Ottoville head coach Tom Von Sossan isn't surprised his team lost to Antwerp Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt. The Big Green are inexperienced and still going through a learning process, and it showed in a 57-46 loss to the Archers.
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ANTWERP – Ottoville head coach Tom Von Sossan isn't surprised his team lost to Antwerp Tuesday night in a non-conference tilt.
The Big Green are inexperienced and still going through a learning process, and it showed in a 57-46 loss to the Archers.
“We took a step back tonight,” Von Sossan said. “But I'm not completely surprised. We have a lot of inexperience on the team and the guys are still learning. They are making progress, and as long as we learn from this game, we will continue to improve.”
Ottoville (3-2) owned a 5-4 lead early but the Archers seized control of the momentum with a 17-6 run that gave Antwerp a 19-10 lead at the end of the opening period.
Brad Turnwald provided a huge lift for the Big Green in the second, though, scoring 8 points as Ottoville battled back. Turnwald's layup off of a steal with 3:02 remaining tied the game at 21-21.
Turnwald finished the night with 14 points. Scott Pohlman and Andrew Koch clicked for 6 points apiece and Phil Sargent pumped in 5. Derek Miller scored 5 points as well for the Big Green, who shot 15 of 42 from the field in the setback.
Boston Horman drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put the Archers on top 30-26 at halftime.
“We were in the game,” Von Sossan said. “We played a lot better in that second quarter. We just couldn't keep it going in the second half.”
And the Archers capitalized, attacking from the inside and outside to build a commanding 44-29 advantage.
“I liked how we responded in the second half,” Antwerp head coach Scott McMichael said. “We really got after it, especially on defense, and our shots started falling again. Getting that lead in the third quarter was big for us.”
Antwerp seemed to be able to do whatever it wanted offensively, whether it was nailing a 3-pointer or driving to the basket for an easy layup.
T.J. Short lit up the Big Green to the tune of 14 points. Horman hit for 12 points and Bob Bragg, who nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the opening quarter, including one at the end of the period, finished with 11. Adam Taylor added 9 points.
The Archers, who forced 11 turnovers, connected on 20 of their 48 attempts from the field.
“They pretty much did what they wanted to do offensively,” Von Sossan said. “People will say we were a step slow tonight, and that just means we were not ready mentally for this game. We just have to keep working hard.”