Although it came a year later, Wauseon was finally able to avenge its only regular season loss from the 2016-17 boys basketball season. They did so with a 66-38 home victory over Genoa in non-league action Tuesday.
However, revenge was the last thing on the mind of the Indians according to coach Chad Burt.
“It really wasn’t talked about,” he said, referring to last year’s 59-52 loss to the Comets. “It’s a good basketball team coming into our place, and that’s really all we talked about. They have got a couple very, very good players. We really didn’t mention a revenge factor, we just prepared as though a good basketball team was coming in. And I thought we came out, after a little bit of a rough start, I thought for three and a half quarters we played pretty well.”
Genoa held a brief lead in the first quarter which was extended to 8-4 after back-to-back threes by Jacob Plantz. And those were the final points in the frame for the Comets.
The Indians tied it up with an Austin Rotroff basket and two Levi Seiler free throws, then a deuce for Trent Armstrong and Rotroff’s hook shot made it 12-8 with just under four minutes left.
Owen Newlove followed with a bucket off a steal, Rotroff’s slam dunk, four more points from Seiler and a Brooks Gype three-pointer gave the Indians a 24-8 lead after one.
“I thought our ball movement tonight was very crisp,” said Burt of his team’s offensive performance. “A lot of guys got involved, a lot of guys got touches. I thought we played very unselfishly. Rebounded the basketball pretty well. As a whole, I thought it was a pretty good performance.”
This allowed the Indians to make some substitutions in the second quarter, but they still had success.
Gype opened the second stanza with a triple, then after a pair from the foul line by Genoa’s Jacob Bradfield and a bucket from Andrew Bench, Dalton Rice scored for Wauseon, keeping the Wauseon lead at 17 at the 2:48 mark.
“They (Genoa) kind of had an off game tonight, but they’ve got very good athletes,” said Burt. “So to see that speed and that physicality was very good for those guys (off the bench). And, hopefully will pay dividends down the road.”
Armstrong added to the lead with a layup and a three-point play to counter five points from Plantz, then Gype got a layup after a Genoa throw away of an inbound pass. This made it 36-17 at the half.
The Indians went on a 10-0 run to begin the second half with six by Seiler and four from Rotroff, essentially putting the Comets away.
Seiler paced Wauseon with 15 points, Gype added 13 and Rotroff 12. Plantz scored 15 to lead Genoa.
Wauseon (2-0) is at Fairview on Saturday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010