February 9, 2024 at 11:45 p.m.
FRHS boys basketball

Fort defense can’t stop ’Cats

Minster’s 21-point 4th keeps Tribe winless in MAC
Fort Recovery’s Brody Barga gets his fingertips on a shot attempt by Minster’s Kole Richard during the second quarter of the Indians’ 66-58 loss. Richard finished with 17 points for the Wildcats. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)
Fort Recovery’s Brody Barga gets his fingertips on a shot attempt by Minster’s Kole Richard during the second quarter of the Indians’ 66-58 loss. Richard finished with 17 points for the Wildcats. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)

FORT RECOVERY — The Indians didn’t have problems finding offense Friday.

The defense just couldn’t keep up as the Wildcats exploded in the fourth.

A 21-point fourth quarter powered the Minster Wildcats’ 66-58 win over the Fort Recovery High School boys basketball team on Friday.

Cole Albers found the basket three times late in the game, giving the Wildcats (12-7, 4-3 Midwest Athletic Conference) seven of his 21 points in the final period. Ian Homan and Noah Schwieterman each put up five in the quarter.

Minster also dominated the first quarter 20-12.

Kole Richard hit three buckets and two free throws to tally eight of his 17 points in the frame.

Homan also reached double digits with 13.

The second quarter was the best for Fort Recovery (5-13, 0-7 MAC), as they put up 20. Six Indians scored in the period, with Gavin Evers leading the way at six. Evers ended with 12 points, while Briggs Overman had 14.

Reece Guggenbiller and Rex Leverette were both one basket away from breaking double figures.

The Indians are now 1-8 since the start of 2024, with their only win coming against Mississinawa Valley on Jan. 27. FRHS hasn’t won a MAC game since last season against New Knoxville. It still has two more chances this season as it will travel to face the Rangers on Feb. 16 and New Bremen on Feb. 23.


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