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DEFIANCE 44, WAPAKONETA 41
WAPAKONETA — For 32 minutes Friday night, the Wapakoneta Redskins gave the undefeated and state-ranked Defiance Bulldogs all they could handle and then some.
They held a team that had been averaging 64 points a game to a season-low 44.
They kept the Bulldogs from even scoring a field goal in the second quarter.
Then Defiance senior Doug Herrett buried a 3-pointer with four seconds to play and classmate Anthony Kidston stole the subsequent inbounds pass to give the Bulldogs a 44-41 win.
Wapak had the ball with the scored tied at 41-41 and less than a minute to play. With 30 seconds left, junior Jake Buzzard got the ball in the low post and put up a turn-around fade-away jumper that Defiance center Shea Murray blocked. The Bulldogs got the loose ball to set up Herrett’s game winner.
Kidston virtually willed the Bulldogs back into the game in the third quarter. He scored 10 points on three 3-pointers and a free throw. After he hit a three at the buzzer to cut the Wapak lead to 31-28, he pumped his fist toward the Defiance crowd as he ran off the floor.
The lead changed hands five times in the fourth quarter. Buzzard gave Wapak a 41-38 lead with 1:10 to play.
But Herrett raced right down the floor and hit a three to tie it with 1:00 left and to set up the game winner.
Defiance's Anthony Kidston finished with a game-high 17 points. Doug Herrett added 16.
Jake Buzzard and Alex Greve tied for scoring honors for Wapak, each dropping in 11. Bertram contributed nine points.
BATH 69, VAN WERT 61
LIMA — Van Wert followed up its big win over Elida from last week with a dud.
The Cougars fell behind by nine points in the fourth quarter and a late charge got them to within two points before Bath hit free throws to lock up the WBL win.
Brad Davis scored a game-high 19 points for Bath. The Wildcats improved to 9-3 and 3-1 in the WBL to create a four-team logjam in second place behind unblemished Defiance. Reggie Phillips and Jacob Myers scored 17 points apiece for Van Wert.
ELIDA 72, SHAWNEE 32
ELIDA — Elida didn’t take too kindly to its first Western Buckeye League loss last Friday to Van Wert. With a little fire in its breath, the Bulldogs blew out a team for the second time in six days. This time the unfortunate victim was Shawnee in a 72-32 blowout at the Elida Fieldhouse after beating Archbold by 30-plus points last Saturday. Elida hit 11-of-25 three-pointers and shot 25-of-51 from the floor overall.
Reggie McAdams scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Aric Thompson added 15 points. Elida improved to 11-2, 3-1 in the WBL. Thomas Nolte scored seven points to lead Shawnee. The Indians dropped to 4-9, 1-3 in the WBL.
O-G 71, KENTON 31
OTTAWA — T.J. Metzger’s 14 points paced O-G in an easy win over Kenton on Friday night. O-G improved to 8-4, 3-1 in the WBL. Kenton is 4-8 and 0-4 in the WBL.