Archbold Beats Swanton to Set Up Title Match with Wauseon

The Archbold Blue Streaks took a 44-29 lead into the fourth quarter and had to weather a 14-point scoring explosion by Swanton’s Josh Vance that dropped the margin to four before finally defeating the visiting Bulldogs 60-51. 

After a close first quarter which ended with Swanton holding a slim one-point advantage at 13-12, Archbold took control of the game in the next two quarters, outscoring the Bulldogs 15-8 and 17-8, led by DJ Newman’s 15 points, all from the field. 

Swanton went to the long ball to get back into the game and hit five three-pointers, four from Vance and one by Hayden Callicotte and pulled within four points, 53-49 with 1:30 remaining in the contest.

With time running down, the Bulldogs were forced into fouling with the intention of getting the ball back, hopefully after a missed free throw.  However, the Streaks went to the line 13 times in last frame and made nine of those attempts to end the Swanton comeback.  Essentially, the game was decided at the foul line where Archbold went 17 of 23 and the Bulldogs shot just five of seven.

The Archbold win puts their overall record at 16-4, but more importantly, keeps their league record unblemished at 6-0 and sets up a winner-take-all matchup next week for the NWOAL title in Wauseon against the Indians who are also 6-0.

Newman led the Blue Streaks in scoring with 20 points.  Alex Roth had 10 points and Noah Gomez, Ashton Kammeyer and Trey Theobald (pictured) each had eight.

For Swanton, Vance scored a game-high 23 points.  Hayden Callicotte added 11 and Cole Mitchey had 10.  The loss places the Bulldog record at 3-3 in the league and 11-9 on the season.

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