|Rockets hold off Wildcats in boys action|
|Monday, January 21, 2013 3:41 PM|
DELPHOS — Pandora-Gilboa shot 55 percent from the floor in getting a 10-point lead over host Jefferson Saturday night and shot 8-of-11 from the free-throw line in the final 3:38 to hold off a late Wildcat charge to grab a 59-53 non-league clash at The Stage of Jefferson Middle School.
The Rockets (3-11) were paced by a trio in double digits: junior Seth Schmenk with 24, senior Jarod Triplehorn with 13 and classmate Abe Basinger 10.
The Wildcats (3-10) received a game- and career-high 27 from freshman Trey Smith — going 13-of-14 at the line — and 12 from junior Austin Jettinghoff. However, the Red and White were playing their second game without the services of junior rebounding machine Ross Thompson (injury). Sophomore Nick Fitch had a 13-board effort in his stead.
“You can tell we miss the physical presence Ross gives us; he does a lot of the dirty work for us. They were a concern for us in the paint before the game and they pounded us in the paint tonight,” Jefferson head coach Marc Smith noted. “They are a physical team and obviously, we have some work to do to get that physical component with the players we have. We have guys trying to fill new roles; (freshman) Dalton (Hicks) was playing junior varsity three weeks ago and he’s now starting on varsity. We scored 53 points; that should be enough for us to win, so it came down to the defensive end.” Jefferson led 25-24 in a first half marked by 10 lead changes.
That changed in the third stanza. There were three lead changes in this span, with Jefferson’s last lead at 31-29 on a Jettinghoff mid-lane hook at 2:46 but when Pandora’s Triplehorn buried a triple from the left corner at 1:10, that gave the Rockets the lead for good. They finished the quarter with a power move by sophomore Colin Fenstermaker with 37.4 ticks and then a putback by Schmenk with 6.1 ticks on the board for a 36-31 edge.
The visitors continued that late third-period stretch into the fourth, building a 49-39 lead on two singles by Basinger at 3:38. That is when Jefferson made it interesting. Smith took over, scoring the next nine markers on a 3-point play, four freebies and an inside deuce at 48 seconds to draw within 51-48. However, the visitors salted it away by nailing 8-of-10 from the free-throw line, completing an 11-of-17 performance (68.8%) for the night.
Smith scored 11 in the canto, including 5-of-5 at the stripe.
“During one of my timeouts in the fourth, I just challenged Abe to be a senior. Sometimes, that’s all you have to do,” Pandora coach Josh Klear asserted. “Jettinghoff was putting a lot of pressure on him defensively all game and he just had to lead. Trip (Triplehorn) hit some big threes from the left corner; he’s dependable when he gets those open shots.”
The Wildcats scored the first four markers of the game on free throws but the Rockets, after finally denting the scoreboard at 5:50, retaliated with an 11-2 span to take an 11-6 edge at the 4-minute mark on a Fenstermaker deuce, forcing Smith to call timeout. The Wildcats responded by shutting out their foe the rest of the stanza and getting baskets by Smith, junior Tyler Mox and a putback by Fitch at the 40-second mark, to get a 12-11 edge.
The teams battled for supremacy in the second canto, trading the lead eight times and forging one tie. Smith (8 points) and Schmenk (10) went at it to lead their respective units. When Smith was fouled shooting a 25-footer at the horn, he calmly stepped to the line and hit three singles to put the Wildcats up 25-24.
Smith hit 6-of-7 freebies in the stanza.
In toto, Pandora-Gilboa finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc; with 25 caroms (9 offensive) as Schmenk had six; and added 14 errors and 20 fouls. Pandora-Gilboa hosts Bluffton Tuesday.
We have struggled shooting the ball this year. We have focused more on shooting and getting good looks in practice,” Klear added. “We need to be confident when we get those looks and make them; we were tonight because we executed our game plan offensively pretty well.” Jefferson totaled 15-of-34 shots, 2-of-8 triples, for 44.1 percent and 21-of-26 at the line (80.8%); grabbing 23 rebounds (7 offensive); and 16 turnovers and 19 fouls. They entertain Paulding Friday.
“They were guarding Trey with a much smaller guy and we used that matchup. He was either scoring or getting to the line,” Coach Smith added. “Where we are struggling right now is finding other consistent scorers outside of Trey. We have capable players. Austin had a good weekend and Zach (Ricker) has shown his ability.”
In junior varsity action, the Wildcats improved to 3-10 with a 51-27 victory.
Freshman Josh Teman netted 16 and junior Zavier Buzard 13 for the victors.
Sophomore Jacob Miller and freshman Cole Alexander countered with six for P-G.
Dustin Rieman 1-0-0-2, Jacob Wauters 0-0-0-0, Seth Schmenk 11-0-2-24, Brian Schneck 1-0-0-2, Abe Basinger 1-1-5-10, Tyler Maag 0-0-0-0, Jarod Triplehorn 0-3-4-13, Colin Fenstermaker 4-0-0-8. Totals 18-4-11/16-59.
Austin Jettinghoff 2-2-2-12, Zach Ricker 1-0-3-5, Trey Smith 7-0-13-27, Seth Wollenhaupt 0-0-0-0, Tyler Mox 1-0-0-2, Nick Fitch 2-0-1-5, Dalton Hicks 0-0-2-2. Totals 13-2-21/26-53.
Score by Quarters:
Pan.-Gil. 11 13 12 23 - 59
Jefferson 12 13 6 22 - 53
Jared Loar 0-0-0-0, Jacob Miller 0-2-0-6, Tyler Morris 1-0-2-4, Jacob Wauters 0-1-0-3, Jacob Basinger 1-0-3-5, Grant Lugibihl 0-1-0-3, Ethan Flemming 0-0-0-0, Cole Alexander 2-0-2-6, Garrett Gerdeman 0-0-0-0. Totals 4-4-7/11-27.
Ryan Goergens 1-1-2-7, Kurt Wollenhaupt 0-0-0-0, Josh Teman 4-1-5-16, Alex Neubert 0-1-0-3, Joe Gorman 1-0-0-2, Zavier Buzard 5-1-0-13, Jordan Herron 1-0-0-2, Carter Mox 2-0-0-4, Tyler Rice 2-0-0-4. Totals 17-4-5/10-51.
Score by Quarters:
Pan.-Gil. 10 3 8 6 - 27
Jefferson 13 14 9 15 - 51
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