|Updated 11:40 p.m., Big second half helps Otsego's boys roll past Fostoria (2-1-13)|
|Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Friday, 01 February 2013 23:34|
But the Redmen had no answer for their opponent’s offensive onslaught in the second half as the Knights cruised to a 68-36 Northern Buckeye Conference victory on Friday. PHOTO GALLERY
Otsego led by only four after the first quarter and let Fostoria get within two early in the second quarter before Otsego extended its lead to 36-25 at the half.
While Fostoria hung around in the first half, Otsego pulverized the Redmen on both ends in the second half, beginning with a 16-0 run in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Fostoria managed only two points in the third quarter and was out-scored 23-2.
Otsego moved to 15-1, 10-0 in the NBC, while Fostoria dropped to 2-13 and 1-9.
Otsego’s A.C. Limes led all scorers with 21. Teammate Ryan Smoyer had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while John Thomas had 10 points and eight rebounds. Dominique Fuller paced Fostoria with nine points. “We didn’t have an answer for the way they played in the second half, so you tip your hat to them. It’s not like our guys gave up, they just ran into a very good basketball team tonight,” said Fostoria coach Rick Renz.
After leading 18-14 after the first quarter, Fostoria point-guard Kaleb Bemis hit a long two-pointer to cut the lead to two with 7:29 remaining. But it wasn’t long before Otsego caught fire with two 3-pointers by Smoyer and Jerome Griffin and a bucket in the paint by Limes to put the Knights back up by double digits. Otsego led 26-16 with 4:46 remaining in the second quarter and took an 11-point lead into halftime.
“We were not happy with our defensive effort in the first half,” Otsego coach Jim Bostdorff said.
The Redmen hit six 3-pointers in the first half.
“Our halftime discussion was basically that we wanted to clamp down defensively,” Bostdorff said.
“When you play one of the best teams in northwest Ohio, you have to play your best game to have a chance and, unfortunately, in the second half, we just didn’t have our ‘A’ game,” Renz said.
For much of the game, Fostoria played without one of its top scorers, Adonis Cousin, who battled foul trouble. Starting point-guard David Cook was also out with a knee injury.
Otsego limited Fostoria to just 11 second-half points.
“Smoyer had a great defensive basketball game tonight. He really did a good job of walling up on people and making them have to shoot over him,” Bostdorff said.
With four games remaining in league play, Otsego sits alone at the top of the NBC.
Asked what it will taken to remain unbeaten, Bostdorff said his team takes it one game at a time.
“We don’t look past anybody. Every one of them is scary when you are sitting on top because you know you are going to take team’s best shots,” he said.
“Every night is going to be a grind. There are no easy ones left,” he added
Otsego’s remaining league opponents are Lake, Genoa, Elmwood and Rossford.
Otsego also won the junior-varsity game, 39-35. Eric Royer had 11 for Otsego and Voshon Cousin had 10 for Fostoria.
OTSEGO 68, FOSTORIA 36
|Last Updated on Saturday, 02 February 2013 12:16|
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