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Jefferson boys close with 10-point win

ANTWERP — The Jefferson boys basketball team finished the regular season with a 5-game winning streak via a 59-49win at Antwerp Saturday night.

The terrific tandem of sophomore Trey Smith and senior Ross Thompson again led the way for the Red and White, netting 26 (12-of-13 free throws) and 17 points, respectively. Thompson added a double-double with 11 boards, while Smith just missed with nine.

Smith moved into seventh place all-time with 836 career points.

The Wildcats finished 18-of-36 total (50%), including 3-of-12 downtown, and 20-of-23 freebies (87%); secured 30 boards (5 offensive); 17 assists (Jace Stockwell 7); 10 miscues; and 17 fouls.

The Archers finished 20-of-44 overall, 1-of-12 triples, for 45.5 percent; 8-of-17 singles (47.1%); with 13 turnovers; and 17 fouls.

The Wildcats (14-8) will open Division III Sectional action 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at St. Marys Memorial versus St. Henry.

The Wildcat junior varsity won 37-21 to finish 13-9.

Grant Wallace led the Wildcats with 12 and Drew Reiss 10.

JEFFERSON:

2-pts. 3-pts. FTs Pts.

Jace Stockwell 0-1-2-5, Austin Jettinghoff 0-2-3-9, Ross Thompson 7-0-3-17, Trey Smith 7-0-12-26, Tyler Rice 1-0-0-2, Tyler Mox 0-0-0-0, Dalton Hicks 0-0-0-0, Kurt Wollenhaupt 0-0-0-0, Josh Teman 0-0-0-0, Grant Wallace 0-0-0-0. Ryan Goergens 0-0-0-0. Totals 15-3-20-59.

ANTWERP:

Brummet 14, Smalley 14, Stout 2, Williamson 2, Jones 3, Copsey 10, Messman 4. Totals 19-1-8-49.

Score by Quarters:

Jefferson 13 14 16 16 - 59

Antwerp 9 6 19 15 - 49

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Beaver men close with ‘W’

By Adriane Bruner

Sports information assistant

BLUFFTON — In the final game of the season, the Bluffton men were looking for a victory against Transylvania University.

With four seniors in the starting lineup Bluffton jumped out quickly, opening a 15-13 lead with all of the points coming from those donning the Purple and White for a final time. The Beavers took over midway through the second half, rolling to a 72-60 victory over the Pioneers.

Bluffton improved to 10-15 overall and 6-12 in the HCAC, while the Pioneers ended their regular season at 9-16 and 7-11 in the conference.

As the Pioneers were the first to get on the board, the Beavers were quick to follow with two plays in the paint, a deuce from Dustin Kinn (Alvada/New Riegel) and a Jordan Turner (Swanton/Delta) putback which was followed by a hoop and harm for Kinn to put Bluffton up 7-4 just over three minutes into game play. Again taking advantage inside the key, Jon Fowler (Cincinnati/ St. Xavier) tacked on four consecutive points of his own as the Bluffton seniors all came out with a bang for their final game on Copeland Court.

Once again using the talent inside, Will Pope (Somerville/Preble Shawnee) came up with back-to-back follows for a 29-20 spread at the 5:52 mark. However, the large lead was short-lived as the Pioneers had two consecutive long range shots behind the arc and an old-fashioned three-point play to make the score 34-32 at the break.

The Pioneers picked right up where they left off when they opened half two with a 3-point shot from Parker Stansberry. While Ryan bbeskotte (Fort Jennings/Delphos Jefferson) made his attempt to counter them with a drive to the basket, the Pioneers secured their lead with a jumper and yet another shot from distance that put the visitors up 42-36. Transylvania held the lead until Pope earned himself an and one call to take the lead and then bolstered by a bucket inside from Thayne Recker (Arlington) that capped a quick 11-2 Bluffton splurge.

As Bluffton went ahead 49-47 on a Pope chip shot, the home team never looked back. With the Beavers in the bonus they capitalized with points from the charity stripe while their stout defense kept the Pioneers at bay. With one last tip-in for Pope, the seniors all stepped off the court with mixed emotions while earning their final victory over Transylvania, 72-60.

Bluffton went 28-of-55 (50.9 percent) from the field, while Transylvania hit 23-of-59 (39.0 percent). The Pioneers struggled to get to the charity stripe as they were 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) while the Beavers went 12-of-18 (66.7 percent). Transy was solid as usual from deep, going 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) while the Beavers were less active from the three-point line, hitting 4-of-8 (50.0 percent). The teams proved to be adept in the ball handling department with just 11 turnovers apiece, but the Beavers showed their might on the boards with a commanding 40-27 advantage.

Leading the Beavers was Pope with 19 points, going 9-of-13 from the field with eight rebounds. In a close second was Ebbeskotte with 16 points of his own. Earning a double-double for Bluffton was Recker with 11 points and 10 boards.

Leading the Pioneers was Alex Jones with 13 points, followed by Stansberry and Logan Wade who each added 12 counters in the loss.

Transy will make the short trip to Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday evening for a first-round matchup with the Lions at 7:30 p.m.

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Lady Beavers drop regular-season finale

By Blade Tackett

Sports information assistant

BLUFFTON — The Bluffton University women’s basketball team lost their final regular-season contest 85-73 Saturday afternoon in Sommer Center against Heartland Conference champion Transylvania. The Beavers were hoping for a big win to carry them into their first HCAC tournament game next Friday against Manchester University in Lexington, Ky. Although they fell just short, the Beavers proved they could go toe-to-toe with the 23-2 Pioneers who capped off a sparkling 17-1 Heartland Conference campaign.

The visitors came out ready to play as they bolted to an early lead behind Alex Botkin who scored seven of Transy’s first 10 points just 3:15 into the contest. Bluffton held its ground, however, as sophomore Taylor Knight (Perrysburg) hit two big threes that put them back into the game. As Knight went to the bench with her second foul a couple minutes later, Bluffton turned to its three leading scorers, Brooke Ruffer (Stryker), Kaitlyn Pennekamp (Hamilton/Ross), and Taylor Whitaker (Mansfield/Lexington) to keep up with the potent Pioneers.

Just as the Transy contingent appeared to have a comfortable lead, one of the three sophomores scored a couple baskets to get them within arm’s length. As they found themselves down 10 at the ten-minute mark, a Bluffton run over the next 2:25 sparked by a drive and dish from Whitaker to Ruffer brought them back to within two points. The final minutes of the first half went back and forth as a jumper from junior Belicia Cooper (Painesville/Riverside) put the Beavers up three with 1:35 left. Unfortunately, Transy ended the frame with two buckets and a 46-45 lead.

Bluffton was able to hang around the first 10 minutes of the second half, down only five midway through the period. However, the rest of the way was all Transy as they slowly extended their lead to put the game out of reach. The Pioneers were able to convert easy buckets as Bluffton tried to force them into quick turnovers. When the horn sounded, Transy came out on top by an 85-73 final.

Brooke Ruffer led the Beavers, recording her 16th career double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Pennekamp had 16, Whitaker added 14, and Knight finished with 10 despite playing just 17 minutes due to foul trouble. Bluffton shot 28-of-71 (39.4 percent) from the field, going 6-for-21 from deep and 11-of-14 from the stripe. The Beavers recorded 31 rebounds, 15 assists, four blocks, and 16 steals. They finished the regular season 14-11 and 10-8 in the HCAC.

Transylvania was led by Alex Botkin and Katelyn Smith with 22 and 20 points, respectively. Four other Pioneers also scored in double digits. The visitors totaled 31-of-62 (50 percent) from the floor, going only 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from distance, but 22-of-28 (78.6 percent) from the free throw line. They outrebounded Bluffton with a total of 45 boards to go along with 22 assists, 23 turnovers and nine steals. Transy finished with a 23-2 record and 17-1 in the HCAC.

Transylvania will host all five games in the tournament next week in Lexington. Bluffton earned the #4 seed and will meet Manchester University on Friday evening thanks to Rose-Hulman’s victory over Mount St. Joseph on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers are slated to tip off at 6 p.m. in the Beck Center when they make their first trip to the HCAC tournament since 2008-09. A win over the Spartans would propel Bluffton into a matchup with these same Pioneers on Saturday at 3 p.m.

 

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