|Bowling Green’s LaMonta
Stone (right) handles the ball as Lima’s Demontay Liles closes in during their Division 1 Sectional game
Wednesday night at Otsego High School. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
TONTOGANY — Things went from good to bad in a hurry for Bowling Green’s boys basketball team Wednesday
night against Lima Senior.
The Bobcats held a seven-point halftime lead, but unraveled in the third quarter en route to a 70-48 loss
in a Division I sectional semifinal at Otsego High School. PHOTO GALLERY
eight turnovers in the first three minutes of the third quarter as the Spartans started a scoring fury
that buried the Bobcats.
BG finished the third with 15 of its 28 turnovers, and it was outscored 25-5 in the eight-minute span.
“We’ve played 22 games coming into tonight, but not at one point in the entire season did we see the kind
of pressure that we saw tonight,” BG coach Mark Malinowski said. “Give (Lima) credit for the pressure
that they applied, and unfortunately we did not do a good job of keeping our composure and taking care
of the basketball.”
The Spartans (10-13) finished with four players in double figures. Brady Allen led Lima with 17 points,
including 16 in the second half.
Lima pushed the tempo and attacked the rim in the final 16 minutes, shooting 20-of-35 (57 percent) in
that span, and outscoring BG 48-19.
“What’s difficult is it’s really hard to prepare for that in practice because we don’t have even have
anybody,” Malinowski said of Lima. “We could put multiple guys on the floor and try to go five versus
seven in practice, but that’s still not going to replicate what they have in terms of athleticism,
wingspan and quickness.”
Lamontá Stone led BG (4-19) with 22 points and Trent Hinton added 12.
The Bobcats contained Lima inside and outside throughout the first half, and committed just eight
turnovers, leading to a 29-22 lead at the break.
“We wanted to keep it at a pace where we felt comfortable,” Malinowski said of the game plan. “We had
some guys that we thought could help Lamontá out with the ball handling … but unfortunately we didn’t
get it done tonight.
“Give their coach some credit,” Malinowski said of Lima coach Shawn Allen. “He recognized that we kept
the pace of the game at our tempo — a tempo that we felt comfortable with.”
BG trailed 18-17 midway through the second quarter before Aidan Markey’s driving score preceded his
3-pointer from the right corner. The five-point spurt started a 12-4 run which gave the Bobcats their
“They really came in focused, and they really wanted to win the basketball game,” Malinowski said.
“We had a game plan, but it only worked for a half.”
LIMA SENIOR 70, BGHS 48
Miller, 0-0—0; Flowers, 5-0—10; Graham, 1-0—2; Wright, 0-0—0; Gunn, 2-2—6; Liles, 3-1—7; Allen, 2-4-1—17;
Stanford, 5-0—10; Irons Jr., 1-0—2; Thomas, 5-1-1—14; Long, 1-0—2; Dunlap, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 25-5-5—70.
Stone, 4-3-5—22; Stewart, 0-0—0; Donaldson, 0-0—0; Walker, 1-0—2; Hinton, 3-2-0—12; Gardner, 1-1-0—5;
Markey, 1-1-0—5; Leader, 0-0—0; Ludwig, 0-0—0; Carsey, 0-0—0; Riggs, 0-0—0; Riggs, 0-0—0; Morman, 0-0—0;
Craft, 0-0—0; Rochester, 0-0—0; Grieger, 0-2—2. TOTALS: 10-7-7—48.
LIMA SENIOR 14 8 25 23 —70
BGHS 13 16 5 14 —48