ADA - The duo of Blake Willeke and Austin Dumbaugh combined for 31 points to lead Ada to a convincing 51-33 win over visiting Pandora-Gilboa in a non-conference contest Saturday night.
Sophomore Willeke tallied 17 points and Dumbaugh scored all 14 of his points in the first half as the Bulldogs built a 16-point halftime margin and cruised to the win.
Ada improved to 4-9 while P-G dropped to 3-13.
"We got good production out of Blake and Austin tonight," said Bulldog head coach Chris Sautter. "I thought the defensive effort was pretty good; we held them to 33 points. We only gave up six offensive rebounds."
Ada took the lead on a steal and breakaway layup by Brayden Sautter in the opening seconds, and never trailed all game. A determined Dumbaugh then scored six straight points inside, but consecutive bakets by Rocket Seth Schmenk kept P-G within 8-7.
Sophomore guard Willeke took over with a conventional three-point play inside off a pretty bounce pass from senior post Dumbaugh.
Willeke nailed a short bank shot, then tallied a fast break layin off a long lead pass by Sautter to give the hosts a 15-8 lead after one period.
A left corner triple by Dumbaugh and a transition three-point play by Spencer Archer extended the margin to 21-10. Schmenk canned a left baseline jumper for a traditional three-point play of his own.
But then Dumbaugh canned a baseline-driving layup to ignite a 9-0 splurge that put the game almost out of reach. Three foul shots and a lane jumper by Archer off another good interior dish by Dumbaugh built the lead to 28-13.
Two free throws by Sautter capped the flurry as Ada took a comfortable 34-18 cushion to intermission.
Schmenk canned a lane shot and Hunter Hovest drilled his second trifecta to give P-G a little life opening the second half as they pulled within 34-23.
Willeke then posted up and made two left-handed bank shots in a row to quell any thoughts of a Rocket rally. Moments later, another southpaw shot by the right-handed Willeke put Ada in front 40-26.
Two free throws by Willeke offset a jump hook by Rocket Dustin Rieman, the senior guard playing a prosthetic lower leg, as the Bulldogs led 42-28 heading to the final stanza.
Hard-driving junior Levi Bass converted five free throws to open the fourth quarter for the victors. Sautter later canned a pair of charity stripers. Willeke fittingly notched the final Ada hoop on a layup off a fine long bomb pass by Dumbaugh.
Both teams netted just one basket in the final period, with P-G's lone goal coming via a half-hook banker by Jared Tousley.
The Bulldogs drained 22 of 29 from the foul line, good for 76 percent. P-G canned just 11 of 20 at the stripe (55 percent). Ada also sank 14 field goals to 10 by the Rockets.
"I thought we got good minutes out of everybody who played," Sautter noted.
Schmenk led P-G with a dozen points and was the lone Rocket in double figures.
The Bulldog reserves also won the junior varsity game, 39-31. Seth Evans topped Ada with 12 points.
Ada 51 (4-9)
Sautter 1 4-4 6, Willeke 7 3-6 17, McBride 0 2-2 2, Dumbaugh 4 5-6 14, Bass 0 7-10 7, Archer 2 1-1 5, Ansley 0, Lehsten 0, Conley 0. Totals: 14/22-29/51. 3-pointer: Dumbaugh 1.
P-G 33 (3-13)
Rieman 1 0-0 2, Schmenk 4 4-6 12, Schneck 0 2-4 2, Hovest 2 2-2 8, Tousley 2 3-7 7, Fenstermaker 1 0-1 2. Totals: 10/11-20/33. 3-pointers: Hovest 2.
1 2 3 4 F
Ada 15 19 8 9 51
P-G 8 10 10 5 33
JV: Ada 39, P-G 31.
Ada, 2-4 on the road, visits struggling Wapakoneta (1-13) for a non-league makeup game Tuesday, Feb. 4.
"They played Ottawa-Glandorf to a six-point game Friday night," Sautter warned. "I'd like to believe we are better than our record, so Wapak probably is too."