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Monday, January 14, 2013 10:21 AM


DELPHOS — The St. John’s Blue Jays welcomed the Minster Wildcats to “The Vatican” on Friday night for high school boys basketball action.

The Blue Jays held off a late rally by the Wildcats to win the contest 69-62 and get a big win in the Midwest Athletic Conference.


St. John’s started off hot as Curtis Geise scored 10 of the Blue Jays’ first 14 points as they jumped out to an early 14-8 lead. Minster got two 3-pointers from Adam Niemeyer and Ethan Wolf to cut the Blue Jay lead to 17-14. A late 3-pointer for the Blue Jays from Ryan Koester put the score at the end of the first quarter at 20-14.


The Wildcats rode on the back of Wolf to start the second quarter as he score eight points to start the quarter and bring the Wildcats within 28-24. The Blue Jays countered with a 5-point swing of their own as Seth Bockey converted a 3-point play and Geise added a layup to make the score 33-24, St. John’s. Four straight points by the Wildcats — layups from Niemeyer and Devon Poeppelman — to end the second quarter and put the score going into halftime at 37-30, Blue Jays.

Both teams continued the high-scoring affair in the second half as the Wildcats and Blue Jays traded baskets to start the third quarter. After a Vince Brown 3-pointer cut St. John’s lead to 45-38, the Jays went on an 8-2 run to end the third quarter, getting a 3-point play from Geise and a 3-pointer from Eric Clark to put the score at 53-40 going into the final quarter.

Minster wouldn’t go quietly into the night as Wolf and Niemeyer both scored baskets to start the fourth quarter. The Blue Jays countered with four points from Ryan Buescher to push the lead back up to 57-47. The Wildcats got five straight points from Poeppelman, including a 3-point play, to cut the Blue Jay lead to 59-54, which forced them to burn a timeout with 2:43 left in the fourth quarter.

With the Blue Jays having lost a 10-point lead and the Wildcats making a fierce comeback, St. John’s stepped to the foul line and sank their foul shots, going 10-13 to close out the game. The Wildcats got a 3-point play from Brandon Hoying to decrease the lead to 63-60. This was the closest Minster would get as the Blue Jays’ good foul shooting and ballhandling allowed them to put the game away and pull out a 7-point victory.

The Blue Jays had two players in double figures, including Geise with game-high 27 points and Clark with 13 points.

Minster brought in a more balanced attack as three players dropped double figures, including Niemeyer and Poeppelman both with 18 points and Wolf with 15.

“I’m not pleased with giving up 62 points but they have a lot of weapons that they can put on the floor and that can score in a variety of ways. You get Wolf knocking down shots from the perimeter and that makes them really scary,” St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer said. “When they are on like they were tonight, that is a tough team to defend. They were able to beat us over the top, which is our base defense, and they were able to make those shots. Toward the end when they were down, they started to attack the basket and our on-the-ball defense wasn’t great but luckily we were able to knock down some free throws and get the win.”

The Blue Jays held their own on the bounds.

“We aren’t the big team and you know on Friday nights, there are some disadvantage there and it has to be a 5-person deal on the boards,” Elwer added. “It’s just not about one guy; it has to be a team thing and hopefully with that, we will be able to counter some of the size we will see on our schedule.”

With the win on Friday night, the Blue Jays improve to 7-3 on the year and 3-0 in the MAC.

The defeat drops Minster to 7-4 and 1-2 in the MAC.

In junior varsity action, Minster defeated St. John’s by a score of 35-23.

St. John’s hosts Shawnee 6 p.m. tonight.

Minster (FG, FT, 3PT, PTS)

Jacob Stechschulte 0-1 0-0 0-1 0, Bradon Hoying 2-2 1-1 0-0 5, Andrew Knapke 0-0 0-0 1-4 3, Adam Niemeyer 3-6 6-8 2-4 18, Devon Poeppelman 5-5 5-7 1-4 18, Bince Brown 0-0 0-0 1-1 3, Ethan Wolf 3-6 0-1 3-5 15, Totals 13-20, 12-15, 8-19, 62.

St. John’s (FG, FT, 3PT)

Andy Grothouse 2-3 0-0 0-1 4, Ryan Buescher 1-1 2-3 1-2 7, Eric Clark 4-5 2-2 1-2 13, Ryan Koester 2-3 0-0 1-5 7, Curtis Geise 6-9 9-10 2-6 27, Evan Hays 1-2 1-2 0-0 3, Seth Bockey 3-3 2-3 0-0 8, Totals: 19-26, 16-20, 5-16, 69.

Score by Quarters:

Minster 14 16 10 22 - 62

St. John’s 20 17 16 16 - 69

JV score: Minster 35-23.

Pictured: Andy Grothouse goes strong to the bucket.


Last Updated on Monday, January 14, 2013 11:25 AM

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