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02-21-04: Seniors come through for Celina


On senior night at the Fieldhouse, Celina’s seniors certainly made their presence felt on Wapakoneta.
Celina’s seniors scored all but four of the team points for the Green and White as the Bulldogs rolled past Wapakoneta, 71-50, on Friday night in Western Buckeye League action.
“We’ve got nine seniors and they’re a special group of players,” lauded Celina head coach Mike Kanney. “They’ve been together since fifth grade and they’re just winners. Everybody said that I was crazy for keeping nine seniors, but they’re all good kids and they’ve all worked hard and deserved this opportunity.”
The Bulldogs improve to 15-4 on the season and 5-3 in the WBL with only their annual rivalry game remaining on the regular season slate Friday night at McBroom Gymnasium against St. Marys (13-5, 6-2 WBL) in the Battle of Grand Lake. Wapakoneta falls to 6-11 on the year and 2-6 in league play.
For the third time this season Celina senior Adam Tindall hit a career-high for points in game as the 6-5 lefty got the hot hand early and torched the nets for a game-high 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the floor. Tindall also shared the team-high for rebounds with Brian Gagle and Scott Boley (also both seniors) as the trio each collected five rebounds.
Tindall did most of his damage in the first half where he scored 15 points, including 10 in the first quarter on mid-range jumpers in the lane directly in the heart of Wapakoneta’s soft zone defense.
“Adam came out and hit some open shots and that got us going a little bit because the kids realized that and kept feeding him the ball,” said Kanney. “We didn’t know what kind of defense that they were going to play tonight because we saw them play all man against Van Wert and then zone against Bath. They played zone tonight and we beat them down the floor and got some good looks.”
Tindall wasn’t the only Bulldog that took advantage of the soft zone played by Wapakoneta as Tim Homan, also a senior, topped the double figures mark with 15 points. Homan is now 31 points shy of tying Mike Reichert for second place on Celina’s all-time scoring list. Gagle and Boley also added nine points as the Bulldogs got nine different players into the scoring column.
Celina hit 10 of its 16 shots in the first quarter for a blistering 63-percent.
“We came out ready to play and took advantage of what they gave us,” said Kanney.
It only took Celina two minutes from tip-off to start showing Wapakoneta which team was the superior squad on this night.
With the Redskins on top 5-4 with 6:56 to go in the first quarter, Celina went on a 9-2 run to go on top 13-7 forcing a Wapakoneta timeout just under two minutes later. The Wapakoneta timeout only prolonged the inevitable as the Bulldogs added an 11-2 run to close the first quarter leading 24-9 after the first eight minutes of action.
Then with 3:39 to go in the second quarter, Celina went on another run to put the game out of reach for Wapakoneta. The Bulldogs put together an 11-4 run to close the second quarter and held a comfortable 42-17 advantage at halftime.
Celina’s torrid shooting was the difference in the first half as the Green and White hit 61-percent of their shots (16-of-26) while Wapakoneta was able to convert on just 5-of-24 on its attempts (21 percent).
The shooting stayed poor for Wapakoneta until the fourth quarter when the Redskins left their starters in against all of Celina’s reserves. The Redskins ended up scoring 25 points in the final stanza, which was the exact total they scored in the previous three quarters combined.
Brett Schroeder led Wapakoneta with 14 points while Josh Steinke and Austin McCormick added 12 and 10 points. Although Wapakoneta put three players into double figures, of the 36 total points scored by Schroeder, Steinke and McCormick, half of those points came in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided.


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