2012-02-29 / Sports

AHS JV Boys Finish 19-1

The Archbold junior varsity boys basketball team defeated Napoleon and Evergreen to finish 19-1.

Archbold defeated Napoleon 41-27, Tuesday, Feb. 21, and the Vikes 46-21, Friday, Feb. 24.

AHS 41, Napoleon 27

The Streaks outscored the Wildcats 34-16 in the first three quarters and cruised to victory.

Devin Shannon had a huge game with 21 points as the Streaks pounded the ball inside. Archbold forced the Wildcats into 17 turnovers and a poor shooting night as they converted only 7-31 from the field.

Archbold turned it over only nine times.

The Streaks shot 14-34 from the field while converting 13-21 at the foul line.

“We played tough on the defensive end and forced them into a lot of mistakes,” said Joe Frank, AHS coach. “Our defensive pressure, combined with our post players keeping the ball out of the paint, was a key to the win.

“It was good to see Devin be aggressive on the offensive end. Our guards did a very good job of getting him the ball in the post where he wanted it. Overall, it was a solid win against a competitive Napoleon team.”

AHS 46, Evergreen 21

The Streaks broke the game open with a 15-6 scoring advantage in the third. After shooting poorly in the first half, the Streaks heated up, shooting 11-17 the second half.

Archbold’s pressure defense, as it has done most of the season, led the way, pressuring the Vikes into 18 turnovers.

Balanced scoring was the name of the game as 10 of 12 Streaks that saw action found their way into the scoring column.

Tyson Schnitkey and Shannon each scored eight while Bryce Tinsman was close behind with seven.

“This game was typical of the success formula we used all year,” said Frank. “Good defensive pressure, outrebounding our opponent, and balanced scoring were keys to our great season.

“I am certainly blessed to be able to coach a great group of young men who worked hard, did everything I asked of them, and played great team basketball all year long.

“This was a team that put defense first, and it showed. We gave up more than 30 points only four times all year and our defensive average was around 24 points per game.

“I think it is safe to say that this group will be heard from in the future if the guys dedicate themselves to working hard in the off-season. This team will always be a special one to me, because the guys worked hard every day but still had fun.”

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