The Archbold boys basketball team wrapped up at least a share of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League title with a 49-16 win over visiting Liberty Center (2- 16, 2-6 NWOAL), Thursday, Feb. 16.
The Streaks upped their record to 14-4, 7-0 in league play.
It is Archbold’s 22nd straight NWOAL win and 23rd league championship.
The Blue and Gold travel to Evergreen, Friday, Feb. 24 looking to win an outright title.
The Streaks have won the outright title 15 times and shared it seven times.
Last Home Game For Four Seniors
With four seniors playing in their final home game– Luke Kammeyer, Hayden Stamm, Gabe Rodriguez and Tanner Wyse– the Streaks wasted no time putting points on the board.
Kammeyer won the tip for the Streaks, and Zeb Frank buried a three-pointer in front of the Tiger bench.
LC came right back with a bucket from Konnor Pohlman, but it was all downhill from there for the Tigers.
“All the seniors have been great,” said Doug Krauss, AHS head coach. “They are a good group of kids and have really come a long way this year.
“From day one we have shown a lot of improvement.
“Our league is really competitive, and we are not done yet. We have a piece of the title, but we want to get the whole thing.
“I told the guys now is the time to be selfish. We usually don’t want to be selfish, but it’s a good time to be selfish. These seniors have a lot to do with that, and I applaud them for that.”
Archbold scored the next 13 points for a 16-2 lead after the first eight minutes.
Tyson Dietrich started the run, hitting back-to-back buckets, and Kammeyer slam-dunked his final basket on his home floor.
Stamm hit a deuce. Evan Wyse and Brandon Goering added points off turnovers for the commanding 16-2 lead.
The Streaks continued to roll in the second period, scoring six straight points before LC’s Kaleb Pohlman broke the scoring drought at the 3:52 mark on a short jumper.
Kaleb Pohlman’s total of six points all came in the second period.
Kammeyer scored four more points, giving AHS a 26-8 advantage at the halfway point.
The Blue Streak full-court defense was relentless, forcing 19 turnovers while the Blue and Gold had just eight.
“Our full-court press gave our guys a lot of energy, and we were able to feed off that at the offensive end of the court,” said Krauss.
Archbold outscored the Tigers 12-8 in the third and held the visitors scoreless in the fourth while scoring 15 for the 49-16 final.
Kammeyer ended the evening with 10 points. Konnor Pohlman paced LC with seven.
Archbold hit a sizzling 50% from the field, connecting on 20-40. The Tigers were a dismal 6-26 for 23%.
AHS connected on 7-13 at the charity stripe; LC was 3- 10.
The Blue and Gold out-rebounded the Tigers 21-12.
ARCHBOLD (49) – Miller 4, Frank 6, E. Wyse 6, T. Wyse 4, Kammeyer 10, Dietrich 7, Stamm 7, Schnitkey 2, Goering 3. Totals 20-7- 13.
LIBERTY CENTER (16) – Kaleb Pohlman 6, Konnor Pohlman 7, Snyder 3. Totals 6-3-16.
Reserve score: Archbold won 46-26.