By ANDY WOLF
Lake quickly put a sluggish first quarter in its rear-view mirror and accelerated into a gear of a state-ranked team.
The Flyers, ranked No. 9 in the Division II state poll, got 14 points from junior Jared Rettig in the second quarter while outscoring Fostoria High School 30-7 in the period on its way to a 79-53 Northern Buckeye Conference victory Saturday night.
Rettig, who single-handedly outscored Fostoria 19-17 in the first half, finished with game-highs of 26 points and 16 rebounds.
“Rettig is just a good player,” Flyers coach Ryan Bowen said. “When he’s on, we have (Connor Bowen) find him and he does a good job of putting the ball in the basket.”
The Flyers (17-1, 10-1 NBC) opened the first three minutes of the game on a 10-2 run.
The two teams traded field goals for the rest of the quarter, with Fostoria (0-15, 0-11) working the deficit down to 16-10 after one.
“We had a few struggles turning the ball over but we didn’t just collapse. We came back and fought back,” Fostoria coach Rick Renz said. “We got in a rut in the second quarter. We couldn’t buy a basket.”
Rettig hurt the Redmen in the second period by scoring of 11 points of a 15-6 run for Lake to begin the quarter. Rettig also finished the first half with 11 rebounds.
“We came out slow and sluggish. Our unselfishness really helped the team find the open guy,” Rettig said. “Mostly, I get my work rebounding and getting putbacks. If I get an open shot, I’ll take it.”
The Redmen got a pair of scores from senior Drew Stennett during the run. But Jayden Matz had their only field goal in the final five minutes of the half.
By halftime, Lake held a 46-17 lead.
“We trusted each other in our press and transition,” coach Bowen said. “We finally turned turnovers into points. All five guys started trusting the system.”
From there, the Redmen were unable to put a dent in the lead, dropping the third quarter 21-12 to trail 67-29 heading into the final quarter.
Playing against the Flyers’ bench for almost the entire fourth quarter, Fostoria chipped away some of the deficit with a 19-4 run, but still trailed 71-48 with only a few minutes to play.
“For three out of for quarters we had a very strong showing,” Renz said. “The effort was better, but we just have get the consistent effort through four quarters.
“We have so many young kids getting substantial minutes. When you play teams like Rossford (which defeated FHS Friday night) and Lake, it’s an eye-opener.”
The Redmen finished the night shooting 41 percent (22 for 53) from the floor and committed 27 turnovers, while the Flyers made good on 43 percent (28 for 65).
“I tip my hat to Lake,” Renz said. “Coach Bowen does an tremendous job. There’s a reason why they’re ranked top 10 in the state. At this point we’ll look to put some momentum together and get a chance at a sectional championship.”
Jayden Stanton led the Redmen with 11 points, with nine coming in the fourth quarter.
Connor Bowen supplied 16 points for the Flyers, while Brandyn Neal added eight points and eight assists.
Lake won the junior varsity contest 62-43, led by Nate Permar’s 22 points. Tyler Agapiou had 11 points for FHS.
Jar. Rettig 8-8–26, Walters 4-0–8, C. Witt 1-1–3, Bowen 7-3–16, Jac. Rettig 3-3–9, Neal 3-2–8, Duncan 2-0–4, Permar 1-2–4, Abbey 0-1–1. TOTALS: 28-65 20-35 — 79.
Stanton 3-5–11, Ka. Bemis 2-1–6, Ko. Bemis 2-0–4, Brown 2-1–5, Matz 4-0–8, Mauricio 1-0–2, Renz 1-0–3, Martin 3-0–6, Abell 1-0–2, Stennett 3-0–6. TOTALS: 27-53 7-16 — 53.
Lake 16 30 21 12 – 79
Fostoria 10 7 12 24 – 53
3-Point GOALS: Lake 3-15 (Jar. Rettig 2, Bowen); Fostoria 2-11 (Ka. Bemis, Renz).
rebounds: Lake 38 (Jar. Rettig 16); Fostoria 38.
turnovers: Lake 11; Fostoria 27.
junior varsity: Lake, 62-43.