The Archbold junior varsity boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the year, falling to Elida 36-32, Saturday, Jan. 14.
The Streaks earlier defeated Swanton 43-24, Thursday, Jan. 12.
The split leaves Archbold at 11-1, 3-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
The Streaks outscored the Swanton Bulldogs 32-16 in the middle two quarters in the victory. Balanced scoring was the name of the game as Bryce Tinsman, Luke Fisher, and Tyson Schnitkey all scored eight points.
Archbold shot 45% on 15- 33 shooting from the field. The Streaks held Swanton to 9-34 from the field while turning the Bulldogs over 21 times.
The Blue and Gold suffered its first taste of defeat at the hands of the Elida Bulldogs.
The Streaks couldn’t get things going offensively, as they were 6-20 from the field with 11 turnovers. In spite of the ugly numbers, the Streaks led 13-12 at the half.
Poor defense plagued Archbold in the third quarter as the Blue and Gold gave up a season-high 16 points to fall behind 28-25.
Archbold led 31-30 with 44 seconds to go before Elida scored to lead 32-31. Missed shots by the Streaks led to Elida connecting on 4-4 on its last two possessions for the final margin.
Archbold suffered a cold night shooting, hitting only 12-36 from the field and 8-16 at the foul line.
The other major thorn in the side for the Streaks was sloppy ball handling, because they were guilty of 18 turnovers.
“We played a very mediocre game and couldn’t overcome our mistakes on both ends of the floor,” said Joe Frank, AHS coach. “We gave up six three-pointers and were below average on the offensive end.
“We did, to our credit, battle the whole way, but just could not come up with the key plays at the end of the game.
“Unfortunately, we played below average in almost every phase of the game tonight, and we paid for it. Hopefully we can learn from the mistakes we made in this contest and get ready for a big game at PH on Friday.”