Roughriders Fall To Bath, Lose 4th Straight

St. Marys' Drew Jacobs drives inside the paint Friday in the Western Buckeye League game at Bath High School.
Sports Editor

Despite another double-digit loss to their opponents – their ninth of the season – St. Marys Roughriders varsity boys basketball coach Craig Szymczak does not believe his team is that far off, even if the scoreboard states otherwise.

Friday night was another case of a scoreboard telling one story and the play on the court telling the other in a 68-50 Western Buckeye League loss to the Bath Wildcats Friday night at Bath High School.

Down only three points after the opening quarter, the Roughriders (4-10, 2-3 WBL) let the second quarter get away from them again as the Wildcats (6-8, 3-2) used the 3-ball to gain a major advantage.

Hitting three of the team’s eight three-pointers on the night, the Wildcats outscored the Roughriders 20-9 in the second quarter to take a 37-23 lead into the locker room.

In the meantime, the Wildcats’ full-court press defense stymied the Roughriders offense – an already struggling unit coming in – forcing 11 turnovers in the first half and making the Derek Jay beat them as he scored seven of the team’s nine points in the second quarter.

Both teams were mostly even in the second half, with Bath outscoring St. Marys just 31-27.

The Roughriders’ offense got into a groove multiple times in the second half, scoring six points on their first three possessions and eight during a five-possession stretch, but the defense on the other end had no answers as they allowed five points in the Wildcats’ first seven possessions.

The Roughriders also scored eight during a five-possession stretch and seven points during the final five possessions of the game in the fourth quarter, but could not gain any traction with the defense allowing eight points in the first five possessions of the fourth quarter.

Taking away the second quarter, the Roughriders were outscored 48-41 in the first, third and fourth quarters combined, showing how close the game could have been if certain shots and plays went the Roughriders’ way.

Jay led the Roughriders with 19 points and Jacob Grannan scored 14 points. Colin Clements score seven points off the bench.