Led by Austin Welch and Kaiden Bedsole, Archbold (14-8) came out firing in their Division III boys basketball sectional semifinal, Wednesday, Feb. 24, against Liberty Center at Wauseon.
The duo gave the Streaks a 10-2 lead just minutes into the game on Archbold’s way to a 58-50 victory.
Welch started with a drive for two. Following a Tiger basket, Bedsole buried his first of three first-half three-pointers.
Welch added two more and Bedsole dumped in another three.
Mike Weigand added a deuce for a 12-2 advantage with half the period gone, and LC (9-14) never recovered.
Bryce Williams, who led the team with 17 points, scored the next seven points for AHS and the Streaks led 19-4 with the first quarter in the scorebook.
The Tigers outscored the Streaks 19-16 in the second but still trailed 35-23 at the half.
LC cut the difference to nine at the halfway mark of the third and seven, 45-38, to close out the third.
The Streaks edged the Tigers 13-12 in the final stanza for the 58-50 final.
“It helps when you come out and make a few shots to start the game,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach.
“This was a tale of two halves. Liberty comes after you so hard in the second half it was hard to get good looks. I like the fact that we were aggressive getting to the rack.
“Liberty is a scrappy team and they play hard, and I thought our kids played hard, also.
We have to keep playing hard. We are not the biggest physical team; we just have to keep battling.”
Bedsole and Eli Miller each chipped in 12 points in the win.
LC was led by double-digit scoring from Brooks Hinton and Joel Studer, scoring 14 and 10 points, respectively.
ARCHBOLD (58) – Williams
17, Miller 12, Bedsole 12, Welch 8,
Wooley 1, Weigand 8. Totals 17-15-
LIBERTY CENTER (50) –
Studer 10, Hinton 14, Saneholtz 5,
Chambers 6, Graber 9, Carpenter 6.
AHS 19 16 10 13 – 58
LCHS 4 19 15 12 – 50