Warriors rout Orange-and-Blue, 75-41
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
ONTARIO — For the second time in as many meetings this season the Ontario Warriors manhandled the Galion Tigers in a North Central Conference boys’ varsity basketball game, this occasion to the tune of 75–41 here last Saturday night.
Ontario improved to 14–4 overall and a perfect 10–0 in the NCC while the Orange-and-Blue dropped to 8–11 overall and 5–5 in the conference. The Warriors thumped the locals 72–53 on January 5.
The game was close at halftime as the Warriors had a 31–26 advantage. The second half was lopsided, however, as the hosts blasted Galion 23–6 in the third period and 21–9 in the fourth, accounting for the final score.
“We just ran out of gas,” Ed Rich, head coach of the Tiger said. “They have so much depth and just out-ran us.”
The Tigers were a frigid 15-for-51 on field goal attempts (29 percent), including a dismal 1-for-17 (6 percent) from 3-point range. The winners were 28-for-40 on action shots (70 percent, 5-for-10 from behind the arc (50 percent). Galion was a perfect 10-for-10 on foul shots. Ontario was 14-for-23.
Ontario had a 29–18 rebounding edge and committed 12 turnovers to 14 by the Orange-and-Blue.
Scoring for Galion were: Austin Chaplin, 14 points; Tony Kirk, 7; Houston Blair and Austin Prosser, 5 apiece; Stephen Noggle, 4; plus Bryton Carpenter, Ridge Durbin and Spencer Frizzell, 2 each.
Brandon Wagoner netted a game-high 20 points for Ontario. Cameron Mack added 19.
Junior varsity play had Ontario coming out on top 41–30. Colton Moore popped in 9 points for Galion.
The Orange-and-Blue are at Lucas on Friday. On Wednesday, February 27 at 6:15 p.m. they will play Willard (15–3) in the Division II Sectional Tournament at Bucyrus High School.