DELPHOS — Lima Central Catholic took a slim four-point lead (19-15) after the first period Friday night and slowly added to its lead the rest of the way as LCC grabbed a 65-44 non-league boys high school basketball victory against Jefferson.
Michael Jay Riepenhoff led the Thunderbirds (3-1) with 14 points, getting help from De’Jhon Johnson’s 12 and 10 from Rossy Moore.
Guiding the Wildcats (0-4) were Doug Long Jr. with 11 points and seven each by Ian Wannemacher and Ashton Moore.
Shawnee 52, Defiance 29
DEFIANCE — Shawnee’s defense kept the lid on Defiance as the Indians began Western Buckeye league play with a defeat of the Bulldogs.
Pacing the Indians (3-1, 1-0 WBL) were Johnny Caprella with 14 points and George Mangas tacked on 11.
The Bulldogs are 3-1, 0-1 WBL.
St. Marys 47
OTTAWA — A balanced attack paced Ottawa-Glandorf to open WBL play with a win over St. Marys.
Owen Hiegel led the Titans with 20 points, along with 17 points from Carter Heringhaus and 13 each by Ethan White and Ben Westrick,
Carter Ballweg led the Roughriders with 16 points and Max Mielke tacked on 15.
Delphos St. John’s 49,
DELPHOS — St. John’s rallied with a 17-11 spread in the fourth period to open its Midwest Athletic Conference slate with a defeat of Minster.
Jared Wurst was the top scorer for the Blue Jays (4-0,1-0 MAC) with 25 points, along with 10 from Lucas Metcalfe.
Jacob Salazar led the Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 MAC) with 12 points and Mike Ketner added 11.
PERRY TOWNSHIP — Perry took command from the start, opening up a 31-8 advantage after the first period and went on to a Northwest Central Conference rout of Waynesfield-Goshen.
Jamal White’s 20 points led the Commodores (4-1), along with 15 from Chazz Jackson and 13 by Ryan Yingst.
For the Tigers (1-3), Layton Campbell led the way with 12 points.
Ottoville 60, Fort Jennings 33
FORT JENNINGS — Ottoville dominated the second period 25-2 to take command against Fort Jennings and grab a victory over its archrival.
Ryan Suever led the Big Green with 13 points, with 12 coming from Drew Fisher and 10 from Joseph Miller.
Ian Ricker was the lone Musketeer in twin digits with 11 points.
Kalida 50, Holgate 28
HOLGATE — Kalida’s offense placed three players in double digits to lead the Wildcats to down Holgate in a non-league basketball game.
The Wildcats were led by 16 points each from Trevor Lambert and Luke Erhart and 10 from Grant Laudick. The Kalida defense held the Tigers to 31 percent shooting (11-of-31) from the floor. No Tigers reached double digits and their leading scorer had eight; Tallon Meyer.
Allen East 45, Ada 40
HARROD — Allen East outscored Ada 14-9 in the fourth period to secure a Northwest Conference victory over the Bulldogs.
Bradden Crumrine led the Mustangs (4-1, 1-0 NWC) with 17 points and eight came from Tyler Clum and Brady Harris.
Cade Mullins topped the Bulldogs (0-5, 0-1 NWC) with 14 points and Zac Swaney added nine.
SPENCERVILLE — Lincolnview took command with a 19-6 third period and went on to a Northwest Conference triumph over Spencerville.
On behalf of the Lancers, Zane Miller led the scoring with 15 points and Creed Jessee tacked on 12.
For the Bearcats, Drew Armstead had eight points and Jackson Goecke added seven.
Columbus Grove 63,
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove used a balanced scoring attack to open the Northwest Conference part of its slate and grabbed a victory over Paulding.
Three Bulldogs (3-1, 1-0 NWC) reached twin digits: Blake Reynolds and Grayson Flores led with 16 points each and Evan Nopkins added 10.
The Panthers (1-4, 0-1 NWC) put two in double figures: Jaret Miller with 20 points and Fletcher Cook with 18.
Upper Scioto Valley 72,
Hardin Northern 48
DOLA — Quinn Sanders scored 24 points to guide Upper Scioto Valley to a Northwest Central Conference triumph over Hardin Nortehern.
Wayne Lowery added 17 points for the Rams and Dylan Thompson 14.
Leading the way for the Polar Bears were Nevin Robson with 12 points and Owen Wetherill with 11.
Upper Scioto Valley 72, Hardin Northern 48; Celina 73, Kenton 46; Wapakoneta 58, Van Wert 50; Ridgemont 61, Riverside 49; Fairview 64, Continental 50; Riverdale 57, Leipsic 41.
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