|Wildcats battle past Big Green boys|
|Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:37 PM|
By JIM METCALFE
That it did and more Tuesday night at “The Stage” of Jefferson Middle School.
Fortunately for the Red and White, their defense was even more stellar, leading the way to a 56-42 non-league victory.
“We had been putting in bits and pieces against their defense for a couple of weeks and put in a couple of things we saw from films yesterday, repping them a lot. However, it’s hard to mimic that defense in practice,” Smith acknowledged. “That’s why we scrimmage St. John’s last week because they use some of the same principles and it’s a chance to get a look; you just don’t see this defense that much. You’re not going to run up and down the floor on this team, either; they are too well-coached and too disciplined. It’s going to be a grind.”
The Wildcats (3-3) placed a trio in twin digits: sophomore Trey Smith with 16 and seniors Austin Jettinghoff (3 bombs) with 15 and Ross Thompson 11 (10 boards). Both squads hit 16 fielders but the Wildcats hit five triples in their total — 16-of-34 for the night, 5-of-13 long range, for 47.6 percent — while the Green and Gold were 0-of-11 from deep (16-of-44 overall for 36.4%).
“Jefferson is a good team. They didn’t shoot all that well but that’s a good team,” Ottoville coach Todd Turnwald said. “They played hard and with great effort.”
The Big Green (2-3) were topped by senior Luke Schimmoeller with 11 and junior Austin Honigford nine, battling foul trouble before fouling out midway through the fourth. Junior Kyle Bendele also eventually fouled out, while junior Nick Fitch was the only Wildcat who came close with four fouls.
When Jettinghoff hit an 18-footer just 35 ticks into the contest, the hosts never trailed. The Wildcats moved out to a 12-4 edge on two singles by Fitch with 2:30 left in the canto. The visitors then forced a pair of turnovers (12 for the night; 11 for them) and ran off six straight markers, including an 8-foot leaner by Honigford with 44 seconds showing, for a 12-10 scoreboard.
Both teams’ defenses ruled in the second period — at least for the first four minutes. By that time, Delphos only led 15-14. However, when senior Tyler Mox scored inside at the 4-minute mark, that jump-started a 12-2 span, with Thompson and Mox dropping in four each, in building a 27-15 edge. Junior Tyler Roby dropped in only 1-of-3 singles with 1.0 ticks on the board to get the hosts within 27-16 at halftime.
Slowly, the visitors battled back in the third stanza behind Schimmoeller’s five and twice got within six markers — 36-30 and 38-32, the latter on a tough inside basket by Schimmoeller with 27 ticks left. However, thanks to Smith’s nine points (5-of-6 singles), including a transition layin off that basket with 21 ticks in the board, Delphos led 40-32.
A 3-point play the old-fashioned way by Honigford with 6:35 left drew the visitors within 40-35 but they could not get any nearer, despite extending to a 2-2-1 press. Jettinghoff and Thompson stepped up big with five each in the stanza, as did the free-throw shooting. The hosts netted 9-of-11 free throws (19-o-f23 over for 82.6%) in the final 3:56 to hold the guests at bay and pull away late.
“From the start to the finish, I felt we played four strong quarters against an outstanding basketball team. Especially with the way they play defense, they will win a lot of games,” Smith added. “We executed our game plan as well as we have all year on both ends. As far as playing our roles tonight, we played them to a ‘T’. Our effort, especially on defense, was outstanding for 32 minutes. We needed a win like this.”
Ottoville finished with 10-of-14 singles (71.4%), nabbed 24 off the glass (4 offensive) as Schimmoeller had nine and junior Brandt Landin eight; with 11 miscues; and 20 fouls.
“We played with great effort as well. We also didn’t shoot very well,” Turnwald added. “We play three games in five days, so we are in an NBA portion of our schedule. We have to move on.”
Jefferson totaled 12 turnovers and 16 fouls.
In junior varsity action, Jefferson won the fourth period 9-5 to escape with a 36-33 triumph.
Sophomore Grant Wallace delivered 10 for the victors (5-1), while sophomore Dustin Trenkamp countered with 13 for the guests (1-4).
Jefferson hosts Crestview Friday; Ottoville visits Tinora.
Colin Bendele 0-3-3, Tyler Roby 2-2-6, Austin Honigford 4-1-9, Brandt Landin 4-0-8, Matthew Turnwald 0-0-0, Luke Schimmoeller 4-3-11, Kyle Bendele 2-1-5. Totals 16-0-10/14-42.
Jace Stockwell 1-5-8, Austin Jettinghoff 5-2-15, Ross Thompson 5-1-11, Trey Smith 4-7-16, Tyler Mox 1-2-4, Nick Fitch 0-2-2, Dalton Hicks 0-0-0. Totals 11-5-19/23-56.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 10 6 16 10 - 42
Jefferson 12 15 13 16 - 56
Three-point goals: Ottoville, none; Jefferson, Jettinghoff 3, Smith, Stockwell.
Jordon Gudakunst 2-0-4, Brendon Schnipke 3-1-7, Rudy Wenzlick 0-3-3, Emitt German 0-0-0, Alex Krouskop 2-0-4, Eric Von Sossan 1-0-2, Dustin Trenkamp 4-5-13. Totals 12-0-9/18-33.
Drew Reiss 1-2-5, Josh Teman 3-0-7, Cole Arroyo 1-3-5, Ryan Goergens 2-2-7, Grant Wallace 4-2-10, Nick Long 0-0-0, Drake Schmitt 1-0-2. Totals 9-3-9/14-36.
Score by Quarters:
Ottoville 5 8 15 5 - 33
Jefferson 12 5 10 9 - 36
Three-point goals: Ottoville, none; Jefferson, Reiss, Teman, Goergens.