BASKETBALL: Trojans trump Tigers

WAYNESFIELD — The Botkins Trojans broke a four-game losing streak with a 74-50 win over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in a non-league varsity boys basketball matchup Saturday night in Waynesfield.

The Trojans improved to 8-10 overall. The Tigers fell to 6-11.

Intense defensive pressure by the Trojans caused the Tigers to struggle during the first half of play.

W-G got into foul trouble early, with 15 in the first half, helping Botkins rack up easy points. Botkins lead 32-27 at halftime.

The Trojans made 20 out of 34 (58 percent) free throws.

The Tigers made 13 out of 22 (59 percent) free throws.

“They play an aggressive game and have aggressive guards,” W-G varsity coach Ryan Taylor said. “We weren’t moving our feet fast enough and getting close to the basket. That’s how you create fouls and that’s what hurt us.”

Despite foul trouble, the Tigers managed to outrebound Botkins 33-22, helping W-G stay in the game.

“The rebounding is something we have been good at all year,” Taylor said. “Something we need to stress more is finishing shots at the end.”

Junior forward Lee Turner lead the way for the Tigers with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Adam Bornhorst lead the Trojans with nine rebounds. Lee Turner was the only player in the game that recorded a double-double on the night.

Jacob Frank, Colton Miller and Garret Hauenstein chipped in with eight points each for the Tigers.

Botkins got a lot of help with team scoring. Four players were in double digits for the Trojans. Senior guard Tyler Egbert lead the way with 19 points, four of them from behind the arc out of the team’s seven total next to Waynesfield’s three 3-pointers. Senior guard Ethan Zimpfer helped out by putting up 15 points. Juniors Heath Geyer and Seth Hoying chipped in with 12 and 11 points.

“We had some big threes early,” Botkins varsity coach Brett Meyer said. “In the beginning we struggled a little and the threes helped us later on.”

Botkins will face the Redskins at Ft. Loramie on Friday and then host the Perry Commodores on Saturday.

Waynesfield-Goshen hopes to improve its record as it hosts the Indian Lake Lakers on Tuesday and the Mustangs at Allen East on Saturday.

Botkins also won the junior varsity contest, 62-52.