BY JOHN SCHAFFNER
Top seeded and fifth-ranked Toledo Central Catholic got hot, and that wasn’t good news for the Port Clinton boys’ basketball team’s hopes of moving on to seek a District Title to go with their Sectional Championship.
Central moved their record to 21-4 in a 68-49 win over Port Clinton Thursday night at Lake High School in the District Semi-Finals. Central made 10 3-point shots and that was the difference in the game. It’s the third straight year Port Clinton has lost to Toledo Central Catholic in the District semi-finals.
The two teams played it close over most of the first two quarters, but Central pulled away late in the first half to grab a 33-23 lead going into the locker room. Central then went on a big run to start the second half to determine the outcome.
Adam Thorbahn ended his record-setting career with 23 points to lead the Redskins in scoring. Scrappy Owen Auxter added 12 points for the game.
“Overall it was great for us to be playing our best basketball at the end of the season winning 6 straight heading into the Central Catholic game,” said Coach Ryan Hicks. “I’m proud of this senior class for accomplishing back to back sectional championships after we hadn’t won any in 12 years before last season.
“These seniors have meant everything to this program over these last four years. When they came in as freshman our program wasn’t in a good place and they are the main reason we’ve gotten this thing turned around,” said Hicks. “They’ve been extremely great kids to coach, and they’ve all been amazing on and off the court. They have been great role models for the future classes of Port Clinton.”