Wauseon wins two over Evergreen, Rossford

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

Turnovers are only prominent if you are able to do something with them.

Evergreen did what Evergreen does, forcing 17 Wauseon turnovers.

However, what turned out to be the unknown stat of the night, the Indians allowed nary a run out score off those mistakes and were methodical with most of the rest of their possessions to take a 51-37 win over the Vikings in Northwest Ohio Athletic League boys basketball Friday.

The Indians followed that victory with a 53-41 triumph over Northern Buckeye Conference power Rossford on Saturday.

“It’s funny you say that because we use that phrase a lot,” Wauseon coach Chad Burt said about that zero number in the pick 6 allowed column. “We’ve been giving up a lot of pick 6’s. We spent a lot of time, especially with their guard play, talking about shortening passes and I thought we did a better job of that overall. I thought later when they picked up the pressure we made some long crosscourt passes that were dangerous and obviously we paid for them but as a whole we made a conscious effort to change some things.”

Besides not capitalizing on those extra possessions, Evergreen’s shooting from the floor couldn’t match the body temperature of a number of players two days previous, ridden from the flu-bug eminent in the area.

Tyson Woodring’s opening triple was the only Evergreen triple of the night and when Landon Hines scored inside for the Indians with 4:06 left in the first, Wauseon never trailed again.

“They have shooters and we talked about guarding them,” Burt explained. “Woodring and Keifer, we had to contest them and bringing appropriate help and I think we did a good job all night with that.”

While Evergreen was shooting 5-20 in the first half, Hines scored again and again and again in tight, totaling 11 points.

Tyson Rodriguez hit back-to-back hoops, one of them a triple from the deep right side, to allow the Indians to double up the Vikings at 26-13 at the break.

Hines scored again to open the third to push the bulge to 15 before Evergreen put together a run to slice into the lead.

Eli Keifer’s foul line jumper opened the burst, then Riley Dunbar and Woodring traded hoops on feeds from each other.

Keifer’s floater and Walker Lumbrezer’s pair from the line got Evergreen back to 28-23 but Evergreen misfired on their next five trips down the floor.

During that time, Hines and Trey Parsons each scored twice to balloon the margin back to 13 (39-26) with six minutes left.

For the game, Evergreen had only 12 turnovers but shot just 14-43 from the floor. Wauseon was 21-42.

Hines led everyone on the night with 21 points.

Evergreen falls to 7-7 on the season. Wauseon is now 9-7.


By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor