Heading to Fairview to start the Green Meadows Conference season, the Rams were looking to break their two game losing streak.
Coming off back to back heartbreaking losses to Napoleon and Holgate, the Tinora Rams looked to get their foot in the door and start the GMC season with a win at GMC for, the Fairview Apaches.
Tinora loaded the busses and entered the night at Fairview High School with a 2-3 record, Fairview came in sporting a 1-4 mark.
After a first quarter battle between Tinora’a Nolan Schafer, and Fairview’s Jeffrey Smith, the Apaches had a one point lead, 10-9. Schafer and Smith both bucketed seven each in the initial quarter.
The second quarter saw the Rams defense put the clamps on Smith, for the time being, limiting him to just two points, finishing the quarter with nine. The Apache D also bottled up both Nolan Schafer and Luke Harris. Schafer ended the half with seven, while Harris, the Rams leading scorer at 14.5 PPG, was held scoreless. Fairview took a 19-16 lead to the locker room.
Midway through the third quarter, Fairview increased their lead to 27-17. After a Kris Lymanstall timeout with three minutes remaining, the Tinora Rams caught a bit of a hot spurt to end the quarter. A Tinora Eric Bohn bucket, followed by a Cole Anders three, cut the Apaches lead in half, 27-22. Another bucket just before the buzzer to end the third by Bohn cut the lead to 27-24.
Both teams caught fire in the final quarter, Fairview’s Jeffrey Smith again had the hot hand, but not before the Rams tied the game at 29-29 with five minutes remaining after a Bohn old fashion three point play.
Smith would score six more points over the next three minutes, increasing the Apache lead to 37-31.
Another Cole Anders three cut the lead to 39-37 with 40 seconds remaining. After two Apaches free throws, the Rams Schafer nailed two of his own free throws, cutting the lead to just two, 41-39, with 21 seconds remaining.
Fairview would head to the line four times over the final 20 seconds, Retcher and Karzynow sank all four free throws, pulling away from Tinora, capturing a 45-39 win.
Tinora falls to 2-4, 0-1 in the GMC. Tinora will head to Liberty Center Saturday evening to take on the Tigers.
Fairview moves to 2-4, 1-0 in league play. Fairview will travel to Pettisville.
Tinora 9 16 24 39
Fairview 10 19 27 45
Freshman Rams win 30-33. Alden Friedrickson & Adam Spychela 10 each
JV Rams with a win 33-30. Owen Ackerman with 10