MILLER CITY — Miller City used scoring advantages in the first and fourth quarters Friday night to defeat Kalida 42-40 in Putnam County League action.


Miller City's win moved them into a first place tie in the PCL at 5-1 along with Columbus Grove and Ottoville, who rallied to defeat Continental. Miller City is 12-6 overall, while Kalida dipped to 3-2 in the league and 9-8 overall.


Miller City opened the game outscoring Kalida 15-10, before the visiting Wildcats used a 14-10 second quarter scoring advantage to trail 25-24 at halftime. After both teams scored eight points in the third quarter, Miller City used a 9-8 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter for the win.


Cory Heuerman led the home Wildcats with 12 points, while Jackson Lammers and Adam Drummelsmith both had 10 points. Drummelsmith also pulled down 10 rebounds and had four assists.


Devin Kortkrax hit three three-pointers for Kalida as he finished with 15 points. Joe Gerdeman had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.


Kalida won the junior varsity game 31-18.


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Kalida 15-41 5-7 40

: A. Langhals 2-1-6; L. Langhals 2-0-5; Kortokrax 6-0-15; Gerdeman 5-1-11; Zeller 0-1-1; Miller 0-2-2.


Miller City 16-50 5-11 42:

 J. Lammers 4-0-10; Niese 1-1-3; Drummelsmith 4-2-10; Heuerman 4-2-12; Gerten 3-0-7.


Kalida 10 14 8 8 - 40


Miller City 15 10 8 9 - 42


Junior Varsity: Kalida 31-18.


Three-point goals: Kalida 5-19 (Kortokrax 3, A. Langhals 1, L. Langhals 1); Miller City 5-19 (J. Lammers 2, Heuerman 2, Gerten 1).


Rebounds: Kalida 29 (Gerdeman 10); Miller City 25 (Drummelsmith 10).


Turnovers: Miller City 7, Kalida 8.


Ottoville 62

Continental 55

CONTINENTAL — Ottoville outscored Continental in the second half Friday night as the Big Green rallied for a 62-55 Putnam County League win.
The win keeps the Big Green tied for first place in the PCL at 5-1 along with Miller City and Columbus Grove.
Continental had a 26-21 halftime lead after opening the game with a 12-9 first quarter scoring margin.
Ottoville took control of the game in the third quarter as they oustcored the Pirates 20-12 for a 41-38 lead. The Big Green (8-10) finished the game with a 21-17 scoring margin.
Luke Schimmoeller led four Big Green players in double digits with 16 points. Brandt Landin added 14 points, Tyler Roby had 12 points and Austin Honigford 11 points.
Austin Mansfield had 20 points to lead the Pirates (1-4, 5-12) and Tyler Rue had 17 points and seven rebounds. Rue also had five steals and three assists.
Ottoville won the junior varsity game 31-25.
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Ottoville 14-28 32-35 62: Schnipke 1-0-3; C. Bendele 0-2-2; Roby 3-5-12; Honigford 2-7-11; Landin 4-6-14; Schimmoeller 3-10-16; K. Bendele 1-2-4.
Continental 18-42 14-19 55: G. Williams 3-2-8; Rue 5-7-17; Mansfield 6-4-20; Stauffer 3-0-7; J. Williams 1-0-2; Baker 0-1-1.
Ottoville 9 12 20 21 - 62
Continental 12 14 12 17 - 55
Junior Varsity: Ottoville 31-25.
Three-point goals: Ottoville 2-6 (Schnipke 1, Roby 1); Continental 5-12 (Mansfield 4, Stauffer 1).
Rebounds: Ottoville 14, Continental 18 (Rue 7).
Turnovers: Ottoville 15, Continental 10.



Elida 89


Ottawa-Glandorf 69


OTTAWA — Dakota Mathias put the Elida boys basketball team on his shoulders Friday.


Mathias scored more points in the opening quarter than Ottawa-Glandorf did as a team as the Bulldogs grabbed a quick lead in defeating the Titans 89-69 in Western Buckeye League action at the Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium.


The win keeps Elida tied for first place in the WBL at 6-1 along with Bath, Celina and Defiance. The Bulldogs are 14-3 overall. O-G dropped to 4-3 in the league and 11-7 overall.


Mathias came out firing Friday night as he scored 17 points in the opening quarter against the Titans. The 17 points included four three-pointer as Elida outscored O-G 28-12.


Elida continued to pull away in the second quarter as they outscored the Titans 14-9 for a 42-21 halftime lead.


Ottawa-Glandorf attempted to turn the game around in the third quarter whittling their deficit to 14 points in the first 90 seconds of the quarter. That's when Mathias heated up scoring nine straight points, three free throws and two three-pointers, to put the Bulldogs up 23 points and they were never threatened again. Elida outscored O-G in the third quarter 29-25 as Mathias had 16 points in the quarter.


Mathias finished the game with 38 points as he hit seven three-pointers. The senior is just 13 points away from breaking the all-time Elida scoring record. Louis Gray added 20 points and Marquavious Wilson finished with 13 points.


Noah Bramlage led the Titans with 15 points and six rebounds. Tyler Zender added 12 points.


Ottawa-Glandorf won the junior varsity game 52-32.


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Elida 33-49 17-20 89:

Etzler 1-2-4; Wilson 6-1-13; Allemeier 4-0-8; Gray 6-7-20; Mathias 12-7-38; Press 2-0-4; Wentz 1-0-2.


Ottawa-Glandorf 27-59 10-20 69:

A. Schroeder 3-0-7; Unterbrink 0-1-1; Schnipke 0-0-0; T. Schroeder 2-2-8; Wischmeyer 1-0-2; Trampe-Kindt 2-0-4; Kuhlman 3-2-9; Recker 3-0-7; Zender 4-4-12; Verhoff 0-0-0; Blevins 1-0-2; Bramlage 7-1-15; Alt 1-0-2.


Elida 28 14 29 18 - 89


Ottawa-Glandorf 12 9 25 23 - 69


Junior Varsity:  Ottawa-Glandorf 52-32.


Three-point goals: Elida 8-20 (Mathias 7, Gray 1); Ottawa-Glandorf 5-15 (A. Schroeder 1, T. Schroeder 2, Kuhlman 1, Recker 1).


Rebounds: Elida 17; Ottawa-Glandorf 27 (Bramlage 6).


Turnovers: Elida 11, Ottawa-Glandorf 13.

Columbus Grove 55
Bluffton 44
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove outscored Bluffton in every quarter Friday night to post a 55-44 Northwest Conference win.
The Bulldogs moved to 4-2 in the NWC and 11-6 overall.
Grove opened the game with a 13-10 first quarter scoring edge and were up 24-20 at halftime. The Bulldogs continued to pull away with a 31-24 second half scoring margin.
Riley Brubaker paced the Bulldogs with 13 points and Will Vorhees had 12 points and eight rebounds. Jace Darbyshire had six assists for Grove along with three rebounds and two steals.
Levi Kistler had 25 points to lead Bluffton.
Columbus Grove won the junior varsity game 49-31.
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Bluffton 14-36 13-18 44: A. Bricker 2; N. Stratton 8; Kistler 25; Ault 7; Rumor 2.
Columbus Grove 23-37 2-5 55: Vorhees 12; Brubaker 13; Darbyshire 5; Warnecke 2; Jones 2; Neu 8; Diller 6; Clement 7.
Bluffton 10 10 9 15 - 44
Columbus Grove 13 11 12 19 - 55
Junior Varsity: Columbus Grove 49-31.
Three-point goals: Bluffton 3-12 (Kistler 2, Stratton 1); Columbus Grove 7-13 (Brubaker 2, Diller 2, Neu 2, Clement 1).
Rebounds: Bluffton 25; Columbus Grove 19 (Vorhees 8).
Turnovers: Columbus Grove 15, Bluffton 14.