Liberty-Benton’s Keaton Rath (24) lays in a basket against Leipsic’s Jaden Siefker (10), Dillan Niese (12) and Tyler Sickmiller during Friday’s game at Leipsic. (Photo by Michael Burwell)

LEIPSIC — Liberty-Benton’s Keaton Rath scored the game-tying putback with 1.3 seconds left to force overtime against Leipsic, and the Eagles used an 8-3 advantage in the extra frame to knock off the Vikings 56-51 in a nip-and-tuck Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game Friday.

Rath totaled 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (13-7, 7-2 BVC). Ben Spiess scored a game-high 19 points, while Josh Reindel added 10 points.

Drew Liffick led three Leipsic (10-9, 5-4 BVC) players in double figures with 16 points. Jaden Siefker had 13 points and Mason Brandt 11.

Neither team led by more than one point after each quarter. L-B led 12-11 after the first quarter and 23-22 at halftime, and Leipsic used a 13-12 third-quarter advantage to tie it at 35-35 after three.

LIBERTY-BENTON (13-7, 7-2 BVC)

Jenkins 1-1–4, Reindel 5-0–10, Spiess 6-4–19, Boyd 1-2–4, Dillon 1-0–2, Rath 7-3–17. TOTALS: 21-47 10-20 — 56.

LEIPSIC (10-9, 5-4 BVC)

Brandt 3-2–9, T. Schroeder 1-0–2, Siefker 4-1–13, Niese 2-0–4, Liffick 6-0–16, Sickmiller 2-2–7. TOTALS: 18-54 5-7 — 51.

Liberty-Benton 12 11 12 13 8– 56

Leipsic 11 11 13 13 3– 51

3-Point GOALS: Liberty-Benton 4-19 (Spiess 3, Jenkins); Leipsic 10-33 (Siefker & Liffick 4, Brandt & Sickmiller).

rebounds: Liberty-Benton 29 (Rath 10); Leipsic 29 (Niese 11).

turnovers: Liberty-Benton 13, Leipsic 9.

junior varsity: Liberty-Benton, 59-20.

ARLINGTON 74

ARCADIA 50

ARCADIA — Three Red Devils scored at least 15 points Friday as Arlington rolled past Arcadia 74-50 in a Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game.

Riverdale (9-1 BVC) clinched a share of the BVC crown with its win Friday over Van Buren; Arlington (16-4, 8-1 BVC) can win a share with a victory Thursday at home against Leipsic.

Bryce Gast had 20 points, Jaret Vermillion scored 19 points and Zavier Thornton had 15 points for Arlington. Ty Webb grabbed six rebounds.

Josh Cassell led Arcadia (9-11, 4-5 BVC) with 14 points. Evan Cohee had six rebounds.

Arlington (16-4, 8-1 BVC)

Vermillion 6-4–19, Comstock 0-2–2, Thornton 5-0–15, Lafferty 2-0–4, Webb 3-0–7, Gast 8-2–20, Bateson 0-1–1, Speyer 3-0–6. TOTALS: 27-57 9-13 — 74.

Arcadia (9-11, 4-5 BVC)

Stoner 2-0–6, Boes 3-1–9, Cassell 5-2–14, Peace 1-0–3, Cohee 4-1–9, Guillen 0-1–1, Sowders 2-0–4, Roberts 2-0–4. TOTALS: 19-53 5-12 — 50.

Arlington 14 24 21 15 — 74

Arcadia 8 10 14 18 — 50

3-Point GOALS: Arlington 11-18 (Thornton 5, Vermillion 3, Gast 2, Webb); Arcadia 7-15 (Stoner 2, Boes 2, Cassell 2, Peace).

rebounds: Arlington 29 (Webb 6); Arcadia 24 (Cohee 6).

turnovers: Arlington 7; Arcadia 15.

junior varsity: Arlington, 57-16.

VANLUE 64

NORTH BALTIMORE 50

NORTH BALTIMORE — Jared Kloepfer had a monster game with 27 points and 18 rebounds Friday as Vanlue thumped North Baltimore 64-50 in a Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game.

Joey Bonham added 19 points, five assists and four steals as Vanlue improved to 8-12, 2-8 BVC. Xavier Temple had four assists.

Levi Gazarek scored 24 points with six rebounds for North Baltimore (7-13, 3-6 BVC). Clayton Heineman had eight points, seven steals and three assists.

vanlue (8-12, 2-8 BVC)

Jaren Kloepfer 1-0–3, Temple 2-1–5, Jared Kloepfer 10-4–27, Ward 1-0–2, Bonham 5-9–19, Jad. Kloepfer 2-0–5, Je. Kloepfer 1-0–3. TOTALS: 22-43 14-20 — 64.

North Baltimore (7-13, 3-6 BVC)

Gazarek 9-3–24, Hagemyer 1-0–2, Jacobs 1-0–2, Clark 5-1–11, Bucher 1-0–3, Heineman 3-2–8. TOTALS: 20-55 6-10 — 50.

Vanlue 22 15 15 12 — 64

No. Baltimore 12 8 15 15 — 50

3-Point GOALS: Vanlue 6-12 (Jared Kloepfer 3, Jaren Kloepfer, Je. Kloepfer, Jaden Kloepfer); North Baltimore 4-18 (Gazarek 3, Bucher).

rebounds: Vanlue 37 (Jared Kloepfer 18); North Baltimore 21 (Gazarek 6).

turnovers: Vanlue 21; North Baltimore 9.

junior varsity: Vanlue, 62-52.

PANDORA-GILBOA 50

CORY-RAWSON 46

RAWSON — Will Huffman scored a team-high 13 points Friday to lead Pandora-Gilboa to a 50-46 victory over Cory-Rawson in a Blanchard Valley Conference boys basketball game.

Sam Norton had 12 points, Walker Macke scored nine points and Gavin Biery added eight points as Pandora-Gilboa improved to 8-10, 4-5 BVC.

Tommy Stauffer led Cory-Rawson (7-12, 2-7 BVC) with 23 points. Carson Houck had 12 points and six rebounds.

Pandora-Gilboa (8-10, 4-5 BVC)

Macke 3-2–9, Johnson 1-0–2, Krohn 1-0–2, Steiner 1-0–2, Miller 1-0–2, Huffman 4-3–13, Norton 4-0–12, Biery 3-1–8. TOTALS: 18-6 — 50.

Cory-Rawson (7-12, 2-7 BVC)

White 1-0–2, Houck 4-1–12, Zuercher 0-2–2, Stauffer 11-0–23, Lee 2-0–4, Miracle 1-0–3. TOTALS: 19-3 — 46.

P-G 15 13 14 8 — 50

C-R 14 17 7 8 — 46

3-Point GOALS: Pandora-Gilboa 8 (Norton 4, Huffman 2, Macke, Biery); Cory-Rawson 5 (Houck 3, Stauffer, Miracle).

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