Friday Round-Up: New Knoxville rallies in 4th quarter, Minster falls to ninth-ranked Fort Recovery

Action from around the area on Friday:


NEW KNOXVILLE – Going into the fourth quarter the Parkway Panthers held an eight- point lead, but the New Knoxville Rangers turned on the offense to outscore the Panthers 26-7 in the final eight minutes to win, 51-41.

Parkway at New Knoxville boys basketball photos

The key point in the fourth quarter occurred with three minutes left when Luke Bates went in for a shot and was called for a charging foul. Tanner Bates of Parkway was whistled for a technical. Jake Allen stepped to the line and hit both free throws to cut the New Knoxville deficit to 40-38. On the next possession Allen sank two more free throws with 1:37 left to tie the game at 40-40.

“That was a six-point swing,” Panthers head coach Will Snyder said. “That was a really tough call on us under the basket. We caught the ball and came down and were called for a charge and we let emotion get away from us. We would have been up six and with that call they tied the game.”

The Rangers gained their first lead of the quarter with 1:23 left when Adam Howe knocked down one of two free throws. Following a basket by Howe with 46 seconds left, New Knoxville sank 4 of 6 free throws to go with an Andrew Arnett basket for the 10-point victory.

In the game the Rangers were 17 of 20 from the line. Jake Allen was 10 for 10 from the line and  led all scorers with 26 points and seven rebounds, while Matt Heindel led the Panthers with 18 points and five rebounds.

“Jake had a great game for us tonight and that is what a good senior leader does,” Fledderjohann said. “He was tough and put the team on his back.”

The Rangers (8-8, 2-4) will travel to Lima Temple Christian tonight, while Parkway (1-16, 0-6) will entertain St. Henry next Friday.


MINSTER — Minster found a way to stay close in the first half but Fort Recovery pulled away en route to a 53-43 win.

Wade Gelhaus led all scorers with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Elijah Kahlig had 17 points for the Indians.

Brandon Hoying led Minster with 17 points. Devon Poeppelman finished with eight points and ten rebounds. Adam Niemeyer added seven points and three assists.

The Wildcats shot just 12-of-39 (30.8 percent) from the field while the Indians made 20-of-47 (42.7 percent).

“They do a great job defensively there,” Minster head coach Mike Lee said. “It seems like you get past the first wave but their kids are always in the right position. It’s just frustrating when you have guys that just can’t finish and we had that tonight. It started early and continued right through the next 31 minutes.”

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Ryan Hoyng scored 21 points and Aric Fickert added 17 points as Celina won its third straight Western Buckeye League game over Shawnee on Friday. The Bulldogs improve to 3-3 in the MAC and 7-9 overall. Celina outscored Shawnee 22-13 in the first quarter and 23-13 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs shot 52 percent from the floor.

Marion Local cut down a 20-point DSJ lead to two points in the third quarter, but Curtis Geise took over late. Geise scored 27 for the Blue Jays, who are 5-1 in the MAC. Adam Bertke scored 16 for the Flyers.

MAC Boys Basketball

  • Del. St. John 53, Marion Local 41
  • Versailles 55, Coldwater 38
  • Ft. Recovery 53, Minster 43
  • New Bremen 60, St. Henry 53
  • New Knoxville 51, Parkway 41

WBL Boys Basketball

  • Celina 62, Shawnee 54
  • Defiance 45, Van Wert 31
  • Elida 71, Ottawa-Glandorf 64
  • Bath 80, Kenton 53
  • Wapakoneta 63, St. Marys 49