BY JOHN SCHAFFNER
In the first three minutes of Saturday night’s Port Clinton-St. Mary’s basketball game it was pretty clear that senior Adam Thorbahn, pink shoes and all, was on his game. He scored all 16 of Port Clinton’s points to start the game as the Redskins rolled to an early lead.
By the time the smoke cleared at the end of the first half, Thorbahn combined his inside and outside game for 26 points, two-thirds of the Redskins 39 points. He finished with a career-high 35 points in his team’s 64-25 rout of the Panthers.
“Adam came out and was very aggressive early and put his stamp on the game right away,” said Coach Ryan Hicks after the game. “He led us and allowed the other guys to follow his lead, which was what we saw in the second half as our other guys were able to knock down shots for us.”
Thorbahn’s performance helped the Redskins break a four-game losing streak that included a close defeat the night before against Willard.
“We needed a game like this,” said Coach Hicks, “where we shot the ball well after dropping four straight close games where we didn’t necessarily shoot the ball very well. Hopefully, this gets our confidence back and allows us to go on a winning streak moving forward.”
Port Clinton pounded in the nail with a 19-0 run to start the second half. The whole team put the clamps on the Panthers, allowing only five total points in the second half. Thorbahn is now just one point behind Hall of Famer Lee Horne in career points and less than 100 points behind P.J. Colston.
Coach Hicks’ Redskins now stand at 7-7 on the season. They play at Toledo Bowsher on Thursday and host Eastwood onSaturday night.