Solid defense propels Tigers past Royals


February 11, 2014

The Tigers defeated visiting Wynford 50-41 in boys’ North Central Conference basketball play last Saturday night at the high school, and in doing so, won for the seventh time in their last eight games.

Galion (10-8 overall 7-4 in the NCC) held the Royals (4-12, 2-8) to just 15 points in the second half.

Tigers led 29-26 at intermission as Ridge Durbin knocked down four three-pointers and Tony Kirk scored 7 points in a span of a minute-and-a-half of the second period.

Wynford took a 35-33 lead at the midway point of the third. The locals claimed the remainder of the frame 10-1 — including a pair of three-point bombs by Lucas Bohach — to go into the final eight minutes on top, 43-36.

The Orange-and-Blue sat on the ball much of the fourth stanza, outscoring Wynford 7-5 for the final.

“It wasn’t ideal, but a win’s a win,” Ed Rich, Galion’s head coach said. “They out-played us in the first half. We knew they would play hard. We picked it up defensively in the second half.”

Durbin (12 points), Kirk (11) and Bohach (10) all reached twin digits in scoring for the hosts. Durbin drained three downtowners in the opening quarter, and another in the second.

Others scoring for the hosts were: Houston Blair, 7 points; Kalvin Rinehart, 4; plus Evan Huggins, Gavin Ratcliff and Jordan Valentine, 2 apiece.

Jake Glowaski with 17 tallies led the Royals in scoring.

Team numbers had Galion going 12-for-23 on twos (52%), 7-of-18 on threes (39%) and 5-for-7 on free throws (71%). Wynford was 12-of-20 on twos (60%), 3-for-11 on triples (27%) and 8-of-11 on freebies (73%). Royals with a 22-20 rebounding advantage. Tigers turned the ball over only 6 times to 11 miscues by the losers.

Wynford won the reserve game, 46-41. Brendan Pratt with 13 points was Galion’s top gun. Bryce Lybarger added 11.