JEWELL – Captain Edwin Murphy once said “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong” And that about sums up the Saturday night for the Tinora Rams basketball team.
Kalida used a pressing, trapping full court press to smother the Tinora Rams en route to a dominating 67-37 win over the Rams. The Wildcats would force 22 Tinora turnovers, most of those in the first half.
Not helping the Tinora cause were two key starters, Luke Harris and Gavin Eckert, spent most of the first half in foul trouble, each collecting three fouls in the initial quarter.
Kalida dominated the initial quarter, forcing numerous Tinora turnovers, the Wildcats would lead 17-8 after one.
In a second quarter that saw both team light up the scoreboard, Kalida scoring 19 and the Rams scoring 18 points, Kalida took a 37-25 lead to the locker room.
The second half saw the Wildcats increase their lead after three to 56-28.
The Wildcats would cruise in the final quarter, finishing off the night with a 67-37 win at Tinora over the Rams.
Aiden Rittenhouse would lead the Rams with 13 points.
Kalida was paced by EJ Miller and his 17 points.
Tinora falls to 5-6 and will be back at it on Friday with a GMC game at Wayne Trace. Saturday from Tinora, the Rams will play Stryker.
Kalida improves to 8-4 and will travel to Columbus Grove on the 14th.
Kalida out rebounded the Rams 33-29
Teams combined to shoot 8-28 from the free throw line
TINORA – Eckert 0, Plassman 8, Anders 0, Rittenhouse 13, McMaster 0, Harris 9, Homier 1, Spychela 6
KALIDA – B Smith 4, Hortsman 5, Stechschulte 13, D Fersch 2, Miller 17, J Smith 10, Warnecke 16
JV Kalida 37-29
Rams Shelton 12
Wildcats Kerner 17