MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview’s schedule has been front-loaded with
outstanding teams, but Fort Recovery may be the best of them all. The
Indians gradually built up a 25-point lead Saturday night, then held off
a furious fourth-quarter Lancer rally for a 72-59 win at the Barnyard.
Recovery, which starts all five of the seniors on its roster, is 6-1.
Lincolnview, which has only one senior in its regular rotation, is 4-6.
a coach, you like playing those great teams, like Continental,
Ottoville, Wayne Trace and now Fort Recovery,” said Lancer coach Brett
Hammons. “You find out the character of your guys. Our guys battled
tonight, and they’ve battled every game. They’re gonna lay it out there
for all four quarters. These games will make us better as a team.”
by some fine 3-point shooting (6 of 9), the Indians controlled the
first half and went into the locker room leading 41-22. Fort Recovery’s
inside/outside threat of Micaiah Cox and Matt Bihn already had 9 and 11
points, respectively, at that point.
“We didn’t do a very good job
of staying in front of the basketball or getting back,” said Hammons of
Lincolnview’s first half woes. “We didn’t close out real well. Our main
focus was try to stop Cox down low, but other players started to make
shots. It just made it difficult to guard.”
Cox powered and
finessed his way inside for 11 third-quarter points, and the Indian lead
was 59-34 after 24 minutes. Lancer sophomore Ethan Kemler scored 10 of
Lincolnview’s 12 points in that period, his buckets coming on two
layups, courtesy of nice assists from senior Ryan Rager and junior
Chayten Overholt, and three mid-range shots.
drastically in the fourth quarter, which was dominated by Lincolnview.
The Lancers landed five 3-pointers — two by sophomore Zane Miller and
three by junior Caden Ringwald. The margin got as close as nine — 65-56
when Ringwald rattled in a triple with 3:05 left. However, Binn then
ended any dreams of a Lincolnview win by swishing a three from the right
wing, the only Fort Recovery triple in the second half, and canning a
layup on a nifty baseline drive — 70-56, Indians, at 1:39. The home team
won the fourth quarter 25-13 while shooting 8 of 15 from the floor,
including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.
“Their pressure gave us some
issues to start the game, but we tried to adjust the game plan at
halftime,” said Hammons. “Their press was giving us problems, but we
also weren’t getting the ball to the middle of the floor. In the second
half, when we got the ball to the middle of the floor, good things
happened to us.”
For the game as a whole, Fort Recovery was superb
from the field — 52 percent (29 of 56), including 54 percent (7 of 13)
from three. Lincolnview shot 42 percent (22 of 53) from the field, 50
percent (6 of 12) from long range. The Lancers had a free throw shooting
edge — 75 percent (9 of 12) to 64 percent (7 of 11). Fort Recovery won
the boards 33-23. The teams each had 14 turnovers.
Cox and Bihn led Fort Recovery scoring with 24 and 19. Kemler and Ringwald had 21 and 18 for Lincolnview.
The Lincolnview junior varsity team is now 8-2 after its 47-35 win.
FORT RECOVERY (72)
Caleb Martin 4, Travis Sutter 7, Matt Bihn 19, Jason Roessner 4, Micaiah Cox 24, Ryan Braun 6, Payton Jutte 7, Cade Wendel 1.
Caden Ringwald 18, Ryan Rager 2, Ethan Kemler 21, Chayten Overholt 9, Isiac Bowersock 1, Tristin Miller 2, Zane Miller 6.
Fort Recovery 19 22 18 13 - 72
Lincolnview 12 10 12 25 - 59
shooting: FR 7/13 (Bihn 3, Braun 2, Jutte, Sutter), LV 6/12 (Ringwald
4, Zane Miller 2). Rebounds: FR 33, LV 23. Fouls: FR 13, LV 14.
Turnovers: FR14, LV 14. JV score: Lincolnview 47-35.