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The Tigers went 1-1 last weekend, losing 65-53 at Riverdale on Saturday just 24 hours after taking care of Wynford 64-47 in Holmes Township.
At Riverdale, the Orange-and-Blue — 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the North Central Conference — found themselves playing catch-up most of the game after being outscored by the Falcons 19-5 in the first quarter. The locals took the second and third frame by 15-11 and 13-10 counts, respectively, making the score 40-33, Falcons, going into the last eight minutes. The hosts claimed the fourth period, 25-20.
“It was sad to see,” said a frustrated Galion head coach Ed Rich. “We couldn’t stop anybody. We were within six or seven points a hand full of times.”
Cold-shooting affected the Tigers. They were only 15-for-40 on two-pointers (38%) and 4-for-21 from behind the arc (19%). Foul shooting, they were just 11-for-21 (52%). They hauled in 30 rebounds and turned the ball over just 8 times.
Riverdale was 19-for-32 on twos (59%), 2-for-10 on triples (20%), 21-of-31 at the foul line (68%), snagged 37 missed shots and coughed the ball up 15 times.
Individually for Galion, sophomore Houston Blair scored 15 points; Ridge Durbin, 14; Tony Kirk, 9; Lucas Bohach, 8; Evan Huggins, 2; Gavin Ratcliff, 2; Kalvin Rinehart, 2; and Jordan Valentine, 2; Durbin led them in rebounds with 9.
Lee Holderman secured game-high scoring honors for the winners with 22 points, including an 11-for-13 free throws faring.
A night earlier at Wynford, southpaw senior Lucas Bohach was on fire, scoring a game-high 24 points for the Orange-and-Blue, including a sizzling 4-for-4 performance from three-point range.
The Tigers took a 17-7 lead into the second quarter, but were outscored by the Royals in 20-11 in the frame making it 28-27, Galion, at intermission.
The victors claimed the second half stanzas by 20-13 and 16-7 counts, respectively.
Others reaching the scoring column for Galion were: Tony Kirk, 12 points (3-for-5 on threes); Ridge Durbin, 10 points; Houston Blair, 8; Bryton Carpenter, 5; and Jordan Valentine, 5. Durbin — a four-year senior starter — set the GHS career record for three-pointers.
Austin Shutler came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points for the Royals.
Team statistics had Galion netting 12-of-21 twos (57%), 9-of-18 triples (50%), 13-of-18 charity tosses (72%), grabbing 19 rebounds, turning the ball over just 9 times, and blocking 9 shots.
Wynford was 12-for-27 on tw0-pointers (44%), only 4-for-15 on threes (27%), 11-for-15 on freebies (73%) and yanked down 20 missed shots.
“When we’re patient, we’re good,” Ed Rich, Galion’s head coach stated. “Our defense was great in the second half and we were making good shooting decisions.”