By SHANNON DOVE
ROSSFORD — Sometimes the shots just won’t fall.
Unfortunately, that seems to be an ongoing theme for Fostoria High School.
Rossford withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Redmen in a 58-48 victory Friday in Northern Buckeye Conference boys basketball action.
“I’m just really proud of the way our kids played tonight, especially in the second half,” Rossford coach Brian Vorst said. “We challenged them in the second half to come out, tried to put a run on them and we did that.”
Fostoria (3-13, 1-8 NBC) shot just 34 percent (18 of 52) from the floor while the Bulldogs shot 50 percent (24-48) from the field and 58 percent (19-33) from 2-point range.
“We definitely did what we wanted to do offensively,” Fostoria coach Thom Loomis said. “But you can’t go 6 for 24 in the first half and expect to have good things, be in a good situation.
“We got good shots, we got good looks, and once again we just didn’t put it in the basket.”
The Redmen led 2-0 and 4-2 early in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs answered on the next trip up the court both times to tie the score.
It wasn’t until CamRon Gaston knocked down a trey at 2:59 that the Bulldogs took their first lead of the game at 7-4.
Rossford closed out the quarter with a 6-2 run to go up 13-6 at the end of one. Aneas Cousin accounted for all six of Fostoria’s points in the quarter.
Things were only marginally better for the Redmen in the second quarter as they were outscored 13-9 by the Bulldogs.
This time Maalik Tucker carried the bulk of the offensive load for Fostoria, scoring seven points before Trae Anderson converted a pair of free throws at 1:59.
As if they needed an additional lift, Peyton Sloan hit a trey with one second remaining on the clock to give the Bulldogs a 26-15 lead at halftime.
“I thought that we shot pretty efficiently offensively,” Vorst said. “If we weren’t turning it over I thought we had a pretty good chance to score.”
Fostoria handled the ball well, forcing 19 miscues while committing just 11 turnovers. But the Redmen only managed to score 11 points off the 19 Bulldogs errors.
“Even when we got them to turn it over we didn’t convert and that hurts,” Loomis said.
The third quarter belonged to the Bulldogs.
By the time Loomis called the first timeout at 6:06, Rossford had extended the lead to 35-15, including seven points from Zach Perry.
Rossford continued to pile on and led by as much as 51-23 before Avondre Reed scored from 3-point range in the waning seconds of the third, bringing the score to 51-26.
“In the second half we came out and we took care of the ball much better and we were still getting good shots “” stuff in on the paint,” Vorst said. “Then we had some guys knock down some perimeter shots too and it all just kind of snowballed from there.”
But the fourth quarter belonged to the Redmen. Reed and Cousin each scored in the opening minute before Reed Murphree came off the bench and hit a trey.
Fostoria then pulled together a 10-2 run, including a 3-point play by Tucker to draw within 11 points (54-33) at 6:20 and another 3-point play by Reed at 2:36 for a 56-43 margin.
At this point Vorst, who had been subbing in bench players, was forced to put the varsity squad back on the floor.
“I did that because we didn’t want to lose the game,” he said. “We had a 28-point lead at one point and I put JV guys in and his varsity guys were knocking down shots so I had to put guys back in. I couldn’t let that get into single digits because then you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Loomis was proud with his team’s effort throughout the game.
“We followed the game plan extremely well,” Loomis said. “We got the shots we wanted to get. If we make a few shots in the first half and keep it closer, it could have been a different game.
Rossford won the junior varsity game 61-53, fueled by Ethan DeWese’s 21-point effort. Murphree and Kyle Kromenacker were also in double figures for the Bulldogs with 14 and 11 points respectively.
Dom Settles paced the Redmen with 19 points while Dylan Sheets scored 16.
FOSTORIa (3-13, 1-8 NBC)
Anderson 1-2–4, Boff 0-2–2, Reed 3-1–9, Sierra 2-0–4, Cousin 7-1–15, Tucker 6-2–16. TOTALS: 18-53 9-12 — 48.
ROSSFORD (5-11, 3-6 NBC)
Gaston 1-0–3, Perry 5-1–11, Smith 5-2–12, Reynolds 3-0–6, Sloan 9-0–21, Murphree 1-0–3, Warner 0-2–2. TOTALS: 24-49 5-7 — 58.
Fostoria 6 9 11 22 — 48
Rossford 13 13 25 7 — 58
3-Point GOALS: Rossford 5-16 (Sloan 3, Murphee & Gaston); Fostoria 4-22 (Reed & Tucker 2); .
rebounds: Rossford 36; Fostoria 21 (Cousin 7).
turnovers: Rossford 19, Fostoria 18.
junior varsity: Rossford, 61-53.
FRESHMEN: Rossford, 60-38.