|Wildcats own 4th period in surging past Rockets|
|Monday, January 20, 2014 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
PANDORA — Jefferson and Pandora-Gilboa went at it on even terms for three quarters Saturday night before the Wildcats pulled away with a decisive fourth period to snag a 61-51 non-league boys basketball victory at The Launching Pad of Pandora-Gilboa High School.
The Wildcats (9-5) were topped by the tandem of sophomore Trey Smith with 22 points — including 12-of-13 at the free-throw line — and senior Ross Thompson with 20.
The Rockets (2-10) received 13 from 6-5 senior Jared Tousley, 12 from 6-3 senior Alex Osborn and 11 by senior Seth Schmenk.
With both teams coming off close Friday-night wins, the Rockets led 36-33 to open the fourth period but Thompson (9 boards, 2 assists, 2 steals) hit 1-of-2 free throws at 7:47 to start the Wildcats’ winning rally. After 6-5 senior Colin Fenstermaker (4 boards) hit a putback for the Rockets to answer, Smith (7 boards, 4 steals, 2 assists) scored a basket, only to see Osborn (4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 thefts) retaliate. However, Smith hit a pair of free throws (7-of-7 in the quarter), senior Tyler Rice a 3-ball and Smith a 3-point play in transition at 6:12 to give the Wildcats the lead for good at 44-43. Thompson hit a tough jumper in the paint at 5:53 to finish the 10-0 spurt. Schmenk (5 caroms) broke that string with a tough basket but senior Austin Jettinghoff (7 markers, 2 dimes, 2 robberies) hit another trey from the left wing at 4:35 to start another killer 10-0 streak — to give the visiting Red and White a 56-45 lead with 1:25 showing. The visitors salted it away by hitting 5-of-8 singles in the final minute (14-of-20 in the stanza, 20-of-31 for the game for 64.5%).
“We’ve played in a lot of close games this year, which I think helped us tonight. There was no panic in these guys, even as we got behind and had to keep coming back,” Jefferson head man Marc Smith said. “Our losses have been to some extremely good teams, like Crestview, Fort Recovery, Perry and Columbus Grove. We grew up a lot this week because we’ve found that mental toughness. We had so many kids step up; for example, Austin didn’t shoot well but he hit a big 3 to help us pull away. I felt we also wore them down.”
P-G coach Logan Smith agreed.
“They hit big shots in the fourth quarter and we didn’t. We put ourselves in great position to win but couldn’t come through in the end,” he explained. “We had some turnovers in big situations. We’ve done this a number of times this year; we can’t seem to get over that hump and win these types of games.”
The Rockets used their height advantage inside in the early going. The Rockets beat the Wildcat press and got the ball particularly to Osborn (8 points in the period). They shot a hot 8-of-12 in the stanza (23-of-46 overall, 4-of-14 from deep, for 50%). The Wildcats somewhat matched that by netting 5-of-8 from the line (5-of-6 by Smith) and Thompson hit three deuces. When Tousley (7 rebounds, 2 assists) scored in the paint with 3.1 ticks on the board, P-G led 16-11.
The Wildcats were in trail mode the entire second period, led by six from Thompson, nearing within 22-21 on a lob pass from freshman Jace Stockwell (5 markers, 4 dimes, 3 thefts) to Smith with 1:48 showing. Helping their effort was seven forced turnovers. However, Tousley (5 in the period) scored in the paint at 36 ticks and sophomore Hunter Hovest (6 assists) slipped in a 3-ball from right of the key with 3.2 ticks on the board for a 28-21 edge.
The Wildcats remained in chase mode throughout the third stanza, with Thompson dropping five, Smith four and Stockwell a bomb as they again got within a point — 34-33 — on a Thompson fast-break layin at 1:26. A Tousley deuce had given P-G its biggest lead of the night at 34-26 at 3:15 before Schneck gave them a 36-33 edge on a basket with 49 seconds showing.
Jefferson finished shooting 19-of-39 from the field (3-of-12 long range) for 48.7 percent. They stayed even on the glass with their bigger foe 23-27 (8-10 offensive) as junior Nick Fitch added four and amassed a mere seven miscues and 10 fouls.
“On paper, this probably shouldn’t have been close but Pandora played well; they had a last-second win the night before after a losing streak to good teams like Leipsic, which showed me they can play,” Marc Smith added. “They gave us all kinds of trouble in the post, especially early on. We finally got a handle on that and rebounding and then we started to take over.”
P-G ended 1-of-4 at the line (25%), with 16 errors and 20 fouls.
“I thought we came out with a lot of emotion after last night. We won a tough defensive struggle in the last seconds and that gave us confidence coming into today,” Logan Smith added. “We played with confidence for three quarters but Jefferson is 9-5 for a reason. They’ve got a lot of good, solid players besides (Trey) Smith and Thompson. Those two get a lot of defensive attention and for three quarters, the others only scored five points; our strategy worked but once they started to make shots, Jefferson took over.”
In junior varsity action, the Wildcats advanced to 9-5 with a 37-29 victory.
Josh Teman totaled 18 markers to lead the winners.
Jacob Miller was high scorer for the Rockets with nine.
P-G returns to the court Tuesday at Bluffton.
Jefferson entertains Lincolnview Friday.
Jace Stockwell 1-2-5, Austin Jettinghoff 2-2-7, Ross Thompson 9-2-20, Trey Smith 5-12-22, Tyler Mox 0-0-0, Nick Fitch 0-0-0, Tyler Rice 2-2-7. Totals 16-3-20/31-61.
Dustin Rieman 1-0-3, Jacob Wauters 0-0-0, Seth Schmenk 5-0-11, Brian Schneck 2-0-5, Hunter Hovest 1-0-3, Alex Osborn 6-0-12, Jared Tousley 6-1-13, Colin Fenstermaker 2-0-4. Totals 19-4-1/4-51.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 11 10 12 28 - 61
Pan.-Gilb. 12 10 13 25 - 60
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Stockwell, Jettinghoff, Rice, Jettinghoff; Pandora-Gilboa, Rieman, Schmenk, Schneck, Hovest.
Drew Reiss 2-2-6, Josh Teman 7-2-18, Cole Arroyo 0-0-0, Ryan Goergens 4-0-8, Kyle Wreede 0-0-0, Brandon Herron 0-0-0, Nick Long 1-0-2, Drake Schmitt 1-0-2. Totals 13-2-5/17-37.
Jason Walther 0-0-0, Layton McCullough 2-0-4, Jordan Hopkins 0-0-0, Erik Young 0-0-0, Josh Moore 0-0-0, Brett Schulte 1-0-2, Tyler Morris 0-0-0, Zane Traxler 0-0-0, Kyle Verhoff 3-0-6, Jacob Miller 3-2-9, Cole Alexander 3-2-8. Totals 11-1-4/9-29.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 12 4 6 15 - 37
Pan.-Gilb. 6 5 8 10 - 29
Three-point goals: Jefferson, Teman 2; Pandora-Gilboa, Miller.
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