By Cort Reynolds
Ada Herald Writer
COLUMBUS GROVE - Host Columbus Grove raced to a 10-2 lead and cruised to a 57-34 victory over Ada in a boys Northwest Conference contest Friday night.
The Bulldogs of Ada dropped to 5-12 and 1-6 in the NWC with their fifth straight defeat, while the Grove Bulldogs improved to 12-6 and 5-2 in league play, good for second place.
Junior Spencer Archer led Ada with 11 points, nine of which came in the first half. Grove 6-6 junior Will Vorhees topped all scorers with 15 points.
Grove led 14-7 after one period on the strength of three three-point field goals. A left-handed shot by Vorhees inside put CG up by nine before Archer canned a triple from the top of the key to cut the deficit to 16-10 early in the second stanza.
Derek Rieman then scored two baskets and Chase Darbyshire added a field goal to rebuild the host Bulldogs lead to a dozen with 5:30 left in the half.
Two Archer foul shots were answered by a traditional three-point play inside by Vorhees. An inside basket and a jumper from the right elbow by Archer got Ada within 29-16 at the halftime break.
A putback by the 6-4 Rieman opened the second half. Freshman playmaker Brayden Sautter buried a right wing trey and two Archer foul shots kept Ada within 33-21 with 6:14 left in the third period.
Senior Mason Acheson nailed a trey and a pair from the charity stripe as the visitors stayed in striking distance. After two Vorhees foul shots, Gabe Sutton drained a three-pointer with just under a minute left to slice the deficit to 39-29.
Grove powered inside for another short shot and a 12-point margin heading to the final quarter. CG then extended their run to 9-0 by scoring the first seven points of the fourth period. Austin Dumbaugh tallied an old-fashioned three-point play to make it 48-32.
Vorhees and Acheson traded post-up baskets, but Grove ran off the last seven points of the night as Darbyshire converted four straight foul shots to provide the final margin of 23.
CG outscored Ada 16-5 in the final stanza to pull away. It was the second straight NWC game where Ada scored 34 points.
Darbyshire contributed 14 points to support Vorhees. Acheson tallied eight markers, Sutton scored seven, Dumbaugh five and Sautter three to round out the Ada scoring.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 7 9 13 5 34
CG 14 15 12 16 57
Ada plays at non-league county rival Hardin Northern (3-13) Saturday, Feb. 9. They are 3-5 on the road and 2-7 at home this season.