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Blue Streaks Turn Off The Lights On Black Knights To Win District Title

Krauss: “Why Not Us?”


Archbold defeated Van Buren 69-60 to win the Division III district boys basketball championship at Napoleon, Saturday, March 11. Left: Rigo Ramos takes a long shot in the first half. The sophomore led the Streaks with 25 points. Top right: Brandon Miller screams encouragement to his teammates as they take a 15-point lead into the locker room at the half. Bottom right: Doug Krauss, AHS head coach, congratulates an ecstatic Luke McQuade after Archbold won the district title. The Streaks (20-5) play Cardinal Stritch (21-4) tonight, Wednesday, 8 pm, in a regional semifinal at Bowling Green State University.– photos by Scott Schultz and Mary Huber Archbold defeated Van Buren 69-60 to win the Division III district boys basketball championship at Napoleon, Saturday, March 11. Left: Rigo Ramos takes a long shot in the first half. The sophomore led the Streaks with 25 points. Top right: Brandon Miller screams encouragement to his teammates as they take a 15-point lead into the locker room at the half. Bottom right: Doug Krauss, AHS head coach, congratulates an ecstatic Luke McQuade after Archbold won the district title. The Streaks (20-5) play Cardinal Stritch (21-4) tonight, Wednesday, 8 pm, in a regional semifinal at Bowling Green State University.– photos by Scott Schultz and Mary Huber After a six-year hiatus, the Archbold boys basketball team is returning to the Division III regional tournament.

The Streaks (20-5) disposed of Van Buren 69-60 to win the district championship, Saturday, March 11, at the Grand Canyon at Napoleon High School.

“This is awesome and a great accomplishment for our young men,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach.

“This is a great opportunity for our guys. We are looking forward to Bowling Green; it’s a great place to play on a Wednesday night in March.

“Sixteen (teams) left in the state. You never know what is going to happen further down the tournament trail.

“My point to our guys is real simple. Why not us?”

Bedsole Leads Fast Start

Van Buren got to the district finals by defeating Liberty Benton 70-54 in their district semifinal.

In 2016, Archbold and Van Buren squared off in the district semifinals. Archbold won 61-56, then fell to Liberty-Benton 68-61 in the title game.

On Saturday night, Archbold came out on a mission.

After Bryce Williams canned the first bucket, the Black Knights’ Ryan Turner answered with one at the charity stripe.

Kaiden Bedsole then set the tone for the first half, burying a three-pointer from the corner, followed by a three from Rigo Ramos.

The Knights quieted the Archbold side with back-to-back buckets from Turner in the paint.

The Streaks closed out the quarter with a 6-2 run. Ramos canned a pair of deuces and Toby Walker hit a pair of foul shots for a 14-8 first-quarter lead.

“Kaiden had his hands full in the semifinal game against Elmwood’s (Tayte) Lentz. Tonight he got some offense going along with Rigo; they both hit shots,” said Krauss.

Caleb Wooley started the second period with a put-back and Bedsole added a pair of threes.

Midway through the second quarter Archbold was up 26-9 when Van Buren rattled off six straight points to close the gap to 26-15.

Bedsole then hit his fourth three of the half, pushing the difference to 29-15.


Kaiden Bedsole hit five free throws in the fourth quarter and scored 24 points in Archbold’s 69-60 district final win over Van Buren.– photo by Mary Huber Kaiden Bedsole hit five free throws in the fourth quarter and scored 24 points in Archbold’s 69-60 district final win over Van Buren.– photo by Mary Huber After the Knights hit a pair of free throws, Cash Gericke closed out the half with two free throws and Williams hit one for a 32-17 halftime advantage.

“That first half we were real solid. We guarded, we contested, we made shots, we rebounded,” said Krauss.

“We knew they would go at us, and they didn’t disappoint.”

Knights Narrow The Gap

In their semifinal with Liberty-Benton, the Black Knights used their inside game to dominate.

Van Buren came out in the second half looking to work its magic against the Blue and Gold.

After an exchange of buckets, the Knights went on a 12-3 run, with eight points coming in the paint, to close the difference to 37- 31 at the four-minute mark of the third.

Archbold dropped back into a 2-3 zone to slow its counterparts, and the quarter ended with the two squads exchanging baskets.

The Black Knights outscored the Blue and Gold 20- 13, but still trailed 45-37 to start the final eight minutes.

Ramos Vs. The Black Knights; Streaks Scorch The Nets

Van Buren opened the fourth period with four quick points in the paint from Braxton Fasone.

While Bedsole had the hot hand in the first half, Ramos picked it up in the fourth.

Ramos had seven points in the first half and finished with 25 points, while Bedsole had 24.

The sophomore started the quarter with a pair at the foul line, followed by a three from the corner.

Fasone, who finished with 27 points, scored Van Buren’s first 15 points of the fourth quarter while Ramos scored Archbold’s first 10 points of the quarter.

Ramos and Fasone went back and forth as the Black Knights (21-4) closed the difference to 55-50 on a foul shot from Fasone.

The Knights hit a dismal 3-8 from the foul line in the final period while the Blue and Gold sizzled, connecting on 11-11 in the fourth and finishing with 17-19.

Bedsole buried another three from the corner, pushing the lead back to 58- 50, while Kade Steveson scored on a put-back for the Knights.

Bedsole added a conventional three and Van Buren scored the next five points, closing the gap to 61-57 with 1:08 left.

Williams drove the lane for two, and Bedsole and Ramos converted 6-6 at the charity stripe to punch Archbold’s ticket to the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University for the regional semifinals.

Van Buren tallied just one more meaningless three from Turner in the final minute.

“We hit foul shots tonight. That was big,” said Krauss.

“Rigo hit big shots in the fourth and so did Kaiden. Those were big because they (Van Buren) were coming at us.

“Give credit to Van Buren. Their length and athleticism– it’s hard to go, it’s like the whole floor is taken.

“Austin (Welch) had a good game tonight, also. I know it hasn’t been a senior season like he would have liked to have had, but he is a huge reason for the success we have had– him and Toby (Walker), both seniors.

“We had Austin in the middle of that half court. He was strong for us in there and made good decisions.

“Bryce (Williams)– his shot wasn’t there tonight, but you have to work both ends. He knows that, and he did.”

BOX SCORE
ARCHBOLD (69) - B. Williams
6, Miller 8, Bedsole 24, Ramos 25,
Gericke 2. Walker 2, Wooley 2. Totals
20-17-69.
VAN BUREN (60) - Fasone 27,
Ayers 2, Steveson 7, Turner 16,
Adolph 4, Beitzel 4. Totals 21-15-60.
AHS 14 18 13 24 - 69
VBHS 892023-60

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