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01-31-04: Bath no match for Celina


It’s hard to say whether the Lima Bath offense was that bad, or if it was the Celina defense playing that well. Either way, Bath shot just 16-percent from the field in the game and Celina rolled to a 69-21 win on Friday night at the Fieldhouse in Western Buckeye League action.
The Bulldogs improve to 10-3 overall on the season and 3-2 in the WBL while Bath continues its downward slide to 1-10 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Bath never could find a rhythm on offense hitting on just 7-of-44 shots from the field (0-of-11 on three-pointers) while scoring just one point in the first quarter and two points in the third quarter.
“We came out and played good defense right from the start,” stated Celina head coach Mike Kanney. “That got us off to a really good start and that’s exactly what we wanted to do. Not only at the start, but we played great defense in the second half too. Everyone off the bench contributed on defense as well.”
While Bath was throwing up bricks for nearly the entire night, Celina rebounded from a poor shooting night in its last game against Elida.
The Bulldogs shot a season-low 27 percent in the loss to Elida last Friday, but responded with a 49 percent shooting night against Bath.
“We were disappointed after the loss last Friday, but the kids came ready to practice on Monday and worked hard all week,” said Kanney. “We worked hard on our shooting in practice all week and we shot the ball better tonight.”
Celina put Bath in a hole early scoring the games first 13 points, which was capped by a highlight reel dunk from Tim Homan. Celina’s Brian Gagle had a contested breakaway layup that fell off the rim but Homan leaped high in the air and caught the ball off the rim and threw it down with authority on the two-handed dunk bringing the Green and White fans to their feet. Homan finished with 15 points in limited action.
Fort just the second time this season, Homan wasn’t the leading scorer for the Bulldogs as fellow senior Adam Tindall paced Celina with a game-high 16 points. Tindall was also the top scorer for Celina against Kenton on Jan. 16th with 14 points.
Since Celina took control of the game early on, it allowed coach Kanney to clear his bench and the bench responded by scoring 19 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. In all, 11 different Bulldogs dented the scoring column and 11 players also grabbed at least one rebound.
Rob Grubaugh led the Celina charge off the bench with six points and seven rebounds while Brandon Wurster added six points and five rebounds
“The guys that came off the bench all did a nice job tonight and it’s nice to get everyone into the game,” noted Kanney. “We got contributions from everyone.”
Celina is back in action tonight for a Mercer County showdown hosting Coldwater.
The Bulldogs jayvee squad also made quick work of Bath as the Green and White jumped out in front 28-2 in the first half and won, 57-23.


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