It wasn’t pretty but the Bucyrus Redmen accomplished something the program hadn’t done in nine years.
The Redmen scored the first 10 points and never trailed to defeat the Mohawk Warriors, 65-50, in a non-league game at Alex Kish Memorial Gymnasium.
The win was the 10th on the season for Bucyrus, a total the program hasn’t seen since Todd Martin’s 2004-05 squad finished 11-10.
“This got us to 10 wins,” Bucyrus coach Tony Rose said. “The kids are kind of excited about it. That was one of their goals going into the season, but not their only one.”
Bucyrus (10-7) led 15-5 at the end of the first quarter, with Greg Patrick and Brian Snouffer hitting 3-point shots and the defense holding the Warriors to one for 11 shooting from the floor.
“We had a slow start,” Mohawk coach Mike Mathey said. “We came out pretty flat to start the game. We were down 11 at half and lose by 15. That was the difference.”
The Warriors never recovered, although they were also unable to get over the hump. Mohawk (3-14) got as close as seven in the second quarter, at 20-13, on a basket by Brayden Dunlap. But the Redmen moved back out to 24-13 at intermission.
It was 26-20 on a basket by Mitch Parker with 5:11 left in the third quarter. However, Bucyrus went on a 13- 5 run to period’s end to push the lead back to 39-25, with five different Redmen scoring in the frame.
“We held them to 13 points in the first half and I thought we played so-so defense,” Rose said. “I told them to imagine what they could do if they played good defense all the time.”
The Redmen led by as many as 16 in the fourth quarter and the Warriors got as close as eight. But Bucyrus won what turned into a free throw shooting contest in the final period as the teams combined to attempt 31 foul shots in the last eight minutes.
“You can’t have a lull in the first period,” Mathey said. “You have to come in ready to play.”
Snouffer led four Bucyrus players in double figures with 17 points. Patrick had 16 with four 3s and Austin Williams had 12. Darrien Hedges had 10 points and seven rebounds, while D.J. Dagher had also had seven boards.
Parker had a game-high 18 points for Mohawk while Hunter Fitschen finished with 10.
“We never should have given up 25 points in the fourth quarter,” Rose said. “They hit 3s because we didn’t get out to contest the shot. We’re so tentative. We just kind of get to them.”
“One thing is the kids never give up,” Mathey said. “No matter what the situation, they play hard. We just have to learn to play consistently from start to end.”
Bucyrus (7-10) also won the junior varsity game, 48-42. Bailey Johnston had 16 points to lead the Redmen. Tyler Pummell had 14 to top Mohawk and Justin Morter added 12.