LAMOILLE — The visiting Paw Paw Bulldogs took control early Friday night, pushing out to a 23-7 lead after eight minutes en route to a 71-46 Little Ten Conference victory over the LaMoille/Ohio Lions on Senior Night in LaMoille.
LaMoille’s two seniors are Anthony Lovgren and Preston Powers, who scored 10 and nine points, respectively, for the Lions in their last game played at LaMoille High School.
Paw Paw went 8 of 13 from the field, including 3 of 5 from long range, in building a 16-point lead at first quarter’s end.
The Bulldogs went up by as many as 25 points, 37-12, early in the second quarter, then again, 46-21, at the break, as the visitors took control.
Paw Paw outscored LaMoille/Ohio, 19-10, in the third frame to push the visitors’ lead to 34 points with eight minutes left to play.
The Bulldogs’ lead ranged between 25 and 34 points during the fourth quarter.
L/O reserve guard Brad Davis drilled a three-pointer off the bench with 3.5 seconds to play to complete the scoring on the night, as the Lions ultimately fell to the Bulldogs by 25 points, 71-46.
LaMoille sophomore Josh Gross paced the Lions with 15 points, including three treys.
“Good team. They’re big, they’re quick,” said acting L/O head coach Curt Folk, filling in for Brent Kalso, who is on medical leave. “I thought we missed a bunch of layups early that could have maybe swung the tide a little bit or made it more even. Gotta be able to be strong enough to make those shots. But, good team tonight. Paw Paw’s good. They’ve got good shooters. They’re a good team.”
Paw Paw’s five starters accounted for all but nine of their team’s total points. Sharp-shooter Nicholas Siemers led the way with 25 points, followed by Trevor Oros (11), Jonathan Jenkins (10), Wes Kaiser (8) and Justen Penman (8).
The Bulldogs won the battle of the boards as well, 31-19.
• L/O’s freshen-sophomore squad held on late to earn a narrow 42-38 win in the preliminary game. Jacob Tudor went 6 of 10 from the field to lead the Lions with 12 points, followed by Gross (7), Derek Debruhl (6) and Nathan Boosum (6). ... LaMoille/Ohio’s make-up game with the Newark Norsemen was cancelled again on Thursday night because of heavy fog in the area.