BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans varsity boys basketball team returned to action Friday night and rallied for a fourth-quarter comeback win over the Fort Loramie Redskins.
The Redskins led for the first three quarters but couldn’t quite hold on as Botkins stole the lead in the final minutes and came out with a 58-51 victory in a Shelby County League battle at Botkins High School.
The Redskins were only up 25-23 at the half but outrebounded the Trojans the entire first half.
Fort Loramie’s intensity allowed it to pull away 37-31 starting into the third quarter.
Botkins junior Gabe Lawrence found a way to knock down a much-needed 3-pointer to send the Trojans on a short run of their own to get them back in the game.
The run didn’t last long as the seconds ran out in the third quarter and Fort Loramie snuck back into the lead.
With three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Trojans had managed to make up some ground and only trailed by a point.
At that point, Trojans senior Tyler Egbert took over and finished some crucial free throws to pull them ahead.
He wasn’t the only one to convert steals into points, however. Senior Ethan Zimpfer and junior Seth Hoying sunk their free throws as well.
Overall, varsity coach Brett Meyer was very pleased with their shooting percentage from the line and the hustle the boys contributed.
“We were 16-for-20 from the free throw line, and came out shooting a lot better the second half,” he said. “Our boys knew we were going to be in for a dog fight and they stepped up to the challenge.”
The Trojans are back in action again at 6:30 tonight at New Knoxville.