First Half Defense Carries Wauseon Boys Over Evergreen

The Wauseon Indians held the visiting Evergreen Vikings to just 11 points in the first half while scoring 25 and finished the game with that same 14-point margin in a 48-34 victory in an NWOAL boys’ basketball matchup on Friday night. 

Despite giving up some size inside to Viking big men, 6’6” RJ Shunk and 6’4” Ethan Loeffler, the Indians were able to hold their scoring to a combined six points, two and four respectively, in the first two quarters and only 10 for the game.  Wauseon was also able shut down Evergreen’s leading scorer, Evan Lumbrezer, with only two first half points and just six in the contest.

Meanwhile, Wauseon’s top point man, Jonas Tester, scored nine points in each half for a total of 18, a few points over his 14.6 PPG coming in.  Tester was the only player in the game to reach double figures.

Evergreen’s offense did finally get untracked in the second half.  The Vikings did manage to pull within six points on two occasions but a late spurt by Wauseon and 16 points in the fourth quarter sealed the win the Indians.

Besides Tester’s 18 points, Tyson Rodriguez scored nine points, including two baskets from long range.  Jude Armstrong had six points, Carson Burt had five and Krue Powers added four.

Loeffler and Eli Keifer scored eight points each for Evergreen.  Lumbrezer and Tyson Wooding had six points apiece, Brock Hudik added four and Shunk had two.

The Wauseon win puts their overall record at 9-7 and 2-1 in the league.  Evergreen falls to 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the league.

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