By A.J. Atkinson | Correspondent
The Windham Bombers got behind early in the first quarter and never recovered against the LeBrae Vikings, who handed the Bombers a 75-57 non-league loss in Leavittsburg on Tuesday night.
With the loss, Windham's overall record fell to 18-2 and it snapped an 11-game win streak for the team. For LaBrae, the Vikings improved to 16-3 overall.
The two teams started at an even pace for the first couple minutes, but after a few turnovers by the Bombers, LaBrae ran and could not be caught. After the first quarter, LaBrae maintained a 20-point difference for all but the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Vikings' Peyton Aldridge did most of the damage to the Bombers. Alone, the 6-foot-8 forward paced the LaBrae with 32 points, 18 rebounds, nine assists and seven blocks. His 28th point was his 1,000th career point at LaBrae.
"We knew coming in (Aldridge) would take away (points in the paint), but he did much more than that," Windham head coach Marty Hill said. "Normally with a big guy, they're a threat down low, but not only is Aldridge that but he's also a great passer. He was the one who brought the ball down against our half-court press often. And even better than all that is his defense.
"It's hard in practice to simulate what it will be like playing against someone who's 6-foot-8," Hill said. "Even when we ran a great backdoor cut, he'd block you with his other hand."
Matt Knight led the Bombers in points with 15, with teammate Parker Rickey following behind with 13.
Knight scored six of his 15 from behind the arc and three at the foul line.
LaBrae head coach Chad Kiser, who is a Windham graduate, was very pleased with what he saw from his team. Kiser said despite the 45-25 lead at halftime, he told his team to forget the score altogether and win the quarter.
"We've led a few games like this and let them get too close," Kiser said. "I was happy to see how our team came out tonight. I didn't think we lost anything defensively. A little offensively, but I think that was partly due to coach Hill's defensive adjustments."
Kiser said he knew facing Hill-coached team would be tough, but was pleased with how his team handled it.
Aldridge was not the only one scoring for LaBrae, as guard Carl Brown benefited off Windham's higher pressure to Aldridge, scoring 17 points himself.
"When Carl (Brown) is able to be that aggressive with the ball, is when we play our best games," Kiser said.
Hill said the Bombers wouldn't dwell too long on the loss and instead quickly concentrate on the final two Portage Trail Conference County Divisions games remaining on the schedule against Southeast and Garfield before starting the Division IV tournament in Warren.
Go Bombers!!! Proud of you guy's! Smallest school in Portage County wins the PCL, that impressive and somthing to be proud of. Keep the heads up and win the next two. After that your new season starts. See you guy's in regionals and State.
Best of luck Coach Hill,