Willard smashes Tigers in sectional hoops play
By JON KLEINKNECHT
Inquirer Sports Editor
BUCYRUS — The Willard Crimson Flashes blasted the Galion Tigers 70–44 in boys’ Division II sectional tournament play here Wednesday night.
The loss concludes the season for the Orange-and-Blue who posted a 10–12 record.
Willard — which thumped the locals by a 22-point margin in a regular-season meeting — improves to 17–6 and will play in Friday night’s sectional title game versus the winner of Wednesday night’s Clear Fork and Tiffin Columbian match-up.
The Crimson Flashes never trailed against the Tigers. Five first-half field goals on offensive rebounds were key to the winners having a 31–26 halftime lead.
Galion’s Ridge Durbin began second-half scoring with a 3-point bomb, trimming the deficit to two points, 31–29. But, Willard followed with a 17–0 run that covered a little more than six minutes and featured a quartet of 3-pointers — three by Nick Davidson. By the end of the third period, the victors were on top by 22 points, 54–32.
Willard also claimed the last frame 16–12 to account for the final score.
Whether it was inside the point or behind the arc, the Crimson Flashes dominated the Tigers. Galion had virtually no inside presence and was out-rebounded 31–20. Twelve of Willard’s boards were off the offensive glass. From 3-point range, the winners were 7-for-18, 5-for-8 in the second half. Galion was just 5-for-21 on treys — 2-of-9 in the first half and 3-for-12 in the second.
All totaled, the Crimson Flashes converted 25-of-50 action shots (50 percent) and 13-of-18 free throws. They turned the ball over just 8 times.
The Tigers were a poor 14-for-41 from the field (34 percent) and made 11-of-12 charity tossses. They coughed the ball up 13 times.
Austin Prosser — a senior in his final game as a Tiger — led the locals in scoring with 14 points, 13 in the first half. Durbin netted 12 tallies on four 3-pointers. Rounding out Galion’s scoring were Tony Kirk, 6 points; Houston Blair and Spencer Frizzell, 4 each; plus Austin Chaplin and Stephen Noggle, 2 each. Chaplin and Noggle are also seniors.
Willard placed a quartet of players in double-digits scoring. Matt Cok led the charge with a game-high 18 points. Hayden Adams added 15, Nick Davidson, 13; and Carson Ebert, 12. Cok also handed out a game-best 6 assists.