CASTALIA – Stefan Daniels got things started and Drew Fodor finished the job Friday as Port Clinton defeated Margaretta 55-50 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.
Fodor scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter. The Polar Bears’ Toby Miller scored in transition off his own steal for a 46-42 advantage but the Redskins scored the next six points, including a 3-pointer from Carter Rumball.
Fodor scored off an assist from Rumball for a 51-48 lead and followed with two free throws.
“The last full week of scrimmages he was sick,” Port Clinton coach Von Graffin said. “He played 19 minutes and had nine fouls last weekend. We put him back inside and he did nice things. He’s healthy.
“Carter is a gamer. You expect big-time players to make big shots in big games.”
Fodor said he’s at about 90 percent after battling flu-like symptoms.
“We stuck with it and fought back,” he said. “After they punched us, we punched back. We got it inside. We gave up some easy baskets not finding a body on the boards. Those were on us. We hit free throws under pressure.”
Margaretta led 11-2 in the first quarter as freshman Angelo Frias scored four of his 13 points.
“We didn’t execute late like we need to,” Polar Bears coach Steve Keller said. “At times we played well and at others we got hurt on the glass and by the 3.
“We had a poor third. Our guys battled but we have to finish at the rim and make the extra pass.”
Frias showed flashes of his potential to make plays around the basket throughout.
“(Frias) will be a heck of a player,” Graffin said.
Margaretta (1-2, 0-1) scored five points in the third quarter.
Daniels scored all 15 of his points in the first half, including 13 in the second quarter. He injured his ankle early in the third and didn’t return.
“Once we started shoving the ball inside, Stefan couldn’t be stopped,” Graffin said. “We could have thrown in the towel with the leading scorer going out. We grew up some more. I hope we get Stefan back. He makes a big difference inside.”
Daniels scored off assists, a few nice moves in the post and a 3-pointer in the second quarter. Port Clinton (2-1, 1-0) took its first lead at 34-33 early in the third quarter off a putback from Fodor.
“We’re starting to share the ball and understand the game,” Graffin said. “This league is well coached. They’re going to know our strengths and weaknesses. When we share, it makes us tough to defend.”
Dylan Bailey played his first full game after returning to the lineup against Lakota this week. Bailey, who scored 12 points Friday, broke his ankle during the football season.
“He’s improving every day,” Keller said. “He’s still not 100 percent.”