All good things must come to end, including Sandusky's modest four-game winning streak.
The Blue Streaks finally got above .500 after Friday night's double-overtime thriller over Greater Buckeye Conference foe Napoleon, but dropped back to even on the season at 7-7 after dropping an 81-71 decision to the visiting Toledo Scott Bulldogs in non-conference action.
The loss ends a streak that saw Sandusky show improved play for coach Steve Keller, Jr., but he knows his Streaks must continue to show improvement to finish the year strong and have a shot in the GBC.
"Offensively we did some nice things, but you can't give up 81 points and win a ball game," Keller said. "Every time we had a run they were able to make a shot. We saw them Tuesday night and they didn't shoot nearly as well. Tonight they came out and they played well. We came out and just didn't get enough stops."
The Bulldogs were the mark of consistency, shooting 56 percent in each half (30 for 54 overall), including eight 3-pointers. Five-foot 11-inch junior guard Dontonio Kynard, who missed the first six games of the season for disciplinary reasons, led the Scott charge with 23 points, one of four Bulldogs (4-8) in double figures.
Freshman guard Chris Harris was right behind with 22 points. Seniors Donovan McLain and Jordan Holmes, with 15 and 10 points respectively, helped keep the Bulldogs in front the entire second half. Add in six-foot six-inch senior post Mike Jones' eight points and 12 rebounds, and the Streaks had their hands full.
"Kynard played well," Keller said. "(McLain) and (Harris) really played well, too. That athletic 6-6 kid (Jones) created some problems for us. They shot it extremely well, but I'm proud of my young men for battling and fighting."
The Streaks enjoyed several leads early in the game, and were up 14-11 after a Jay Page steal and drive for a lay up with 1:57 left in the first quarter. He missed the ensuing free throw after being fouled on the play, and after a McLain bucket and a Harris 3, Sandusky needed a baseline jumper from Tristen Jeffries to knot the score at 16-all with just less than a minute in the period.
That was the last time the Streaks either led or had a tie in the game as Scott ended the quarter with six points before a Doc Will 3 at the buzzer made it 22-19 after one. The Bulldogs then took control in the second quarter, opening up a double-digit lead at the half, 43-30. Three 3-pointers and a perfect 4-for-4 at the line, along with some strong defense, enabled Scott to build a lead it would never give up the rest of the way.
"We have a couple different looks with Kynard in the line-up," said Bulldogs coach Chris Dames. "He's able to drive and kick it to the wings, and our freshman Chris Harris is growing as he goes along. We are growing and getting confidence together. We're 3-0 this week and getting better. We're getting our heads together."
Sandusky also put four players in double figures, led by Xavier Turner with 17, Jeffries and Donald Williams with 15 apiece, and Page with 11. Devonte' Turner, who went down with an injury with 1:19 to play in the game and was carried off the floor by teammates, finished with eight points.
Keller is happy with the way his offense is playing, getting good distribution and balanced scoring. "We continue to get better at sharing the basketball," he said.
The Streaks will get a chance with two home games this weekend to continue their offensive prowess and to work on its defense, entertaining Lima Sr. on Friday and the Huron Tigers on Saturday.
Chris Harris 8-3 -- 22; Jordan Holmes 4-0 -- 10; Donovan McClain 6-2 -- 15; Dontonio Kynard 8-5 -- 23; Mike Jones 3-2 -- 8; Montrece Crosby 0-1 -- 1; Keith Carter, Jr. 1-0 -- 2. TOTAL 30-13 -- 81.
Jay Page 4-3 -- 11; Doc Will 1-0 -- 3; Delon Roldan-Johnson 1-0 -- 2; Devonte' Turner 3-0 -- 8; Tristen Jeffries 6-3 -- 15; Xavier Turner 8-1 -- 17; Donald Williams 6-3 -- 15. TOTAL 29-10 -- 71
Toledo Scott 22 21 25 13 -- 81
Sandusky 19 11 24 17 -- 71
3-pt FG: Scott 8 (Harris 3, Holmes 2, McClain, Kynard 2); Sandusky 3 (Will, D. Turner 2)
JV: Scott 66, Sandusky 64.