Wauseon got 16 points from senior Carter Bzovi and limited Delta to 36 points on the game for a 60-36 win at home in non-league boys basketball Friday.
“I thought we came out and played hard,” said head coach of the Indians, Chad Burt. “I think they had a good gameplan. They are kind of running that Evergreen Princeton offense, and really made us work for the first handful of possessions. But we were able to knock some shots down.”
The contest was close in the early minutes until the Indians scored 10 straight points to push their lead to double digits in the opening quarter.
Bzovi started the run when he was fouled from behind the arc and hit 2 of 3 free throws. He then added a pair of three-pointers around a basket inside by Austin Rotroff to make it 17-5 with 49 seconds left in the frame.
“I think our guys are doing a good job of finding him also. And realizing that he has been feeling it the last couple of games,” said Burt of Bzovi. “I liked how we stepped up with confidence and shot the ball. And they didn’t fall, the first couple, but it didn’t deter us from shooting the ball with confidence.”
A three by Dylan Smith of Delta cut it to 17-8 at the quarter break.
Bzovi opened up the second period with a pair of free throws, then Rotroff went 1 of 2 from the line and added a basket to increase the Indian lead at 14 points. Rotroff, who missed a few games with a knee injury to begin the season, scored 11 points on the night.
He then laid another one in, but threes by Smith and Bowen Green made it 24-14 with 2:50 left until halftime. Bzovi followed with a long two-pointer, Delta’s Brady Wymer responded with a triple, and Wauseon’s Owen Newlove scored inside.
The Panthers got within nine once again on a bucket from Green, however, Bzovi’s triple gave Wauseon a 31-19 lead at the half.
Wauseon got five from Levi Seiler, a bucket from Brooks Gype, and 1 of 2 free throws each from Brendan Britsch and Bzovi to go up 40-21 just two minutes into the third quarter. It is players like Seiler and Gype who had to step up their game in Rotroff’s absence, and they have not disappointed.
“They have been forced into action. Somewhat forced out of position a little bit. But that’s OK too,” said Burt. “I think now we’ve got some interchangeable parts, and if we have to go to it at some point down the road, different guys have played two to three (positions).”
Wymer recorded a steal and score for the Panthers, then Gype, Newlove and Rotroff scored on consecutive trips to put the Indians up 46-23 at the 3:10 mark of the third. The Panthers would get no closer than 20 the rest of the way.
Green had 12 to lead all Delta scorers.
Wauseon stayed at home Saturday where they defeated Napoleon 68-64. Delta fell on the road at Otsego, 60-39, dropping them to 0-6 on the season.
The Indians (4-1) host Sylvania Southview this Thursday, while the Panthers are at Evergreen on Friday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010