Willard 57, Huron 43
The Willard boys basketball team overcame a sluggish opening quarter to explode in the second half for a non-conference win over the host Tigers Saturday at Huron High School.
Huron led 19-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Flashes went ahead by a point (27-26) by halftime . The Flashes (7-2) outscored the Tigers (5-4) 48-24 through the final three quarters.
Willard got balanced scoring as Carson Ebert had 15 points, followed by Matt Cok with 13 and Hayden Adams with 12. Huron was led by Aaron Driftmyer with 11 points, while Zach Souter added nine and Ran VanCauwenbergh contributed eight.
Willard gets a measuring stick in Northern Ohio League play Friday when it hosts Norwalk (9-0), while the Tigers make the short trip to Milan to take on Edison (1-8) in a Sandusky Bay Conference game.
St. Mary CC 78, Mansfield St. Peter's 75, OT
It took St. Mary Central Catholic four quarters and then some to put Mansfield St. Peter's away for good.
It wasn't until the final 30 seconds of overtime that the Panthers (7-2) secured the 78-75 overtime win Saturday at "The Den."
St. Mary jumped out to a 20-13 lead after the first quarter, but St. Pete's Andy Bacon scored a trio of three-pointers in the second quarter to give the Spartans a 33-30 lead at halftime.
Ashland 85, Sandusky 45
Hanging in the hallway of the Sandusky boys locker room is a sign that reads: “Everyday you get better or you get worse. You never stay the same.”
After Saturday's blowout, interim coach Bobby Langdon doesn't know if he believes that mantra.
Ashland came in and shot lights out from the opening tip and cruised to an 85-45 non-conference victory over the Blue Streaks.
“I don't feel that we got better or worse,” Langdon said. “I feel that our kids just didn't play. When you get worse, you put forth the effort, but you just get worse. But if you don't put forth the effort, you can't expect any results.”
It was the Streaks (1-7, 0-3) seventh straight loss after opening the season with a win at Toledo Waite.
Fremont SJCC 54, St. Paul 53
At Norwalk, the Flyers trimmed into an early deficit, only to come up short by a point in a non-conference loss to St. Joseph Central Catholic.
SJCC (7-2) led 27-20 at halftime and 38-33 through three quarters, but the Flyers (6-3) rallied, but fell a point short.
For St. Paul, Michael Griffin scored 15 points, while Sal Sortino had 14 and Gabe Kocher added 10. SJCC got 17 points from Hunter Harrison, 15 from Connor Dudly and 10 from Jordan Sessler, who scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.
Bellevue 63, Eastwood 48
At Bellevue, the Redmen used a 32-16 scoring outburst in the fourth quarter to break open a close game and improve to 2-3 overall.
Bellevue trailed 32-21 entering the fourth quarter before leaving no doubt. The Redmen got 17 points from Charles Dendinger, along with 15 fro Mdalton Jarvis, 12 from Jalen Santoro and 11 from Derek Smith for a balanced scoring attack.
Clyde 59, Calvert 17
At Clyde, the Fliers improved to 5-3 overall with an easy win over visiting Tiffin Calvert (2-8).
Derek Gray led the Fliers with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Collin Rieman added eight points.
Oak Harbor 57, Woodmore 44
At Oak Harbor, the Rockets moved above .500 with a fast start to a non-conference win over the visiting Wildcats.
For the Rockets (4-3), A.J. Cecil scored 15 points, while Austin Wiegand added nine and Andy Rathbun scored eight.
Firelands 49, Edison 42
At Milan, the Chargers led 24-20 at halftime over the visiting Falcons, but were outscored 15-4 in the third quarter of a non-conference loss.
Shane Crooks scored 16 points for Edison (1-8), while Luke Frankboner added 14.
Western Reserve 56, Wellington 53 OT
At Wellington, the Roughriders survived for an extra session win over the Dukes in non-conference action.
With the win, Western Reserve improved to 8-1 overall. The Roughriders will look to improve to 6-0 in the Firelands Conference when they visit Plymouth (5-2, 4-1) Friday.
For more information on these games and others, see Sunday's Sandusky Register.