COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove one-upped an outstanding game by Arlington’s Jaret Vermillion with the 1-2 punch of Blake Reynolds and Tayt Birnesser when the Bulldogs beat the Red Devils 69-46 on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten boys basketball teams.

Reynolds scored 24 points and Birnesser tossed in 18 in leading Columbus Grove to its fourth straight win. Vermillion, who entered the game averaging 20.2 points a game, went off for 30, but the Red Devils suffered their first loss in six games.

Reynolds completed a double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds. Gabe Clement snared eight rebounds and Alex Schneider seven as Columbus Grove dominated the boards, 36-22. The Bulldogs also converted 24 of 37 of their 2-point attempts, a blistering 65-percent average that helped Columbus Grove build leads of 20-12 after one quarter of play and 35-21 by the half.

ARLINGTON (5-1)

Vermillion 10-7–30, Gast 3-1–7, Thornton 3-0–7, Jones 1-0–2. TOTALS: 17-53 8-12–46.

COLUMBUS GROVE (4-0)

Reynolds 9-6–24, Birnesser 6-4–18, Hopkins 4-0–9, Clement 3-1–7, Schneider 2-1–5, Smith 1-0–2, Halker 1-0–2, Myers 1-0–2. TOTALS: 27-49 12-20–69.

Arlington 12 9 19 6 — 46

Columbus Grove 20 15 19 15 — 69

3-Point GOALS: Arlington 4-23 (Vermillion 3, Thornton); Columbus Grove 3-12 (Birnesser 2, Hopkins).

rebounds: Arlington 22 (Webb 5); Columbus Grove 36 (Reynolds 10).

turnovers: Arlington 9; Columbus Grove 15.

junior varsity: Columbus Grove, 41-26.

LIBERTY-BENTON 49

HOPEWELL-LOUDON 48

Liberty-Benton’s Ben Spiess hit the game-winning 3-pointer as time expired as the Eagles defeated Hopewell-Loudon 49-48 in a nonleague boys basketball game Saturday.

Spiess finished with 11 points and Marcellus Eckford had 14 points to front the Eagles (2-3), who had just lost 55-54 to Arcadia at the buzzer on Friday.

Jordyn Jury’s 15 points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals led the Chieftains (3-1).

HOPEWELL-LOUDON (3-1)

R. Jury 3-1–8, Ritchey 1-0–2, Reinhard 3-0–6, Milligan 3-1–9, J. Jury 6-1–15, Rumschlag 1-2–4, Oswalt 2-0–4. TOTALS: 19-36 5-14 — 48.

LIBERTY-BENTON (2-3)

Abbott 1-2–4, Eckford 6-1–14, Jenkins 4-0–10, Reindel 4-0–8, Spiess 3-3–11, Dillon 1-0–2. TOTALS: 19-39 6-8 — 49.

Hopewell-Loudon 6 16 20 6 — 48

Liberty-Benton 13 7 11 18 — 49

3-Point GOALS: Hopewell-Loudon 5-14 (Milligan & J. Jury 2, R. Jury 1); Liberty-Benton 5-16 (Spiess & Jenkins 2, Eckford 1).

rebounds: Hopewell-Loudon 17 (J. Jury 6); Liberty-Benton 13 (Rath, Eckford & Spiess 3).

turnovers: Hopewell-Loudon 8; Liberty-Benton 13.

junior varsity: Liberty-Benton, 62-36.

BLUFFTON 73

MCCOMB 31

McCOMB — Bluffton steam-rolled through the first three quarters, then put it on cruise control in chalking up a 73-31 nonleague boys basketball win over McComb on Saturday.

Behind a deep and balanced attack, Bluffton stormed ahead 18-1 in the first quarter and put another 53 points on the board in the second and third periods.

Luke Denecker pumped in 15 points, Baylor Garmatter and Mason Soper notched 13 each and Jared Piercefield had 12 as the unbeaten Pirates improved to 4-0.

Kyle Wasson led McComb (0-4) with nine points and four rebounds.

BLUFFTON (4-0)

Denecker 6-1–15, Garmatter 5-2–13, Soper 6-0–13, Piercefield 5-1–12, Hohenbrink 1-4–7, Schriner 3-0–6, Ault 1-1–3, Essinger 1-0–2, Schaadt 1-0–2. TOTALS: 29-66 9-14–73.

MCCOMB (0-4)

Wasson 3-3–9, Sherick 2-2–7, Glaser 2-1–5, Kreinbrink 0-4–4, Stevens 1-2–4, Clark-Rader 1-0–2. TOTALS: 9-40 12-19–31.

Bluffton 18 27 26 2 — 73

McComb 1 10 14 6 — 31

3-Point GOALS: Bluffton 6-22 (Denecker 2, Garmatter, Soper, Piercefield, Hohenbrink); McComb 1-12 (Sherick).

rebounds: Bluffton 30; McComb 22 (Wasson 4, Sherick 4).

turnovers: Bluffton 11; McComb 25.

PANDORA-GILBOA 50

DELPHOS JEFFERSON 49

PANDORA — Pandora-Gilboa won each of the first three quarters, building just enough of a lead to hold off Delphos Jefferson 50-49 on Saturday in a nonleague boys basketball matchup.

Ryan Johnson drilled four of P-G’s seven 3-pointers and led a balanced offense with 14 points. Austin Miller and Will Huffman added 10 points each and Walker Macke netted nine for the Rockets (3-1).

Delphos Jefferson’s Ian Wannemacher led all scorers with 19 points. The Wildcats (2-3) converted 8 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter but fell short of overtaking P-G’s 38-31 edge entering the final period.

DELPHOS JEFFERSON (2-3)

Bailey 2-1–7, Teman 1-0–2, Wannemacher 6-7–19, Wiltsie 2-0–4, Mericle 2-4–8, Moore 4-1–9. TOTALS: 17-13–49.

PANDORA-GILBOA (3-1)

Macke 4-0–9, Johnson 5-0–14, Steiner 1-0–3, Miller 5-0–10, Huffman 4-2–10, Biery 2-0–4. TOTALS: 21-2–50.

Delphos Jfferson 9 13 9 18 — 49

Pandora-Gilboa 11 15 12 12 — 50

3-Point GOALS: Delphos Jefferson 2 (Bailey 2); Pandora-Gilboa 6 (Johnson 4, Macke, Steiner).

HARDIN NORTHERN 55

NORTH BALTIMORE 52

DOLA — Hardin Northern won the fourth quarter, and with it the game as well, as the Polar Bears edged North Baltimore 55-52 on Saturday in a nonleague boys basketball matchup.

Nevin Robson had a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double for Hardin Northern (3-2). Luke Wilson scored 16 points and Ewan Martin 15. Lance Good snared 11 rebounds and, along with Robson, helped Hardin Northern dominate North Baltimore 38-19 on the boards.

North Baltimore trailed 12-8 after the first quarter, tied it 29-29 at the half, and inched ahead 40-38 entering the fourth quarter.

Levi Gazarek led North Baltimore with 23 points and seven rebounds. Clayton Heineman added 12 points and Johnny Hagemyer had 11 for the Tigers (1-2).

NORTH BALTIMORE (1-2)

Gazarek 8-7–23, Hagemyer 5-0–11, Bucher 1-0–3, Kepling 1-0–3, Heineman 5-1–12. TOTALS: 20-56 8-11–52.

HARDIN NORTHERN (3-2)

Wetherill 0-2–2, Robson 7-6–20, Martin 7-1–15, Wilson 7-0–16, Good 0-2–2. TOTALS: 21-48 11-20–55.

North Baltimore 8 21 11 12 — 52

Hardin Northern 12 17 9 17 — 55

3-Point GOALS: North Baltimore 4 (Hagemyer, Bucher, Kepling, Heineman); Hardin Northern 2 (Wilson 2).

rebounds: North Baltimore 19 (Gazarek 7); Hardin Northern 38 (Good 11).

turnovers: North Baltimore 9; Hardin Northern 12.

junior varsity: Hardin Northern, 34-17.

VAN BUREN 51

ELMWOOD 36

VAN BUREN — Van Buren’s Saige Warren hit four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 16 points as the Black Knights shut down Elmwood 51-36 for a nonleague boys basketball win Saturday.

Nick McCracken added 14 points for Van Buren, which evened up at 2-2 overall.

Kobe Shank had 12 points and three rebounds to lead the Royals (2-3).

ELMWOOD (2-3)

Childress 4-1–9, Lawson 1-0–2, Plouck 1-0–2, Lentz 1-0–3, Weiss 1-1–3, Shank 5-2–12, Reynolds 1-0–3. TOTALS: 14 6 — 36.

VAN BUREN (2-2)

Bowling 1-0–2, McCracken 6-2–14, Warren 5-2–16, Schroeder 0-2–2, Kramer 3-0–8, Clark 3-3–9. TOTALS: 18 9 — 51.

Elmwood 7 9 9 11 — 36

Van Buren 11 12 14 14 — 51

3-Point GOALS: Elmwood 2 (Lentz & Reynolds); Van Buren 6 (Warren 4, Kramer 2).

FREMONT ST. JOSEPH 75

VANLUE 41

FREMONT — Fremont St. Joseph’s Blake Michael drained five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points as the Crimson Streaks upended Vanlue 75-41 in a nonleague boys basketball game Saturday.

Xavier Temple’s 11 points fronted Vanlue (2-2). Jared Kloepfer had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds while Joey Bonham collected 10 points, three assists and three steals.

Garrett Michael added 13 points for the Crimson Streaks (5-1), who led 43-8 at halftime.

VANLUE (2-2)

Jaren Kloepfer 1-2–4, Temple 4-2–11, Wellman 1-0–3, Jared Kloepfer 4-2–10, Bonham 5-0–10, Jad. Kloepfer 1-0–2, Saltzman 0-1–1. TOTALS: 16-47 7-9 — 41.

FREMONT ST. JOSEPH (5-1)

Hirt 3-1–9, B. Michael 9-4–27, Ritzman 3-0–6, Stepanic 4-0–10, Harrison 1-1–3, G. Michael 5-2–13, Lindenberger 2-1–5, Geyer 1-0–2. TOTALS: 28 9-17 — 75.

Vanlue 6 2 20 13 — 41

Fremont St. Joseph 27 16 17 15 — 75

3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 2-11 (Temple & Wellman); Fremont St. Joseph 10 (B. Michael 5, Hirt & Stepanic 2, G. Michael).

rebounds: Vanlue 29 (Jared Kloeper 11).

turnovers: Vanlue 26.

junior varsity: Vanlue, 52-49.

LEIPSIC 66

MILLER CITY 58

LEIPSIC — Leipsic gradually built a bit of a lead over Miller City, then held off the Wildcats in a high-scoring fourth quarter to post a 66-58 victory in Saturday’s Putnam County League opener for both teams.

Lorenzo Walther scored 18 points to lead a balanced Leipsic offense. Drew Liffick tossed in 14 points for the Vikings (1-1, 1-0 PCL), with Mason Brandt and Jaden Siefker adding 10 each.

Miller City poured in 25 points in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome a 45-33 deficit entering the final eight minutes.

Austin Ruhe scored 22 points and Nick Gable added 15 for the Wildcats (2-2, 0-1 PCL).

MILLER CITY (2-2, 0-1 PCL)

Ruhe 9-1–22, Gable 5-5–15, Burgei 3-0–6, Michel 2-0–5, Niese 2-0–5, Fillinger 2-0–5. TOTALS: 23-64 6-17–58.

LEIPSIC (1-1, 1-0 PCL)

Walther 9-0–18, Liffick 5-2–14, Brandt 3-2–10, Siefker 4-0–10, E. Schroeder 1-2–4, Lammers 2-0–4, T. Schroeder 1-0–2, Niese 1-0–2, Sickmiller 1-0–2. TOTALS: 27-60 6-10—-66.

Miller City 12 11 10 25 — 58

Leipsic 19 15 11 21 — 66

3-Point GOALS: Miller City 6-23 (Ruhe 3, Michel, Niese, Fillinger); Leipsic 6-18 (Liffick 2, Brandt 2, Siefker 2).

rebounds: Miller City 35 (Burgei 12); Leipsic 32 (Walther 6, Liffick 6, E. Schroeder 6).

turnovers: Miller City 13; Leipsic 15.

junior varsity: Leipsic, 45-38.

KENTON 45

RIVERDALE 43

MOUNT BLANCHARD — Kenton outscored Riverdale 13-8 in the fourth quarter to prevail 45-43 in a nonleague boys basketball game Saturday.

Jacob Eversole scored a game-high 20 points as the Wildcats improved to 5-2 overall.

Brock Davis totaled 12 points and three assists to lead the Falcons (4-2). Max Morris had nine points and five rebounds.

KENTON (5-2)

Cornell 4-1–11, Jeffries 2-1–5, Eversole 5-9–20, Cook 2-2–6, James 1-0–3. TOTALS: 14-40 13-24 — 45.

RIVERDALE (4-2)

Clark 1-0″”2, Morris 3-3–9, Frey 1-2–4, Miller 2-1–6, Mix 3-2–8, Holland 1-0–2, Davis 5-0–12. TOTALS: 16-42 8-13 — 43.

Kenton 10 4 18 13 — 45

Riverdale 6 11 18 8 — 43

3-Point GOALS: Kenton 4-17 (Cornell 2, Eversole & James); Riverdale 3-14 (Davis 2, Miller).

rebounds: Kenton 21 (Cook 7); Riverdale Morris 7).

turnovers: Kenton 14; Riverdale 17.

junior varsity: Riverdale, 47-45.

LIMA PERRY 78

ADA 49

ADA — Lima Perry’s Chazz Jackson scored a game-high 22 points as the Commodores defeated Ada 78-49 in a nonleague boys basketball game Saturday.

Phillip Coulson’s 19 points fronted the Bulldogs (1-5), who led 18-17 after one quarter. Brandon Hull added nine points and six rebounds.

Brayden Knight had 17 points for Lima Perry (5-1).

LIMA PERRY (5-1)

B. Knight 7-0–17, Yingst 1-3–5, W. Knight 6-0–12, Jackson 10-0–22, Riley 3-2–9, Gordon 1-0–2, Simpson 0-2–2. TOTALS: 32-60 8-12 — 78.

ADA (1-5)

Swaney 2-0–5, Ennis 0-1–1, Coulson 8-0–19, Hull 3-3–9, Cook 3-0–9, Conley 1-0–2, Miller 1-2–4. TOTALS: 18-50 6-11 — 49.

Lima Perry 17 24 19 18 — 78

Ada 18 9 9 13 — 49

3-Point GOALS: Lima Perry 6-13 (B. Knight 3, Jackson 2, Riley); Ada 7-24 (Cook & Coulson 3, Swaney).

rebounds: Lima Perry 41; Ada 21 (Hull 6).

turnovers: Lima Perry 16; Ada 20.

junior varsity: Lima Perry, 52-27.

RIDGEMONT 67

ARCADIA 36

MOUNT VICTORY — Ridgemont took control of the game early and dominated late in rolling to a 67-36 win over Arcadia on Saturday in nonleague boys basketball action.

Mason Stuck’s 15 points led a balanced Ridgemont attack as the Golden Gophers built leads of 19-10 after the first quarter and 37-23 at the half. Connor Martino scored 14 points, Landon Newland tossed in 11 and Grant Reppart had 10 in leading Ridgemont to its fourth win in five games.

Josh Cassell scored eight points and Evan Cohee had seven for Arcadia, which had a three-game winning streak snapped in falling to 3-2 on the season.

ARCADIA (3-2)

Cassell 4-0–8, Boes 1-3–5, Rader 3-0–6, Stoner 1-0–2, Guillen 2-0–5, Scott 0-2–2, Cohee 3-1–7, Peace 0-1–1. TOTALS: 14-7–36.

RIDGEMONT (4-1)

Streets 2-3–8, Patterson 2-0–4, Martino 6-2–14, Reppart 5-0–10, Newland 5-0–11, Stuck 5-3–15, Elasser 1-0–2, Skaggs 1-0–2, Underwood 0-1–1. TOTALS: 27-9–67.

Arcadia 10 13 4 9 — 36

Ridgemont 19 18 14 16 — 67

3-Point GOALS: Arcadia 1 (Guillen); Ridgemont 4 (Streets, Newland, Stuck 2).

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