|Third quarter dooms Blue Jays|
|Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:24 PM|
By LARRY HEIING
FORT RECOVERY — The St. John’s Blue Jays outscored the Fort Recovery Indians for three quarters Tuesday night at the Fort Site Fieldhouse.
But the third quarter doomed the Blue Jays as they were outscored 22-10, handing St. John’s their first Midwest Athletic Conference loss of the season 49-47.
St. John’s held a 25-16 advantage at the half but Fort Recovery came out on fire. Derek Backs grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back for the bucket to cut into the Blue Jay lead. St. John’s pushed the lead back to 29-20 after free throws made by three different Blue Jays (Evan Hays, Eric Clark and Andy Grothouse). The game turned when Kyle Schroer attempted a shot over the 6-5 Tyler Conley and was stuffed, then a mystery whistle sounded and play stopped except for Elijah Kahlig, who alertly picked up the blocked shot and nailed the 3-pointer. After a Grothouse free throw, Fort Recovery got within one with treys from Backs and Darien Sheffer. Conley found Grothouse under the bucket for an easy layin and the lead was 32-29. The Indians got their first lead of the game when Kahlig hit a pull up and Backs hit a triple for the 2-point margin with 2:10 left in the third. The Blue Jays took the lead back with an offensive rebound tapped out by Alex Odenweller to Hays and back to Grothouse for the bucket. Fort Recovery scored the last four points of the third on buckets by Kahlig and Backs for a 38-35 lead heading into the final period.
Ryan Koester tied the game with a three from the corner after neither team scored for almost two minutes to open the final stanza. Fort Recovery began to attack the basket with a layup by Sheffer. The Indians got fouled enough by the Jays to be in the bonus with 4:55 to play. Luckily enough for the locals, Fort Recovery shot poorly from the charity stripe, making only six out of 13 for the night. But these few made freebies gave the Indians a 44-38 lead. The Blue Jays battled back with a banker from Grothouse and a triple from Koester and suddenly it was a 1-point game. When the pressure was on, Sheffer converted three out of four free throw attempts for a 4-point lead. Grothouse hit a pair from the charity line to cut the lead to two with 2:11 remaining. Conley was also cool under pressure when he made his pair of free throws to tie the contest at 47 with only 1:15 left.
Fort Recovery worked the ball outside of the Jayss defense and called timeout with 20 seconds remaining to set up for the last shot. Kahlig responded for the Indians, hitting a jumper from the top of the key for the win.
After the game, coach Aaron Elwer said “that third quarter was tough, allowing them to score 22 points. But give our kids credit; they battled back in a tough environment and tied the score in the fourth. Kahlig made a big play at the buzzer when he needed to.”
The Blue Jays were led in scoring with Grothouse’s 18 points.
Clark hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the second quarter and finished with 10 points. Koester and Conley chipped in eight apiece. For the game, the Jays made 11-of-14 free throws.
The Indians were led by Kahlig with 18 points. Backs and Sheffer both added 10 points each.
The next game for the Blue Jays (7-2, 2-1 in the M.A.C) will be at home against New Knoxville Friday.
Fort Recovery (9-2, 3-0 M.A.C.) plays Versailles.
In the junior varsity game, the Blue Jays were without Tim Kreeger and Ryan Hellman due to sickness but Aaron Reindel returned to the lineup and Austin Heiing came down from varsity to fill in the void. The junior Jays battled back from a 23-9 halftime score but lost 46-34.
St. John’s (47)
Andy Grothouse 5-6-18, Evan Hays 1-1-3, Eric Clark 3-2-10, Aaron Hellman 0-0-0, Ryan Koester 1-2-8, Alex Odenweller 0-0-0, Tyler Conley 3-2-8, Jake Csukker 0-0-0. Totals 9-6-11/14-47.
Fort Recovery (49)
Derek Backs 4-0-10, Chase Bruns 0-0-0, Kyle Schroer 1-0-2, Tanner Koch 0-0-0, Darien Sheffer 3-3-10, Ben Dilworth 3-1-8, Brandon Schoen 0-1-1, Alex Kaiser 0-0-0, Elijah Kahlig 8-1-18. Totals 14-5-6/13-49.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 11 14 10 12 - 47
Ft. Recovery 8 8 22 11 - 49
Three-point goals; St. John’s, Grothouse 2, Clark 2, Koester 2; Ft. Recovery, Backs 2, Schoen, Dilworth, Kahlig.
St. John’s (34)
Gage Seffernick 4-0-12, Robby Saine 1-0-2, Buddy Jackson 2-0-4, Jesse Ditto 3-1-7, Austin Heiing 2-0-4, Aaron Reindel 2-1-5. Totals 14-2-34.
Ft. Recovery (46)
Jackson Hobbs 0-3-3, Chase Bruns 4-6-18, Caleb Martin 4-0-8, Jason Roessner 3-3-9, Wes Wenning 2-2-6, Micaiah Cox 1-0-2, JJ Overton 1-0-2. Totals 16-14-46.
Score by Quarters
St John’s 7 2 11 14 - 34
Ft. Recovery 16 7 12 11 - 46
Three-point goals: St. John’s, Seffernick 4; Fort Recovery, noon.