TROY — Former Shelby County League coaches Paul Bremigan and John Willoughby, who went against each other 63 times when they were at Russia and Houston, respectively, met again Tuesday night when Sidney took on Troy in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North boys basketball action.
This time around, Willoughby’s Yellow Jackets overwhelmed the Trojans for a successful bounce-back from Saturday’s 57-38 loss to Wapakoneta. The Jackets led by 33 at one point, with the final being 83-64.
The win put Sidney at 3-1 on the year going into a home game Friday against Piqua, also in American North play.
Troy is 0-2.
The two teams played on even terms in the opening quarter, with Sidney falling behind early but coming out with a 15-13 lead when the period was over.
Then in the second quarter, Sidney scored six of the first eight to go up 21-15, one of the buckets being a two-handed slam dunk off a steal by sophomore Andre Gordon. However, midway through the quarter, Gordon picked up his second foul.
It was tied at 24-24 when Allec Gordon converted a three-point play with 3:34 left in the first half. And just when it looked like it would be back and forth, the Jackets went on an 11-0 run and opened up a 43-27 bulge with a minute left. By the half, the Jackets were cruising at 48-30, with Josiah Hudgins sinking a three at the buzzer to give Sidney a 33-point quarter.
The Jackets didn’t let up in the third quarter, either, rolling to a 55-30 lead and increasing it to 63-32 midway through. When the period ended, the Jackets were up 75-42.
The Jackets had four players in double figures and another with nine. Andre Gordon led the way with 18, Allec Gordon and Devan Rogers both had 16 and Ratez Roberts added 14. Isaiah Bowser finished with nine.
Sidney (83) — Bowser 9, Conrad 2, Roberts 14, An. Gordon 18, Al. Gordon 16, Rogers 16, Hudgins 6, Heins 2.
Troy (64) — Reichelderfer 12, Palmer 10, B. Kinnel 4, Kotwica 17, McClurg 6, Browder 3, Taylor 10, K. Kinnel 2.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Sidney 3 (Bowser, Al. Gordon, Hudgins); Troy 7 (Kotwica 3, McClurg 2, Palmer, Taylor).
Records: Sidney 3-1, Troy 0-2.
Reserve score: Troy 54, Sidney 48.
FORT LORAMIE — It was a different kind of game, for certain. But in the end, two teams expected to challenge for the County title duked it out right to the end.
Fort Loramie emerged victorious over Fairlawn, 51-43, to remain unbeaten on the year and hand the Jets their first loss of the season.
The Redskins are 4-0 on the year, with three of those wins coming in County plauy. They are back in action Saturday at New Bremen.
Fairlawn is 1-1 in the league and 3-1 on the year and hosts Houston Friday night.
The game was tied at 22-22 at the half before the Jets went the first 12 minutes of the second half without a field goal. They managed only one free throw in the third quarter, but still trailed just 30-23.
Their first bucket of the half came with 4:01 left.
Loramie led by as many as 10 before long-range shooting from Luke Hickman brought the Jets back to within three. But the Redskins held on to keep their record unblemished.
Dillon Braun had 15 to lead Loramie and both Evan Berning and Tyler Siegel added 12. Siegel also had 15 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Nate Lessing had 21 for the Jets.
Fairlawn (43) — Lessing 21, N. Brautigam 5, Curtner 8, Johnson 2, Hicmman 7.
FL (51) — Berning 12, Braun 15, Rosengarten 1, Pleiman 2, Gasson 9, Siegel 12.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Fairlawn 4 (Lessing 2, Hickman 2); FL 2 (Berning, Braun).
Records: FL 4-0, Fairlawn 3-1.
Reserve score: Loramie 40, Fairlawn 19.
JC 42, Anna 37
JACKSON CENTER — The Jackson Center Tigers led nearly the entire game, but had to respondwhen Anna took a one-point lead in the final period of a 42-37 verdict in County play Tuesday night.
The win puts Jackson at 1-1 in the league and 3-1 overall heading to Botkins Friday.
Anna is 1-2 in the league and 2-2 on the season with Russia coming to town Friday.
Brady Wildermuth poured in 20 for over half of Jackson Center’s points.
“Brady played a whale of a game,” said Jackson coach Scott Elchert. “But our two sophomores (Trent Platfoot and Corbin Murphy) both hit big shots for us in the fourth quarter.”
Wildermuth had seven rebounds, as did Bryce Sosby to go with his seven points.
Wyatt Bensman had 10 to lead Anna.
Anna (37) — Frilling 2, Bensman 10, Roe 9, Doseck 7, Platfoot 2, Cathcart 3, Schmitz 4.
Jackson (42) — Platfoot 6, Booser 4, Heitkamp 3, Sosby 7, Murphy 2, Wildermuth 20.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Anna 3 (Cathcart 2, Bensman); JC 2 (Platfoot 2).
Records: Anna 2-2, JC 3-1.
Reserve score: Anna 63, JC 33.
Houston 50, Botkins 46
HOUSTON — Houston got its first win of the season Tuesday, rallying to beat Botkins 50-46 in the third County game of the night.
Botkins led 45-39 before the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to take a 46-45 lead. Dylan Hensley had an offensive stickback, then Noah Shoemaker had two free throw with :19 left to give the Trojans some cushion.
“We really got after each other,” said Houston coach Brad Francis. “We played really good defense in the second half and made some adjustments.”
Hensley had 12 and Howie Ludwig 10 for Houston.
High-scoring Luke Bergman had 16 for Botkins and Spencer Heuker 11.
Botkins (46) — Heuker 11, Metz 9, L. Bergman 16, A. Bergman 8, Butcher 2.
Houston (50) — Shoemaker 7, Beaver 4, Ludwig 10, Arnold 8, Sluss 3, Douglas 6, Hensley 12.
Score by quarters:
Three-pointers: Botkins 6 (L. Bergman, A. Bergman, Heuker); Houston 5 (Ludwig 2, Arnold, Sluss, Hensley).
Records: Houston 1-3, Botkins 2-3.
Reserve score: Houston 33, Botkins 24.