Friday Hoops Round-Up
FORT LORAMIE 63, NEW KNOXVILLE 61
FORT LORAMIE — Behind 20 points from junior Devin Braun Fort Loramie rallied from a deficit to start the fourth quarter for a 63-61 win over the Rangers Friday in a season opener.
The Redskins started strong by scoring the game’s first seven points and holding a double-digit lead after one quarter.
“Our kids were not mentally ready to play tonight,” Rangers head coach Kort Fledderjohann said. “Fort Loramie capitalized and took advantage of that.”
Fort Loramie had three players in double figures with Braun leading the way with 20 points. Grant Olberding had 15 points and Kyle Plieman had 14 points.
Jalen Fullenkamp led New Knoxvillewith 17 points. Shane Topp added 10 points.
New Knoxville had four opportunities to tie the game or close within one but couldn’t convert. Braun hit one of two free throws with six seconds left. Fullenkamp’s basket at the buzzer accounte for the 63-61 final.
The Rangers (0-1) host Waynesfield-Goshen next Friday.
FORT RECOVERY 61, ST. MARYS 43
FORT RECOVERY – The Indians went on an early 13-0 run and then sped past the St. Marys boys basketball team in the third quarter for a 61-43 win at the Fort Site Fieldhouse on Friday night.
University of Findlay commit Elijah Kahlig led the way with a game-high 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 18 rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
“I thought Elijah Kahlig was an animal on the boards tonight,” Fort Recovery head coach Brian Patch said. “Any time it seemed we missed a shot, he was going to go get it. That’s what you want your best player to do. When your best player plays with an edge and some toughness and is willing to do some of the little things and the dirty things, the rest of the kids will follow.”
Derek Backs added 15 points, including a 3 for 5 night from 3-point range. Ben Dilworth scored 12 points.
Quinn Zaerr, Josh Young and Zack Wilker scored eight points apiece to lead St. Marys. Zaerr had a team-high eight rebounds. Nathan Wilker dished out a team-high five assists for St. Marys, which will host St. Henry next Friday night at 6 p.m. in the home opener.
NEW BREMEN 69, ALLEN EAST 47
HARROD — Carson Manger scored 31 points and the New Bremen boys basketball team put on an impressive offensive display in the first three quarters to coast to a season-opening 69-47 road win over Allen East on Friday night.
New Bremen led 40-20 at the half and opened up a 59-24 lead through three quarters.
Manger, who was an All-Midwest Athletic Conference player a season ago, poured in his 31 points to lead the Cardinals to their eighth straight season-opening win over Allen East.
Deion Hoehne added 11 points. Greg Parker scored nine points. Nate Herriott had five points for New Bremen.
Matt Shuey led Allen East with 11 points. Tanner Stippich added eight points for the Mustangs.
New Bremen hits the road again on Saturday, traveling to Troy Christian for a 6 p.m. junior varsity tip-off in Troy.
PIQUA 71, WAPAKONETA 41
PIQUA — The Piqua Indians rolled to a 71-41 win Friday over Wapakoneta at Piqua High School’s Garbry Gymnasium.
Keaton Metz paced Wapakoneta with 15 points Friday, while Adam Henderson also had double digits with 12.
Piqua had five players reach double figures in scoring Friday. Xavier Harrison led the Indians with 12. Colton Bachman, Daniel Monnin and Storm Cook scored 11 each. Tate Honeycutt added 10.
Wapakoneta (0-1) will return to action tonight for another non-league contest against the Indian Lake Lakers.