By SHANNON DOVE
FOSTORIA — Earlier in the season, when Fostoria traveled to Rossford High School for a Northern Buckeye Conference boys basketball game, it was a shootout with the Bulldogs winning 92-88.
Friday’s game wasn’t nearly as offense oriented, but the Bulldogs again prevailed, this time by a 67-56 margin.
Ethan DeWese had a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Rossford (3-13, 3-7 NBC). Ben Morrison added 16 points while Ben Murphree tallied 13 points.
“(DeWese) had a great second half for us offensively. He was very assertive,” Rossford coach Brian Vorst said.
“The kids shared the ball in the second half. We got 12 assists, and they were incredibly unselfish, the ball moved a lot better in the second half. We found open guys, and we did a better job on the boards too.”
Fostoria (6-10, 4-6) put a depleted squad on the floor for the game. Two starters, Alex Sierra and Aneas Cousin, sat out after being ejected earlier in the week with technical fouls. Another pair of starters, Devin Mauricio and Maalik Tucker, were out sick.
“It was not the night for us to have to have our starting four and five man out for disciplinary reasons,” Fostoria coach Thom Loomis said. “Not the night to have two of our starters who have been sick all week with no energy, no legs.
“We had a gigantic hill to climb. The game was physical and because it was physical they got a lot more rebounds than we did. We knew we had to make shots. You’re not going to win many games when you get crushed on the boards, your opponent shoots 59 percent from the floor and you shoot 39 percent. It’s just way too much to overcome.”
Avondre Reed led Fostoria with 16 points and Dylan Sheets added 11.
Rossford had a 28-24 halftime lead before pouring in 22 points in the third quarter while holding the Redmen to just 6 points. The Bulldogs opened the quarter with a 7-0 run before Maalik Tucker finally hit a jump shot for the Redmen at 5:45, bringing the score to 35-26. That didn’t slow Rossford’s momentum, however. DeWese scored 8 points in the quarter while Morrison and Murphree had 6 points apiece. By the time the buzzer sounded, Rossford led 50-30.
“The whole thing turned in the third quarter for us when we played hard defensively and rebounded,” Vorst said. “We rebounded in the third quarter as a team, not just one kid, but everyone who took the floor rebounded and then we were able to get transition scores. That swung the game.”
Rossford outrebounded Fostoria 15-2 in the third quarter.
The Redmen opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run to cut the lead in half at 52-42. Eli Ward, Tucker, Reed and Bryan Stenson all contributed to Fostoria’s run.
“They didn’t have a choice, they had to make a play and they did,” Vorst said. “They came at us hard and fortunately we were able to bounce back.”
Morrison had a pair of baskets and CamRon Gaston hit a trey to pull ahead once again at 59-42. The Redmen kept pressuring and sliced into the Bulldogs’ lead once again, but never truly threatened to overtake Rossford. Reed scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the final period.
Rossford defeated Fostoria in the junior varsity game 70-52.
In that game, Carson Good paced the Bulldogs with 17 points while Jamari Croom added 15, Ethan Bihn scored 13 and John Rust had 12. Dom Settles led all players with 21 points for the Redmen while E.J. Williams registered 20 points.
ROSSFORD (3-13, 3-7 NBC)
Morrison 6-4–16, Gaston 3-2–9, Murphree 5-0–13, G. DeWese 1-0–2, Croom 0-0–0, Rust 0-0–0, Bihn 0-0–0, Good 0-0–0, Linkous 1-0–2, E. DeWese 12-1–25, Sabovik 0-0–0, Perry 0-0–0, Walker 0-0–0. TOTALS: 28-57 7-9–67.
FOSTORIA (6-10, 4-6 NBC)
Sheets 4-0–11, Mauricio 1-0–2, Reed 5-5–16, Stenson 4-1–9, Ward 3-0–6, Counts 1-0–3, Brown 0-0–0, Tucker 3-2–8, Caughman 0-0–0, Settles 0-0–0, Carter-Stokes -01–1, Robinson 0-0–0. TOTALS: 21-50 9-14–56.
Rossford 14 14 22 17 — 67
Fostoria 13 11 6 26 — 56
3-POINT GOALS: Rossford 4-13 (Murphree 3, Gaston); Fostoria 5-20 (Sheets 3, Reed, Counts).
REBOUNDING: Rossford 35 (E. DeWese 10); Fostoria 26 (Carter-Stokes 5).
TURNOVERS: Rossford 12; Fostoria 13.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Rossford, 72-50