BASKETBALL: L-B tops Wapak

FINDLAY — Twenty-four hours after a tip-to-buzzer win over the rival St. Marys Roughriders, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity boys basketball team found itself on the other end of the scoreboard.

The Liberty-Benton Eagles jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 55-33 win over the Redskins on Saturday night at Liberty-Benton High School.

Coached by 500-game winner Steve Williman, Liberty-Benton took a 15-6 lead after one quarter and never looked back.

“We are still learning that defensive effort has to be consistent from game-to-game, and possession-by-possession,” Wapak varsity coach Matt Bradley said. “We defended well in spurts, but overall, we were not ‘locked in’ like we were at St. Marys.”

The Eagles stretched their lead to 25-14 at the half and 43-26 after three quarters.

Liberty-Benton shot 19 of 40 (47 percent) from the floor and a solid 10 of 22 (45 percent) from three-point range.

Robbie Rucki led the Eagles with 22 points. Adam Cytlak added 10.

“Liberty-Benton did a great job of getting their shooters open in space, and credit goes to them for making them,” Bradley said.

Only five players scored for Wapak.

Jake Buzzard led the way with 14 points. Alex Greve scored 12. Travis Bertram contributed five. And Alec Temple and Adam Henderson chipped in a point apiece.

“Our two young guys, Adam Henderson and Alec Temple, continue to get better every day and played very well,” Bradley said.

The Redskins fall to 5-11 on the season. Liberty-Benton is 11-3.

Wapak won the junior varsity contest 37-30.

The Redskins return to action Friday at home in a Western Buckeye League game against the Van Wert Cougars (11-4, 4-2 WBL).