Swanton wins two of three


Luc Borojevich of Swanton dribbles around Liberty Center’s Landon Bockelman Friday.

Luc Borojevich of Swanton dribbles around Liberty Center’s Landon Bockelman Friday.


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Swanton’s Cole Mitchey looks to pass against Liberty Center on Friday.


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The aggressive defense of Liberty Center gave Swanton problems all night as the Bulldogs were held to a season low point total Friday at Kevin McQuade Gymnasium. When the final second ticked off the clock, Liberty Center had secured a 45-34 Northwest Ohio Athletic League victory.

Swanton, the defending NWOAL champions, dropped to 1-2 in league play.

The Tigers raced out to a 14-5 lead after the opening period. The Bulldogs battled back to tie the game in the second quarter, and went into the locker room at halftime, trailing 22-21.

However, Liberty Center dominated the third quarter scoring just as they did the first. They outscored Swanton 13-5 to take a 35-26 lead into the final quarter.

The Bulldogs tried to mount a comeback in the fourth, but could not close the deficit.

Cole Mitchey and Luc Borojevich had 11 points apiece to lead the Bulldogs (12-3). Gavin Geahlen led Liberty Center (7-6, 1-2 NWOAL) with 17 points.

Swanton bounced back on Saturday with a 44-38 win over Genoa. The Bulldogs trailed 15-9 after the first quarter, but outscored Genoa 14-2 in the second for a 23-17 halftime lead.

The Comets cut the lead to 28-27 after three, but Swanton outscored them 16-11 in the fourth for the win.

Hayden Callicotte had 10 points to lead Swanton. Walter Plantz scored 14 points for Genoa (10-4).

Swanton stops Fayette

Swanton outscored Fayette 22-8 in the fourth quarter to put a bow on their 67-38 victory Tuesday, Jan. 17, in a non-league boys basketball game in Swanton.

The Bulldogs took control following Xander Dunnett’s 3-pointer for Fayette which made it a 46-33 margin at the 6:57 mark.

Swanton’s Luc Borojevich scored on an inside move 16 seconds later, then the next Bulldog possession resulted in 1 of 2 free throws by Cole Mitchey, to which Drew Smigelski was there for the putback on Mitchey’s miss for a 51-33 lead.

The Dogs keps pouring it on as Borojevich knocked down a 3-pointer, Charlie Wood scored inside, and 1 of 2 at the foul line by Smigelski bumped the difference to 24 (57-33) with only 3:40 remaining.

Fayette held a narrow 8-7 lead in the opening quarter thanks to consecutive triples hit by Skylar Lester and Dunnett. However, Mitchey countered at the other end for Swanton and the Dogs never trailed again.

The home team went on a 6-0 run after that when Wood hit two at the line and also scored off a steal, with a Borojevich steal and score in betweeen, making it 15-8 after one.

Swanton ballooned a five-point margin to double digits thanks to a 10-0 run in the middle stage of the second period.

Mitchey scored in the paint, Borojevich converted off a steal, Mitchey on a drive to the hoop and then he added two free throws, and a pair of free throws for Smigelski put them up 28-13 with 2:30 left in the half.

The Dogs took that momentum into the half when with just two seconds remaining, Borojevich nailed a left-wing triple for a 33-17 Swanton lead at the break.

The two squads played an almost even third quarter, with the visiting Eagles outscoring the Dogs 13-12 in the frame.

Borojevich finished with a game-high 23 points to lead Swanton. Mitchey chipped in 13 points and Wood nine.

For Fayette, Lester finished with 15 while Dunnett added nine.

Luc Borojevich of Swanton dribbles around Liberty Center’s Landon Bockelman Friday.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2023/01/web1_boro-dribbling.jpgLuc Borojevich of Swanton dribbles around Liberty Center’s Landon Bockelman Friday. Drew Stambaugh | AIM Media Midwest

Swanton’s Cole Mitchey looks to pass against Liberty Center on Friday.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2023/01/web1_Mitchey-pass.jpgSwanton’s Cole Mitchey looks to pass against Liberty Center on Friday. Drew Stambaugh | AIM Media Midwest