WBL teams' record on Friday, Dec. 2: 5-1
WBL teams' record on Saturday, Dec. 4: 3-6
Best of the Weekend: Defiance's Anthony Kidston scored 27 points in Defiance's 78-68 win over Napoleon on Saturday night.
Friday's Game to Watch: Spencerville at Elida — The Elida Bulldogs are off to an impressive 2-0 start after winning the Tip-Off classic. Now they'll face a Spencerville squad that won 14 games and went to the district finals a season ago. They lean heavily on Dan Binkley, Eli Bowers and Derek Goecke. All three are returning letterwinners. "We have a lot of guys back from last year, including our top two scorers and seniors Eli Bowers and Dan Binkley," Spencerville head coach Kevin Sensabaugh said. "We have a lot of guys back that gained valuable experience in big-game situations last year."
Bath: Bath split a pair of games in the Tip-Off Classic at Elida, upending Lima Central Catholic on Friday night, 46-44, and then falling to Elida in the championship game, 67-42. Logan Rockhold scored 19 points in Bath's uset win of the T-Birds and Brad Davis added 14 points. Bath hosts Allen East on Friday and goes to Bluffton on Saturday.
Celina: The Bulldogs showed they can put some points on the board in their opening weekend split. Celina opened the season with a 65-34 blowout of Bellefontaine on Friday night and then fell in a shootout to Lima Senior, 89-84 on Saturday night. Celina's Matt Buschur scored 23 points to lead Celina on Saturday. Celina took advantage of Bellefontaine's young squad that started three freshmen and forced 22 turnovers. Celina hosts Linden McKinley on Friday night.
Defiance: Defending WBL champ Defiance opened its season with a win against Maumee River rival Napoleon, 78-68. Napoleon went on a 11-1 run late in the fourth quarter, but Defiance senior guard Doug Herrett buried a three-pointer to give back Defiance the lead. They buried free throws down the stretch to pick up the 10-point season-opening victory. Defiance's loaded backcourt showed why it's one of the league's best again. Anthony Kidston scored 27 points to lead Defiance. Herrett added 22 points. Defiance hosts Paulding on Friday night.
Elida: Two-time defending WBL Player of the Year Reggie McAdams has help. That's a scary thought to the rest of the WBL. The preseason Western Buckeye League favorites cruised to a pair of wins in their Tip-Off Classic over Shawnee and Bath, and McAdams wasn't even the leading scorer in one of the games. McAdams and Aric Thompson scored 12 points apiece in the opening win. Elida then won, 67-42, in the title game over Bath. Dakota Mathias led the way with 19 points, Cory Royster had 16 points and McAdams scored 14 points. Elida hosts Spencerville on Friday night and goes to Delphos St. John's on Saturday night.
Kenton: With the football season over after a gut-wrenching loss in the state title game, the Wildcats will now get conditioned for the football season. Kenton is scheduled to get its season and the WBL slate started on Dec. 16 against St. Marys.
Ottawa-Glandorf: Tyson McGlaughlin's reign as head coach of one of Ohio's proudest basketball traditions started with a win. O-G downed the NWOAL's Bryan Golden Bears, 56-45, last Saturday. O-G outscored Bryan 17-6 in the second quarter. John Lammers had 13 points to lead O-G. Logan Koch had 12 points. The Titans host Fostoria on Friday night.
Shawnee: To say things didn't start well for the Shawnee Indians would be an understatement. The Indians lost to Elida 70-26 on Friday and then were pelted by LCC, 71-51 in the consolation game of the Tip-Off Classic. Shawnee hosts Wayne Trace on Friday night and travels to Marion Harding on Saturday.
St. Marys: Short-handed and playing two tough opponents, St. Marys 0-2 after loses to MAC foes Fort Recovery and New Knoxville, the latter a painful one that saw St. Marys lose an eight-point halftime lead and get beaten on a last-second runner by New Knoxville's Jake Allen. In that one, St. Marys was without three starters on the floor. Junior guard Dustin Fisher steppedup and drained four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points. Now the Roughriders hope to get in the win column on Friday night when another tough MAC foe in St. Henry comes to town.
Van Wert: The Cougars played a pair of slowed-down games in their tip-off classic in a 54-45 win over Wayne Trace an a 44-42 loss ot Crestview. Crestview's Nick Adam hit a last-second shot to sink the Cougars in the championship game. Van Wert's Jacob Myers led the Cougars with 25 points on Friday and 12 points in Saturday's game. Van Wert hosts Coldwater on Saturday night.
Wapakoneta: The Redskins split their first two games over the opening weekend, drubbing Piqua, 63-45, on Friday and getting run out fo the gym by Fort Recovery, 61-38 on Saturday night. Wapakoneta chucked up 19 three-pointers against Fort Recovery and hit just three of them. Wapak hosts Ada on Friday night.