Boys Basketball: Shawnee stays unbeaten in WBL

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee’s boys basketball team left no doubt that it had put a bad loss to Lima Senior behind them when it rolled to a 69-57 win over St. Marys on Friday night.

The Indians, who lost 77-56 to Lima Senior on Tuesday night, led for all but the first four minutes of Friday night’s game to remain the only team other than Ottawa-Glandorf that’s unbeaten in Western Buckeye League games.

Beckett Bertke scored 26 points to lead Shawnee (10-5, 5-0 WBL). Trevick Bertke had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Evan Angstmann’s 22 points led St. Marys (9-5, 3-2 WBL). Jace Turner and Noah Payne each scored 13 points.

“The strength of our team tonight was (that) they did it together. Everybody who played got an assist, and everybody who played got a rebound. We got some key stops,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said.

“We went through a stretch in the first half where Beck’s on the bench with two fouls, Dom (Lynch) is on the bench with two fouls, Alex (Goldsberry) is on the bench with two fouls and guys came off the bench and were ready to play. We didn’t have a drop-off,” he said.

Lynch (9 points), Tate Bender (8 points), and Nick Pasion (7 points) came within one field goal or a 3-pointer of double figures for Shawnee.

“From start to finish I thought our kids did a good job of executing what we felt like we needed to do to win the game,” Triplett said.

“Angstmann is really, really good and Turner is really, really good. They scored but they were tough shots, contested shots. We wanted to control the pace of the game. I thought we played too fast Tuesday night. Tonight we played Shawnee basketball. We pushed when we had opportunities, pulled the ball out and executed, and took some time off the clock when we needed to,” he said.

St. Marys was within two points, 18-16, a minute into the second quarter. But Shawnee outscored the Roughriders 20-10 the rest of the quarter to take a 38-26 halftime lead.

St. Marys cut the lead to seven points, 48-41, after three quarters. That was as close as the Roughriders could get. Shawnee’s lead grew to as many as 17 points, 63-46, in the fourth quarter.

Shawnee shot 55 percent on field goals (26 of 47) and had a 28-16 rebounding edge. St. Marys shot 48 percent (21 of 44).

“We just played on and kept competing. There were a lot of contributions from everybody. The kids just battled. I’m really proud of their effort,” Triplett said.

Shawnee 69, St. Marys 57

Score by quarters:

St. Marys 14 12 15 16 – 57

Shawnee 16 22 10 21 – 69


Evan Angstmann 22, Alex Hoenie 4, Jace Turner 13, Noah Payne 13, Cobain Owens 5. Totals: 21-8-57.


Beckett Bertke 26, Dominic Lynch 9, Alex Goldsberry 4, Nick Pasion 7, Trevick Bertke 13, Tate Bender 8, Max Goldsberry 2. Totals: 26-10-69.

Totals: 21-8-57.

Three-point goals: SM – Angstmann 4, Payne 2, Owens 1; SH – B. Bertke 3, T. Bertke 3, Pasion 1.

Records: Shawnee (10-5, 5-0 WBL), St. Marys (9-5, 3-2 WBL).