BASKETBALL: Ada outshoots Wapak
Typically, a 60-percent shooting night would be cause for celebration.
But when your opponent shoots 67 percent and knocks down 14 three-pointers, well, that makes the climbing a little tough.
The Wapakoneta Redskins found out just how tough in a 70-55 loss to the Ada Bulldogs in a varsity boys basketball game Friday night at Wapakoneta High School.
Ada was playing in its first game of the season. But the Bulldogs didn’t look like it, shooting 24-of-36 (67 percent) overall from the floor and 14-of-21 (67 percent) from three-point range.
“One started hitting and somebody else started hitting and it was just contagious,” Ada varsity coach Chris Sautter said. “Everybody was shooting with confidence.”
Game. Set. Match.
“We’re not going to beat many teams when they shoot it that well,” Wapak varsity coach Matt Bradley said.
For its part, Wapak also shot the ball well, hitting on 21-of-35 (60 percent) from the floor and 8-of-13 (62 percent) on 3-pointers.
The Redskins held their ground through the half, trailing by just one, 34-33, at the break.
But Ada continued its torrid pace with a 10-2 run — book-ended by 3-pointers from Micah Roberson and Konnor Baker — to open the third quarter.
The Redskins would get no closer than five the rest of the way as Ada limited their shot opportunities.
“We started switching some things,” Sautter said. “They set that screen up at the high post and did some different things off of it. They can get you in some bad spots if you don’t jump to the ball and get over the top of that screen. So we just started switching. ... I thought defensively we played better the second half.”
Wapak was just 3-for-9 from the floor in the fourth quarter.
“We look at the scoreboard and we know that we’re down and we take quick shots because we are trying to get back into the game,” Bradley said. “But we’ve just got to get stops somehow someway.”
Baker led all scorers with 24 points despite having just three points at the half. He scored 12 of Ada’s 22 points in the pivotal third quarter.
“Our intent was make him give up the ball to the other guys,” Bradley said. “He did that and they made their shots.
“I can’t say that we didn’t follow the game plan. It was just a bad game plan, bad coaching.”
Bobby Steiner had a big night for the Bulldogs, connecting on 5-of-6 from behind the arc for 15 points.
Wapak had three players in double figures. Jake Buzzard led the way with 15 points on 6-of-10 from the floor.
Travis Bertram was 6-of-11 for 14 points. And Alex Greve scored a season-high 13 points.
The Redskins fall to 1-2 on the season. Ada is 1-0.
Wapak returns to action Friday in the Western Buckeye League opener against the league-favorite Elida Bulldogs at the Elida Fieldhouse.
In the junior varsity contest, the Redskins got nine second-half points from Adam Henderson as they turned a 24-21 halftime deficit into a 44-35 win.
Henderson finished with a team-high 14 points. Brandon Erb added nine points for Wapak.