|Smith nets 29; Wildcats rally for 4th victory|
|Monday, February 11, 2013 10:32 AM|
DELPHOS — The Allen East Mustangs galloped into Jefferson Middle School on Friday night to take on the Wildcats in Northwest conference play.
It was a very exciting Friday night at The Stage as the Wildcats won by a score of 69-66 over the Mustangs.
Allen East got on the board quickly with baskets from Logan Rex and Tanner Richardson. Richardson also knocked down a free throw to give the Mustangs a 5-0 lead. Jefferson got a 3-point play from Austin Jettinghoff to make the score 5-3. The Wildcats used good foul shooting all night to keep the game close; they went 9-9 from the line in the first quarter. The Mustangs were too much for Jefferson in the first period as Richardson added four more points and Bryden Davis knock down a basket to make the score 14-11, Allen East, at the end of the first stanza.
The Mustangs continued to ride the big guy Richardson as he dropped 10 points in the second and Clay Plaugher added a basket for good measure. The Wildcats knocked down three 3-pointers: one from Zack Ricker and two from Jettinghoff, including a last-second buzzer-beating long ball; to send the game into the break with the score 28-23, Mustangs.
In the third quarter, Allen East extended its lead to 11 points with 3-pointers from Marcos Quintero and Plaugher to make the score 37-26, Mustangs. Jefferson fought back with a 3-point play from Ricker and a layup from Dalton Hicks (career-high 10 boards) to cut into the Allen East lead. After five straight points from Jefferson freshman Trey Smith, the Mustang lead was gone and the score was tied at 41-41. Both teams battled back and forth for much of the third period but a late layup from Plaugher gave Allen East a 48-47 lead at the end of three periods.
The fourth quarter started with a bang as Jettinghoff drained a 3-pointer to give the lead back to the Wildcats and make the score 50-48. With the score knotted at 54-54, Jefferson’s Ross Thompson got a 3-point play to give them the lead. Later on in the period, a Smith 3-pointer made the score 66-60, Jefferson, with less than two minutes to play. With one minute left in the game, Allen East got a 3-point play from Plaugher to cut the Wildcat lead to 66-64. The Mustangs then got a layup from Matt Shuey to cut the Jefferson lead down to 67-66. The Wildcats iced the game from the foul line as Smith knocked down two foul shots to give Jefferson the final margin of victory.
Jefferson had two scorers in double figures as Smith had a game- and career-high 29 points and Jettinghoff added a career-high 18 points on the night.
Allen East had three scorers with double-digit points as Richardson had 21 points, Plaugher 20 and Shuey 12.
“Lot of adversity on both sides. Players playing through foul trouble; they had lineups on the floor they aren’t used to and we had lineups on the floor that we aren’t used to,” Jefferson coach Marc Smith noted. “Our kids made some plays; I thought our pressure bothered them and made them play faster than they actually wanted to play. I thought we were able to switch defenses enough to keep them off-kilter. What are you going to say? We have a freshman who goes for 29 points and Jettinghoff steps up and goes for 16 or 18 or whatever he had and we made some free throws down the stretch to keep them at arm’s length.”
The win at home gives Jefferson a 4-13 record (2-5 NWC). They entertain Fort Jennings tonight. “The Smith boy is a good player and our boys battled. I don’t know how much more our boys can take; they have been through a lot, they come to play every night and we play everybody tough,” Allen East coach Rick Sherrick said. “We didn’t get to the free-throw line enough and we need to knock down some perimeter shot when they were in zone and we didn’t. I would like to win one of those; we have lost nine or 10 games, all by nine points or less.”
The drops Allen East to 2-15 (0-7 NWC).
Allen East (FG, FT, 3PT)
Marcus Quintero 0-0 0-0 1-3 3, Tyler Friesner 0-2 1-3 0-3 1, Logan Rex 1-8 1-2 0-0 3, Matt Shuey 3-6 3-4 1-1 12, Bryden Davis 2-3 2-2 0-0 6, Clay Plaugher 7-10 6-9 0-4 20, Jacob Sherrick 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Tanner Richardson 10-16 1-2 0-2 21, Totals: 23-47, 14-22, 2-14, 66.
Jefferson (FG, FT, 3PT)
Austin Jettinghoff 1-2 4-5 4-10 18, Zach Ricker 1-3 1-1 1-2 6, Josh Teman 1-1 0-0 0-0 2, Ross Thompson 2-3 4-6 0-0 8, Trey Smith 6-13 14-16 1-3 29, Seth Wollenhaupt 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Dalton Hicks 1-5 4-8 0-0 6, Totals: 12-28, 27-36, 6-15, 69.
Score by Quarters:
Allen East 14 14 20 18 - 66
Jefferson 11 12 24 22 - 69
Rebounds: Allen East 36 (15 offensive), Jefferson 33 (11 offensive).
Turnovers: Allen East 13, Jefferson 16.
Assists: Allen East 12, Jefferson 13 (Jettinghoff 4).
ALLEN EAST (40)
Aaron Runk 0-0-0, Ryan Logan 1-0-2, Logan Posler 0-0-0, Ashton Salyers 5-0-10, Travis Wireman 5-1-14, Cody Musselman 0-0-0, Luke Perkins 3-0-6, Tanner Stippich 4-0-8. Totals 15-3-1/3-40.
Ryan Goergens 1-0-3, Josh Teman 0-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt 1-1-3, Justin Stewart 2-0-4, Jordan Herron 1-0-2, Grant Wallace 0-0-0, Carter Mox 1-0-2, Tyler Rice 7-0-15. Totals 11-2-1/3-29.
Score by Quarters:
Allen East 7 6 15 12 - 40
Jefferson 7 9 7 6 - 29
Three-point goals: Allen East, Wireman 3; Jefferson, Goergens, Rice.