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Top-Ranked Blue Streaks Keep Rolling, Raise Record To 14-0




Left: AJ Mahnke stretches to block the shot of Bryan’s Connor Shirkey. Right: With Archbold’s Jeron Williams hovering over him,

Left: AJ Mahnke stretches to block the shot of Bryan’s Connor Shirkey. Right: With Archbold’s Jeron Williams hovering over him,

Archbold kept its numberone ranking in the Division III state Associated Press boys basketball poll intact with three wins last week.

The Streaks survived a staunch test against Napoleon in the Thunderdome, Monday, Jan. 21, 66-61.

Archbold finished the week on the road, defeating Bryan 59-38 in a Northwest Ohio Athletic League contest, Friday, Jan. 25, and drubbing Continental 86-31, Saturday, Jan. 26.

AHS 59, Bryan 38

The Golden Bears (8-7, 1-2 NWOAL) posed a formidable challenge to the Streaks.

Bryan used the momentum and energy of its fan base to keep the first quarter competitive, leading 10-6 midway through the quarter.

Elijah Zimmerman and Austin Wiemken combined to score all of Archbold’s firstquarter points and helped the Streaks battle back to tie the game at 14.

AHS took the lead on a Wiemken three-pointer as the quarter ended for a 17-14 Blue Streak lead.

“We didn’t play bad in the first” quarter, said Joe Frank, AHS head coach.

Bryan’s Connor Arthur falls backward while trying to shoot.– photos by Mario Gomez

Bryan’s Connor Arthur falls backward while trying to shoot.– photos by Mario Gomez

“You’ve got to give Bryan credit. They’ve been playing very well.”

The Bears managed just two points in the second while Archbold point guard Jeron Williams dropped eight of Archbold’s 12 points for a 29-16 lead at the half.

Archbold piled it on in the third, opening its biggest lead at the five-minute mark, 37- 22, and finishing the quarter up 42-28.

Rigo Ramos caught fire in the fourth, scoring eight of Archbold’s 17 points in the period to help finish off the Golden Bears 59-38.

“I’ll be honest, I thought this game was going to go down to the fourth quarter,” said Frank. “I certainly didn’t see it playing out like it did, but I think our defense had a lot to say about that.

“It seemed like we were our own worst enemy at times on the offensive end, but we’ve got players that are pretty basketball savvy.

“We didn’t have to do a lot of adjusting; it was just a matter of them making good decisions.”

A trio of Blue Streaks finished in double figures.

Wiemken led all scorers with 20 points. Williams had 16, and Zimmerman added 12.

AHS 66, Napoleon 61

The Streaks withstood a tough challenge from the Wildcats and held on to get the non-conference win in a game that postponed from Saturday, Jan. 19, due to inclement weather.

Archbold led 17-13 after one and was unable to shake Napoleon (6-9) in the second to end the first half up 30- 26.

Archbold was up by 18 points, 48-30, with two minutes left in the third when Napoleon started to rally. Landon Willeman scored eight points in 30 seconds, cutting the difference to 48- 38 going into the final eight minutes.

Williams hit a basket with five minutes left to keep the difference at 10 points, but Napoleon went on a 9-1 run to cut the difference to two points, 56-54, with a little more than two minutes left.

The Streaks outscored the Cats 10-7 in the final two minutes to preserve the win.

Wiemken and Zimmerman led the Streaks with 17 points each, followed by Williams with 16.

Napoleon’s Jarrett Gerdeman led all scorers, with 20 points. Ed Bump scored 17 and Willeman, 10.

AHS 86, Continental 31

Archbold made quick work of the Pirates in this nonleague contest.

The Blue and Gold jumped out to a 26-5 first-quarter lead and headed into the half up 50-11.

The Blue Streak reserve players were once again the benefactors of some much-deserved playing time and outscored the Pirates 16-10 in the fourth for the 86-31 final.

Thirteen players got into the scorebook for Archbold, with the Streaks hitting 10 three-pointers.

Wiemken led all scorers with 20 points. Ramos tallied 13, and AJ Mahnke scored 11.

Mitch Coleman and Gavin Huff each scored 10 for the Pirates.

BOX SCORES
ARCHBOLD (66) – Mahnke 5,
Williams 16, Wiemken 17, Ramos
9, Zimmerman 17, Hagans 2. Totals
24-13-66.

NAPOLEON (61) – Bump 17,
Kruse 5, Towne 3, Gerdeman 20,
Willeman 10, Stover 6. Totals 24-6-61.
AHS 17 13 18 18 – 66
NHS 13 13 12 23 – 61

ARCHBOLD (59) – Williams 16,
Wiemken 20, Ziegler 3, Ramos 8,
Zimmerman 12. Totals 25-5-59.
BRYAN (38) – Arthur 9, Lamberson
2, Shirkey 14, Rohrer 5, Jackson 6,
Lemons 2. Totals 13-11-38.
AHS 17 12 13 17 – 59
BHS 14 2 12 10 – 38
JV: Archbold won.

ARCHBOLD (86) – Mahnke 11,
Hogrefe 4, Wiemken 20, Ziegler 4,
Zimmerman 4, Williams 8, Ramos
13, Cheney 3, Hagans 4, Gladieux
7, Newman 2, Kennedy 3, Roth 3.
Totals 36-4-86.
CONTINENTAL (31) – Coleman
10, Huff 10, Warner 4, Warnamont
4, Butler 3. Totals 14-0-31.
AHS 26 24 20 16 – 86
CHS 561010-31
JV: Archbold won 70-10.


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