|Bath owns glass to down Blue Jays|
|Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 AM|
By JIM METCALFE
DELPHOS — Bath used its size and length to dominate the glass 38-21, including 18-4 offensive, as the Wildcats downed homestanding St. John’s 64-57 in non-conference boys cage action Saturday night inside Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.
The Wildcats (15-4) used the tandem of 6-6 senior Taren Sullivan (25 markers, 5 boards, 4 steals) and 6-2 senior Hayden Atkins (21 counters, 11 rebounds) to lead the way.
Guiding the Blue Jays (11-8) were junior Andy grothouse (17 counters, 4 boards), senior Eric Clark (16 points) and junior Alex Odenweller (12) to keep up.
The Jays, already at a size disadvantage, were without the services of 6-5 junior Tyler Conley, who became ill during pre-game warmups and couldn’t come back.
“Obviously, that’s disappointing; he wanted to play and felt like he let the team down. I feel bad for him,” St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer noted. “Not having his size in there was tough to off-set. At the same time, you have to be prepared for things like this to happen in a season; it’s the next guy up that has to step in there and play.”
Bath head man Doug Davis credited Atkins for being as key to the win, helping his unit bounce back from a tough loss the night before to WBL archrival Elida.
“He played extremely well. At times, I felt he was the quickest guy out there and he got off the floor very well, especially getting second shots,” Davis explained. “We were coming off a tough loss and the other time we did that this year, when we lost to Defiance, we responded by beating a very good Findlay team. I like how we are mentally tough enough to put that behind us.”
The Wildcats got to the offensive glass in the first period, getting six second-chances. That helped them off-set a 5-of-17 shooting performance and limited the Blue Jays to only nine shots (making 4). Bath held an 8-3 lead on a Sullivan trifecta at the 5-minute mark before the Jays steadily rallied and took their first lead of 13-10 on an Odenweller bombs from the right corner at 1:55. Bath tied it on a Atkins trio from the right corner at 56 ticks for a 13-13 quarter.
Grothouse (4 rebounds) hit the first of his two second-period treys to open the quarter and that just started a close stanza that saw one tie and five lead changes, the last when Bath took the lead for good at 27-26 on an Isiah Frazier basket at the 3-minute mark. Sullivan dropped in seven and Atkins six, as well as the visitors grabbing seven more offensive boards, helping them put together a 10-2 closing spell and take a 35-28 margin on a Frazier bomb from the left wing at 10 ticks.
Bath tried to pull away in the third canto but the Jays wouldn’t let them. The visitor lead never went above seven — at 37-30 — and never dropped below two — 41-39 on a triple by Odenweller at 2:12. When senior Ryan Koester (8 markers, 6 boards) drained a pair of free throws at 3.2 ticks, the Jays were within 45-41.
Bath’s defense seemed to start wearing down the Jays in the fourth, allowing them to sprint to a 53-41 lead on an Atkins 3-point play at the 5-minute mark. However, they could not put the Jays away and the Blue and Gold — behind seven from Grothouse and four by Odenweller — battled back, standing at 56-51 on a Grothouse drive at 1:43. Atkins came up with a big hoop-and-harm at 1:25 and the guests then hit 5-of-6 free tosses (8-of-11 in the finale, 16-of-21 overall for 76.2%) to finally subdue their foe.
“I was disappointed in our execution. I understand how athletic and lengthy Bath is; you can’t simulate that in practice, especially with only a Saturday morning of preparation,” Elwer added. “It still came down to our inability to rebound, especially the defensive boards, as well as being fundamentally sound with the basketball with our passing and ballhandling. We guarded them well and our effort was great; that’s never been a problem. We played so hard to have a chance and I felt we let it get away from us.”
Bath finished with these stats: 21-of-54 shooting, 6-of-18 long range, for 38.9 percent; with 13 errors; and 16 fouls.
“We never really got to a place where we felt comfortable with the lead,” Davis added. “Whenever we seemed ready to get there, they’d hit a 3 and be right back in it, staying within the 4- to 6-point range. We made a lot of 3s in the first half but we wanted to make an effort to get the ball inside the second half and it just kept going that way.”
In sum, the Jays ended up at 19-of-43 shooting, 8-of-21 beyond the arc, for 44.2 percent; 11-of-12 singles (91.7%); 12 miscues; and 19 fouls.
Bath takes on Perry Tuesday in a makeup game, while the Jays host Parkway to end regular-season play Friday.
In junior varsity action, the Wildcats improved to 8-11 with a 57-42 triumph.
Chase Clark dropped in 23 and Cam Clark 18 for the victors.
Gage Seffernick drained 16 (4 bombs) for the JV Jays (1-15) and Robby Saine 11 (3 bombs).
Josh Bishop 1-0-3, Hayden Atkins 7-5-21, Andrew Renner 1-1-3, Colin Gossard 0-2-2, Taren Sullivan 8-7-25, Dylan Burkholder 0-0-0, Isiah Frazier 2-0-5, Trent Jones 2-1-5. Totals 15-6-16/21-64.
ST. JOHN’S (57)
Andy Grothouse 5-4-17, Evan Hays 1-0-2, Eric Clark 7-0-16, Ben Wrasman 0-0-0, Aaron Hellman 0-0-0, Ryan Koester 2-3-8, Alex Odenweller 3-4-12, Jake Csukker 1-0-2. Totals 11-8-11/12-57.
Score by Quarters:
Bath 13 22 10 19 - 64
St. John’s 13 15 13 16 - 57
Three-point goals: Bath, Atkins 2, Sullivan 2, Bishop, Frazier; St. John’s, Grothouse 3, Clark 2, Odenweller 2, Koester.
Cam Clark 5-2-15, Ryan Gossard 3-0-7, Nick Sakemiller 0-0-0, Chase Clark 9-2-23, Troy Korkate 0-0-0, Kaden Sullivan 3-0-6, Shawn Hanthorn 1-0-2, Riley Gough 2-0-4, States 0-0-0. Totals 16-7-4/5-57.
ST. JOHN’S (42)
Gage Seffernick 6-0-16, Aaron Reindel 0-0-0, Ryan Hellman 0-1-1, Josh Warnecke 0-0-0, Derek Klausing 0-0-0, Wyatt Nagel 1-0-2, Robby Saine 4-0-11, Tyler Ledyard 1-0-2, Jaret Jackson 0-0-0, Timothy Kreeger 2-1-5, Owen Baldauf 0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1-0-2, Owen Rode 0-0-0, Austin Heiing 0-3-3. Totals 8-7-5/9-42.
Score by Quarters:
Bath 17 13 16 11 - 57
St. John’s 8 7 16 11 - 42
Three-point goals: Bath, Ca. Clark 3, Ch. Clark 3, Gossard; St. John’s, Seffernick 4, Saine 3.