COLUMBUS GROVE — For the third straight Friday night Columbus Grove’s boys basketball team had to play overtime against a Northwest Conference foe.

After overtime games the past two weeks against Lincolnview and Paulding, the Bulldogs were forced to play another overtime game as Spencerville came calling. The Bearcats gave Grove a 1-2 record in these overtime games as Spsncerville pulled out a 56-53 NWC win.

The Bulldogs dipped to 2-2 in the NWC and 7-5 overall, while the Bearcats are unbeaten in the NWC at 5-0.

Columbus Grove forced overtime outscoring the Bearcats 9-6 in the fourth quarter. In overtime, Spencerville used a 7-4 scoring edge for the win. The Bulldogs were down 54-53 with 20 seconds left and they had the ball. Grove was unable to get a score and the Bearcats sealed the win with two points.

Columbus Grove had a 17-16 lead after the opening quarter before trailing 30-29 at halftime. The Bearcats extended their lead with a 13-11 third quarter scoring edge.

Ben Bowers had 18 points, with five three-pointers, for the Bearcats and Zach Goecke had 15 points. Dakota Prichard finished with 10 points for the Bearcats.

Will Vorhees led the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Jace Darbyshire had 15 points and Riley Brubaker added 11 points and seven rebounds. Vorhees pulled down five rebounds along with four assists and five blocked shots. Logan Diller had four assists for the Bulldogs.

Columbus Grove won the junior varsity game 42-25.

Miller City 59

Fort Jennings 50

FORT JENNINGS — Miller City outscored Fort Jennings in the second half Friday night to record a 58-50 Putnam County League win at The Fort.

The Musketeers had a 22-17 halftime lead before the Wildcats picked up their game in the second half. Miller City grabbed the lead with a 20-10 third quarter scoring advantage, then finished the game with a 21-18 run in the fourth quarter.

Cory Heuerman led a balanced Wildcat attack with 12 points, while Jackson Lammers and Jacob Gerten both had 11 points. Adam Niese added nine points and pulled down eight rebounds. Heuerman had five steals in the win.

Connor Wallenhorst led the Musketeers with 19 points and seven rebounds. Alex Berelsman had 12 points and Nick Von Sossan had 10 points, three steals and three assists.