Terrors too much for Wolverines

Zach McGraw prepares to put up a jump shot during a game against Otto-Eldred at Sheffield High School, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Otto-Eldred opened the game with a 12-0 run and never looked back, rolling to a 74-27 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Terrors were dominant on both sides of the court, holding the Wolverines to just four points in each of the first, second and fourth quarters.

“We’ve got a lot of young players,” Sheffield coach Mike Knapp said. “When things don’t work right away, they tend to make poor decisions and try to force things.”

Matt Dunham’s field goal with 2:35 to play in the first was the first points for the Wolverines, who trailed 20-4 after the first stanza.

Jordan Sherwood started the first quarter run with a pair of three-pointers, but Otto quickly showed it had the ability to play any type of game. The Terrors spent the early part of the first quarter shooting from the perimeter, then started feeding Cameron Grigsby in the low post. Grigsby had a distinctive size advantage over the Wolverines.

Sheffield's Cale Albaugh puts up a shot against Otto-Eldred on Wednesday.

“We have to become stronger (in the post),” Knapp said about compensating for the size difference. “We have to work hard to box out and match physicality.”

Trey Dalton’s four layups in the first half demonstrated the Terrors could drive the lane as well.

The Terrors led 37-8 at halftime.

The Wolverines had easily their best stretch coming out of the locker room. Sheffield scored 15 points in the frame, including three-pointers from Cale Albaugh and Tyler Hepinger, but couldn’t stop the Otto offense and trailed 56-23 heading into the fourth.

Grigsby had a game-high 18 points and Dalton (15) and Sherwood (12) were also in double figures for the Terrors.

Hepinger, a freshman, had a career-high 10 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals. Dunham had six points, four assists and three steals.

Knapp said it will be important for young players like Hepinger to continue to develop since the team is lacking depth due to injury.

“(Growth) is going to be huge,” he said. “Hepinger’s only played one year (of organized basketball). The young guys have to grow up on the court.”

The Wolverines are back in action Friday when they host Smethport.

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OTTO-ELDRED (74)

Drummond 1-0-0-2, Chase Sebastain 0-0-0-0, Sheeler 3-1-2-7, Smith 1-0-0-2, Close 0-2-6-2, Grigsby 9-0-0-18, York 1-0-0-2, Cole Sebastain 4-1-3-9, Connelly 2-0-0-4, Dalton 6-3-5-15, Reed 0-0-0-0, Sherwood 5-0-0-12

SHEFFIELD (27)

Dunham 2-2-2-6, Albaugh 1-0-0-3, Davidson 0-0-0-0, Kyler 1-2-4-4, Hepinger 4-0-0-10, McGraw 0-0-0-0, McNeal 0-0-0-0, Laufenberger 1-0-0-2, Camp 0-0-0-0, Benson 0-0-0-0, Filegar 1-0-1-2

By Quarters

Otto-Eldred 20 17 19 18 – 74

Sheffield 4 4 15 4 – 27

Three-point FGs: Otto-Eldred (2) – Sherwood 2 Sheffield (3) – Hepinger 2, Albaugh

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JV OTTO-ELDRED 40, SHEFFIELD 26

Sheffield’s junior varsity team outscored Otto-Eldred in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to make up a 19-point halftime deficit as the Terrors defeated the Wolverines, 40-26.

Hunter Russo led the Wolverines with nine points, while Nolan Albaugh had seven points.

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OTTO-ELDRED (40)

Schoonmalher 1-0-0-2, VanScoter 0-0-0-0, J. Rinehart 0-0-0-0, Murphy 4-0-0-8, J. Rinehart 4-0-6-8, Schuessler 0-0-0-0, Smith 3-1-4-7, Merry 5-1-2-13, Bell 0-2-2-2

SHEFFIELD (26)

Johnson 2-0-2-5, Benjamin 0-0-0-0, Vinopal 0-0-0-0, McNeal 0-0-2-0, Russo 4-1-3-9, Young 0-0-0-0, O’Donnell 2-0-0-5, Lester 0-0-0-0, Albaugh 3-1-2-7

By Quarters

Otto-Eldred 14 9 6 11 – 40

Sheffield 3 3 10 10 – 26

Three-point FGs: Otto-Eldred (2) – Merry (2); Sheffield (2) – Johnson, O’Donnell

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