Botkins rallycomes up shortin 71-63 loss


Staff report

LAFAYETTE — Botkins went on the road and gave unbeaten Allen East all it could handle before coming away with a 71-63 setback in non-league boys basketball action Monday night.

The game was postponed because of the weather on Saturday and rescheduled, making for a rare Monday night game.

The Trojans dug themselves too deep a hole to climb out of, despite a game effort in the final period, during which they scored 24 points.

They fell behind 18-13 after a quarter, and were outscored 20-10 in the second period to make it a 38-23 bulge at the half.

After an even third quarter, the Trojans lit it up in the final period, with Ethan Butcher hitting a couple of three-pointers and scoring nine of his 14 points. Alex Bergman had all nine of his points in that quarter too.

Luke Bergman had another big game for the Trojans, finishing with 25 points and hitting three three-pointers. He kept the Trojans in it early on, scoring 11 of the 13 points in the opening quarter.

The loss dropped the Trojans to 2-5 on the season heading into a County game Friday night at Russia.

Botkins (63) — Heuker 9, Opperman 2, L. Bergman 25, Metz 4, A. Bergman 9, Butcher 14.

Allen East (71) — Miller 22, Smeker 23, Gipson 8, Brinkman 7, Kleman 9, Austin 2.

Score by quarters:


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Three-pointers: Botkins 9 (L. Bergman 3, Butcher 3, Heuker 2, A. Bergman 1); Allen East4 (Gipson 2, Smeker 2).

Records: Botkins 2-5, Allen East 4-0.


Minster 44, Wapak 38

MINSTER — In just their second outing of the season, the Minster Wildcats handed Wapakoneta its first loss of the season in a 44-38 verdict in non-league boys basketball action at Minster Monday.

The game was rescheduled from Saturday, when it was postponed because of the weather.

The Wildcats, who started late because of the football team making it to the state championship game, will try to make it three in a row under first-year head coach Mike McClurg when they travel to Lehman tonight for another non-league test.

The game was tight throughout. Minster led 14-9 after a quarter, but by just three at the half.

The Wildcats finished the game without anyone in double figures. Jarod Schulze led the team with nine points and Andrew Broering added eight. Jared Huelsman had three assists and three steals.

Nine players scored in all.

Minster attempted just 33 shots the entire game and hit 16 of them for 49 percent. They were on target at the line, dropping in nine out of 10 tries.

Wapak was just 13 for 43 from the field for 30 percent.

Wapak (38) — Schenk 2, Schoonover 4, Burton 1, Copeland 10, Huffman 67, Scott 11, Schroer 4.

Minster (44) — I. Schmiesing 2, Lehmkuhl 3, B. Schmiesing 7, Ketner 2, Broering 8, Huelsman 2, Ernst 5, Schulze 9, Dorsten 6.

Score by quarters:



Three-pointers: Wapak 4 (Schoonover, Copeland, Huffman, Scott); Minster 3 (Lehmkuhl, Broering, Ernst).

Records: Minster 2-0, Wapak 4-1.

Reserve score: Minster 48, Wapak 34.