Butler rallies, can’t get over hump versus Piqua


Trey Sanders attempts to block a Piqua shot.


Photo by Mike Ullery/Piqua Daily Call

Zach Ledbetter defends a Piqua player driving to the basket.


Photo by Mike Ullery/Piqua Daily Call

Butler’s Nathan Stogdill attempts a steal.


Photo by Mike Ullery/Piqua Daily Call

By Rob Kiser

rkiser@civitasmedia.com

VANDALIA — For three-and-a half quarters, Piqua was completely in control against Vandalia-Butler at the Student Activites Center Friday night.

In the end, it took some clutch free throws by Bradley Hohlbein and Derrick Gullett in the final minute to preserve a 75-70 victory.

The Indians, 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the GWOC North, had led Vandalia, 2-9 overall and 0-4 in the GWOC North, by 14 midway through the third quarter before Vandalia-Butler rallied.

But, Piqua coach Heath Butler, who has seen it from his team in several games this year, understands the situation.

“This program is not where it was five years ago,” Butler said about Piqua. “We have a lot more talent on the floor now. They think they have to make a great play, when just making a good play and playing solid is good enough. They want to win so bad. It is just a matter of trying too hard at times to make plays.”

With Colton Bachman scoring 27 points on eight-for-12 shooting in the first three quarters —- including five threes — his 27 points had led Piqua to a 54-43 lead after three quarters.

Then, Butler’s Zach Ledbetter hit three consecutive 3-point field goals and Piqua’s lead was just 58-53 with 5:50 remaining in the game.

“He (Zach Ledbetter) is a really good player,” Butler said. “When he does that, you want to be able to answer that.”

With Gullet scoring four free throws and Tyren Cox getting a basket inside, Piqua built the lead back up to 69-59 with 2:59 to play.

Butler kept coming and three free throws by Brian Jenkins closed the Piqua lead to 70-67 with 57 seconds to play.

Hohlbein hit two straight free throws, Gullett — who made five of six in the fourth quarter — and Bachman each hit one of two to seal the win.

“Anytime you can get a win down here, you have to feel good,” Butler said. “This is a place where we struggled to win for a long time.”

Ledbetter had 28 points and six rebounds to pace the Aviators, while Jenkins added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Piqua was 23 of 41 from the floor and 21 of 37 from the line, while Vandalia was 28 of 59 from the floor and six of nine from the line.

Butler won the battle of the boards 32-25 and had 10 turnovers to Piqua’s 12.

BOXSCORE

Piqua (75)

Bradley Hohlbein 5-4-14, Derrick Gullett 3-5-14, Nate Monnin 3-2-8, CJ Davis 1-2-4, Colton Bachman 9-7-30, Nash Black 0-0-0, Tyren Cox 1-1-3, Brady Hill 0-0-0, Ben Schmiesing 1-0-2, Caleb Patton 0-0-0. Totals: 23-21-75.

Vandalia-Butler (70)

Noah Ballard 2-0-4, Nathan Stogdill 3-0-8, James Clark 2-0-4, Zach Ledbetter 11-2-28, Brian Jenkins 5-3-14, Bryant Johnson 0-0-0, Aaron Fields 1-0-2, Trey Sanders 0-0-0, Torin Fletcher 2-1-6, Sutton Skapik 0-0-0, Joey Depoy 0-0-0, Cameron Glover 2-0-4. Totals: 28-6-70.

3-point field goals — Piuqa: Gullett (3), Bachman (5). Vandalia: Stogdill (2), Ledbetter (4), Jenkins, Fletcher.

Score By Quarters

Piqua 16 34 54 75

Vandalia 13 28 43 70

Records: Piqua 8-5 (2-2), Vandalia-Butler 2-9 (0-4).

Trey Sanders attempts to block a Piqua shot.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/01/web1_011516mju_bb_phs_21.jpgTrey Sanders attempts to block a Piqua shot. Photo by Mike Ullery/Piqua Daily Call

Zach Ledbetter defends a Piqua player driving to the basket.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/01/web1_011516mju_bb_phs_22.jpgZach Ledbetter defends a Piqua player driving to the basket. Photo by Mike Ullery/Piqua Daily Call

Butler’s Nathan Stogdill attempts a steal.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2016/01/web1_011516mju_bb_phs_3.jpgButler’s Nathan Stogdill attempts a steal. Photo by Mike Ullery/Piqua Daily Call

Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.

Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.

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