Fourth Quarter Blitz Propels Archbold Boys to NWOAL Title

The lead-in to the Archbold at Wauseon boys’ basketball game Friday night had everything you could ask for in regular season-ending matchup.  Two talented long-time rivals tied at the top of the league standings with unblemished 6-0 records meeting to decide who would wear the NWOAL Crown for the 2020-2021 season. 

For the first three quarters and two minutes into the fourth, the contest was equal to the pre-game hype as the visiting Blue Streaks and the Indians battled back and forth.  Four times the game was tied and six times the lead changed hands and it appeared the outcome would come down to a final shot. 

However, with just over six minutes remaining and the score knotted at 33, Archbold’s DJ Newman hit a 10-foot jumper over Wauseon’s Connar Penrod, Trey Theobald put in a lay-up and Alex Roth scored on a short bank shot to give the Streaks a quick six-point lead.  The scoring burst continued, leading to a 19-4 run to give the Blue Streaks a 52-37 victory and the NWOAL Championship. 

The 15-point margin was in no way indicative of how close the game truly was.  Archbold held leads of five, one and two points at the end of each of the first three quarters respectively, but Wauseon struggled on the offensive end in the fourth and the Streaks took full advantage.

Newman’s 21 points led all scorers with most of the damage coming in the first three periods.  Roth took over the Archbold scoring duties in the fourth, racking up 11 of his 14 points and Ashton Kammeyer added nine.  Penrod topped Wauseon with 12 points, Isaac Wilson had nine and Tester Jones scored eight.

With the title victory, the Blue Streaks finishes the league schedule at 7-0 and moves to 18-4 for the season.  The Indians drop to 6-1 in the NWOAL for second place and 17-4 overall.  Next on the schedule for both teams is the OHSAA tournament.  Archbold will host the winner of the Delta-Liberty Center on February 27th at 7:30 PM. Wauseon will host the winner of Wapakoneta versus Celina on February 26th at 7:00 pm.

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