Hoopsters escape with victory over Bucyrus
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
The Galion Tigers escaped with a 53–51 triumph over the visiting Bucyrus Redmen last night.
With 5.8 seconds remaining, Bucyrus’ lone senior — Michael Purcell — took an inbound pass under the Galion basket, drove up the right side of the court, and had a layup shot roll around the rim twice before falling off at the buzzer.
“A win’s a win,” said Galion head coach Ed Rich. “I’ll take it. We needed it.”
Yes they did.
The Orange-and-Blue entered the battle with a 3–7 record, having lost six of their last seven. They now are 4–7, including a season sweep of the Redmen (3–11).
The foes combined to launch 42 3-pointers in 32 minutes of play. The Redmen were 11-for-28 from behind the arc and the Tigers, 6-for-14.
A trio of Ridge Durbin threes in the opening period were key in putting the locals up 14–9.
Galion outscored the visitors 16–10 in the second stanza to go into the locker room at halftime with a 30–19 cushion. Midway through the frame, Bucyrus coach Nate Hill was ejected after being slapped with a pair of technicals. The Tigers bettered the Redmen 10–5 in the four-plus minutes following his departure.
Second-half scoring began with a free throw by Galion’s Austin Chaplin. The Redmen followed with three consecutive treys, trimming the count to 31–28. Downtowners by Durbin and Tony Kirk, plus a Stephen Noggle 17-footer enabled the hosts to take the rest of the stanza 8–5, putting them on top 39–33.
With the Redmen down 52–48, junior guard Brian Snouffer swished his fourth 3-pointer of the game with :07 showing on the scoreboard.
Kirk was fouled on the ensuing inbound pass and made the second of two free throws. The reason he had two shots instead of a one-and-one situation was because the Redmen had 10 fouls in the half making for a double-bonus situation.
“I thought we played hard,” Rich stated. “We’re still making a lot of the same mistakes, though. That shouldn’t be happening at this point of the season.”
The Orange-and-Blue made 18-of-44 field goal attempts and just 11-of-24 freebies. They entered the game as the worst free throw shooting team in the North Central Conference at 51 percent. Bucy-rus was 19-for-50 from the floor and 2-of-6 on charity tosses. The Redmen claimed a 30–27 rebounding edge and turned the ball over 11 times. Galion gave it away 13 times.
Durbin scored a game-high 21 points for the winners — 12 coming on treys. Kirk netted 11 points, Prosser, 8; Chaplin, 5; Antonio Burket, 4; Spencer Frizzell, 2; and Noggle, 2.
Snouffer knocked down a quartet of triples for a Bucyrus team-best 12 tallies.
The Tiger reserves picked up their fourth victory in 11 tries, downing the junior Redmen 47–33. Freshman Colton Moore popped in a game-high 18 points for the hosts.
Both Galion squads are at Wynford tonight.