BLUFFTON — Longtime Bluffton boys head basketball coach Todd Boblitt doesn’t oppose the idea of using different styles of play.
In Bluffton’s 61-49 victory over visiting Leipsic in a Northwest Conference boys basketball game Friday night, Boblitt’s team showcased a couple different styles.
On the night, Bluffton made 10 3-pointers.
The Pirates also went inside when they needed to.
Trey Boblitt, the head coach’s son, led Bluffton (10-1, 4-0 NWC) with 18 points, including six 3-pointers. Teammate Kyler Kinn scored 18 points, mostly coming inside the paint. Kinn also came away with nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Freshman Marek Donaldson scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Trenton Donley added seven points, including a trey for the Pirates.
“I think we’ve played a variety of styles this year,” Coach Boblitt said “So far this season, we’ve played fast at times. … We’ve also played a halfcourt game at times. Tonight, they slowed us down to some degree. But our guys made big, big shots. When you make shots, that makes everything else look better.”
Coach Boblitt was especially pleased at Kinn’s performance.
“Kyler is a really tough matchup,” Boblitt said. “He’s so good off the dribble, and he can go inside and score. He’s really athletic. He gives us a dimension, offensively, that we’re really happy to have.”
Mason Brandt led Leipsic (7-4, 2-2 NWC) and all scorers with 19 points. Teammate Trent Siefker added 10 points for the Vikings.
Bluffton jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Donley and Boblitt.
However, Leipsic responded.
Brandt jump-started the Vikings. The 6-foot, 4-inch senior scored the next seven points to give the Vikings a 7-6 lead, a little more than midway through the opening quarter.
Boblitt canned two more 3-pointers in the first quarter to keep the Pirates in the hunt. The 6-1 senior had three treys in the first eight minutes of action.
At the first stop, Leipsic was clinging to a 15-14 lead.
“I’m a shooter,” Trey Boblitt said. “I’ve been working on it for a lot of years. So, it just comes natural to me.”
Early into the second quarter, Bluffton claimed the lead, and then pulled away for a 31-22 advantage by the halftime break.
Bluffton was 12 of 23 shooting from the field in the first half. Leipsic was 9 of 24 from the floor.
Boblitt paced the Pirates with 12 points, on four shots behind the 3-point line. The Pirates made six 3-pointers in the first half. Brandt led Leipsic with 10 first-half points.
In the second quarter, Bluffton’s defensive pressure helped cause six Leipsic turnovers, after the Vikings turned it over just two times in the first stanza.
Bluffton led 43-37 at the end of the third quarter.
For the game, Leipsic shot 41 percent from the field. Bluffton connected on 51 percent of its field goal attempts.
Leipsic turned the ball over 13 times, while Bluffton turned it over 12 times.
“We felt like we needed to apply pressure to the other guys,” Coach Boblitt said. “We knew we weren’t going to stop Mason (Brandt). We were just hoping to contain him.”
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