BOTKINS — The Botkins boys basketball team was shooting on all cylinders Saturday night, picking up a convincing victory over the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers.
Four different Trojans hit 3-pointers in the victory, for a team total of nine 3-pointers.
W-G could not keep up with that offensive productivity, and was crushed by Botkins, 65-46.
The Trojans improve to 13-6 on the season. Friday night they had an overtime victory over Fairlawn.
Waynesfield-Goshen falls to 7-12 on the season.
Each of these teams has three games left on the schedule.
In the first half, Botkins was able to jump out to a 37-18 point lead.
This was all due to the downtown shooting of Alex Roberts, Seth Hoying, Heath Geyer and Gabe Lawrence. Between those four Trojans, they hit eight 3-pointers in the first half of action.
“It really all came down to their 3-point shooting,” said Ryan Taylor, W-G varsity coach. “When you give up 27 points like that, you probably aren’t going to do well.”
Waynesfield-Goshen also struggled from the foul line Saturday night, making any kind of comeback near impossible.
The Tigers shot 9-of-25 from the charity stripe, while the Trojans were able to fare a little better at 14-of-21 from the line.
“We’ve struggled from the line pretty much all year long, and that’s not something that will change throughout the season unfortunately,” Taylor said. “That’s the kind of stuff that gets better through offseason work. We just need to do better from the line. Concentrate, and knock them down.”
The Trojans were able to limit W-G’s Lake Turner’s productivity for three quarters, but in the fourth, Turner attempted to make it a game.
The Tigers had 16 fourth quarter points.
And Turner had all but three of them.
Jerron Hennon also had three points in the fourth quarter.
Despite Turner’s effort, the deficit was already too large, and Botkins easily took care of business.
Geyer led the Trojans in scoring with 17 points.
Lawrence and Josh Schwartz each added 10 points in the victory.
For the Tigers, Lake Turner had 15 points and Lee Turner added 11 to the total.
The Tigers take on Indian Lake on Tuesday, and the Trojans prepare for a game at Fort Loramie on Tuesday.