BOYS BASKETBALL: St. Marys hangs with state-ranked Defiance, but falls, 77-71



DEFIANCE — The St. Marys boys basketball team gave the Western Buckeye League’s top team all it could handle, but a 30-point night from Tory Guilliam helped Defiance get past a feisty Roughrider squad, 77-71.

The Roughriders got into a shootout with the unbeaten Bulldogs and stayed with them almost shot-for-shot, hitting 10 three-pointers.

St. Marys led 17-16 after one quarter and trailed 33-32 at the half. It was still a one-point game heading into the fourth quarter before Defiance outscored the Roughriders 25-20 in the fourth.

St. Marys senior forward J.D. Meyer scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Riders, who fell to 5-9 and 1-4 in the WBL.

Guilliam buried five 3-pointers in his 30-point night for a Defiance offense that turned the ball over just nine times to St. Marys’ 18 miscues.

St. Marys’ Garet Fledderjohann hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points. Austin James’ three treys gave him nine points and Dustin Fisher also had nine.

St. Marys reached the 70-point barrier for the third time this season. The Riders won the other two games. It’s the first time St. Marys had scored 70 points in a game and lost since losing to Wapakoneta 80-77 in January of 2008.

St. Marys     17  15  19  20  —  71
Defiance      16  17  19  25  —  77

ST. MARYS (71) — Fledderjohann 17; Manning 8; Fisher 9; Elshoff 2; Meyer 26; James 9; Dammeyer 0; Fitzgerald 0; Lauth 0. Totals 25-38 11-13 71.

DEFIANCE (77) — Moore 0; Scott 17; Kidston 10; Herrett 3; Tobias 9; Tory Guilliam 30; Murray 6; Trey Guilliam 0. Totals 29-50 11-16 77.

Three-point goals: St. Marys - Fledderjohann 4; James 3; Manning 2; Meyer. Defiance Tory Guilliam 5; Kidston 3; Scot.
Rebounds - St. Marys 23 (Meyer 12), Defiance 16.
Turnovers: St. Marys 18, Defiance 9.
JV: Defiance, 40-27.


CELINA— Jacob Myers scored 32 points and Van Wert kept pace in the Western Buckeye League with a 63-61 win over Celina on Friday night.

Myers went 11-of-23 from the floor for his game-high total to go with his game-high 10 rebounds.

Celina’s Scott Moeder led the way for the Bulldogs with 25 points.

Van Wert improved to 10-3, 4-1 in the WBL. Celina fell to 5-8, 1-4 in the WBL.

Celina shot 50 percent from the floor (25-for-50) while Van Wert went 24-for-48 for 50 percent from the floor, as well.

O-G 52, WAPAK 34

WAPAKONETA — One player, two minutes, nine points.

Michael Rosebrock scored nine unanswered points in a 12-0 third-quarter run to lift the Ottawa-Glandorf Titans to a 52-34 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Wapakoneta High School.

Rosebrook finished with 11 points in the quarter — all in the first four minutes — on his way to a game-high 22 points.  He was 6-of-8 (75 percent) from the floor and 10-of-12 (83 percent) from the free throw line.

O-G outrebounded the Redskins 23-15 overall.