The Tinora Rams welcomed in their county neighbor, the Napoleon Wildcats, for a Saturday night non-conference contest.
The Rams entered after a frustrating Friday loss at Delta, while the ‘Cats had Friday off, and entered tonight at 1-1. The only Tinora win in the 11 game series came back in the old Alan Moore gymnasium back in 2017.
The first quarter was a tight battle, Owen Ackerman drove to the bucket multiple times, bucketing nine first quarter points. Napoleon’s Caden Kruse dominated inside and out, giving the Wildcats an 18-13 lead after the initial quarter.
The second quarter was not kind to Tinora. Kruse and Trey Rubinstein would lead the Wildcat attack as Napoleon and would score 18 points in the quarter, while holding the Rams offense to just 6 points. The Wildcats would take a 36-19 lead to the half.
Kruse with two thundering dunks led the way with 13 first half points, while Rubinstein nailed 10. The Wildcats defense held Tinora leading scorer Aiden Rittenhouse to just two first half points. Ackerman led the Rams at the half with 9 points.
The third quarter didn’t get any better for the Tinora basketball club as Napoleon outscored Tinora 22-8 and grabbed a 58-27 lead after three, leading to, at the time, a running clock.
The fourth quarter showed the Rams still had fight in them, even though the deficit at one time was 35, the Rams eventually fought their way back, getting the Wildcat lead to 13, outscoring Napoleon 20-4 in the final quarter.
Napoleon would come away with a 62-47 victory, but the Tinora Rams showed heart, hustle, and fight over the final eight minutes.
DELTA – Delta used a suffocating zone, trapping defense over 48 minutes as the Panthers came away with a hard-fought home win over the Tinora Rams, 45-36.
The host Panthers jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, never looked back, and never trailed on their way to win number two this early season.
The first half saw a very physical game that witnessed Delta’s Luke Reinhard erupt for 8 points as Delta grabbed a 17-8 lead over the Rams.
The second quarter saw the Panthers lead balloon to 12 points at the 7-minute mark, trailing 20-8. The Rams would start to sneak back into the game, courtesy of Aiden Rittenhouse and Owen Ackerman.
Ackerman’s three would cut the Delta lead to 22-17 with just over a minute remaining in the half, that would be the score as the teams headed to the half.
Rittenhouse would bucket nine first-half points, and Ackerman followed with six. Delta was paced by Luke Reinhard’s 10 points at the break.
After seeing Delta grab an early third-quarter lead that ballooned to 12 points, 29-17, the Rams chipped away at the Panther lead, eventually tying the game at 29-29 with Adam Spychalla’s right corner three-pointer at the 2:05 mark of the third quarter.
Delta would answer right back with a basket and a foul shot by Luke Reinhard at the 1:30 mark of the quarter, giving the Panthers a 32-29 lead, a lead that Delta would never relinquish. The Panthers would exit the quarter with a 33-29 lead.
Unfortunately for the Rams, the shots would not fall over the final eight minutes, Delta would outscore the Rams 12-7 in the final period, staking claim with a 45-36 home victory.
Delta’s Justin Ruple would bucket 10 points, his driving, and slashing to the basket in the second half keyed the Panthers win.
Tinora’s Aiden Rittenhouse would exit the game midway through the fourth quarter, fouling out, limiting the struggling Tinora ice-cold offense even more. Rittenhouse would lead all scorers with a game high 17 points.
The Rams fall to 0-2 to start the 2023-’24 season. Tinora will host Napoleon on Saturday night, 12/9.
Delta improves to 2-0 and will travel to Montpelier to take on the Locos Saturday night, 12/9
Junior varsity game was won by Delta, 40-21. The leading scorer for Tinora was Alden Friedricksen with 12, and for Delta, Derek Sargent with 10.
WEST UNITY: The Tinora Lady Rams basketball team picked up their first win of the new season with a dominating road performance at Hilltop.
Tinora used a strong defensive effort, and a great second quarter on the way to a solid 65-32 win over the Cadets.
Tinora’s fantastic defensive effort by Addison Lee and Julia Durfey held first team Buckeye Border Conference member, and possible player of the year, Libbie Baker to just on field goal, and six free throws for eight total points.
After Hilltop’s Baker collected two quick fouls in the first 2 minutes of the game, she was held on the bench by Hilltop coach Bill Williams until the four-minute mark in the second quarter.
The Lady Rams opened an 11-9 lead after the initial quarter. A tough, in the face defense by Coach Thiel’s Lady Rams forced multiple turnovers by the Cadets in the first eight minutes.
The second quarter saw Tinora turn more Cadet turnovers into points as they outscored Hilltop 21-6, grabbing a 32-15 lead as they headed to the locker room.
Tinora was paced in the first half by Addison Lee and Karli Okuley, each had nine points for the Lady Rams. Hilltop was led by Brynn Rodriguez with fie first half points.
The second halfstarted with a Karli Okuley steal and layup, the Lady Rams were off and running again in the third quarter. Okuley would finish with 11 points on the night. Addison Lee would remain hot for the Lady Rams in the third quarter, driving and scoring, Lee would add 13 second half points on her way to a career high 22.
The Lady Rams would exit the third quarter with a 49-22 lead, outscoring the Cadets 17-7, grabbing a commanding lead. The quarter was plagued with fouls by both teams, neither team seemed to be able to find a constant rhythm with all the whistles in the second half.
The fourth quarter saw the Lady Rams starters exit midway through, on their way to a 65-32 win over a solid Hilltop Cadets team.
The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game went to both Addison Lee and Julia Durfey. Lee’s career high, and Julia Durfey provided great defense against one of the area’s more dominant scorers over the last 2 seasons.
JV score: Tinora 28-18 Tinora Spangler 22, Hilltop H Jones 7
Tinora improves to 1-1 and will play host to Continental on Thursday. NOTE: JV just 2 quarters Thurs.
Hilltop falls to 0-4 and will travel to North Central on Tuesday, 12/5.
Congratulations to the below Rams football players for being votes All-Ohio for the 2023 season.
D-VI 2nd-Team LB – Grady Gustwiller
WR/TE – Brayden Roesti DB – Kadyn Radzik
From Coach Becker:
“It is a great honor to be selected as an All State player, all 3 of them are outstanding young men. They all put the team above all else, not concerned with personal accomplishments but wanted the team to succeed.
They were 3 of our 5 team captains for the past year. Such a great honor for them to leave their mark on this great program.”
The Bryan Golden Bears improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2019-’20 season in a thrilling, come from behind win over the Tinora Rams.
The Rams led all but the final 27 seconds as the Golden Bears rallied from 11 points down in the very physical fourth, outscoring the Rams 17-12 in the final quarter to come away with a 56-54 win,
Tinora held a 54-46 lead with just under three minutes to go, but we outscored by Bryan down the stretch, 10-0.
The key play down the stretch for Bryan was a steal by senior guard Jase Kepler with 27 seconds remaining, Kepler scored and was fouled. The Kepler basket tied the game at 54-54, and his free throw gave Bryan a 55-54 lead.
Tinora had a chance to answer, but a short baseline jumper with 9 seconds would not fall, Bryan’s Sam Herold would grab the rebound and be fouled. Herold, already with a game high 20 points, split the pair of free throws, increasing the Bryan lead to 56-54.
After a timeout, the Rams inbounded the ball with advanced it to midcourt with six seconds remaining. Each team would then burn a timeout, the Golden Bears would foul with 4 seconds remaining, but were not over the limit. A second attempt at the inbounds pass was successful, however a 30-foot shot by the Rams was wide right at the buzzer, the Bryan Golden Bears capped the com from behind win over Tinora.
The first half was an up and down, fast-paced game that saw Tinora’s Aiden Rittenhouse and Bryan’s Same Herold go toe to toe with each other in the scoring book.
Rittenhouse would lead the Rams at the half with 11 points, while Herold led the Golden Bears with 16, including a left corner three at the buzzer to end the first half.
Tinora held a 17-11 lead after one, and despite the Herold buzzer beater, still lead Bryan 29-26 at the half. The Rams lead after three, 42-39.
Rams freshman Josh Leib had 14 points in his varsity debut.
On a frigid Tuesday evening outside, The Bryan Golden Bears traveled over to start the 2023-’24 season inside the cozy Tinora High School gymnasium.
Coming off a 23-5 season and a Final Four trip last season, Bryan head coach Todd Grosjean entered his 17th season with his seven member senior class hoping to make a return trip to Dayton in the Spring.
Tinora second year coach Andrew Thiel, coming in off a 13-11 season, has just a two member senior class at his disposal this season, Karli Okuley and Addison Lee.
After a rough start for both teams in the season opening minutes, the Golden Bears took a 13-7 advantage into the second quarter.
The second quarter saw the Rams try to hang with Bryan, at times, the Golden Bears pressure defense got the best of Tinora, but heading to the half, Bryan held just a seven point lead, 23-16 over Tinora.
The third quarter saw Bryan keep the Lady Rams at arms length, still utilizing the pressing defense, creating multiple turnovers, the Golden Bears took a 36-28 lead at the end of the third stanza.
The fourth quarter saw Tinora cut the Golden Bears lead to seven after the first few minutes of the quarter. Unfortunately for Tinora, the Golden Bears limited the Lady Rams on the offensive end, extending the lead to as many as 17 midway through the final period.
Tinora chipped away but could get no closer than 13. Bryan came away with a 48-35 win in the season opener for both teams. Kailee Thiel would lead Bryan in scoring, while
Former Ram Anna Gray made a return back to her stomping grounds and scored nine points for Bryan.