MINSTER 61, RUSSIA 53, OT
MINSTER — The Wildcats boys basketball team gives Minster head coach Mike Lee a bit of a sweat this season after having three close games. Minster forced Russia into overtime Saturday night and came out on top, 61-53.
Minster was down 34-44 with 3:44 left in the fourth quarter and went on a 12-2 run to send the game into overtime. Senior Adam Niemeyer started the rally with his outside jumper to come within four. Then two back-to-back triples from senior veteran Devon Poeppelman forced the Wildcats into overtime.
Minster had all the momentum heading into the extra four minutes of action. The home team got off to a quick start with two free throws from Niemeyer and then a steal and a three-point play from Brandon Hoying.
Minster stretched its lead to eight points with free throws at the 1:05 mark. A wide open Andrew Knapke down low gave the Wildcats a 58-49 advantage and they held on to comeback and win their third game of the season, 61-53.
“We were dead in the water many times late in the fourth quarter and again you have to give credit where credit is due,” Lee said. “We had some kids really step up and hit big shots when we needed to, to get us back in a situation.”
The Wildcats went 17-of-25 from the charity stripe making 11-of-17 free throws in overtime to help capture the non-league victory.
Minster had four players in double digits. Poeppelman led all scorers with 22 points. Niemeyer had 16 points. Wolf posted a double-double with 13 rebounds and ten points. Hoying finished with 11 markers.
Treg Francis and Trevor Sherman led Russia with 12 points apiece. Nolan Francis had 11 points.
Minster improved to 3-0 overall and will start Miwest Athletic Conference action Friday when they travel to St. Henry.
ST. MARYS 43, PIQUA 35
The St. Marys girls basketballt team earned its first win of the season to improve to 1-4.
The Riders host Kenton Thursday night at 6 p.m.
MINSTER 35, TROY 31
TROY — The Minster girls basketball team found its rhythm Saturday afternoon waiting patiently for the right shot and things started to fall. The Wildcats defeated the Troy Trojans 35-31 in non-conference action and picked up their fourth win of the season.
“We had a little pre-game talk about just how we had to be patient,” Minster head coach Nann Stechschulte said. “I think overall in general we showed a lot more patience.”
Minster finished the game committing just three turnovers and Troy had 12 turnovers.
Richard led Minster with 11 points. Fischer and Geiger each had seven points.
The Wildcats improved to 4-1 overall while the Trojans fell to 1-4 on the season. The Wildcats host Midwest Athletic opponent St. Henry Thursday at 6 p.m.