Southview's player Ryan Fries celebrates as Northview calls a timeout during the Cougars' win Friday night.
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Before a loud, energetic home crowd on Alumni Night, Toledo Christian’s more experienced team was simply not going to be denied in a showdown for first place in Toledo Area Athletic Conference boys basketball.
The Eagles rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit Friday night to take a 51-47 victory over visiting Cardinal Stritch.
Toledo Christian (9-3, 7-0 TAAC) was led by 6-foot-7 senior Joe Ochoa, who had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots in the win, their second over Stritch in conference play this season.
First place in the Northern Lakes League wasn’t the only thing on the line Friday night at Southview High School.
So, too, were city bragging rights. And that might have been more important.
In front of a jam-packed, boisterous crowd that could have made the fire marshal nervous, Southview’s boys defeated rival Northview 56-49 with a blend of lockdown defense and hot shooting.
“We had seven more than they did — that’s what I liked,” Southview coach Bruce Smith said. “At no point did I think we were safe. Not until the clock ran out.” FULL STORY | PHOTO GALLERY | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
WAUSEON — Wauseon now has control of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League — and bragging rights for the next year.
The Indians never trailed against visiting Archbold in a 47-40 boys basketball victory Friday at Wauseon High School, using the cushion from a double-digit first-half lead to withstand a frantic Archbold rally in the second half.
Wauseon scored the first eight points of the game and never looked back, though Archbold challenged throughout the second half.
“Early on, I thought we frustrated them a little bit defensively,” Wauseon coach Chad Burt said. “But they’re too good. We knew at halftime we weren’t going to hold them down like that. Sure enough, they answered.” FULL STORY | PHOTO GALLERY
It was a throw-out-the-records type of night at Southview.
Despite winning two games all season, there was no wilting from the Southview girls basketball team. They led rival Northview 16-15 at halftime and trailed 29-28 after three quarters before the Wildcats used a 14-0 fourth-quarter run to fuel a 49-32 victory.
“We were finally able to get the stops that we wanted and we were able to settle down,” said Northview coach Pat Sayre. “This was an incredible environment. It made us a little anxious. Toward the end of the game, we started getting the exact look we wanted. Kyley Keene was able to score and we strung together stome stops.”
Keene had a game-high 20 points — 13 in the second half and seven in the fourth quarter. Teammate Kylie Archibeque had 16 points with all but two coming in the second half. FULL STORY | PHOTO GALLERY | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
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