Persistence paid off for the Wapakoneta Redskins on Tuesday.
After showing signs of improvement in recent weeks, the Redskins broke through with a win Tuesday to end a 10-game loss streak.
Led by Keaton Metz’s 25 points and Jarrett Koch’s five 3-pointers, Wapak sank 13 3s total and scored a season-high Tuesday in their 81-62 win over the Ada Bulldogs in a non-league varsity boys basketball contest at Wapakoneta High School.
Despite their 1-13 record entering Tuesday’s game, the Redskins were expecting a favorable outcome against Ada, the bottom dweller in the Northwest Conference.
Wapak varsity coach Doug Selvey viewed Tuesday’s victory as any other.
“A win is a win,” the coach said. “Any time you get a win it’s a great thing. It’s true. It was about getting (win) No. 2 and continuing from there.”
The Redskins led 21-9 after the first period.
Metz scored Wapak’s final 10 points before halftime, as the hosts led 43-34 after Ada scored 25 in the second period.
Metz tallied nine of his team’s first 12 points to start the third period, his final coming at 4:52 left in the period to give him 25 for the game, his final total.
The Redskins led by 18 after the third period, 65-47, and extended their lead to 20 and more at times in the fourth before the final margin settled at 19.
After hitting a 3-pointer in the first period, Koch heated up in the second half Tuesday, sinking two 3s in each period of the second half.
Metz sank four 3s himself in Tuesday’s game.
The 25 points were a season high for Metz.
“Keaton did a great job,” Selvey said. “He did it a lot of different ways tonight. He took the ball to the hoop, he had some open shots. He got it going early. That’s a credit to him.
“He’s a great kid. The good thing about Keaton is he’s only junior. We’ll get in a good offseason for him and he’ll get better on a daily basis.”
Koch finished with 15 points, all coming on his five 3-pointers.
“Jarrett’s done an excellent job,” Selvey said. “We’ve been working with Jarrett on getting more space, more time to get off his shot. That’s something he’s keyed on in practice. I’ve seen him work on it. Anytime Jarrett can get space like that, he can hit open 3s. That’s what happens when you put up 15- or 20,000 shots in the offseason. We’ve got to find shots for him. Credit Kodi and Ethan for finding him on numerous occasions.”
Wapak’s guards — namely Metz, Ethan Good and Kodi Morgan — routinely found Koch for open looks in the second half.
“When they beat their man, someone has to help and we find an open shooter,” Selvey said. “That’s a credit to them. They found those guys. They were able to set their feet and hit shots.
“We’ve got quick guards. We’ve got to utilize that more often.”
The Redskins’ Adam Henderson was solid on offense Tuesday, scoring 14 points and going 5 for 5 from the free-throw line.
Austin Dumbaugh paced Ada with 16 points.
Despite the strong performance offensively, Selvey felt his team could still stand to improve defensively in order to play a more well-rounded game.
“Defensively, I’d like to continue to get better,” he said Tuesday. “Our on-ball defense was subpar today. I’d like to see a game when we put everything together. We can do even better then.”
The win put Wapak’s record at 2-13 overall.
The Redskins will pursue another win Friday in a Western Buckeye League matchup on the road against the St. Marys Roughriders.
The junior varsity game was canceled and the varsity game started at 6 p.m. in order to get travelers home before the bulk of last night’s snowstorm arrived.