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Undefeated Warriors End Norwalk's Streak

Story By: Brian Skowronski

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  Original Published: 1/29/2014

The highly anticipated showdown between state-ranked Ontario and Norwalk would not disappoint, as the 5th ranked Warriors held off the top ranked Truckers in front of a sold-out crowd 63-61.

Norwalk entered the game riding the Buckeye state's longest regular season winning streak with 57-consecutive victories, including a 14-0 start to this season. The Warriors also entered Wednesday's game at 14-0 and would quickly jump out to a 10-point first quarter lead, with a 23-13 advantage after the opening stanza.

The Truckers would then storm back with a 20-14 second quarter, fueled by 19 first half points and 6 rebounds from senior forward Jeff Thomas, to close the deficit to 37-33 at the half. In the third quarter Norwalk would take a 1-point lead on Grant Hull's only field goal of the night, but Ontario would close the frame strong to lead 51-46 heading into the final quarter.

The action would go back and forth throughout the frame, with the Truckers tying the game on several occasions, but never taking the lead. Senior guard Ben Haraway would drive the lane trailing by two with under five seconds to play and a chance to tie the score  at 63-63, but would miss a contested layup. Ontario's Josh Plieninger would pull down the rebound and had a chance to close out the game at the free throw line with under two seconds remaining, but would miss both attempts to keep it just a 2-point game.

Thomas would launch a three-quarters court shot for the win at the horn, but the attempt would come up short, ending the state's longest regular season winning streak at 57.

Thomas had a monster night in a losing effort for the Truckers, finishing with a game-high 23 pts and 16 rb's, while Haraway added 15 pts, Jordan Johnson 10.

Cameron Mack and Brandon Wagner each dropped 20 points to lead Ontario, with Tyler Boatwright chipping in with 6 pts, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Ontario finished the game 24- 45 (51%) from the field, Norwalk shot 24-56 (43%). The Warriors also owned a slight edge in rebounding 31-30, but actually lost the turnover battle for the first time all season 18-15.

Ontario improved to 15-0 with the win and takes a 1-game lead over Norwalk in the NOL title chase with a 7-0 mark. The Warriors will play a pair of road games over the weekend, at conference foe Bellevue (3-10) on Friday, then at 4-10 Madison in non- conference play on Saturday.

The Truckers slip to 14-1, 6-1 in the NOL and will travel to play 10-5 Willard in NOL action on Saturday.

Replays of the Norwalk vs Ontario game can be seen on WOHZ TV Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and again Sunday at 4 p.m.

The game will also be replayed on WMFD Friday at 7:30 p.m.

   
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