Bulldogs Rough Up Riders
This one was over as soon as it started.
The St. Marys Roughriders boys' basketball team was roughed up in their own home as the Defiance Bulldogs scored at will and limited opportunities for the Roughriders on the offensive end in a 53-33 Western Buckeye League match on Friday night.
Overall, the Roughriders (8-11, 2-5 WBL) shot 1-of-13 from the field overall and just 3-of-24 from the field in the entire first half, leading to just seven points.
Even more concerning, the number of offensive rebounds for St. Marys, which was a staggering one, compared to Defiance's (9-9, 4-3) 20 overall rebounds in the first half.
In the meantime, the Bulldogs were making their shots.
After missing the first two shots followed by two turnovers, Defiance scored on its next three possessions to take a 7-3 lead with 4:24 left in the opening quarter and 9-3 after one.
But the Bulldogs poured it on in the second quarter, scoring on three of the first five possessions as part of a 17-4 run for a 24-7 lead with 3:10 left in the first half.
St. Marys did not score a point in the last 4:56 of the half as the Bulldogs ended the second quarter scoring the final 12 points for a 29-7 halftime lead.
The only quarter the Roughriders enjoyed success was in the fourth quarter with four three-pointers — three from Jacob Grannan — and a 20-9 outscoring. The Riders — who trailed by as many as 31 points to open the fourth quarter — closed the game in half at 48-24 at one point in the final stanza.
St. Marys shot 8-of-17 from the field in that final quarter. The Roughriders mustered just five field goals in the first three quarters of the game.
The Roughriders were without leading scorer Derek Jay — who was held out due to back spasms.
St. Marys has lost four straight after winning six of eight.
Grannan ended the night with a team-high 11 points, followed by Drew Jacobs with seven.
Defiance was led by freshman Will Lammers with 16 points, followed by 10 points from Michael Menendez.
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