NEW BREMEN 64, FORT RECOVERY 55
COLDWATER — The New Bremen Cardinals survived a rough second quarter and made their free throws down the stretch to advance in the Division IV sectional tournament with a 64-55 victory over the Fort Recovery Indians at Coldwater. The Cardinals (13-8) will advance to the sectional championship on Friday at 8:00 against the Ada Bulldogs. Carson Manger led the Cardinals with 21 points and nine rebounds and Nolan Fox had 14 points.
ST. MARYS — Coldwater built a 14-point halftime lead and then held off St. Marys’ second-half run to post a 46-37 road win on Saturday at Memorial High School.
Coldwater won its 10th game of the season and won its fourth straight.
The Cavaliers appeared to be sailing towards that victory until St. Marys turned to full-court pressure in the second half and whittled the Cavalier lead down to 31-26 by scoring the first nine points of the second half. Coldwater committed five turnovers in the first three minutes of the third quarter.
CELINA — Celina’s defensive pressure took its toll midway through the second half, as a physically and mentally fatigued St. Marys squad turned the ball over and watched the Bulldogs turn the miscues into points.
Celina wore down the Roughriders and pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 71-52 win at a packed Celina Fieldhouse on Friday night. It’s the seventh straight win for Celina over St. Marys, a winning streak that dates back to 2005.
NEW KNOXVILLE – The Delphos St. John’s boys basketball team used a good first half to get a lead against the New Knoxville Rangers and they rode that in the second half to defeat the Rangers 65-47 in a key MAC game played at The Barn.
The Blue Jays led 18-7 after one quarter and 40-19 at the half.
ST. MARYS — Celina quickly took any drama out of a rivalry game by scoring the game’s first 28 points in the Bulldogs’ 48-17 win over St. Marys.
“That might be one of our best starts ever,” Celina head coach Brian Stetler said. “You never know on the road how you’re going to come out against an arch-rival. Our girls stepped it up in the beginning and pretty much set the tone early. It doesn’t always happen that way, but it did tonight.”