Ronk Breaks Crestline Scoring Record,
Bulldogs Top Crusaders
A 63-year-old Crestline record would fall at Temple Christian on Tuesday night as Bulldogs senior guard Kaden Ronk became the program's new single-game scoring king in a 68-51 win over the Crusaders.
Ronk started the game hot, connecting on his first three shot attempts in route to a 14-point first quarter as Crestline built a commanding 25-9 advantage with a buzzer-beating triple from Kaden to end the frame. The Bulldogs lead then grew to 36-14 by the break with Ronk finishing the half at 22 points.
It would be a quiet third for Ronk, who had just four points before the final seconds when he drilled his second quarter-ending 3-pointer to extend the Bulldogs edge to 51-25 heading into the fourth where Kaden needed a dozen points to tie Bill Wood's record of 41 set way back in 1956.
Understanding the milestone was in reach, Ronk's teammates fed him the ball throughout the final frame and watched history unfold as he poured in 16 fourth quarter points to set a new program record with 45 points.
Ronk told OH.Report after the game that he was "more mentally locked in prepared tonight that I had been at the beginning of the season, and I think it just showed."
Helping the senior break the school record was Calvin Reed who handed out a career-high 11 assists, along with Spencer Harley and Trevor Phillips who each scored eight points to push the Bulldogs (5-4) winning streak to four in a row.
Grant Baker led the Crusaders with 18 points while Colton Knepshield added 14 to pace Temple Christian's scoring attack.