|Jays pound Tigers in MAC boys play|
|Monday, February 11, 2013 10:36 AM|
VERSAILLES — Versailles was holding its Senior Night for boys basketball Friday night at The Tigers’ Lair as St. John’s came to town for a Midwest Athletic Conference showdown.
The Blue Jays made themselves right at home as they declawed the Tigers 56-37.
The Jays (13-4, 6-1 MAC) only had five players score but all three hit double digits: Curtis Geise with a game-high 21 (3 treys; 6 assists, 5 boards), classmate Ryan Buescher with a double-double of 14 counters and 13 boards (4 assists) and classmate Seth Bockey with 10 (5 boards).
The Jays also shot a nice 48.8 percent from the floor: 20-of-41, including 6-of-13 long range, and dominated on the glass 34-19 (10-8 offensive).
“Rebounding was one of the keys for us. I didn’t think we’d dominate as we did but we did,” Jays coach Aaron Elwer said. “We especially did a great job on the defensive boards because they have averaged around 13 offensive boards a game; we generally limited them to one shot per possession. That was key because they are so long and athletic; it took all five guys having a great collective effort.”
The Tigers (14-4, 5-3 MAC), honoring seniors Chad Winner and Jacob Heitkamp, led at 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4. The Jays answered all three times, with Buescher hitting a banker at 3:15 to knot the game at 6-6. He hit a transition layin at 1:55 to give the visitors the lead, only to see Jacob Wenning hit two tosses at 1:52 to knot the game for the final time at 8-8. Geise hit a transition layin at 48 seconds to give the Jays the lead for good and he followed with a transition 3-pointer from left of the key with 5.1 ticks to go for a 13-8 edge.
Buescher had eight boards in the first period of the team’s 11, along with four points.
The Jays continued to find an offensive flow in the second period against the Versailles combinations of 2-2-1 3/4-court press dropping into a man-to-man, carrying it over from what they started later in the first. The Blue Jays steadily built up a bigger margin as the Tigers struggled to score the ball against the Jays’ man scheme, even when they got it inside for easier looks, hitting 2-of-12 attempts (14-of-47 for the night, 3-of-19 from beyond the arc, for 29.8%). When Buescher put in a inbounds lob in the middle of the paint just before the horn, their lead was 27-16.
Geise caught fire with eight points in the third period, while Bockey had four and junior Ryan Koester a 3-ball. Their lead never fell below 11 — 37-26 on a triple by Winner at 1:33 — and was as high as 17 two times. When Koester swished his long ball from the right corner with 2.1 ticks on the board, their lead was 42-28.
Nick Campbell drove for a 3-point play just 10 ticks into the fourth period to get the Tigers within 42-31 but they could get no closer. The Jays answered that with a game-sealing 10-4 spurt, with the benches emptying as time ticked down on the contest.
In sum, St. John’s was a perfect 10-of-10 freebies; and added 15 errors and a mere eight fouls as both teams played a very clean game. They host New Bremen Friday.
“We got off to a good start because we didn’t want them to really get going with their athleticism. We wanted to make sure we got ourselves into the game quickly, especially defensively,” Elwer added. “We moved the ball really well. We didn’t have a lot of guys score but even the ones that didn’t were distributing and moving the ball. We had a game plan on both ends of the floor and the kids bought into it well as a whole; it was all five guys on the floor. This was as consistent of a game for 32 minutes as we’ve had all season.” Versailles hit 6-of-7 from the line (85.7%); and amassed nine miscues and nine fouls. Kyle Ahrens led the offense with 13 markers and four boards, while Winner and Heitkamp added four boards each.
In junior varsity action, Versailles grasped a 37-26 triumph.
Jace Barga led Versailles with 10 markers.
Alex Odenweller led all scorers and the Jays with 11.
ST. JOHN’S (56)
Andy Grothouse 3-2-8, Ryan Buescher 5-2-14, Eric Clark 0-0-0, Aaron Hellman 0-0-0, Ryan Koester 1-0-3, Curtis Geise 9-0-21, Cole Fischbach 0-0-0, Evan Hays 0-0-0, Tyler Conley 0-0-0, Jake Csukker 0-0-0, Seth Bockey 2-6-10. Totals 14-6-10/10-56.
Nick Campbell 2-1-5, Jace Barga 1-0-2, Kyle Rutschilling 0-0-0, Jacob Wenning 1-2-4, Evan Phlipot 1-0-2, Damien Richard 1-2-5, Ryan Knapke 0-0-0, Chad Winner 1-0-3, Kyle Ahrens 6-0-13, Jacob Heitkamp 1-1-3, Zach Steinbrunner 0-0-0, Brett McEldowney 0-0-0. Totals 11-3-6/7-37.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 13 14 15 14 - 56
Versailles 8 8 12 9 - 37
Three-point goals: St. John’s, Geise 3, Buescher 2, Koester; Versailles, Richard, Winner, Ahrens.
ST. JOHN’S (26)
Aaron Hellman 1-0-3, Ryan Hellman 0-0-0, Ben Wrasman 2-0-4, Eric Gerberick 0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 1-0-3, Jake Csukker 2-1-5, Austin Heiing 0-0-0, Alex Odenweller 3-5-11, Tyler Conley 0-0-0. Totals 7-2-6/9-26.
Brian Blakeley 0-0-0, Kyle Rutschilling 3-0-8, Jace Barga 2-5-10, Tyler Drees 1-2-4, Justin Marshal 2-0-4, Carl Klamar 0-0-0, Zach Steinbrunner 1-1-3, Jared Niekamp 1-0-2, Brett McEldowney 2-0-6. Totals 7-5-8/10-33.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 5 10 5 6 - 26
Versailles 4 6 19 12 - 41
Three-point goals: St. John’s, A. Hellman, Seffernick; Versailles, Rutschilling 2, McEldowney 2, Barga.