New Knoxville boys hoops downs Botkins, 49-42

BOTKINS — At the end of the third quarter it looked like the New Knoxville Rangers basketball team was going to cruise to an easy victory against the Botkins Trojans, but it turned out to be anything but an easy game as the Rangers had to hold on and hit free throws down the stretch for a 49-42 victory at Botkins.

“We were able to pull away at the end of the game,” Rangers head coach Kort Fledderjohann said. “You have to give credit to Botkins. In the second half we have a 14-point lead and they dug in and came at us. They put a lot of pressure on us and made it tough on us and they did a good job in their comeback.”

A trio of Rangers scored 12 points to lead the way. Andrew Arnett, Jake Allen and Shane Topp each reached the dozen mark.

Going into the fourth quarter New Knoxville had a comfortable 40-26 lead, but the quarter started out bad for the Rangers. Roger Miller hit one of two free throws on the third foul by Isaac Kuntz with 7:33 left.

“We came out a little bit too late,” Botkins head coach Brett Meyer said. “We needed to attack them a little more throughout the game which we didn’t do. Give New Knoxville credit because they played hard and they took it at us, but we had a pretty good comeback at the end. In the fourth quarter we played man defense but picked it up more full court.”

New Knoxville (5-4) will travel to Marion Local next Friday for a MAC game and travel to Jackson Center on Saturday, while Botkins (8-2) will travel to Russia next Friday.

Saturday's Boys Scores

  • Anna 43,  Marion Local 40
  • Celina 67, Cols. Linden McKinley 37
  • Coldwater 64, Lima Shawnee 47
  • Defiance 40, Findlay 31
  • Findlay Liberty-Benton 55, Elida 50
  • Ft. Recovery 64, Van Wert Lincolnview 45
  • Houston 55, Union City Mississinawa Valley 47
  • Lima Temple Christian 62, Allen E. 61
  • New Bremen 50, St. Marys Memorial 40
  • New Knoxville 49, Botkins 42
  • Ottoville 48, Minster 39
  • Russia 78, Ansonia 46
  • St. Henry 53, Eaton 45
  • Versailles 66, Ft. Loramie 38

Saturday's Girls Scores

  • Anna 62, Maria Stein Marion Local 46
  • Bluffton 39, Lima Perry 31
  • Celina 50, Minster 38
  • Covington 49, Jackson Center 39
  • Delphos St. John's 32, Ft. Jennings 22
  • Findlay 46, Lima Shawnee 44
  • Ft. Loramie 76, New Bremen 35
  • Houston 35, Bradford 27
  • Kalida 46, Wapakoneta 45
  • Lima Cent. Cath. 47, Coldwater 44
  • Lima Sr. 60, Elida 58
  • Sidney 52, Piqua 42
  • Sidney Lehman 48, St. Marys Memorial 45
  • Van Wert 46, Ft. Recovery 45
  • Wadsworth 41, Lima Bath 29