Bryan and Swanton both had a dunk in Friday’s boys basketball game.

Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, the Bulldogs’ slam sparked a huge first-quarter run to give them control.

Cole Mitchey’s steal and two-handed flush started a 16-0 Swanton run in the first quarter, and the Bulldogs led by double digits the rest of the game in a 54-32 Northwest Ohio Athletic League victory at Bryan High School.

“Cole stepping up and getting that ‘pick-six,’ as we call it, going the other way and then throwing it down really kind of got us going,” Swanton coach Joel Visser said. “Next possession after that, we get a 3; next possession, we ball ahead for an easy layup and all of the sudden, it was open for us.”

Bryan suffered its fifth-straight loss in closing out the regular season 4-16 overall and 2-5 in league play. Swanton posted its third win in the last four games to improve to 12-9, 4-3 NWOAL.

Swanton, with length at nearly every position, had three players combine for 46 points and 22 rebounds. Andrew Thornton (6-foot-3) had a game-high 17 points and six rebounds, Josh Vance (6-3) added 16 points and seven boards and Mitchey (6-3) nearly had a double-double with 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

The trio scored the first 34 Swanton points as the Bulldogs led 18-6 after the first quarter, 30-11 at halftime and 34-16 midway through the third.

“They did a nice job getting it inside the zone there and making a few shots. We had some turnovers that hurt us early, so hopefully we can get them cleaned up by next week,” Bryan coach Brandon Fisher said. “... We didn’t rebound well.”

Titus Rohrer, one of five Bryan seniors honored before the game, had a team-high 11 points with three rebounds. Rohrer turned a steal into a one-handed dunk midway through the fourth quarter.

Senior Canon Lamberson had seven points; classmate Decota Shaw had two points and four rebounds; senior Braiden Showalter grabbed five boards and Keith Huard had two rebounds.

“You’ve got some nice kids in there, some good people,” Fisher said. “Yeah, it’s not been (a successful season) but they’ve had some success throughout their four years.

“Done a lot of things other than just this year and everybody understands that. They’ve got a bright future.”

Bryan shot 32 percent (12 of 38) from the floor and 42 percent (5 of 12) from the free-throw line. The Golden Bears had 17 turnovers, forced 12 and were outrebounded 33-25.

“We were concerned about them, in particular about the physicality and the size advantage they might have,” Visser said. “So we doubled down quite a bit on Rohrer tonight. He’s a big, physical presence and a good basketball player.”

Swanton knocked down 61 percent (17 of 28) of its 2-point shots en route to shooting 42 percent (21 of 50) overall from the floor. The Bulldogs were 8 of 9 from the free-throw line.

Bryan will open tournament play on Tuesday when the No. 9-seed Golden Bears travel to No. 6 Napoleon for a Division II sectional semifinal.

Swanton 54, Bryan 32

Swanton 18 12 7 17 — 54

Bryan 6 5 8 13 — 32

Swanton: J. Vance 4 2 2-2 16, Mitchey 4 1 2-2 13, Thornton 5 1 4-5 17, Callicotte 1 0 0-0 2, Szalapski 1 0 0-0 2, Cohn 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 17-28 4-22 8-9 54.

Bryan: Lamberson 2 1 0-0 7, Rohrer 4 0 3-5 11, Martinez 1 1 1-2 6, Cox 0 1 0-2 3, Shaw 1 0 0-0 2, Herold 0 0 0-1 0, Watson 0 0 1-2 1, Langenderfer 1 0 0-0 2. Totals: 9-24 3-14 5-12 32.

Junior Varsity: Bryan, 31-28.

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