FINDLAY - Findlay never trailed in handing cold-shooting Defiance its first loss of the season on Saturday evening, 48-34.
"We were just out of sync a little tonight," DHS coach Kirk Lehman said after his squad fell to 7-1 on the campaign. "We missed a couple shots early and a couple point-blank shots after good efforts on the boards.
"Without a doubt their defense had something to do with it. They did a great job on Katwan (Singleton) and Trey (Guilliam). They denied the ball to Trey and put length and good solid quickness on him."
Guilliam, whose season-low coming in was 15 points, was held to four points by the Trojans while Singleton, who battled foul trouble in the game, had a team-high seven points for the Bulldogs.
Michael Clark hit three triples in the first quarter in helping Findlay to an early 11-2 lead and the closest Defiance got the rest of the way was seven points.
"Our transition wasn't good and there wasn't a lot of fluidness on offense," Lehman said. "I'm not sure if it was rust with New Year's and the snow or what, but Findlay was the aggressor and that had a lot to do with it. The most aggressive team won tonight."
The Bulldogs were shut out on 3-pointers in the game, missing all 13 attempts, while hitting just 24 percent overall from the field (10-41).
Austin Gutting, a 6-3 240-pound senior, scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Trojans, with 14 coming in the second half. Gutting also had 11 rebounds in helping Findlay to a 30-24 advantage on the boards.
"That goes to the fact who the more aggressive team was," Lehman said of Findlay, now 8-2 on the season, winning the rebounding battle. "They went to the boards with one or two people and we only went with one."
Emilio Pearson had 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.
"I thought Emilio was aggressive and very good going to the boards all night, especially in the first half," Lehman noted. "We just didn't get enough guys going to the boards."
Defiance returns to action with a double weekend ahead, hosting Celina on Friday before traveling to Wauseon on Saturday.
"I thought we kept fighting and Michael Menendez did some good things attacking north and south," Lehman said. "But there are a lot of things we need to learn from this."
Findlay was also victorious in the junior varsity game, 54-42. Kameron Singleton had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
DEFIANCE (34) - Guilliam 4; Detter 0; Batt 2; Singleton 7; Pearson 6; Menendez 5; Smiddy 6; Williams 2; Buhrer 0; Kam. Singleton 2. Totals 10-41 14-18 34.
FINDLAY (48) - B. Miller 0; Clark 13; Niswander 8; Twining 10; Gutting 16; C. Miller 1. Totals 18-42 7-14 48.
Three-point goals: Findlay - Clark 3, Twining, Niswander. Rebounds: Defiance 24 (Pearson 10), Findlay 30 (Gutting 11). Turnovers: Defiance 9, Findlay 10.
Defiance 4 8 7 15 - 34
Findlay 11 14 8 15 - 48
Reserves: Findlay, 54-42.