Archbold, ranked #1 in Division III in last week’s Ohio High School Athletic Association poll, improved to 11-0, 2-0 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, with a 73-37 dismantling of Patrick Henry (3-9, 0-2), Friday, Jan. 18, in the Thunderdome.
“It was a good, solid win for us,” said Joe Frank, AHS head coach.
“We talked about getting off to a good start and making it difficult for them to get good looks early.
“We did a really good job defensively, and although we didn’t necessarily shoot the lights out, we converted enough and got enough stops to put some distance between ourselves and them.”
Elijah Zimmerman and Jeron Williams scored the first eight points for AHS before the Patriots answered with a field goal.
Archbold then went on a 9-0 run for a 17-2 lead.
After a PH three-pointer, Andrew Hogrefe scored the final points of the quarter for a 19-5 lead.
Austin Wiemken scored 12 points in the second period to help Archbold double up on the Patriots, 38-19, at the half.
The third quarter started with a 12-2 AHS scoring run for a 50-21 lead.
The reserve players came in for the Streaks and kept the lead at 29 points after three, 57-28.
Frank sent his starters back on the court to start the final quarter but pulled them after two minutes, leading 65-31.
The bench finished the game and held an 8-6 advantage over the final six minutes for the 73-37 win.
“It’s always good to get kids coming off the bench, because they work just as hard as the starters in practice,” said Frank.
“We can practice against each other every day, but it’s still not the same as playing against somebody in another color uniform.”
Zimmerman led all scorers with 17 points. Wiemken and Ethan Hagans scored 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Kaiden McGraw scored 12 points for the Patriots.
ARCHBOLD (73) – Mahnke 6,
Hogrefe 8, Williams 7, Wiemken 16,
Gladieux 2, Ramos 6, Zimmerman
17, Hagans 11. Totals 31-5-73.
PATRICK HENRY (37) –
Holloway 5, McGraw 12, Shanks 2,
Diem 4, Petersen 9, Schwiebert 5.
AHS 19 19 19 16 – 73
JV: AHS won 42-26.