Short-handed Panthers fall to Cadets


By Max Householder - mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com



Seth Burres of Delta drives along the baseline Tuesday against Hilltop. The Panthers fell to the Cadets 65-58.


Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Delta’s Gabe Freeman draws a foul during Tuesday’s game versus Hilltop.


Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Playing without two seniors, Delta boys basketball was clearly hamstrung Tuesday night, leading only twice the entire game in a 65-58 home loss to Hilltop.

The Panthers were without key contributor Bowen Green who was out with an illness, as well as Robby Arredondo who had a hand injury.

Hilltop led by as many as 11 in the second half, but Delta refused to go away. They cut it to four on multiple occasions, the last on a basket in the post by Seth Burres to make it 56-52 with 4:27 left in the game.

The Cadets then got a putback basket and two free throws from Austin Schaffner, bumping their lead back to eight. Following an Elliot Schneider deuce for the Panthers, Schaffner split a pair from the foul line, then Steve Riley went two for two to make it 63-54 with only 37 seconds to go.

A Schneider three-pointer gave Delta its last lead of the game, 6-4, at the 5:18 mark of the opening quarter. The Panthers were outscored 15-7 throughout the rest of the frame.

In the second quarter, the Panthers fought back to tie it at 25 on a basket inside from Gabe Freeman and Noah Tedrow’s putback.

However, Hilltop responded with a three-point play by Riley, consecutive hoops from Andrew Denton, and Schaffner’s putback which made it 34-25 with 2:47 left until halftime.

The Panthers then got a bucket in transition from Schneider and a triple from Brady Wymer, but Riley closed the half with a jumper to keep the margin at six going into the break.

Riley led all scorers with 26 points. He had a balanced night overall, notching 14 points in the first half and 12 in the second. Schaffner chipped in with 14 points and Denton 11 for the Cadets (3-14).

Wymer paced Delta with 17 points. Freeman added 15 and Schneider 13.

Delta (6-11) is also at home on Friday when they welcome Bryan for a Northwest Ohio Athletic League contest.

Seth Burres of Delta drives along the baseline Tuesday against Hilltop. The Panthers fell to the Cadets 65-58.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2018/02/web1_Burres-along-baseline.jpgSeth Burres of Delta drives along the baseline Tuesday against Hilltop. The Panthers fell to the Cadets 65-58. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

Delta’s Gabe Freeman draws a foul during Tuesday’s game versus Hilltop.
http://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2018/02/web1_Freeman-draws-foul.jpgDelta’s Gabe Freeman draws a foul during Tuesday’s game versus Hilltop. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

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