Swanton boys bow out of tournament


Fall to Stritch, 57-46

By Max Householder - [email protected]



Swanton’s Cole Mitchey converts a hoop in the paint Friday versus Cardinal Stritch in a Division III sectional final played at Wauseon. The Bulldogs saw their season come to an end with a 57-46 loss to the Cardinals.

Swanton’s Cole Mitchey converts a hoop in the paint Friday versus Cardinal Stritch in a Division III sectional final played at Wauseon. The Bulldogs saw their season come to an end with a 57-46 loss to the Cardinals.


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Nic Borojevich of Swanton drives on Cardinal Stritch’s Tommie Taylor Friday night. Borojevich finished the game with 25 points.


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Swanton had trouble containing the dynamic athletes from Cardinal Stritch, the main culprit being that of junior guard Christian Burton whose 26 points helped propel the Cardinals to a 57-46 win over the higher-seeded Bulldogs Friday in a Division III boys basketball sectional final at Wauseon.

“Well, we not only had a quickness mismatch on him, we had a quickness mismatch on every guy they have,” said Swanton Coach Bruce Smith after the game. “And my big fear that came true was that they would get ahead of us and spread us out — which they did. We just had a real tough time covering them. It’s the only time in 23 games where somebody was over 51 on us. And it wasn’t like it was 90 or anything, it was 57. Couple that with the fact we just couldn’t generate enough offense. They were better tonight than we were.”

Breon Hicks’ layup as the third quarter closed gave Cardinal Stritch a 41-30 advantage going into the fourth. They maintained a double-digit lead on Owen Carter’s drive and score that made it 45-35 with 6:18 remaining.

The Bulldogs started to claw their way back into it from there. First Kayden Davis scored inside, Cole Mitchey then added two free throws, and a Luc Borojevich fadeaway jumper trimmed the margin to four.

Burton made good on a pair from the foul line, but 1 of 2 from Nic Borojevich plus his jumper saw Swanton within three (47-44) at the 2:37 mark.

“Well we got to the basket and we got to the free throw line,” said Smith on what keyed the Dogs’ run late in the game. “We still didn’t get many baskets tonight. I don’t know how many we had. But we went from 11 down to 3 and most of those were free throws. Then we had a three that they disallowed that I thought was good. What are you gonna do, you can’t argue it, they didn’t count it.”

Stritch would close the game on a 10-2 run.

Burton’s drive to the hoop, a Bulldog turnover, and Tommie Taylor’s two free throws made the difference seven (51-44) with 1:38 to go. Four straight from Burton raised the lead north of 10.

Closing out the scoring was a putback by Nic Borojevich and two free throws by Carter. For Swanton (20-3), Nic Borojevich led the way with 25 points.

Five straight from the Bulldog senior in the second quarter, including a three, allowed them to tie the game at 14 with 6:31 before halftime. The two remained deadlocked after a pair of deuces by Burton with free throws from Davis and Luc Borojevich in between.

However, the Cardinals grabbed the lead on a putback from Hicks plus Carter’s jumper. Burton tacked on two more at the line and Owen Yost split a pair, extending their lead at 25-18 with 2:46 left in the half.

Cole Mitchey and Nic Borojevich would make the halftime margin four, as Mitchey scored down low and Borojevich went 1 of 2 at the line.

The Dogs could get as close four points in the third but that was all, and the Cardinals led by 11 at quarter’s end.

Once Coach Smith and the players have time to digest the abrupt end to their season, they will be able to look back and take in just how special the 2021-22 campaign was. A 20-win season, unblemished league record, and first outright Northwest Ohio Athletic League title in 40 years are all things they can look back on and cherish.

“Great season,” said Smith. “This one hurts for a few days — no doubt. But it can’t take away what we accomplished in the first 22 games. I told them as long as I’m here we’re gonna continue to build on that.”

Swanton’s Cole Mitchey converts a hoop in the paint Friday versus Cardinal Stritch in a Division III sectional final played at Wauseon. The Bulldogs saw their season come to an end with a 57-46 loss to the Cardinals.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/02/web1_Mitchey-hoop-inside.jpgSwanton’s Cole Mitchey converts a hoop in the paint Friday versus Cardinal Stritch in a Division III sectional final played at Wauseon. The Bulldogs saw their season come to an end with a 57-46 loss to the Cardinals. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Nic Borojevich of Swanton drives on Cardinal Stritch’s Tommie Taylor Friday night. Borojevich finished the game with 25 points.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2022/02/web1_Borojevich-drives.jpgNic Borojevich of Swanton drives on Cardinal Stritch’s Tommie Taylor Friday night. Borojevich finished the game with 25 points. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest
Fall to Stritch, 57-46

By Max Householder

[email protected]

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.