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DELPHOS — The St. John’s boys hardwood unit dominated the third quarter 26-10 and went on to a 72-55 non-league victory over Shawnee Saturday night at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.

Two senior Blue Jays (8-3) put in double-doubles: Curtis Geise with 33 markers and 12 boards and Ryan Buescher with 13 points and 10 caroms. Junior Eric Clark was the third in double digits with 11 as the hosts shot 27-of-50 (54%).


The Indians (1-10) had a pair in twin digits: junior Thad Vernon with 21 (5 treys) and classmate Austin Brachok with 12 (all on treys).


The Indians used the long ball to only trail 36-35 at the half, knocking down 8-of-17.

However, that all changed in the third period; the Blue Jays (8-3) found the Indians’ main shooters: Vernon and Brachok; much better so they weren’t getting as good of looks. On the other end, the Jays were getting into transition and their offense was in high gear. Geise and Buescher were having their way, both scoring nine points. There was were four lead changes, the last one breaking a 44-all tie as Geise hit a transition jumper from the left elbow at 4:32 to give the Blue and Gold the lead for good. This was in the midst of a 23-1 splurge over the final 5:30 of the canto and ended when Clark hit a transition triple from the right wing with 3.1 ticks on the board for a 62-45 spread.

“It was the defensive end that we addressed at halftime. We had allowed those two to get loose, not finding them on the perimeter and giving them open looks,” St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer said. “We did better at that the second half, at recognizing where they were and keeping closer to them. We knew we were fine offensively; we just had to do a better job defensively.”

The nearest the Tribe could get in the fourth was 15 and the largest lead came at 66-45 early on from a Buescher deuce. They also led by 20 — 72-52 — on a layin by senior Cole Fischbach at 1:25 before settling for the final margin.

Geise (12 counters) and Vernon (11) went at it in the first period, with Geise doing his work on drives to the basket and jumpers, while Vernon hit three triples. The hosts led 19-12 on a Geise transition drive at 1:42 before Vernon’s trifecta from the right wing at 1:22 made it 19-15.

Geise continued his torrid pace in the second period, netting 12 more counters. Vernon scored six but it was Brachok who caught fire, knocking down all four of his bombs. The lead changed hands four times in the final three minutes, including the last at 3.1 seconds to go as Geise hit a triple from the key, to put the Jays up 36-35.

Shawnee knocked down 16-of-53 shots, 11-of-32 from long range, for 30.2 percent and 12-of-19 singles for 63.2 percent. They owned 29 rebounds, 11 offensive, as Vernon, Jay Thomas and Marquis Miller had four each. They added 11 errors and 16 fouls.

St. John’s added 5-of-13 3-balls and 13-of-16 freebies (81.3%); 38 caroms (7 offensive); 12 miscues; and 22 fouls. They visit New Knoxville 6:30 p.m. (junior varsity start) Friday.

“We scored 72 tonight and 68 last night. This was the best week of offensive practices we had yet this year and we carried it over into both games,” Elwer added. “We were patient, even when they were scoring at the other end; we didn’t allow that to influence us offensively. We didn’t force things. It wasn’t just about Curtis, it was getting everybody involved. We are growing up more and more.”

In JV action, the Jays used 31-of-48 free-throw shooting (64.6%), including 9-of-14 in overtime, to grab a 60-53 triumph.

Aaron Hellman hit 12 free throws en route to 19 points for the victors (4-7) and Alex Odenweller hit 15 singles for his 17 points.

Brennan Gaffer led the Tribe (4-7) with 18 and Griffin Hites and JaQuan Tucker added 14 each.


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