Bucks bop Tigers
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
The visiting Buckeye Central Bucks defeated the Galion Tigers 58–48 last Saturday night in boys’ varsity basketball play at the high school.
By winning, the visitors improved their record to 6–6. The loss was the sixth in their most seven recent games for the locals who descend to 3–7.
Galion had a 6–3 lead a little more than a minute-and-a-half into the game.
But, led by hot-shooting junior guard Cade Kaple — who scored 11 points in the opening period — the Bucks finished the frame with a 17–9 run to go on top 20–15.
By halftime, the Orange-and-Blue were staring at a 12-point deficit — 32–20 — as sophomore Austin Wurm, who lettered as a freshman, blistered the Tigers for a trio of field goals inside the paint and added a 15-toot jumper for good measure in the second stanza.
The third period belonged to the Tigers.
Ridge Durbin and Austin Prosser combined for all the points as they bested the Bucks 11–8, trimming the gap to 44–35 going into the last period. Durbin netted 7 of the hosts tallies with a 3-pointer, a layup off a steal, and a bucket in the paint.
The final eight minutes were claimed by the visitors, 14–13, with Wurm garnering half of their points.
From beginning to end, Buckeye Central out-hustled Galion. It’s been an affliction the Orange-and-Blue have been plagued with most of the season.
“I asked Loy (Buckeye Central head coach Phil Loy) how he gets his kids to play so hard and he said, ‘It’s just our kids,’ an angry Galion head coach Ed Rich quipped after the loss. “I really wish I could say the same about ours.”
Whether it be rebounding or scrambling for loose balls, the Bucks came out on top most of the time. They out-rebounded the Tigers 31–22, and time after time came away with the loose ball by diving on the floor.
“We’ve been saying all along that we have got to win the 50–50 battle,” stated Rich. “Tonight we didn’t even win it once,” he added while slowly shaking his head in disgust.
Statistics showed the Tigers making 19-of-45 field goal attempts (42 percent) and 5-of-10 free throws (50 percent). They entered the contest shooting just 51 percent at the foul line. The winners netted 25-of-42 floor shots (59 percent) and only 6-of-14 tosses (43 percent). Each team turned the ball over 14 times.
Prosser popped in 18 points and Durbin, 17, for the hosts. Antonio Burket added 4, Tony Kirk, 3; while Houston Blair, Lucas Bohach and Austin Chaplin added 2 apiece.
Wurm scored 19 and Kaple, 16, for Buckeye Central.
It was a clean sweep on the night for the visitors as they won the junior varsity game by a 56–38 score. Colton Moore garnered 11 points for the locals.
Galion plays host to Bucyrus on Friday.