WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta’s 6-foot-5 Adam Scott scored on the blocks.
And Kenton’s 5-10 Jayden Cornell used his burst of quickness to score from anywhere.
The two traded baskets most of the night.
In the end, it was two big foul shots by Wapak sophomore Garrett Siefring which helped the Redskins post a 49-44 boys basketball victory Friday night.
Wapak led 47-44 with 9.3 seconds left when Kenton had the ball and called timeout.
Cornell missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left and Siefring rebounded for the Redskins.
Siefring was immediately fouled, which put him on the line to shoot one-and-one.
Siefring made both foul shots with 3.5 seconds left to give Wapak a 49-44 victory.
“He (Siefring) started the year playing JV and quickly worked his way to the varsity team,” Wapak coach Doug Davis said. “He’s a solid defensive player, he can shoot threes and he’s getting more and more playing time as the year goes on.’’
Scott finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.
Wapak’s Aaron Good had 12 points, while Siefring had nine points.
The sophomore Cornell led Kenton with 22 points and one 3-pointer. He had six spinning, driving layups.
Jaron Sharp had 15 points for Kenton.
“He’s (Cornell) just getting his legs underneath him after he came off a football injury which held him back for a month and a half,” Kenton coach Matt McCullough said. “He’s starting to click. He gave us a great effort out there.’’
Wapak is 9-2, 2-1 in the Western Buckeye League.
“It was tough to get points in the second half,” Davis said. “They were really defending things on the 3-point line and our guys did a good job finding Adam on the inside. It took a little while. We had to reverse the ball and be patient a little bit, but eventually we started to find him and he was able to score.’’
Kenton is 7-3, 0-3 in the WBL.
Wapak led 16-11 after the first quarter and 25-18 at the half.
Cornell was keeping the Wildcats within range, as he had 11 of his team’s 18 points at the half.
Meanwhile, Scott had 10 points at the half.
Scott’s points were hard to come by in a physical game on the inside.
“It’s physical down there, but it’s like that every game,” Scott said. “Every week I know they’re going to beat on me, so I work on sealing down low. And we work really hard on kickouts.’’
Added Davis, “It was a physical game and the fact that we came out with a win in a physical game, that’s good.’’
Wapak started the third quarter on a 7-0 run and the Redskins’ lead expanded to 32-18.
Cornell answered with a 3-pointer and Sharp had two 7-footers in the lane.
Kenton climbed back to within eight, 39-31, after three quarters.
When Sharp sank a 3-pointer with 2:16 left, Kenton had sliced the margin to 44-42.
Scott then scored on a layup and sank the foul shot to push the lead back to 47-42 with 1:48 left.
“We gave up too many points in the paint and it hurt us,” McCullough said.
Cornell scored on a driving layup to make it 47-44 with 1:18 left.
That set up the flurry at the end.
Kenton won the boards, 30-28.
Wapak shot 50 percent from the field and was 3 of 10 on 3-pointers.
Kenton shot 33 percent from the field and was 3 of 15 on threes.
Wapak bounced back with a league win after an emotional 62-54 loss to Shawnee last Friday.
“It feels awesome in this environment to get a league win like this,” Scott said.
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