Bulldogs Chew Up Roughriders

St. Marys' Derek Jay shoots a free throw in Friday night's Western Buckeye League game at Elida.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

In the third quarter of Friday night’s Western Buckeye League match between the St. Marys Roughriders on the road against the Elida Bulldogs, Colin Grothause lost the ball on a pass from Derek Jay, committing a foul to spoil a fast break attempt by Elida.

The Bulldogs missed the one and one free throw, but grabbed the rebound and added two points instead.

Turnover on a possession and – despite a missed free throw – the other team still scores two points off your turnover.

It was that kind of a night for the Roughriders.

With a struggling offense and an overwhelmed defense, the Bulldogs chewed their way through St. Marys in a decisive 65-43 WBL loss for the Roughriders at Elida Fieldhouse.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Roughriders (4-8, 2-2 WBL) shot 15 of 36 from the field (41.6 percent) but committed 18 turnovers.

The Roughriders did not score a single bucket in the final quarter until the 2:50 mark of the fourth, by then, the game was out of hand.

The Roughriders led after one quarter, 13-11 with Derek Jay tallying eight points and Jacob Grannan with five.

However, the Riders lost the lead for good with three-straight 3-pointers from the Bulldogs (2-10, 2-2) to take a 20-17 lead with 3:52 to go at the half.

Only five players scored for St. Marys, with Jay leading the way with 20 points and four rebounds. Grannan added 14 points and Chase Roop contributed four points.

Randy Slife (2) and Josh Wingett (3) also added to the scoring.

The Roughriders have lost four of their last five games and six of eight overall.

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