Wauseon boys knock off Southview


Strong second half spurs Indians

By Max Householder - [email protected]



Wauseon’s Landon Hines defends Micah Bays of Southview closely during Tuesday’s game. Hines scored 14 points for the Indians in their 47-41 win.

Wauseon’s Landon Hines defends Micah Bays of Southview closely during Tuesday’s game. Hines scored 14 points for the Indians in their 47-41 win.


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Jack Leatherman of Wauseon muscles his way inside during Tuesday’s game. He finished with 10 points on the night.


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Tyson Rodriguez of Wauseon dribbles into the teeth of the Southview defense. He also finished the game with 14 points.


Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Trailing for much of the first half, Wauseon came out firing on all cylinders in the second half led by Landon Hines, holding off the visitors from Sylvania Soutview for a 47-41 victory in non-league boys basketball Tuesday night.

Hines recorded the first eight points of the third quarter for the Indians, then a Tyson Rodriguez three-point play put Wauseon on top 30-26 near the midway point of the period.

The Indians led by as much as eight in the second half, but Southview would not go away.

A 3-pointer by Michael Alexander III, then his basket off a steal pulled the Cougars within a deuce, 36-34, with just north of six minutes left in the game. Jack Leatherman responded with a floater for Wauseon.

Hoping to will his team to victory, Southview’s Micah Bays buried a three, then his step-back triple at the 4:25 mark gave the lead back to his team, 40-38.

Then it was Wauseon’s turn to answer…and they did. The Cougars managed just one point the rest of the way.

“It was a grindout victory,” admitted Wauseon coach Chad Burt. “We knew Bays was gonna get off at some point. He hit those two monster threes — really unguardable shots. He’s so talented. But I thought their effort and their intensity picked up very well kind of towards the end and then to start the fourth. Honestly, we didn’t respond real well initially. But I think a credit to our guys. I think they took that two-point lead and were kind of bouncing around and playing with a lot of fire. But I thought our guys regrouped and, like I said, responded very well down the stretch.”

Rodriguez scored a tough basket inside to knot the score with 4:02 left. Elijah McLeod then went 1 of 2 from the foul line giving the lead back to Wauseon, and later Hines’ bucket in the point made it a 43-40 margin.

The Indians tacked on a hoop from Rodriguez and also 2 of 4 at the line by both him and Leatherman, closing it out.

“It’s a mentality. It’s understanding that, three/four minutes to go in a tight ball game, every single possession matters,” said Burt on his team being able grind out the win late. “You gotta lock in defensively and force tough shots. I thought overall we did that, despite the fact that Bays hit a couple and they had a couple other guys step up and made a couple big shots late. I thought offensively we executed well, we took very good shots all night long for the most part. If you can do that consistently, I think that’s gonna be a good sign for things to come.”

The first half was a back and forth slog that saw Southview take over the lead late in the opening quarter and keep it until halftime.

In response to a three by McLeod, Parker Sears laid one in at the other end followed by 1 of 2 at the line by Bays for a 21-17 Cougar lead with 1:06 remaining in the half. Leatherman answered just 14 seconds later for Wauseon, which was the final basket of the half.

For Wauseon (4-2), Hines and Rodriguez each finished with 14 points. Leatherman tacked on 10.

Bays had 14 and Avery Offenburg 10 for Southview (0-4).

Wauseon’s Landon Hines defends Micah Bays of Southview closely during Tuesday’s game. Hines scored 14 points for the Indians in their 47-41 win.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/12/web1_Hines-defends-Bays.jpgWauseon’s Landon Hines defends Micah Bays of Southview closely during Tuesday’s game. Hines scored 14 points for the Indians in their 47-41 win. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Jack Leatherman of Wauseon muscles his way inside during Tuesday’s game. He finished with 10 points on the night.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/12/web1_Leatherman-down-low.jpgJack Leatherman of Wauseon muscles his way inside during Tuesday’s game. He finished with 10 points on the night. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Tyson Rodriguez of Wauseon dribbles into the teeth of the Southview defense. He also finished the game with 14 points.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/12/web1_Rodriguez-upcourt.jpgTyson Rodriguez of Wauseon dribbles into the teeth of the Southview defense. He also finished the game with 14 points. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest
Strong second half spurs Indians

By Max Householder

[email protected]

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.