Galion never trails against Bucyrus
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
BUCYRUS — The Galion Tigers led from start to finish in notching a 68–57 win against the Bucyrus Redmen on Friday night in the North Central Conference boys’ basketball opener for the Orange-and-Blue.
The Tigers — 2–1 overall — sank a trio of 3-pointers in the first quarter and didn’t turn the ball over en route to a 17–8 lead. They then outscored the Redmen (1–4, 0–2) 21–16 in the second period to take a 14-point lead — 38–24 — into intermission.
A 12–12 stalemate between the foes in the third stanza made the count 50–36 in favor of the Orange-and-Blue going into the final eight minutes.
The Redmen cut the gap to seven points with 40 seconds to go. But, the winners made 6-of-6 charity tosses in those final seconds — including 4-for-4 by Ridge Durbin — to seal the deal. The hosts turned the ball over on five consecutive possessions in a span of two minutes midway through the frame, nixing any legitimate chance they had of mounting a comeback.
Austin Chaplin was the top scorer for the winners with 16 points, 10 coming in the second half. Eight other Tigers reached the scoring column, too. Austin Prosser had 13 points, Durbin, 11; Spencer Frizzell, 7; Antonio Burket, 6; Tony Kirk and Stephen Noggle, 5 apiece; Houston Blair, 3; and Lucas Bohach, 2. All nine scored in the first half.
Michael Purcell popped in a game-high 18 points for the Redmen. Greg Patrick added 14 and Austin Williams, 12.
The Tigers converted 18 2-point and 5– 3-point shots along with going 17-for-30 at the charity stripe. Bucyrus garnered 10 deuces, 6 treys and was 19-for-26 on freebies. Galion turned the ball over 9 times, Bucyrus 17.
In jayvee action, Cole Hollis knocked down a 20-foot 3-pointer with eight seconds to play lifting Bucyrus to a 39–38 win. It was the only time in the game the Redmen led. Gavin Ratcliff led the junior Tigers in scoring with 15 points.
Both Galion squads are at Lexington tonight.