of Fort Jennings on Saturday night.


Pandora’s Drew Johnson takes off like a rocket on a break-away against Fort Jennings on Saturday night.

Pandora’s Drew Johnson takes off like a rocket on a break-away against Fort Jennings on Saturday night.


Pandora’s Drew Johnson takes off like a rocket on a break-away against Fort Jennings on Saturday night.


FORT JENNINGS — Double-barrel champions.

For the first time in Pandora-Gilboa boys basketball history, the Rockets own two league championships.

P-G wrapped up the outright Putnam County League title with a 51-38 victory over Fort Jennings Saturday at Fort Jennings.

The Rockets won the Blanchard Valley Conference outright title on Friday. It was their first BVC title in 16 years.

P-G entered Saturday with a share of the PCL title.

“It means the world to us,” P-G’s Drew Johnson said. “We set goals and that was to win both leagues and it’s never been done before (at P-G). We always played hard and we knew when our offense wasn’t clicking we could rely on our defense.

“It’s been an unbelievable senior season. I couldn’t ask to go out in a better way.’’

Jared Breece had 14 points to lead P-G. His points came off seven power drives to the basket.

Johnson had 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks for P-G. Riley Larcom had 13 points, six rebounds and three 3-pointers.

Brandon Wehri, Fort Jennings’ 1,000-point scorer, had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

It marks the second straight year the Rockets have won the PCL.

“That was our goal going in (to win two leagues), but it’s so hard to do when you play in two leagues,” P-G coach Joe Braidic said.

P-G, which has won 13 in a row, is 19-1, 6-0 in the PCL.

“It’s crazy,” P-G’s Breece said. “It’s hard to believe. It’s something we’ve never done here. It’s a dream come true.’’

Breece was the quarterback during the past football season when the Rockets reached the regional finals in the playoffs.

“We definitely put Pandora sports right back on the map,’’ Breece said.

Fort Jennings is 14-7, 3-3 in the PCL.

P-G led early 12-6, as the game was played at a snail’s pace early on.

Fort Jennings started the second quarter in a 1-2-2 press.

At first, the press slowed the Rockets.

Then, they quickly solved it and began getting quick baskets at the other end.

P-G went on a 9-0 run to pull out to a 21-10 lead. During the burst, Breece drove for a 5-footer and Grant Murphy and Larcom both hit 3-pointers.

Larcom’s 3-pointer from deep in the left corner just before the halftime buzzer gave the Rockets a 24-14 halftime lead.

“They already had the momentum by hitting the three right before halftime,” Fort Jennings coach Ryan Schroeder said. “It carried them forward. We couldn’t get anything to fall early and I think that kind of hurt us.’’

The Rockets began taking it to the rim consistently in the third quarter. That helped them rip off a 9-0 burst to start the third quarter to make it 33-14.

“We told our kids to move the ball offensively, and if we move the ball, we’re going to get good looks,” Braidic said.

PG outscored the Musketeers 21-4 in the third to take a 45-18 lead after three.

The Rockets had 13 field goals in the second half and 11 of those were layups.

In the final minutes, P-G lost guard Murphy with a rib injury.

Fort Jennings won the boards, 28-25.

P-G made 6 of 12 on 3-pointers.

P-G looks forward to a good tournament run.

“We’re very experienced, very hard-nosed and very fundamentally sound,” Johnson said. “And our defense has been phenomenal this year.’’

Pandora’s Drew Johnson lets a three-pointer fly infront of the student section of Fort Jennings on Saturday night.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/02/web1_Fort-Jennings-vs-Pandora-Gilboa-BBB-7494.jpgPandora’s Drew Johnson lets a three-pointer fly infront of the student section of Fort Jennings on Saturday night.
Pandora’s Drew Johnson takes off like a rocket on a break-away against Fort Jennings on Saturday night.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/02/web1_Fort-Jennings-vs-Pandora-Gilboa-BBB-7535.jpgPandora’s Drew Johnson takes off like a rocket on a break-away against Fort Jennings on Saturday night.
Pandora’s Drew Johnson takes off like a rocket on a break-away against Fort Jennings on Saturday night.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/02/web1_Fort-Jennings-vs-Pandora-Gilboa-BBB-7536.jpgPandora’s Drew Johnson takes off like a rocket on a break-away against Fort Jennings on Saturday night.

By Tom Usher

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