Ada boys tame Tigers in sectionals
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 11:42 AM
KENTON - Ada outscored spunky Waynesfield-Goshen 39-18 in the second and fourth periods and went on to post a 64-50 win in boys Div. IV sectional first round action at Kenton Tuesday night.
Sophomore playmaker Brayden Sautter led the Bulldogs with 15 points, while sophomore guard Blake Willeke netted 14 and senior post Austin Dumbaugh added 10.
"We had pretty balanced scoring with three guys in double figures," noted 12th-year Ada head coach Chris Sautter.
The Bulldogs (6-16) stopped a five-game slide with the victory, and advance to the sectional finals Friday at 6:15 p.m. vs. top-seeded arch-rival USV (21-1).
W-G ended its season on a seven-game losing streak to finish 3-19.
"We forced some turnovers with our pressing defense and hurried them," said Sautter. "The 23-10 second quarter was big for us."
Ada doesn't normally press, but decided to fullcourt pressure the Tigers, and it led to several steals and transition baskets.
"It was more the matchup," explained Sautter of the reason behind pressing. "We also needed to find a way to not come out so flat."
Waynesfield rallied from a 42-27 deficit with a 15-6 run to end the third quarter. Matt Spillman hit his second straight trifecta to start their splurge.
A traditional three-point play inside by Wes Beard and another Spillman trey cut the lead to 47-40. After Dumbaugh split a pair at the foul line with 3.4 seconds to go, the Tigers gained a little more momentum.
They executed a full-court pass to Matt Motter, who caught it, turned and banked in a 13-footer at the buzzer.
"We were ahead 15 but let up a bit, and then the three-pointer is the great equalizer to get back in the game," Sautter explained.
A Motter foul shot was disallowed for a lane violation that would have cut the Ada lead to 49-44 with 6:28 remaining. The Bulldogs then capitalized on the miscue as Grant McBride drained a key right wing trey.
Sautter then sped coast to coast and sank a layup to put Ada ahead 54-43 with 4:55 to go.
Spillman canned a apir at the stripe and Jeron Hennon splashed a high-arching, left wing triple to get W-G within 54-48 with 3:50 left to play.
Spencer Archer buried an eight-foot lane jumper off a nice pass from Willeke with three minutes to go. Willeke then sank a layin from a good Dumbaugh diagonal dish to end any thoughts of a Tiger comeback at the 1:28 juncture.
Sautter drilled four free throws in the final 1:07 and Willeke added two more to provide the final margin of 14.
Tiger Lake Turner nailed a pull-up three in transition to open the contest, the first of eight W-G triples.
Dumbaugh got Ada on the board inside via a Willeke assist. Sautter drove the length of the floor for a layin and Levi Bass canned a short bank shot for a 6-3 edge.
W-G took the lead back with consecutive baskets, yet Sautter drained a triple from the top of the key.
Turner then nailed a trey, followed by a trifecta and a fast break layup from Spillman. The 8-0 Tiger flurry gave the blue and gold their biggest lead of the night, 15-9.
Four Ada foul shots and a huge block by Archer of a shot high off the backboard got the 'Dogs within 15-13 after one period.
In the second stanza, Spillman started off by canning a right corner triple. McBride tallied a foul line jumper and Willeke posted up inside to net a layin.
Shawn Crawford hit a short left baseline jumper to put W-G ahead 20-17. But then Bulldog pressure began to rattle the Tigers.
Willeke banked in a running one-footed southpaw shot. Then a driving finger roll by Sautter gave Ada the lead for good, 21-20.
Willeke converted a pair at the line, and then Dumbaugh stole the ball and drove in for a short banker and a 25-20 margin.
Turner canned a fast break layup, yet hustling Blake Ansley swiped the ball and drove in for a nice hanging finish.
Dumbaugh posted up and banked in a leaner. Freshman Owen Conley drained a three from out top for a 32-22 cushion at the 2:14 mark.
Turner stopped the 7-0 flurry with a basket and a foul shot. But Archer finished a layin off a Conley steal. Then after holding for the last shot of the half, Ada executed well. Sautter drove the lane for a floater just before the halftime horn to give the Bulldogs a 36-25 lead at intermission.
The purple and gold took control by ending the half on a 19-5 run.
Bass started Ada off well in the third period by hitting a basket and a conventional three-point play on a power layup. A Willeke steal and layup gave the Bulldogs a 45-30 bulge before the plucky Tigers began to rally.
But it was too big of a hole to dig out of.
"We did a better job on Spillman in the fourth quarter," said Sautter, whose club held the W-G guard without a basket over the final nine minutes.
Spillman hit five treys and led all scorers with 21 points. Turner added 11 as the only other Tiger in double digits.
Ada canned 19 of 25 from the foul line (76 percent) while W-G converted just six of 15 at the charity stripe (40 percent).
"Thankfully, they didn't shoot well from the free throw line," Sautter admitted. "It was nice to have some extra bodies like Blake and Owen off the bench to give us more depth. You need more bodies to press."
Ada also beat the Tigers 60-51 on the road Jan. 11.
Ada now has a chance to avenge a sectional final upset to the Rams two years ago, as well as tarnish their impressive season with a possible upset, Friday night.
USV ended the regular season on a 20-game win streak, with their last loss coming December 10 at Carey, 68-57.
"There is no pressure on us, and a lot of expectations on that side," Sautter noted. "If we get off to a good start, we can play free and loose."
Sautter observed that USV is difficult to attack since they change defenses often. "A key is how we counter-act what they do defensively. Their size can be a problem for us. They have some size and length, and some shooters.
"Defensive rebounding will be huge for us," Sautter continued. "Our kids will have some confidence after playing a close game over there. It was tied going into the last minute. But we have to play a full 32 minutes, not 31."
The Bulldogs nearly upset their nemesis Rams in early January before falling at McGuffey, 60-55.
The sectional final winners advance to the Wapakoneta district semifinals March 4.
Ada 64 (6-16)
Sautter 5 4-5 15, Willeke 4 6-6 14, McBride 2 3-4 8, Dumbaugh 3 4-6 10, Bass 3 1-2 7, Archer 2 0-0 4, Lehsten 0, Ansley 1 1-2 3, Conley 1 0-0 3.
Totals: 21/19-25/64. 3-pointers: Sautter 1, McBride 1, Conley 1.
W-G 50 (3-19)
L. Turner 4 1-2 11, Hennon 2 0-0 5, Beard 1 1-2 3, Motter 2 2-8 6, Lowe 1 0-0 2, Spillman 7 2-2 21, Crawford 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 18/6-15/50. 3-pointers: Spillman 5, L. Turner 2, Hennon 1.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 13 23 12 16 64
W-G 15 10 17 8 50
Last Friday, Ada concluded its regular and conference season with a 72-33 loss at Paulding (16-6, 5-3 NWC) under a barrage of Panther three-pointers.
Spencer Archer led the Bulldogs with 10 points. Ada ended up ninth in the nine-team league at 0-8. Crestview won the NWC at 8-0 and finished 22-0, ranked first in the final Div. IV state AP poll.
In its last non-league game, Ada lost at Temple Christian 59-54 February 18 as they made just nine of 22 at the foul line. Willeke topped the purple and gold with 18 points. The Bulldogs ended up 2-8 on the road and 3-8 at home.