KENTON — Kenton dominated the fourth quarter to rally past St. Marys 48-40 on Friday night in a Western Buckeye League opener to stay unbeaten while denying the Roughriders their first win of the season.
St. Marys led 35-31 after three quarters in a halfcourt battle before Kenton outscored the Roughriders 17-5 in the fourth quarter.
St. Marys senior Garet Fledderjohann led all scorers with 18 points.
Quinn Zaerr added 11 points for the Riders with a pair of 3-pointers.
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen girls basketball team swarmed Botkins with an array of defenses and ended the Trojan’s three-game winning streak with a 39-26 decision on Monday night.
Botkins shot 18 percent from the floor on 7-of-40 shooting and turned the ball over 21 times in the face of four different New Bremen defenses that included fullcourt and halfcourt presses and man-to-man defense.
NEW KNOXVILLE — After a bizarre ending to regulation, the New Knoxville Rangers basketball team defeated the Anna Rockets Saturday night 79-76 in double overtime in a non-league game held at New Knoxville, but the win was not without controversy.
An inadvertent point for the Rockets was put on the scoreboard late in regulation making the score look like a four point lead for the Rockets. Jake Allen hit a three at the buzzer making the apparent score 62-61.
MINSTER — The Wildcats boys basketball team gives Minster head coach Mike Lee a bit of a sweat this season after having three close games. Minster forced Russia into overtime Saturday night and came out on top, 61-53.
Minster was down 34-44 with 3:44 left in the fourth quarter and went on a 12-2 run to send the game into overtime. Senior Adam Niemeyer started the rally with his outside jumper to come within four. Then two back-to-back triples from senior veteran Devon Poeppelman forced the Wildcats into overtime.
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee has just one player taller than 5-foot-7 listed on its roster. Going up against a St. Marys team with six players taller than that, Shawnee planned on disrupting the Riders before they could use that advantage in the half court.
Shawnee’s full-court pressure created 31 turnovers and easy baskets as the Indians opened Western Buckeye League action with a 56-43 win over St. Marys on Thursday.