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Friday, December 06, 2013 9:30 PM

By JIM METCALFE

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — Jefferson head boys basketball coach Marc Smith knew what his Wildcats were facing Friday night at The Stage: plenty of Fort Recovery senior Elijah Kahlig.

Kahlig did not disappoint as he scored 30 points (with 5 bombs) to go with 10 boards as the Tribe handed the Wildcats their first loss of 2013-14 with a 67-60 non-league triumph.

However, Smith gave credit to the role players for the Indians, like Ben Dilworth (15 markers, 6 boards, 5 assists, 3 thefts) and Darien Sheffer (7 counters, 4 boards).

Jefferson senior Ross Thompson guarded Kahlig the entire game and not only contributed a double-double with 11 markers and 13 boards but also became the school’s all-time board leader, surpassing Ryan Carder.

“I thought Ross did a tremendous job on Elijah; the kid just made some great shots. He earned every one of his points,” Smith explained. “Ross also achieved a great accomplishment with the rebounding mark. Elijah is just a testament to a player who put in hours and hours in the gym to make himself someone who will play college basketball next year. His surrounding cast really helped him a lot tonight.”

Fort Recovery coach Brian Patch agreed, noting how Dilworth did the same kind of defensive work on Jefferson’s sophomore star, Trey Smith (22 markers, 7 rebounds).

“Elijah started slow; he didn’t force anything and wanted to stay in the flow of our offense. Once he hits a couple of shots, that streak can go a long time,” he explained. “Our kids do a good job of understanding when he is hot and get the ball to him. We have our own defensive stopper in Ben; Trey is a very good player who will earn a lot of accolades before he is done but Ben made him work for everything.”

Both teams struggled to heat up in the first period, with the Wildcats (2-1) determined to take advantage of their edge in the paint by either getting the ball there or getting to the line; that even included a technical foul on a Tribe player. Smith dropped in eight points — 4-of-4 at the line — and senior Austin Jettinghoff (15 counters on 3 bombs, 3 assists) added five. The only other scorer for the Red and White was senior Tyler Mox, who drove for a deuce with 20 ticks on the board for a 15-9 edge.

Kahlig, who had five markers the first period, heated up more the second stanza with nine points. So did his mates as the Tribe dropped in 11-of-17 shots, including 4-of-8 from deep, as Dilworth added seven. The Wildcats struggled to keep up from the field at 4-of-9 but started to get their guests in foul trouble and hit 6-of-7 at the line (10-of-11 for the half, 12-of-17 overall for 70.6%). A short jumper by Sheffer at 5:09 gave the Indians the lead for good — 18-17 — and that lead eventually reached 35-29 on a triple by Brandon Schoen at 33 ticks before Smith drove baseline for a deuce with 22 ticks on the board for a 35-31 halftime scoreboard.

Kahlig became a one-man wrecking crew in the third period, netting 10 of the Tribe’s 18 markers — two deuces and two bombs. Smith countered with six for the hosts but the Indians outshot their hosts 8-of-16 to 6-of-11 — forcing five of Jefferson’s 20 turnovers in the span — and a baseline drive by Dilworth pushed their lead to 53-42 at the 1:29. However, freshman Jace Stockwell (6 caroms, 6 dimes) swished a trifecta from left of the key with 45 ticks on the board for a 53-45 score at the end of 24 minutes of action.

The Wildcats kept up that late momentum into the fourth period and cobbled the deficit down to 57-56 on a 3-ball by Jettinghoff from the left wing with 3:29 left. However — who else? — Kahlig buried a triple from the right wing just 14 seconds later and the Wildcats couldn’t quite recover. As well, the Tribe downed 5-of-8 singles (7-of-10 in the period and overall for 70%) in the last 1:07 to seal the deal.

Coach Smith felt his team grew up some this night.

“The effort was good; the offensive execution was night. We want to push the basketball but we have to learn that as you play good opponents, you must be able to execute in the half-court on both ends,” Smith added. “We didn’t but it will come. With so many games and a shortened pre-season due to The extra football season, we have focused a lot on getting in great shape so we can run up and down the floor. We have depended on our athleticism more early but the execution will come.”

The Indians canned 26-of-55 fielders (8-of-20 downtown) for 47.2 percent, secured 24 boards (6 offensive) and added a mere seven errors and 17 fouls. They visit Ansonia tonight.

Jefferson finished 21-of-043 shooting (6-of-17 long range) for 48.8 percent, seized 33 caroms (7 offensive) and had 14 fouls. They entertain Perry tonight (junior varsity start of 6 p.m.).

Patch felt his leaders did their job.

“We kind of lost our heads early but the seniors kind of pulled people aside and reminded them that this isn’t how we play or do things,” Patch added. “We told them to let the officials do their job and keep their mouths shut; you’re not going to get every call, which is a big ‘welcome’ to varsity basketball. We got our heads back in the game.”

In JV action, Jefferson (3-0) held off the Indians (2-1) 45-41.

Sophomore Grant Wallace led the winning effort with 15 and classmate Ryan Goergens added 10.

For the Tribe, Micaiah Cox had nine.

VARSITY

FORT RECOVERY (67)

Derek Backs 0-0-0, Kyle Schroer 3-0-7, Darien Sheffer 3-0-7, Ben Dilworth 6-2-15, Brandon Schoen 0-0-0, Alex Kaiser 3-2-8, Elijah Kahlig 11-3-30, Wes Wenning 0-0-0. Totals 18-8-7/10-67.

JEFFERSON (60)

Jace Stockwell 2-0-5, Austin Jettinghoff 5-2-15, Ross Thompson 3-4-11, Trey Smith 8-6-22, Tyler Mox 3-0-7, Nick Fitch 0-0-0, Dalton Hicks 0-0-0, Tyler Rice 0-0-0. Totals 15-6-12/17-60.

Score by Quarters:

Ft. Recovery 9 26 18 14 - 67

Jefferson 15 16 14 15 - 60

Three-point goals: Fort Recovery, Kahlig 5, Schoer, Sheffer, Dilworth; Jefferson, Jettinghoff 3, Stockwell, Thompson, Mox.

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JUNIOR VARSITY

FORT RECOVERY (41)

Travis Sutter 0-0-0, Caleb Martin 3-1-8, Jason Roessner 0-0-0, Micaiah Cox 4-1-9, Kyle Knapke 2-0-4, Thomas Koester 0-0-0, Brandon Schoen 2-2-7, Tanner Koch 0-1-1, Chase Bruns 3-0-8, Adam LeFevre 0-0-0, JJ Overton 2-0-4. Totals 12-4-5/10-41.

JEFFERSON (45)

Drew Reiss 4-0-9, Josh Teman 2-2-6, Cole Arroyo 1-0-2, Alex Neubert 0-0-0, Ryan Goergens 3-2-10, Kyle Wreede 0-0-0, Grant Wallace 4-7-15, Austin Blanton 1-0-2, Nick Long 0-0-0, Drake Schmitt 1-1-3. Totals 12-3-12/18-45.

Score by Quarters:

Ft. Recovery 12 7 5 17 - 41

Jefferson 14 8 9 14 - 45

Three-point goals: Fort Recovery, Bruns 2, Martin, Schoen; Jefferson, Goergens 2, Reiss.

 

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