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Cook's putback lifts Norwalk past Tiffin Columbian

Mike Greco • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

For the second straight game, the Norwalk boys’ basketball team found a way to win.

Darian Cook’s put-back just before the buzzer sounded gave the Truckers a 48-47 win over Tiffin Columbian in Northern Ohio League action Friday.

Norwalk improves to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the league. The Tornadoes dropps to 2-5 and 2-3.

“I think our young pups are growing up,” Norwalk coach Steve Gray said. “They gained some experience. It’s fun to watch.”

The Truckers trailed 22-18 at halftime, but outscored the visitors 30-25 in the second 16 minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Norwalk survived a 7-of-16 free-throw shooting effort.

Columbian took a 47-46 lead on a Jesse Hernandez put-back with 27 seconds left. The Tornadoes had a chance to extend their lead, but Jonah Boyer missed a free throw, setting up the ending.

Jacob Cashen’s shot from the left corner fell short. However, Cook ran underneath the hoop, grabbed it and sent the home fans happy.

“I thought it was going to go in, then I realized it would be short and I went to the back,’’ said Cook, who led the Truckers with 20 points. “Anytime you win, it feels good.’’

Cook put in 16 second-half points, including 10 in the third.

“I thought Darian did an outstanding job of taking the ball to the basket,’’ Gray said. “He made a great play at the end. He was on the backside and had the best angle.’’

Friday’s win was eight days after the Truckers edged Upper Sandusky 49-47.

“We all played pretty hard for four quarters,’’ Cook said. “We’re not giving up.’’

Jake Fetherolf scored eight points and Cashen chipped in with seven for Norwalk.

“It was two evenly matched teams,” Gray said. “It was a typical NOL game.’’

Norwalk shot 18-of-46 from the field and 11-of-22 from the charity stripe with 27 rebounds and 14 turnovers. Fetherolf led the way with seven boards, including four in the fourth.

Columbian countered with shooting numbers of 17-of-42 and 8-of-13, respectively, with 24 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

Jonah Boyer netted a game-high 21 points for the Tornadoes.

The Truckers completed a sweep on the night with a 67-39 reserve win.

Norwalk jumped out to a 16-9 first-quarter lead.

Michael Finch popped in 16 points, Jamison Foos had 11 and Trey Hallock and Cody Gregory added 10 apiece for the Truckers.

Norwalk returns to the floor today (6 p.m.) against Western Reserve in non-league action.



Tiffin Columbian 47

Boyer 6-8-21, Hernandez 2-0-4, Lonsway 3-0-8, Kneeskern 3-0-6, Loura 2-0-6. Totals: 17-8-47.

Norwalk 48

Haraway 3-0-6, Light 1-0-2, Cook 7-6-20, Thomas 2-0-5, Fetherolf 4-0-8, Cashen 1-5-7. Totals: 18-11-48.

Score by quarter

T. Col.    12    10    14    11 — 47

Norwalk    8    10    17    13 — 48


Tiffin Columbian 39

Spencer 2-2-7, Roe 1-0-3, Flint 2-0-4, Myers 1-0-2, Conley 2-0-4, Dye 2-0-4, Lynch 1-0-2, Mullins 1-1-3, Moore 5-0-10. Totals: 17-3-39.

Norwalk 67

Peacock 1-0-2, Finch 6-2-16, Contreras 2-0-4, Grant Hull 1-1-3, Obringer 1-0-3, Foos 4-0-11, Hallock 5-0-10, Gregory 5-0-10, McGuckin 3-0-6, Kaleb Cashen 1-0-2. Totals: 28-5-67.

Score by quarter

T. Col.    9    8    8    14 — 39

Norwalk    16    17    20    14 — 67

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