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Monday, December 10, 2012 11:32 AM

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FORT RECOVERY — Fort Recovery used a 1-2 punch of senior Wade Gelhaus and junior Elijah Kahlig to pull away from Jefferson 48-37 Friday night in non-league boys basketball action at Fort Site Fieldhouse in Fort Recovery.

Gelhaus, a University of Findlay commit, and Kahlig scored 20 points apiece, with Gelhaus adding 13 rebounds for a double-double.
“Those are two guys I consider college players. They are both tough matchups for anyone,” Jefferson coach Marc Smith noted. “You look at the scouting reports on both and both can beat you from anywhere; you have to defend them deep and they can beat you off the dribble. We had a freshman and a junior guarding them when we had to go man. We have a lot of underclassmen out there a lot of minutes and they all had their share of making nice plays.”

Jefferson (0-2) used a 1-2-2 quarter-court zone to limit touches by the Tribe duo and force the hosts to shoot over the top. The strategy worked as the Tribe shot 2-of-10 overall (18-of-48 for the contest, 4-of-19 from deep, for 37.5%) and Gelhaus went scoreless. On the other end, the visitors scored the first five points, all by junior Ross Thompson (11 markers, 5 boards; limited by foul trouble). Jefferson canned 4-of-7 shots in the period (12-of-28 for the night, 3-of-7 beyond the arc, for 42.9%), including junior Tyler Mox’s 3-ball from the right corner with 40 ticks showing, for an 11-5 edge.

Gelhaus got untracked against the Jefferson zone in the second stanza, especially with Thompson picking up his second foul (5:30) and third (4:39), sending him to the pine until early in the third. Gelhaus dropped in 12 markers in a variety of ways and it was Kahlig’s trifecta from the left corner at 2:50 that gave the Tribe an 18-17 edge, a lead they never relinquished. When Ben Dilworth hit a jumper from the left elbow with 55 ticks on the clock, the hosts led 22-19.

“I felt we played very well. We went toe-to-toe with a top-5 program in Division IV,” Smith continued. “We defended them well overall and rebounded pretty well. They have one of the premier programs in our area and they have a lot of basketball-first guys that play 365 days. That was the difference. We are and remain a process-oriented program; we’re not so much worried about the outcomes but about how we get there and that is difficult in our society. We have a few basketball-first guys but a lot of multi-sport guys that are still getting back into it.”

The third period saw the offenses all but disappear with the teams combining for 10 markers and 4-of-19 shooting (2-of-14 by the hosts), along with 2-of-7 at the line. Six offensive rebounds by the Tribe (13 for the game of their 28 total) kept the Wildcats from getting more chances than their five. Thompson scored on a spinner at 3:16 for the stanza’s first points and Gelhaus dropped in six points in the next 1:42. Freshman Trey Smith hit a leaner inside the free-throw line with 10 ticks left to make the Jefferson deficit 28-23.

Smith hit the first-of-2 singles at 7:27 of the fourth to get as close as the Red and White could get the erst of the night. Gelhaus only had a basket in the finale but Kahlig caught fire, netting 14 points in the period. The Wildcats were eventually forced to come out of their zone and go man and the Tribe turned a closer game into a wider margin as time wound down.

“We executed pretty well offensively. Fort Recovery’s switching man-to-man is so difficult to get clean looks against,” Coach Smith added. “Especially when you run a lot of patterns or sets, once you run it once, those kids adjust and figure it out immediately. Their two starts stepped it up at the end — that’s what stars do. We had our chance early in the third when we missed some free throws and had a couple of easy shots not go; we had a chance to be up four or five and now see if things change. Instead, we still trailed. We played with an effort that can win ballgames tonight; we need to have the same approach against Perry.”

Jefferson finished at 10-of-17 shooting at the line (58.8%); 25 caroms (4 offensive) as Smith added five; 14 errors; and 16 fouls. Junior Austin Jettinghoff handed out three assists. Delphos visits Perry tonight (6 p.m. junior varsity start).

Fort Recovery ended 8-of-14 singles (57.1%); five miscues; and 17 fouls. They host Ansonia tonight.

In JV action, the Tribe (2-1) built a 21-9 first-period edge en route to a 50-23 triumph.

Jackson Hobbs dropped in 14 and Wes Wenning 11 for the Tribe, while junior Tyler Rice counted seven for the Wildcats (1-1).

 

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