Archbold took a step backward in its quest to regain the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title when the Streaks suffered a 67-56 setback to Wauseon, Friday, Jan. 19, before a sold-out house of 2,032 in the Thunderdome.
“It’s Archbold-Wauseon,” said Chad Burt, WHS head coach. “What a great game! Great atmosphere!
“Two teams competing at a high level. It was just a lot of fun.”
The Division II number one-ranked Indians (14-0, 2-0 NWOAL) used a hot shooting night to control Div. III 10th-ranked Archbold (9-3, 1-1 NWOAL) and move closer to repeating as league champions.
“You can see why they are the number-one team in the state,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach. ‘They’re the real deal; just very confident.”
Indians Get Off To Quick Start
Wauseon jumped out to a 5- 0 lead on Trent Armstrong’s jumper and a Brooks Gype three-pointer.
Rigo Ramos scored a basket, but the Indians ran off the next six points for an 11- 2 lead.
Bryce Williams scored a jumper and a three to pull AHS within four, 11-7, but Wauseon increased the difference to 12 points with an 8-0 run, forcing the Streaks to call a time-out.
Archbold then hit three straight three-point bombs to pull within three, 19-16, after one.
“One of the things we wanted to do was not allow them to get off to the start they got off to,” said Krauss.
“But we weathered that storm. We came back and played how we wanted to really play.”
Archbold went on an 8-2 run to take its first lead of the game, 24-21, in the second.
Austin Rotroff and Gype regained the lead for Wauseon at 26-24 with a bucket and trey, respectively.
The Streaks stayed close and went into the half trailing 31-28.
Krauss: “That Team Is The Real Deal”
It didn’t take long for the Indians to grab the momentum in the third. A Rotroff dunk brought the Wauseon faithful to their feet for a 33- 28 lead.
Up 37-34, the Indians started to slowly increase the difference with an Armstrong three.
Williams scored a layup, but Levi Seiler answered with a three to go up 43-36.
Wauseon finished the period with a 7-5 advantage to take a 50-41 advantage into the final eight minutes.
A 6-0 run to open the fourth put the Indians up 56- 41.
After Kaiden Bedsole hit a three, Armstrong scored four straight points for Wauseon’s biggest lead of the night, 60- 44.
Eli Miller and Ramos each hit a trey to get the Streaks back to within 10, 60-50, with 2:07 left.
The Indians then missed four straight free throws before Owen Newlove hit one for a 61-50 lead, but Williams drained a three to pull AHS within eight, 61-53.
After a pair of free throws from Gype, Williams hit another three. They were Archbold’s final points.
Seiler scored on a breakaway layup and the Indians hit two more free throws for the 67-56 final.
“We talk a lot about come out and enjoy the moment,” said Burt. “It’s a great crowd, and you only get to do this once, so soak it in. But when the ball goes up in the air, be ready to roll.
“I think our guys did that.”
“In the second half they just kind of put their will on us,” said Krauss. “Great atmosphere and great night. (It’s) just unfortunate. We gave it our best shot, but that team is the real deal.
“This game, win, lose, or draw, can only make us better.”
Williams led all scorers with 22 points, while Ramos dropped 16.
Of the five Indians who scored, four were in double digits, led by Rotroff with 18 points. Armstrong had 16, Seiler scored 15, and Gype added 11.
Wauseon was 23-35 from the field for 66%, including nine three-pointers, and 12- 25 at the foul line.
Archbold was 21-44 from the field for 48% with 11 treys, and was 3-7 at the foul line.
The Indians grabbed 28 rebounds and committed 11 turnovers compared to 13 rebounds and eight turnovers for the Streaks.
ARCHBOLD (56) – B. Williams
22, Miller 3, J. Williams 3, Wiemken
6, Bedsole 3, Ramos 16, Wooley 3.
WAUSEON (67) – Seiler 15,
Armstrong 16, Newlove 7, Gype 11,
Rotroff 18. Totals 23-12-67.
AHS 16 12 13 15 – 56
WHS 19 12 19 17 – 67
JV: Wauseon won 44-31.