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Ontario's size overwhelming for Redmen

Ontario's front line leads the way in NCC win


12:00 AM, Dec. 08, 2012 EST
ONTARIO — 

The Bucyrus Redmen were outsized by the Ontario Warriors at every position on the floor. The Redmen gave a valiant effort for the first 18 minutes, but the physical mismatches eventually took their toll.

The Warriors built a 10-point halftime lead, then scored 41 in the second half to overwhelm the Redmen, 71-41, in the North Central Conference opener for both teams.

"They wore is down, they're a really good team," Bucyrus coach Nate Hill said. "We don't have the athletes to match up with them."

Despite the size disparity, Bucyrus (1-2, 0-1) weathered several patented Ontario runs and hung around for over two quarters.

The Warriors raced out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter, hitting seven of 16 shots from the field and holding the Redmen to two of nine.

However, Bucyrus rallied in the second quarter to pull within 26-18 on a three-pointer by Austin Williams with 1:15 to go to halftime. Ontario (3-0, 1-0) got it back to 30-20 at intermission.

"I thought they did a good job of attacking the basket in the second quarter," Ontario coach Joe Balogh said. "We got a little sloppy with the ball and they got to the free throw line ahead of us."

To Balogh's point, the Warriors committed seven of their 10 total turnovers in the second quarter.

Bucyrus scored first in the second half on a jumper by Brian Snouffer to cut it 30-22 and had a couple of opportunities to get even closer.

But Tyler Gorbett hit the first of two free throws for the Warriors which started a 13-4 run that gave the hosts a 43-26 bulge and the game spiraled out of control for the Redmen from there.

"For us to win a game like that, we have to finish in the paint, which we didn't, get to the foul line, which we didn't and not turn the ball over, which we did," Hill said. "I don't fault the kids' effort, just the execution."

Ontario forced 14 Bucyrus turnovers through three quarters and 17 for the game.

"With the players we have, we know it will be a game of runs," Balogh said. "We were only up 10 points at half, but I thought the pace of the game was good for us."

By outscoring the Redmen 22-9 in the fourth period, the Warriors blew open a 49-32 lead after three into the 30-point final differential.

Michael Purcell led Bucyrus with 15 points and Williams added eight. Greg Patrick grabbed nine rebounds.

Ten different Warriors scored in all. Cameron Mack had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Blake Balogh had 13 points and Lennell Shelby finished with 12.

"We don't have a player who can match up with Cameron Mack," Hill said. "We can't play them man-to-man. Joe let's them shoot it and they go get it. They have a lot of confidence in their shooting.'

Balogh credited his depth on the bench.

"It's going to have to be a factor," Balogh said. "We have double weekends the next three weeks. Some nights out, we're not going to know who the 6-7-8 guys are."

Ontario (3-0, 1-0) also won the junior varsity game, 53-31. Paul Homan led all scorers for the Warriors with 22 points. D.J. Dagher led Bucyrus (2-1, 0-1) with nine points and Austin Fisher had seven.

 

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