Turnovers key in Archbold win over Evergreen

By Joe Blystone - For the Enterprise

Was it the 15 turnovers committed by the Evergreen Vikings, many of those that cost them layups?

Or was it the fact that Archbold committed just one that keyed a victory Friday night?

The answer is that it was a combination of both, leading to Archbold’s 51-38 win over the Vikings that secured a second place finish in the NWOAL boys basketball standings for the Blue Streaks, just ahead of Evergreen.

Three straight Viking turnovers led to baskets by Bryce Williams, Austin Wiemken and a Jeron Williams triple as Archbold took a 7-2 lead.

That lead doubled as Rigo Ramos hit a triple and got inside for another to make it 14-4.

Evergreen sliced into the Blue Streak advantage as Mason Loeffler scored a putback and Josh Dowling found Nate Brighton with a lob to make it 14-8.

Again with the Blue Streaks lead doubled at 16-8, the Vikes used back-to-back drives from Dowling, and after Ramos hit another three-ball, Bryce Hudik scored on a drive and spin under the rim to get Evergreen within 19-16.

However, two straight passes that missed wide open Vikings underneath and four straight uncharacteristic misses at the foul line by Hudik and Dowling put a screeching halt to the rally.

Jeron Williams’ pull up jumper and long range bomb helped Archbold extend the lead back out to 27-18 at the break.

Eli Miller hit a pull up and a three-pointer, and Bryce Williams added a pair of hoops as Archbold opened up an 11-point lead, 38-27.

Dowling got Evergreen as close as eight with a three-point play before Archbold again padded their lead toward the finish.

Bryce Williams’ 16 points led Archbold who finished the regular season at 18-3. Wiemken added 10 points.

Brighton led Evergreen with 12 while Chandler Lumbrezer chipped in with 11.

The Vikings close the season at 12-10.

By Joe Blystone

For the Enterprise

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