|Blue Jays honor seniors with a victory|
|Friday, February 21, 2014 9:44 PM|
DELPHOS — The St. John’s boys basketball team used a huge second half to roll to a 50-34 Midwest Athletic Conference victory over the Parkway Panthers Friday night at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.
The Blue Jays outscored Parkway 29-16 in the final two quarters.
Coach Aaron Elwer was happy with his team’s performance in the second half: “For most of our games this season, the third quarter has been our downfall. We came out and the ball started falling in the rim and our confidence grew on both sides of the ball.”
St. John’s honored six seniors before the game: Eric Clark, Ben Wrasman, Aaron Hellman, Ryan Koester, Nick Bockey and Jake Csukker.
Fittingly enough, Koester scored the first points of the game with a triple from the corner. Clark followed his senior teammate, grabbing a loose ball after a Panther turnover and his layin put the Jays up five. The first quarter was back-and-forth as Andy Grothouse and Alex Odenweller both hit 3s. Parkway countered with triples from Tanner Bates and a pair by Austin Adams to knot the score at 11 when the first-quarter buzzer sounded.
Parkway took its only lead of the game when Dakota Shaffner hit a jumper from the baseline to put the Panthers in front by two. St. John’s tied the game on a putback by Tyler Conley after an offensive rebound; Koester scored after driving the Vatican baseline for the bucket and the Jays never looked back and took a 21-18 lead into the locker room.
St. John’s third-quarter outburst was started when Conley hit a turnaround jumper from the foul line. Koester drilled a triple and Conley made two from the charity line for a 10-point lead. Clark’s steal of a Panther pass and coast-to-coast layin forced Parkway coach Rick Hickman to call timeout to stop the bleeding with 4:44 left in the third.
The third-stanza scoring was highlighted by Grothouse and Odenweller draining 3s and St. John’s headed into the seniors’ final eight minutes on the floor at Arnzen Gym leading 40-21.
Parkway’s Brant Barna scored first in the fourth with a bucket after a Blue Jay turnover. Koester found Odenweller under the bucket for an assist and scored after a steal from Parkway to put the home team ahead by 20. With the Blue Jays safely in control of the game, Elwer worked all six of his seniors on the floor in the closing minutes of the game for their final curtain call. The game ended when Bockey took the ball from the top of the key and drove down the lane to put the closing exclamation mark on a final victory at home.
St. John’s shot 43 percent from the field, including a hot 12-of-23 from 2-point land.
The Panthers, meanwhile, shot only 29 percent, due in part to the tough Jays’ defense.
On the boards, Parkway brought down 20 misses compared to 15 rebounds for St. John’s.
Turnovers were low with the Blue Jays only committing 11 and the Panthers 18.
St. John’s had two players score a lucky 13 points each: Koester and Odenweller. Grothouse and Conley added eight apiece.
Austin Adams lead the Panthers with 11 points.
In the JV game, the Blue Jays led the entire game to earn their second victory of the season 56-44. Robby Saine hit four treys to lead St. John’s with 18 points and Josh Warnecke chipped in 13.
The Jays end the regular season with a 12-8 record to head into sectionals. The next game for St. John’s will be next Friday against the winner of the Lincolnview/Ottoville game.
Austin Adams 4-0-11, Tanner Bates 2-3-9, Brody Adams 1-0-3, Brant Barna 4-1-9, Dakota Shaffner 1-0-2. Totals: 12-4/6-34.
ST. JOHN’S (50)
Andy Grothouse 3-0-8, Evan Hays 1-0-2, Eric Clark 2-0-4, Ryan Koester 5-1-13, Ben Wrasman 0-0-0, Aaron Hellman 0-0-0, Nick Bockey 1-0-2, Alex Odenweller 4-3-13, Tyler Conley 3-2-8, Jake Csukker 0-0-0, Austin Heiing 0-0-0. Totals 19-6/8-50.
Score by Quarters:
Parkway 11 7 3 13 - 34
St. John’s 11 10 19 10 - 50
Three-points goals: Parkway, A. Adams 3, Bates 2, B. Adams; St. John’s, Grothouse 2, Koester 2, Odenweller 2.
Hayden Lyons 1-0-3, Caleb Heindel 1-0-2, Drek Mosier 1-0-3, Caleb Rollins 0-3-3, Sage Dugan 4-2-11, Kris Gangwer 3-4-12, Devon Stover 1-0-2, Jensen Riley 2-2-8. Totals 13-11/18-44.
ST. JOHN’S (56)
Gaige Seffernick 1-1-3, Aaron Reindel 1-1-3, Ryan Hellman 0-2-2, Josh Warnecke 2-7-13, Derek Klausing 0-2-2, Wyatt Nagel 0-0-0, Robby Saine 6-2-18, Tyler Ledyard 0-1-1, Jaret Jackson 0-0-0, Timothy Kreeger 2-1-5, Owen Baldauf 0-0-0, Jesse Ditto 1-0-2, Owen Rode 0-1-1, Austin Heiing 2-1-5. Totals 15-19/34-56.
Score by Quarters:
Parkway 5 5 9 25 - 44
St. John’s 13 16 11 16 - 56
Three-point goals: Parkway, Gangwer 2, Riley 2, Lyons, Mosier, Dugan; St.John’s, Saine 4, Warnecke 2, Seffernick.