University of Toledo’s Savage Hall pitted the Toledo Scott Bulldogs
against Toledo St. John’s. In years past this match-up would have been
a raucous event with fans from both schools filling the house. Last
night, however, it was a tame evening with the Titans prevailing over
the Bulldogs, 67-51.
TOLEDO – The second game of the Toledo City League doubleheader at the University of Toledo’s Savage Hall pitted the Toledo Scott Bulldogs against Toledo St. John’s. In years past this match-up would have been a raucous event with fans from both schools filling the house. Last night, however, it was a tame evening with the Titans prevailing over the Bulldogs, 67-51.
The Titans started out the evening in surprisingly strong form. Building an early 23-6 lead, the Titans found the Bulldog zone defense to their liking.
“We may have stayed in the zone too long,” said Scott coach Joe Suboticki, “but they (St. John’s) have not shown that they were a good shooting team from outside and playing a zone was our best chance of winning. Tonight, however, they were able to hit early.”
In the second quarter the usually disciplined Titans began to play erratically and the Bulldogs fought their way back into the game. The Titan fortunes began to look ominous as their post players began to pick up fouls and their guards began to put up ill-advised shots. The Bulldogs managed to pull within 8 of the Titans by halftime but it would prove to be as close as the Bulldogs would come.
After the break the Titans found their stride. Behind a balanced offensive surge, St. John’s put some distance between themselves and the Bulldogs by outscoring Scott 22-11 and, by doing so, put the game out of reach. Six different Titans scored in the quarter as the Titans again found the Scott defense easy going.
“We haven’t learned yet to play defense,” said coach Suboticki. “We have been looking for it all year and still haven’t found it. Maybe before the season is over.”
Despite the rather easy victory, the exacting Heintschel, was less than pleased on his team’s performance.
“Our shot selection was not the best, particularly in the latter stages of the first half, and we played out of control at times. We still have a ways to go and need to get better play out of some of our big men.”
On a positive note for the Titans, nine players contributed to the offensive performance by scoring points. Only junior Michael Taylor hit double figures with 13 but other three other players, Aaron Koonce, Jay Springs and Andrew Schaetzke all hit for 8 and two, Cheatham Norrils and Tim Kynard scored 7.
For the Bulldogs, senior transfer David Sweeney was the game’s leading scorer with 16 but he was virtually shut down in the second half as he scored only 4 points. Owen Dotson scored 11 for the Bulldogs with 7 of his points coming from the charity stripe.
St. John’s victory keeps them on the heals of Libbey for the league’s top seed in the playoffs but, due to their head-to-head loss to the Cowboys, the Titans must hope for the Cowboys to stumble.
The Bulldogs fall to 5-6 but maintain slim hopes in the league playoff chase at 4-4.