|Stauffer leads Pirates past Musketeer boys|
|Friday, January 17, 2014 9:25 PM|
By DAVE BONINSEGNA
CONTINENTAL — A slow start to a Putnam County League tussle between the Fort Jennings Musketeers and the Continental Pirates at The Pirates’ Cove of Continental High School turned into an up-and-down contest as the game progressed.
In the end, Pirate freshman Wade Stauffer finished off his 20-point effort by connecting on 4-of-4 free throws in the final minute to raise the hosts to a 50-44 victory.
Stauffer went 7-of-10 from the line as the hosts went 14-of-19 from there for the game (73.7%).
Nick Von Sossan paced the Musketeers with 11 markers and Josh Wittler added 10.
The Musketeers turned the ball over on their first four trips down court (7 for the night) before Von Sossan drained a three early to give the guests a 3-2 lead but the Pirates quickly regained the lead and never relinquished it. Still, they had a valiant effort and when Nate German buried a long-range shot at the buzzer at the end of the first period, the Musketeers trailed 10-9 after one.
The guests started out a disappointing 1-for-6 from the foul line before draining nine in a row and 13-of-14 in the second half.
Austin Mansfield (7 markers) scored two of the first three baskets for the home team in the second canto but the visitors would not go away quietly. The Pirates led by five at one point but Conner Wallenhorst hit one of just three shots from the field for the visitors but it cut the deficit to 17-15 — the halftime score — with just over two minutes before the break.
That, combined with a stingy Orange and Black defense, kept the tally at a 1-possession game.
In the second half, Von Sossan nailed the first shot to knot the game at 17-17 but Continental struck back, going on a 6-0 spurt. Nevertheless, the guests kept coming back as Wittler helped rally the Musketeers back to within two — 25-23 — with 2:21 left in the third.
Once again, the Pirates extended the advantage, this time on the shoulders of Jacob Williams, hitting five points in the canto for a 28-23 Continental lead. The persistence of the Musketeers continued and again, Von Sossan put the visitors in a tie game at 29-29 with just five ticks left to go before the final stanza.
In the final period, the tug-of-war continued with the Pirates not giving way and the Musketeers not letting go. A Wittler deuce made it 37-36, Pirates. Again, the hosts pulled away and as if it were a broken record, Fort Jennings came back again but just couldn’t get over the hump.
Von Sossan made it a 1-point game for the fifth time in the half at 45-44 with 40 seconds left,but the Stauffer charity shots spelled the end for the Musketeers’ comeback efforts.
Jennings hosts McComb tonight.
Fort Jennings (44)
Nick Von Sossan 3-4-11, Alex Berelsman 1-2-4, Connor Wallenhorst 3-3-9, Mark Metzger 0-0-0, Josh Wittler 3-2-10, Austin Kehres 1-0-2, Nate German 1-0-3, Drew Grone 1-1-3, Logan Sickels 1-0-2. Totals 9/25-4/11-14/21-44.
Gabe Williams 1-2-4, Zach Swartzman 1-0-3, Caleb Baker 1-0-3, Derek Troyer 2-2-7, Austin Mansfield 2-3-7, Wade Stauffer 6-7-20, Jacob Williams 2-0-4, Joey Swager 1-0-2, Matthew Bracken 0-0-0. Totals 12/24-4/11-14/19-50.
Scoring by Quarters
Fort Jennings 9 6 14 15 - 44
Continental 10 7 12 21 - 50
Three-point goals: Fort Jennings, Wittler 2, Von Sossan, German; Continental, Stauffer, Troyer, Schwarzman, Baker).
Rebounds: FJ 21 - 6 off. (Von Sossan 4), CO 24 - 6 off. (Stauffer 6).
Turnovers: FJ 7, CO 10.