Defiance, ranked 15th in Division II boys basketball by the Associated Press, roared into town, Tuesday, Jan. 25 and handed Archbold its first loss of the season, 48-27.
Archbold, ranked number one last week in Div. III, dropped to 14-1.
The Streaks played without Luke Kammeyer, who was out due to illness.
AHS built an 11-9 lead in the opening minutes behind seven points from Garrett Morton. But Defiance (10-2) got on track when Anthony Kidston buried a threepointer for the Dogs’ first lead of the night.
It was a lead the visitors would not relinquish.
“They just outplayed us, out-coached us, out-everythinged us for the whole 32 minutes,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach.
“They were just a welloiled machine. Our hats off to them.”
Kidston’s trey started the Bulldogs on a 9-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters. He hit again from three-point-land to end the first quarter with the Bulldogs up 13-11.
Archbold’s woes continued in the second, hitting just one field goal at the 4:41 mark. The Dogs dumped in 16 points for a 29-13 halftime advantage.
“The first quarter didn’t go too bad, and then after that we just went into a funk,” said Krauss.
Archbold tallied 10 points in the third quarter with Defi ance adding 12.
The Streaks’ cold shooting continued in the fourth. They hit just one field goal and added two at the foul line for their total of 27.
Morton was the lone Streak in double figures, scoring 11.
The Dogs placed three in double digits. Kidston finished with 11, hitting a total of three of the team’s seven treys. Doug Herrett led all scorers with 13, including three treys. Eric Stapleton chipped in 10 points.
“Defiance just has good athletes and we knew that,” said Krauss. “They do a real good job of penetrating and spotting up.
“We couldn’t get into a flow all night long, and that is a credit to their defense.”