Bowling Green boys notch 4th win

Published 10:46 am Monday, December 1, 2014

Bowling Green’s K.J. Robertson scored 15 points and Connor McCain had 14 in a 47-38 victory over Columbia Academy at home Tuesday.

Robertson also had five rebounds, four assists and five steals, while McCain grabbed six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Bowling Green (4-2) trailed, 10-8, after the first quarter, but the scoring picked up in the second, as the Bucs outscored Columbia, 21-11, and had a 29-21 lead by the break.

The Bucs scored the first nine points of the second period. Robertson hit a 3-pointer with 7:05 left in the first half to give his team an 11-10 advantage. Bryan Ottinger, who posted nine points on 4-of-8 from the field, was good on a layup. McCain and Robertson both made layups, and Bowling Green led, 17-10, at the 5:41 mark.

Columbia responded with the next four points on a jumper by Wiley Cleland and layup from L.J. Coleman. Bowling Green’s lead was down to 17-14 with 5:11 on the clock.

The teams exchanged buckets, and then the Bucs pushed the lead back to seven on layups by McCain and Robertson.

The advantage was 29-21 at halftime.

Columbia hung tough in the second half. The team never did take the lead after the first quarter, but the Cougars did have the margin down to 33-27, with 3:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Leading 35-29 with 2:47 on the third quarter clock, Bowling Green scored seven in a row. Ottinger hit for two with 1:52 left, and it was 37-29 after three. McCain was good on a field goal to begin the fourth-quarter scoring with 6:42 on the clock.

Robertson converted a 3-point play, and Ottinger split from the line, giving his team a 43-29 advantage with 5:55 to go.

But Columbia continued to come back and had the lead down to 45-36 with 4:06 to go.

Robertson said this is a pretty big win.

“Dale Watts (of Columbia Academy) is a good coach,” Robertson said. “He plays fundamental basketball, and he’s got some disciplined players. It was a big win.”

Jared Gambino scored five points for Bowling Green, Spencer Graves put up two points, and Brady Goings added two points, three assists and two steals.