The Archbold boys basketball team returned to Northwest Ohio Athletic League action, Friday, Jan. 11, when the Streaks hosted Swanton.
Jumping out to an early 18-6 first-quarter lead, the Streaks coasted to a 65- 28 win to improve to 2-1 in league play.
The Bulldogs fall to 2-8, 0- 3 NWOAL.
“We told our guys this game is a league championship game, and I thought we gave a league championship effort,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach.
Nearly two minutes went by before either team put any points on the board.
Archbold’s Luke Fisher scored from underneath for the first score of the game. The Bulldogs answered with a pair at the charity stripe from Jordan Schnabel.
Then everything went downhill for the Bulldogs.
Making his first varsity start, Tyson Schnitkey started the Streaks rolling by draining a three-pointer. AHS scored the next 11 points and took a commanding 16-2 lead before the Bulldogs called their second timeout to stop the bleeding.
Bryce McComb came out of the huddle and hit a pair of free throws for Swanton.
Tyson Dietrich scored on a put-back for Archbold.
Robbie Gilsdorf scored a deuce to end the quarter with the Bulldogs trailing 18-6.
The two squads exchanged baskets in the second quarter, with Issac Niedzwiecki scoring first for the Bulldogs.
Niedzwiecki and McComb paced Swanton in the game with six points each.
Jay Miller hit a deuce for AHS, and Swanton countered with buckets by Mc- Comb and Dylan Verdell.
Schnitkey hit a 12-footer and backed it up with a drive into the lane for two more.
Schnitkey finished the game with 15 points, including three of Archbold’s five treys, while Dietrich led all scorers with 17.
Zeb Frank closed out the scoring in the half with a pair at the foul line and a 29- 16 Archbold lead.
The Bulldogs were all tied up in the third as the Archbold defense shut them out while blistering the scoreboard for 23 points and a 52- 16 lead.
The Streaks outscored the Bulldogs 13-12 in the final eight minutes for the 65-28 final.
“Tyson (Schnitkey) has been playing well for us, not just on game nights but in practice,” said Krauss.
“We wanted to give Tyson a chance to start, and he made us look fairly smart out there. He has a ways to go; he can do some things at the offensive end. He does have to be more consistent on the defensive end.
“We are just trying to get our stride and make ends meet. That’s easier said than done sometimes. I thought we moved the ball well and got down the floor well and rebounded well, also.”
Swanton grabbed 25 rebounds while the Streaks had 24, but the Bulldogs committed 23 turnovers to Archbold’s seven.
The Streaks were 28-58 from the field for 48% and 4-5 at the foul line for 80%. Swanton was 10-33 from the field for 30% and 8-11 at the foul line for 73%.
ARCHBOLD (65) – Miller 8, Price
3, E. Wyse 2, Tinsman 2, Walker
4, Goering 4, Dietrich 17, Fisher 4,
Schnitkey 15, Shannon 4, Frank 2.
SWANTON (28) – McComb 6,
Robinson 4, Thatcher 2, Schnabel 2,
Verdell 4, Ringle 4, Niedzwiecki 6.
AHS 18 11 23 13 – 65
SHS 6 10 0 12 – 28
Reserve score: Archbold won 45-