2017-03-15 / Sports

Blue Streaks Flush Royals In District Semifinals


Left: Eli Miller drives for a layup in Archbold’s district semifinal with Elmwood, Thursday, March 9. Right: Cash Gericke stretches for a rebound. Archbold defeated the Royals 65-56 to advance to the district finals.– photos by Scott Schultz Left: Eli Miller drives for a layup in Archbold’s district semifinal with Elmwood, Thursday, March 9. Right: Cash Gericke stretches for a rebound. Archbold defeated the Royals 65-56 to advance to the district finals.– photos by Scott Schultz Trailing by 10 points in the third quarter, Archbold rallied for a 65-56 win over Elmwood in the Division III district boys basketball semifinals, Thursday, March 9, at Napoleon.

A sluggish first quarter had the two teams knotted at 8.

Elmwood (15-9) gained momentum in the second stanza.

Led by the inside game of Jonah Childress, the Royals put together an 8-0 run in the middle of the quarter, and closed out the first half with Nate Uzelac bucketing a two for a 25-17 halftime lead.

“We talked to the boys at halftime and told them it’s a 32-minute game, and (Elmwood) just had their 16 minutes, so it’s time for us to play 16, and I thought we did,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach.

Archbold came out on fire to start the second half. Bryce Williams drove the baseline for two, immediately forced a turnover for two more, and the Royals called a time-out just seconds into the third period.

Elmwood answered with a drive from Uzelac, while Toby Walker answered for AHS with a three-pointer.

After an exchange of baskets, Walker buried another three but Archbold still trailed 32-29.

Elmwood then caught fire, with Uzelac nailing a three, two on a drive from Childress, and two more from Andy Curtis, bringing a timeout from the Archbold bench.

The time-out paid off as the Streaks scored the next five points to close the gap to 39-34.

Childress halted the rally with a jumper, but the Archbold faithful rose to their feet as Rigo Ramos turned an Elmwood turnover into a slam dunk. A steal by Williams and two more from Ramos forced another Royal time-out as their 10-point advantage shrunk to 41-38.

Childress added two more from the paint as the quarter came to a close with Elmwood up 43-38.

Miller Takes Over

Williams hit back-to-back threes to start the final eight minutes, giving Archbold its first lead since the first quarter, at 44-43.

Jonathon Duvall hit a bucket to give Elmwood the lead back, 45-44.

Miller’s deuce was answered by a Childress drive to the bucket.

Miller hit a conventional three, Childress scored on a drive to tie the score at 49, and Miller hit another a deuce.

Kaiden Bedsole buried a three at the four-minute mark. Uzelac answered, closing the gap to 54-51.

Archbold hit the next four points, with Uzelec keeping the Royals close with a jumper at the 1:50 mark.

Miller closed out the contest hitting 6-8 at the charity stripe, with Ramos adding one, to send archbold into the district championship game with a 65-56 win.

Miller finished with 16 points– 12 in the fourth period.

Williams had 20 points and Ramos scored 13.

Childress led all scorers, with 22 points. Uzelac added 13.

“We made plays in the second half,” said Krauss. “I’m not sure when we made them and who all made them, but we did a nice job at both ends of the court.

“I thought we did a great job on Tayte Lentz. Credit Childress though, he stepped up. Sometimes you put all your eggs in one basket and another egg pops up. He made plays.

“We talk to our kids all the time about making plays. At this level you can run plays, but you have to make plays, and I thought our kids did a great job in the second half.

“We made foul shots when they counted down the stretch, and that was big. We are happy to play another day.”

BOX SCORE
ARCHBOLD (65) - B. Williams
20, E. Miller 16, Walker 6, Bedsole
6, Wooley 4, Ramos 13. Totals 23-13-
65.
ELMWOOD (56) - Childress 22,
Duvall 5, Lentz 2, Curtis 7, Cline 6,
Uzelac 13, Stearns 1. Totals 23-5-56.
AHS 892127-65
EHS 8 17 18 13 - 56

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