By Cort Reynolds

Ada Herald Writer

ADA - Visiting Paulding put together a 15-2 run bridging the middle quarters to break open a close game, and went on to beat Ada 63-41 in their Northwest Conference boys hoop match-up Friday night.

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The Panthers led only 19-15 with 2:55 left in the first half after Austin Cobb banked in a 12-footer, but Paulding reeled off the next six points to take a 25-15 lead to intermission. The visitors then ran off a 9-2 spurt at the beginning of the second half to take a commanding 17-point lead, and never were seriously threatened.

The Bulldogs dropped to 6-13 and 1-7 in the NWC with the loss in their home finale, while Paulding improved to 15-5 and 5-3 in the league with the victory.

"On the positive side we made 13 of 16 free throws," said veteran Bulldog coach Chris Sautter. "Our kids play hard for 32 minutes. Paulding only had two offensive rebounds the second half, but we only had one."

The first quarter was deliberate, with the Panthers holding Ada without a basket for the first 3:27 of play behind a 2-3 zone. Spencer Archer tied it 2-2 on a follow shot and after four more Panther points, Cobb stole the ball and finished a fine coast-to-coast drive with a left-handed layup.

Archer later tallied a layin off a nice Austin Dumbaugh dish with 1:22 left in the quarter to pull within 8-6. Brayden Sautter then penetrated and bounced a good diagonal pass to Mason Acheson, who banked in a layup at the buzzer to tie it 8-8.

"I thought we played about as well as we have played in a long time in the first quarter," Sautter pointed out, despite seven turnovers. "We didn't turn it over against their press. But they got steals in the halfcourt."

Athletic Panther senior Lance Foor scored six points early in the second stanza and teammate guard Kyle Kauser canned a three-pointer. But a Dumbaugh layin, an Archer bunny off another Sautter feed and an Archer foul shot kept the hosts close.

Foor answered Cobb's banker with a driving layup for a 21-15 lead at the 2:11 mark. Neil Roehrig drove through the Ada man defense for another layup. Foor then closed the first half scoring on another hard-driving basket to extend the bulge to 25-15 at the break as the visitors outscored Ada 17-7 in the momentum-charging second quarter.

Sautter opened half two by sinking a runner that cut the deficit to eight, but then Paulding ran off the next nine points to seize complete control. Julian Salinas canned a reverse layin and Roehrig dropped in a driving layup to start the decisive run.

Kauser then buried a left wing triple, was fouled and converted the rare four-point play for a 16-point cushion at the 5:59 mark. A Foor foul shot capped the splurge as the Panthers doubled up the Bulldogs, 34-17.

Acheson stopped the flurry by canning two foul shots, and Dumbaugh cashed a layup off a nice Acheson pass to make it 35-21. Kauser responded by canning a shot off glass, and 6-6 reserve post Trey Schroeder muscled in for two points with two minutes left.

Acheson drove for a bucket, Dumbaugh split a pair of foul shots and Kellen Decker canned two free throws to get the Bulldogs within 39-26.

The burly Schroeder converted a short hook and Dumbaugh finished the period with two free tosses to make it 41-28 after three periods.

Foor closed the door on any thoughts of an Ada comeback at the start of the final stanza. He nailed a pull-up 12-footer and canned a power layup. He then put in a transition layin with 6:12 remaining for a 47-28 advantage.

Sautter converted a pair of foul shots, but Foor converted a conventional three-point play inside moments later for a 52-30 margin.

Sautter bounced in a runner and Dumbaugh splashed a pair at the charity stripe to cut the deficit to 18. Salinas buried a nine-footer and Decker split two at the line.

Cobb tallied a layup off a good Sautter bounce pass, and later Decker stole the ball and sank a layup to make it 61-39.

Cobb rebounded a missed trey try by Michael Chen and banked in a back-handed layup at the buzzer to provide the final margin. Paulding outscored Ada 22-13 in the high-scoring fourth period.

The 6-3 Foor led all scorers with 22 points. Kauser contributed 11 points and Roehrig added eight.

No Bulldog hit double figures as Dumbaugh paced Ada with nine points. Cobb tallied eight and Archer seven. Acheson and Sautter each netted six markers and Decker added five.

Ada committed 25 turnovers. "We have to cut our turnovers and offensive rebounds allowed in half," said Sautter.

The Panthers canned 26 field goals to 14 by Ada, and the Bulldogs did not make a single trey.

The Ada reserves lost the JV game, 54-49. Grant McBride and Devin Peter each tallied 16 to pace the Bulldogs.



Ada 41 (6-13, 1-7 NWC)

Szippl 0, Sautter 2 2-2 6, Acheson 2 2-2 6, Dumbaugh 2 5-6 9, Decker 1 3-4 5, Sutton 0, Cobb 4 0-0 8, Archer 3 1-2 7, Chen 0, Willeke 0. Totals: 14-0/13-16/41. 3-pointers: none.

Paulding 63 (15-5. 5-3 NWC)

Foor 10 2-4 22, Vance 1 0-0 2, Kauser 3 3-5 11, Doster 1 0-0 2, Salinas 3 0-0 6, Ge. Harder 0 1-2 1, Roehrig 3 2-2 8, Gu. Harder 1 0-0 2, Strayer 1 0-0 2, Schroeder 2 1-4 5, T. Gonzales 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24-2/9-17/63. 3-pointers: Kauser 2.

1 2 3 4 F

Ada 8 7 13 13 41

Paul 8 17 16 22 63

JV: Paulding 54, Ada 49.