The Archbold boys basketball team made the short trip to Napoleon, Thursday, March 7, to face Tinora in a Division III district semifi- nal.
The Streaks, looking to advance to the title game to face Ottawa-Glandorf, had to do it without seniors Tyson Dietrich and Jay Miller. Dietrich has been ill, while Miller had a stress fracture.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Rams came out in the second half and held off the Streaks to claim a 55-50 win.
Archbold closes out the season with a 17-5 record, while the Rams stand at 20- 5.
The Blue and Gold held a slim 11-10 lead after the first eight minutes.
The Rams rattled off the first five points of the second quarter and outscored the Streaks 13-7 to take a 23- 18 advantage into the locker room.
Alec Frank and Derek Drewes scored back-to-back three-pointers to open the third, extending Tinora’s lead to 29-18.
Drewes led all scorers with 18 points. Teammate Robert Wuo chipped in 12.
Doug Krauss, Archbold head coach, called a time-out just one minute into the second half to settle his squad.
Taylor Price hit a deuce for AHS. Drewes answered with a conventional three, pushing the difference to 32-20.
Price was one of two Streaks in double digits, scoring 13 points. Senior Zeb Frank led Archbold with 16.
Archbold and Tinora went back and forth in the third stanza with the Rams leading 43-34 heading into the final eight minutes.
Archbold struck first to start the fourth on an Evan Wyse foul shot, but the Rams answered for every AHS basket.
Archbold cut the lead to 51-48 with just under one minute left on a 12-footer by Frank and a free throw by Bryce Tinsman.
But it wasn’t enough as the Rams connected on 4-8 from the foul line in the closing seconds to seal the win.
Archbold won the rebounding battle 32-29, and committed 15 turnovers to Tinora’s 13.
Archbold was 19-45 from the field for 42% and 9-12 at the foul line for 75%. Tinora was 16-41 from the field, including 6-12 on three-pointers, for 39%, and 17-32 at the foul line for 53%.
“We got it down to five at the half, but Tinora hit two big buckets to start the second half, and that kind of kept a cushion,” said Krauss.
“We got it down at the end and had a chance at the end. You fight and fight and sometimes you can’t get over the hump.”
It was the final game for seniors Price, Tinsman, Frank, Stuart Wyse, Miller, Michael Walker, Dietrich, and Devin Shannon.
“It’s been a fun group,” said Krauss. “We would like to play one more game, but sometimes you have to take the good and the bad.
“Tonight it didn’t go our way, and we say goodbye to eight great seniors.”
For details on the district championship game between Ottawa-Glandorf and Tinora, visit www.ArchboldBuckeye.com.
ARCHBOLD (50) – Grosjean 2,
Price 13, E. Wyse 3, Tinsman 3,
Goering 2, Fisher 4, Schnitkey 5,
Shannon 2, Frank 16. Totals 19-9-
TINORA (55)) – Wuo 12, Drewes
18, Renollet 2, Frank 3, Kahle 3,
Harris 5, Kissel 4, Lehman 6, Miller
2. Totals 16-17-55.
AHS 11 7 16 16 – 50
THS 10 13 20 12 – 55