As the high school hoops season turns the corner to the second half we have some interesting storylines developing.
There is a SIX-WAY tie for the top spot in the WBL at the 1/3 pole of the league season. Defiance, Celina, OG, Van Wert, Elida and Bath are all 2-1.
Celina and Defiance, at this point, have the strongest resumes. Celina has beaten two of the other five leaders (Defiance and OG), as has Defiance (Bath and Elida).
Meanwhile Bath has defeated Celina and OG has knocked off Van Wert.
The Cougars and Elida don't own any wins over the others and they square off Friday night at the Cougar Den. You can hear that game here on 1150 WIMA.
The other big game in the WBL Friday night will be Ottawa Glandorf at Defiance. With Elida and Bath still ahead, it behooves the Titans to win this week.
I don't know if they'll end up winning the title, but I sure was impressed with Bath this past Friday night.
I know the team they beat (Wapakoneta) isn't very good but the Wildcats were utterly dominant for long stretches of the game, seemingly toying with the 'Skins.
Taren Sullivan appears to have taken his game to another level from even earlier this season, Colin Gossard is a legitimate top-shelf player and Andrew Renner has emerged as third scorer and dangerous outside shooter.
The Wildcats can really apply some pressure with a bunch of athletes on the floor and are really brimming with confidence.
In short, I'm high on the Wildcats right now and I think their Saturday night matchup with L.C.C. should be highly entertaining (it'll be here on WIMA as well).
Speaking of the T-Birds, they tasted defeat for the first time Friday night at the hands of Crestview.
Damian Helm gets a ton of the credit for his 25 point effort but the Knights' ability to withstand the 'Birds on-ball pressure defense was the key to victory. Cam Etzler's play was the biggest factor in my mind.
The Knights followed up the big win over L.C.C. with another win over an undefeated team Saturday night, knocking off Arlington, 54-36.
As for the T-Birds...don't worry about them, they'll use that loss to get better. Coach Frank Kill and company already put the loss behind them with a beatdown of Versailles Saturday night, handing the Tigers their first loss.
And finally on the high school hoops front, how about some love for Perry!
Coach Matt Tabler has a great one-two punch with Bruce Hodges and Jared Poling and the Commodores sit at 7-2 and 3-0 in the NWCC.
The February 7th game with USV could be the de-facto conference championship game for Perry.