|Updated: 11:10 p.m., Bobcat boys down Elida (1-19-13)|
|Written by By MIKE GODFREY, Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Saturday, 19 January 2013 22:40|
With four players in double figures in the scoring column and another with double figure rebounds, the Bobcats improved to 6-8 on the year while the Bulldogs slipped to 10-5. PHOTO GALLERY
“When you have more than one or two players at the high school level (who can score), you can be pretty good,” said BG coach Von Graffin. “Tonight we had four.”
“Teams really have a harder time guarding four players than one player,” said BG’s leading scorer senior Vitto Brown who finished with 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor.
“I just didn’t want to force anything and let the game come to me,” added Brown. “I wanted to get my teammates involved. We figured that our strength is sharing the ball and really moving it around.”
Seniors Andrew Herringshaw and Evan Gardner scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, while point guard LaMontá Stone tallied 11 points while dishing out five assists.
Stone was a significant force for the Bobcats in the first quarter as the 5-foot-6 sophomore sank 4-of-5 from the field, snared two rebounds, dished out two assists, and added one steal. However, BG saw an 11-6 lead evaporate as Elida led 18-15 after the first quarter.
“I thought Stone has been pushing the ball (well) lately,” said Graffin. “What he did was a good job of finding that opening, that seam, and he got all the way to the basket.”
The second quarter was a see-saw affair with one tie and six lead changes. The Bobcats regained the lead, 23-22, on a stick-back by senior post Nolan Dill (four points and a game-high 11 rebounds) 4:11 before the half. Brown contributed nine points in the second quarter that ended with the Bulldogs holding a slim 32-31 advantage.
Giving up offensive rebounds has been an issue for BG this season. At the half, the Bobcats had surrendered zero offensive boards while hounding Elida’s 6-4 junior Dakota Mathias, who was being watched during the game by West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins.
“Before the game, we wanted to make sure we limited second-chance opportunities,” said Brown, who had eight of BG’s 32 total rebounds. Elida finished with 30 caroms with Mathias hauling in 11 boards.
“We knew he was going to be tough coming in, so pretty much our gameplan was to throw pretty much all of our guys at him and make him work,” said Brown of Mathias who had 11 of his game-high 30 points in the first half against a number of physical BG defenders. “He did a good job, but we got the win.”
Mathias nailed a 3-pointer to start the third quarter, but BG countered with a 12-0 run during which it took the lead for good, 38-35, on Gardner’s corner trey at the 5:52 mark. Brown’s 3-pointer at 4:35 ended the decisive run with BG on top 43-35. BG’s defensive effort during the run caused Elida to go 0-of-6 from the floor with a turnover.
“Tonight, we guarded and that was huge,” said Graffin as his team held Elida to 41 percent shooting (21-of-54). The Bobcats were 25-of-56 (45 percent).
BG had its largest lead, 53-42, with 42 seconds left in the quarter and settled for a 55-49 advantage going into the final quarter. Mathias kept the Bulldogs in game by scoring 12 of his team’s 17 points in the third quarter.
“Mathias is a nice player,” said Graffin. “He doesn’t need much room (to get his shot off).”
Elida pulled to within 55-53 with 5:24 to go, but a dismal 4-of-15 from the field limited any chance to overtake BG even though the Bulldogs could have tied the game with a trey just under the two minute mark. The Bobcats were able to finish the game down the stretch by knocking down 5-of-7 free throws with Gardner adding three of those.
“It was nice to see Evan makes some shots for his own confidence,” said Graffin. “Evan hit some big shots tonight in the course of the game too, some big threes.”
The Bowling Green junior varsity team outlasted Elida 64-58. Cam Carsey and Trey Walker paced the Bobcats with 22 and 18 points, respectively.
BGHS 70. ELIDA 63
Diller, 0-2—2; Stambaugh, 1-0—2; Painter, 0-0—0; Allemeier, 0-2—2; Gray, 3-3-0—15; Thompson, 1-1-0—5; Mathias, 6-3-9—30; Long, 0-0—0; Wilson, 2-1-0—7. TOTALS: 13-8-13—63.
Stone, 5-1—11; Donaldson. 0-0—0; Herringshaw, 2-2-3—13; E. Gardner, 0-3-3—12; M. Gardner, 0-1—1; Brown, 9-2-5—29; Dill, 2-0—4. TOTALS: 18-7-13—70.
ELIDA 18 14 17 14—63
BGHS 15 16 24 15—70
Junior varsity: Bowling Green, 64-58.
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