By SCOTT COTTOS
LIMA — Findlay High’s boys basketball team finished the weekend with a flourish.
The Trojans led from the get-go, beat back a Lima Bath charge in the second quarter and pulled away in the second half to claim a 57-34 win on Saturday night in nonconference play.
Junior Ryan Roth made five of his team’s seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points as Findlay improved to 3-2 while the Wildcats dropped to 2-4.
“I thought we played, probably, our most complete game,” said Trojans coach Jim Rucki, whose club started the weekend with a 52-36 triumph over Oregon Clay on Friday night.
“I thought we did a nice job defensively most of the time. We moved the ball a little better and hit some shots.
“We went a stretch there in the second quarter where we just couldn’t make one fall, but I thought our defense was keeping us ahead. Ryan Nunn did a good job on 13 (Bath’s Chad Fry), especially in the first half. He got to the rim a little bit more in the second half, but we did a good job of holding him down in the first half and enabling us to get a lead.”
Though he had his best offensive night of the season, Roth also seemed most excited about Findlay’s defensive play.
“Defensively, we’ve played tremendous,” Roth said. “Going into the year, I didn’t think we’d be so good defensively. But three games straight allowing the opponent under 40 points, I think that’s pretty impressive.”
Roth got the Trojans going early, as he nailed a pair of 3-pointers and scored on a drive to lift his team to leads of 8-0 and 11-3 in the first 21/2 minutes. He finished the first quarter with three 3-pointers and 11 points as Findlay took an 18-8 lead.
“I’ve been struggling shooting the ball lately, but I knew coach was going to draw up some sets to get me some different shots in the beginning of the game. I knocked them down and that gave me some more confidence throughout the game,” Roth said.
“Ryan made some shots and got us ahead early, and that helped,” Rucki said.
“Scoring-wise, this was my best game of the year,” Roth said. “I don’t really care as long as we get the win.”
Findlay went scoreless for 21/2 minutes of the second quarter after two Adam Gutting free throws made its lead 20-12 with 5:31 left until halftime.
During that time, Frey made a free throw and Devon Kinyon connected on a 3-pointer to trim the Wildcats’ deficit to 20-16.
Roth broke the Trojans’ scoreless span with a layup, and Findlay went on to carry a 27-19 edge into halftime.
Roth tossed in eight points, including his final two treys, to enable the Trojans to lead 44-29 after three periods.
Nunn added 12 points for the Trojans.
Frey finished with 13 points for Bath.
“It was a good weekend,” Rucki said.
“We have four more days of practice to fix some things that we need to fix and come out ready to play Friday, hopefully.”
Findlay will visit Fremont Ross on Friday night for a Three Rivers Athletic Conference contest.
Stillings 1-2–4, Roth 10-0–25, Nunn 4-2–12, Gutting 2-3–7, Schumm 0-0–0, Moore 0-0–0, McCormick 0-0–0, Rader 0-0–0, Howard 4-0–8, Krupp 0-0–0, Johnson 0-1–1. TOTALS: 21-44 8-11 — 57.
Lima Bath (2-4)
Gough 1-0–2, Kinyon 1-0–3, Mohr 1-1–3, Frey 5-1–13, Clark 0-2–2, Grigsby 2-0–4, Shook 1-0–2. TOTALS: 13-37 2-6 — 34.
Findlay 18 9 17 13 — 57
Lima Bath 10 9 10 5 — 34
3-Point GOALS: Findlay 7-18 (Roth 5, Nunn 2); Bath 6-14 (Frey 2, Clark 2, Kinyon, Mohr).
REBOUNDS: Findlay 26 (Nunn 5, Schumm 5, Gutting 5); Bath 19.
TURNOVERS: Findlay 11; Bath 16.
junior varsity: Findlay, 53-41.
FRESHMEN: Findlay, 68-21.
By SCOTT COTTOS