The Archbold boys basketball team capped off the weekend with a trip to Napoleon to face the Wildcats in the Grand Canyon, Saturday, Feb. 13, for a nonleague contest.
After trailing at the half, the Wildcats came back to pick up a 63-57 win.
Napoleon, ranked ninth in Division II by the Associated Press, improved to 16-4, while the Streaks slipped to 13-7.
The Wildcats had their hands full in the first half, with Archbold leading 19-11 after the first eight minutes.
Kaiden Bedsole, who led AHS with 15 points; Eli Miller, who chipped in 13 points on the night, and Bryce Williams combined for four three-pointers in the stanza to lead Archbold.
The Streaks continued to control the first half and went into the locker room leading 28-23.
Brett Lauf kept the Wildcats close, scoring 12 of his game-leading 22 points in the first half.
Bedsole opened the second half by scoring on a baseline drive just 17 seconds into the third, and Napoleon immediately called a time-out.
The time-out paid off for the Cats as they went on to take their first lead of the night since the first quarter, 34-32, with 2:30 left in the quarter.
Archbold knotted the score at 34 on a pair of free throws from Austin Welch, and regained the lead on a three by Ian Radabaugh.
Napoleon answered with a pair of jumpers.
The Streaks held for the last shot but turned the ball over as the quarter came to a close with Napoleon leading 38-37.
The Wildcats came out firing to start the final eight minutes, building a 47-37 lead before Mike Weigand hit a pair at the charity stripe for the first Archbold points of the quarter at the 4:48 mark.
Archbold closed the gap to 53-50 on a Bryce Williams three with two minutes remaining, but couldn’t hold off the Cats, getting outscored 10-7 for the 63-57 final.
Napoleon placed three in double digits, with Lauf leading the way. Nick Daman added 13 and Logan Peckinpaugh chipped in 11.
Archbold opens Division III sectional tournament play against Liberty Center, Wednesday, Feb. 24, approximately 8 p.m., at Wauseon.
The winner plays third-seeded Elmwood for a sectional title, Friday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m.
ARCHBOLD (57) – Williams 8,
Miller 13, Walker 4, Radabaugh 3,
Weigand 7, Bedsole 15, Welch 7.
NAPOLEON (63) – Peckinpaugh
11, Daman 13, Lauf 22, Garringer
2, D. Gerken 6, Sickmiller 9. Totals
NHS 11 12 15 25 – 63