By MATT NYE
For The Courier
FOSTORIA — Otsego had its way inside against a smaller Fostoria basketball team as good shots and rebounds were tough to come by for the Redmen Thursday night in a 73-37 loss.
John Thomas led the Knights with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds as they improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Buckeye Conference.
The Redmen had a tough time offensively as they shot just 24 percent (12 of 49) from the floor. Senior Adonis Cousin led FHS with 13 points and six rebounds as it dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the NBC.
“This continues to very disappointing for our coaching staff,” Redmen coach Rick Renz said. “We still have guys going out on the floor that don’t know our offense and don’t know our defense. They just look lost out there. We have had a lot of practice and five games so far and its time for our people to step up and become varsity basketball players. When I see five Otsego players boxing out for an offensive rebound and then beat us down to the other end of the floor, it’s just inexcusable.”
He added: “Until we get five guys who know what they are doing and sell out, it’s going to be tough. I know we have kids that want to win. They are willing to work for it and its a very frustrating thing because we should be further along right now. We need to get improved effort from everyone on the floor.”
Otsego started the game with a 6-0 run until Dom Fuller nailed a jumper for Fostoria with five minutes left in the first quarter. The Knights were up 11-7 with under one minute remaining in the quarter when Jalen Myers hit a 3-pointer to end the quarter with momentum fully on Otsego’s side.
The second quarter belonged to the Knights as they outscored the Redmen 22-11.
After the Redmen cut the lead to 14-12 Otsego, the Knights responded with a 17-2 run that spanned more than four minutes of the second quarter.
Otsego’s A.C. Limes scored 10 points in the quarter helping the Knights create some breathing room with a 36-18 lead at halftime.
Otsego senior Ryan Smoyer put the game out of reach for the Redmen when he drilled three 3-pointers in a row in the middle of the third quarter causing Renz to call a timeout. The Knights were in total control as they were up 54-27 heading into the fourth quarter.
“He’s (Smoyer) a very talented young man because he can hit threes and he was also our leading rebounder tonight,” Otsego coach Jim Bostdorff.
“He works hard and he is a tough matchup because you’d think a kid that size can’t step out and stroke it like that. I thought in the first half he was the guy that really got us going because he really attacked the glass and got us rolling a little bit.
The fourth quarter was all about free throws because Fostoria got into foul trouble and sent the Knights to the free throw line six times in the quarter. Thomas had six of his 22 points in the fourth to finish the game strong for the Knights.
“We played very well tonight,” Bostdorff said. “We came out a little sluggish, but then decided to come out and rebound a little bit and get out and run. Our strength is our size inside and it took a little while for us to realize that.”
Smoyer also recorded a double-double as he scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the Knights while Limes added 16 points.
Drew Stennett scored eight points for the Redmen.
Rodgers 0-1—1, Miller 0-0—0, Myers 2-1—7, Downs 0-1—1, Griffin 5-0—10, Williams 1-0—2, Smoyer 5-0—14, Thomas 7-8—22, Limes 6-4—16. TOTALS: 26-49 15-24 — 73.
Cook 0-2—2, Ticey 0-0—0, V. Cousin 1-0—2, Fuller 2-2—6, Sferro 0-0—0, A. Cousin 5-0—13, Bemis 2-0—4, Hampton 0-0—0, Abell 1-0—2, Martin 0-0—0, Stennett 4-0—8. TOTALS: 12-49 4-6 — 37.
Otsego 14 22 18 19 — 73
Fostoria 7 11 9 10 — 37
3-Point GOALS: Otsego 6-13 (Smoyer 4, Myers 2); Fostoria 3-12 (A. Cousin 3).
REBOUNDS: Otsego 34 (Smoyer 11); Fostoria 25 (Fuller 6, A. Cousin 6).
TURNOVERS: Otsego 11; Fostoria 12.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Otsego, 35-30.