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(updated: 10:39 p.m.) Rossford boys beat Otsego (12-12-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Cravens Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 12 December 2013 22:57
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Otsego's Logan Hosley (22) guards Rossford's Ryan Niese (4) as he handles the ball during the varsity game Thursday night. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY— Rossford’s boys basketball team looked strong on both ends of the court Thursday and improved to 2-0 in the Northern Buckeye Conference with a convincing 53-31 win over Otsego.
The Bulldogs held the Knights to just 28 percent shooting from the field and kept Otsego in single-digit scoring in all but the second quarter.
On the offensive end, Rossford shot 47 percent from the field and received double-digit scoring performances from Derek Mack (23 points) and Nate Childress (12 points, nine rebounds).  PHOTO GALLERY
“They were the better team tonight,” Otsego coach Jim Bostdorff said. “They were picked to win the league for a reason.”
Cody Downs paced Otsego with 12 points while Schyler Scherff had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Rossford is 3-2 overall, while Otsego dropped to 2-2 and 1-1 in the NBC.
“I think tonight we had a good NBC battle,” Rossford coach Brian Vorst said. “It was a little sloppy at times, but I thought both teams played hard.”
Otsego committed 14 turnovers compared to Rossford’s 11.
“It was just a matter of us putting the ball in the hole a few more times,” Vorst said.
“I do believe we are a better shooting team than we showed tonight,” Bostdorff said.
Rossford utilized several defenses to keep Otsego off-balance.
“We just talked about making life tough on the opponent,” Vorst said.
Offensively, Rossford played well in transition and also had scoring on the perimeter and in the paint.
“I thought we played well-balanced tonight and we played unselfishly,” Vorst said. “I am really proud of how unselfish we played tonight.”
Rossford never trailed during the game. The teams were tied in the opening minutes of the game, but Otsego never established its footing offensively.
“Right now we are showing that we are a team who has guys who are trying to learn on the go,” Bostdorff said.
Rossford maintained a 25-17 lead heading into the half, but the lead quickly escalated to 31-19 with 5:15 to play in the third quarter.
In the fourth, Otsego made another run and cut the lead to 35-27 after two free throws by Jalen Myers, a Rossford turnover and a Downs jumper.
But the surge was quieted by Mack on a basket-and-one followed by a fast break jumper to make it 40-27.
Rossford won the junior varsity game, 58-27. Matt Fuerst had 14 points for the Bulldogs and Dakota Maher had eight for Otsego.

Rossford 53, Otsego 31
ROSSFORD
M. Miller, 1-2-0—8; Niese, 2-0—4; Davis, 1-0—2; Burks, 2-0—4; Childress, 5-2—12; Mack, 5-4-1—23; Sinclair, 0-0—0; Linthicum, 0-0—0; Sauter, 0-0—0; Fuerst, 0-0—0; J. Miller, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 16-6-3—53.
OTSEGO
Myers, 3-2—8; Horseman, 0-0—0; Scherff, 3-2—8; Hosley, 0-1-0—3; Downs, 6-0—12; Hefflinger, 0-0—0; Moser, 0-0—0; Kiefer, 0-0—0; Carson, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 12-1-4—31.
ROSSFORD    12    13    10    18    —53
OTSEGO    6    11    8    6    —31
Junior varsity: Rossford 58-27.
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