LEXINGTON - Despite falling at Lexington Saturday, Columbian coach Bill Beaston said his Columbian Tornadoes are heading in the right direction.
The Minutemen won, 59-53, but for the second night in a row, the TC coach was pleased.
"We're peaking at the right time," Beaston said. "We preach that this is a process. I'm happy with where we are, where we're going. We're close to being there."
Mason Willeke scored 16 points for the Minutemen (14-6), who jumped out to a 21-12 lead after one quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the game.
Columbian got within striking distance in the fourth quarter, outscoring Lexington 18-12 in the final eight minutes.
"I think we had it down to four," Beaston said. "It was one of those games where they took control. We were never really out of it, but never really get close to challenge for a tie or the lead."
Bryce Lonsway led Columbian with 24 points, hitting four 3s. In his last two games, Lonsway has scored 46 points.
"It's three pretty solid games in a row [for Lonsway]," said Beaston, counting Tuesday's game with Fostoria. "He's in a groove. I think all of our guys are hitting a groove. Bryce not only continues to shoot well but continues to distribute the ball."
Derek Dryfuse also had a strong game for TC, scoring 17 points as the Tornadoes slipped to 6-13.
USV tops No. 5 Old Fort in OT
McGUFFEY - Upper Scioto Valley got a putback as time expired in overtime Saturday to clip No. 5 Old Fort 65-63.
Old Fort (18-2) led 39-29 at halftime, but the Rams forced overtime by outscoring Old Fort 29-19 in the second half.
Dalton Perry led the Stockaders in the loss with a game-high 32 points, along with seven rebounds.
Hunter Perry tallied 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and Brad Bannister turned in 12 points and five steals.
Rams turn back Royals
UPPER SANDUSKY - The rally came too late Saturday for Wynford as Upper Sandusky claimed a 55-47 North Central Conference victory.
Upper Sandusky (11-8, 7-3 NCC) led 44-25 after the third quarter, but Wynford doubled up the Rams 22-11 in the fourth quarter.
Trent Howard keyed the Rams with 18 points, five assists, five rebounds and four assists.
Carson Mittermaier added 12 points and eight boards, Joe Reile had 10 points and four assists and Cody Clifford chipped in nine points.
The Royals (8-11, 5-5) got 15 points and 10 boards from Todd Carter and 13 points, five assists and three steals from Michael Powers. Mason Davis turned in nine points and six rebounds.
Bucks turn away Bucyrus
NEW WASHINGTON - Austin Wurm and Cade Kaple each approached a double-double Saturday as Buckeye Central slogged its way past Bucyrus 38-20.
Wurm turned in game highs of 12 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks (12-7), and Kaple tallied eight points and eight boards.
That was practically all Buckeye Central needed, as the Redmen (4-15) went just 7 for 34 from the field.
Garber-led Wildcats triumph
VANLUE - Zach Garber registered a double-double Saturday to fuel Vanlue's 43-39 win over New Riegel.
Garber pumped in 28 points and hauled in 16 rebounds for the Wildcats (14-5).
Brandyn Reinhart's 12 points and seven boards keyed the Blue Jackets (16-3). Korey Williams backed him with nine points.
Trio sparks Arcadia
FOSTORIA - Three Arcadia players each scored at least 12 points and hauled in seven rebounds Saturday in a 51-39 win over St. Wendelin.
Casey Mock's 17 points, seven rebounds and four steals sparked the Redskins (2-17), who doubled up the Mohawks 18-9 to turn an 18-16 halftime lead into a 36-25 advantage.
Hayden Ramsey chipped in 13 points, eight boards and four steals and Shae Watkins tallied 12 points and seven boards.
Gabe Walters gave St. Wendelin (6-13) 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists. No other Mohawk scored more than six points. Brady Rutter snared three steals.
Tigers can't maintain quick start
MANSFIELD - Seneca East got off to a great start Saturday at Mansfield St. Peter's, but couldn't sustain it and fell to the Spartans, 67-59.
The Tigers (10-9) outscored St. Peter's 16-9 in the first quarter, only to see the Spartans win the second quarter, 23-9, and take a 32-25 lead into the half.
Despite a tremendous effort from Seneca East post Ben Hahler, who had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Seneca East wasn't able to stay with St. Peter's, which out-boarded it 27-18.
Ethan Caudill had 13 points for the Tigers, while Nate Phillips had 11.
Early hole dooms H-L
RAWSON - Cory-Rawson held Hopewell-Loudon to just two points in the first quarter and the Chieftains never recovered as the Hornets raced off to a 54-42 win.
Grant Risner netted a game-high 24 points while adding 11 rebounds for Cory-Rawson.
Tyler Harris scored another 17 points for the Hornets (10-9).
Tyler Imes tallied 16 points and 14 boards for the Chieftains (10-9). Alec Gregg scored 11 points and Adam Black had eight points, six boards and three steals.
Garrett Sendelbach added four assists.