Streaks Win NWOAL Outright
It is Archbold’s 15thstraight NWOAL win and 22nd league championship. The Streaks, who raised their record to 18-1, 8-0 NWOAL, have won the outright title 15 times and shared the title seven times.
Liberty Center dropped to 5-13, 2-6 NWOAL.
It was a not a cake walk for Doug Krauss, AHS head coach, and his Blue Streaks.
Facing a determined and physical group of Tigers, it wasn’t until the second half that the Streaks would put the title in their pocket.
“To go the last two years with a championship is neat. Some of the guys were on the football team, so to have back-to-back championships is quite an accomplishment for our seniors.”
LC Leads 15-9
LC’s Phil Snow set the stage early, draining a threepointer off an Archbold turnover to start the game.
But the Streaks came right back in what looked to be a shootout in the Tigers’ Den.
Garrett Morton hit a deuce and then buried a three to put the Blue and Gold up 5-3 just minutes into the game.
The Streaks would have to win without Telly Fricke, their senior point guard. Fricke started the game but left when he and a Tiger struggled for control of a loose ball.
Both fell to the floor; Fricke hit his head when he landed.
The Archbold senior struggled to get up but went back to the floor.
He exited the game and didn’t return.
“Telly has played a lot of minutes for us this year, and to lose him like we did, it’s not easy,” said Krauss.
The Tigers relied heavily on Snow as the senior came right back with a three. Michael Poignon added two from the foul line for a 9-5 lead.
Archbold knotted the score on a Morton jumper and baseline drive from Tyson Dietrich. LC scored the next six points for a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Archbold led 22-20 at halftime after Clay Giesige banked in a three at the buzzer.
AHS Leads 32-25 After Three
With Fricke out, Gabe Rodriguez came off the bench and sparked AHS to start the second half.
Rodriguez hit from the top of the key in Archbold’s first possession for a 25-22 lead. He came right back with a five-footer and Morton added a jumper, giving Archbold its largest lead, 29-22.
Eric Prigge, LC head coach, called a time-out to settle his squad. Snow responded with a drive in the lane for two.
Snow led the Tigers with 21 points while Poignon dropped in nine.
Rodriguez, who finished with 11 points, added his second three of the night as the quarter came to a close with Archbold leading 32- 25.
“Snow is a nice player,” said Krauss. “We let him get too good of a look sometimes and he knocked them down.”
Poignon hit a deuce to start the fourth. After a pair of misses at the foul line by Tyson Dietrich, Kody Snyder added two more for the Tigers.
The Streaks turned the ball over, and Snow connected on a three to knot the score at 32 with just over five minutes left.
Archbold had only nine turnovers for the game, but again turned the ball over on its next possession.
Snow added one from the free-throw line for a 33-32 LC lead.
Zeb Frank finally broke Archbold’s cold spell with a jumper. Rodriguez hit his 11th point with a three from the top of the arc for a 37-33 lead.
“Gabe (Rodriguez) played a lot tonight,” said Krauss. “We always tell the kids they have to be ready to go.
"Gabe has been struggling with his shot, but he has been putting in some extra time, and obviously it paid off tonight.
“He stepped up and made some huge shots.”
Morton, who led AHS with 14 points, added a conventional three, extending the gap to 40-33 with less than two minutes left.
Snow added a three and Dylan Slee hit a pair at the foul line for LC, but the Blue and Gold sealed the win by connecting on 6-6 from the foul line in the closing seconds.
LC hit a three at the buzzer but the Streaks had the title sewed up 47-41.
Archbold finished the night going 10-15 at the foul line, while the Tigers hit 5-9.
Archbold out-rebounded the Tigers 21-19 and hit 41% from the field compared to 38% for LC.
|Giesige||7, Morton 14,||Frank||9,||Dietrich|
|21,||Poignon 9, Slee 4,||Smiddy||2,||Snyder|
|AHS||9 13||10 15||-||47|