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Blue Streaks Hold Off Tigers In Boys Sectional Semifinal




Kaiden Bedsole scored 12 points in Archbold’s 58-50 Div. III sectional semifinal victory over Liberty Center, Wednesday, Feb. 24.– photo by Scott Schultz

Kaiden Bedsole scored 12 points in Archbold’s 58-50 Div. III sectional semifinal victory over Liberty Center, Wednesday, Feb. 24.– photo by Scott Schultz

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.

BOX SCORE
ARCHBOLD (58) – Williams
17, Miller 12, Bedsole 12, Welch 8,
Wooley 1, Weigand 8. Totals 17-15-
58.
LIBERTY CENTER (50)
Studer 10, Hinton 14, Saneholtz 5,
Chambers 6, Graber 9, Carpenter 6.
Totals 20-8-50.
AHS 19 16 10 13 – 58
LCHS 4 19 15 12 – 50


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