|Fourth quarter lifts lancers over Jeffcats|
|Monday, January 21, 2013 11:40 AM|
MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview Lancer and Jefferson Wildcat boys basketball teams met Friday night at Lincolnview High School for a Northwest Conference matchup, with both teams riding losing skids.
The game was close throughout but the Lancers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 49-43 win.
“Coming in and getting a win was huge on our own floor,” said Lincolnview coach Brett Hammons. “I told our guys going in it was going to be a tough game. … It wasn’t our best shooting performance, but we found a way to get it done.”
Jefferson coach Marc Smith credited the Lancers with closing the game out strong: “Lincolnview’s got a nice basketball team. Their guards are very, very good; give them a lot of credit. They made some plays from that 5-minute mark to about that 2-minute mark (of the fourth quarter). We had a couple of defensive breakdowns on the high ball screen and they made us pay for it.”
The Lancers were led by a game-high 23 points from junior point guard Kyle Williams. Williams connected on 9-of-13 shots, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
“It took a while in this season to get adjusted to what we are doing. But these last six or seven games, Kyle has been leading us,” Hammons explained. “He’s been leading us as a scorer and that’s what we need him to do and also be a floor leader. His shots are huge and he’s starting to shoot with more confidence.”
The Jeffcats were without the services of junior forward Ross Thompson, who was out with injury, and Smith admitted the team missed him on the floor.
“We’re like a MASH unit in there (the locker room). We came out tonight and we didn’t have Ross, who is an All-Northwest Conference performer. We’re on the road and we’re starting two freshmen and a sophomore. … Ross does a lot of things for us,” he said.
Thanks to a pair of early threes from Williams, the Lancers grabbed a 14-13 lead after a quarter of play. Senior guard Zach Ricker and freshman forward Trey Smith got four points each in the first frame for the Wildcats, which was a sign of things to come for Jefferson.
The teams fought to a relatively even second quarter, in which Lincolnview shot 3-of-17, but Jefferson couldn’t counter due to seven turnovers in the stretch. Smith’s four points in the second were good enough to pull the score to a 20-20 tie at halftime.
The Lancers took control of the game in the third quarter and found themselves leading 32-26 at the end of it. Lincolnview held Jefferson to one made field goal in the stanza.
“Our last few games we’ve had to go zone with the matchups,” explained Hammons. “(Tonight) we stayed man, I would say, 95 percent of the game. They have a player in Smith — I told (the kids) he is good and we have to get after him. I put (senior forward) Mark Evans on him during the whole second half and I thought he did a good job. … I thought it might be our best defensive performance we’ve had.”
Jefferson drew as close as three, 37-34, but Lincolview held Jefferson off down the stretch thanks to seven Williams points and a 6-of-8 team mark from the free-throw line. Despite the loss, Smith and Ricker turned in nice performances for Delphos. Smith tallied 17 points, going 7-of-12 from the field. Ricker shot 5-of-10 en route to a 15-point performance.
“Trey was really good. They were face-guarding him, sending double and triple teams at him, and he was still finding a way to get the ball in the hole,” Coach Smith continued. “Zach Ricker was able to benefit from that a little bit because Lincolnview was sending so many people strong-side that he was able to drive the weak side. I think (junior point guard) Austin Jettinghoff grew up a lot. He’s always had a little bit of a crutch, to go back to Ross; he didn’t have that tonight.”
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, no other player added more than four points. Smith attributed part of that to young players getting new playing time due to injuries.
“Tonight was like a first game for us because we had kids playing different roles. I though we competed and went toe-to-toe the entire ball game,” Smith said.
Along with Williams’ 23 points, sophomore guard Justis Dowdy chipped in 12 points for the Lancers.
“Jefferson took us out of some things - give them credit — but we found a way down the stretch. We made some shots in the fourth quarter. I was pleased our defense came up and got some stops; I’m just pleased with the effort (the kids) gave,” added Hammons. “At first, we were starting to figure out roles but as the season has gone along, I think Justis understands that he has to score some for us. It’s not a one-man team. We need guys to step up and I think he’s getting a lot more comfortable.”
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-10 on the season and 1-4 in NWC play. They entertain Pandora-Gilboa tonight (6 p.m. JV tip).
With the win, Lincolnview improves to 4-10 on the season and 2-3 in NWC action. They welcome in Antwerp tonight.
JEFFERSON(2pt. 3pt. FT Pts.)
Austin Jettinghoff 1-3 0-1 0-0 2, Zach Ricker 4-8 1-2 4-5 15, Seth Wollenhaupt 0-1 0-0 0-0 0, Trey Smith 7-9 0-3 3-4 17, Dalton Hicks 1-3 0-0 1-1 3, Nick Fitch 0-2 0-0 4-4 4, Tyler Mox 1-2 0-0 0-0 2.
Kyle Williams 4-6 5-7 0-1 23, Justis Dowdy 5-7 0-1 2-4 12, Kade Carey 2-9 0-2 0-0 4, Mark Evans 0-5 1-2 0-0 3, Connor McCleery 0-2 0-0 4-4 4, Brooks Ludwig 1-5 0-0 0-0 2, Nick Leeth 0-0 0-0 1-2 1.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 13 7 6 17 - 43
Lincolnview 14 6 12 17 - 49
Ryan Goergens 1-0-2, Kurt Wollenhaupt 0-0-0, Josh Teman 1-0-2, Alex Neubert 0-0-0, Joe Gorman 0-0-0, Justin Stewart 1-0-2, Zavier Buzard 1-0-2, Jordan Herron 3-0-6, Carter Mox 0-1-1, Tyler Rice 1-1-3. Totals 8-0-2/8-18.
A. Leeth 1-0-2, T. Neate 0-0-0, T. Brandt 0-0-0, D. Hines 0-0-0, D. Youtsey 0-0-0, D. Friesner 3-0-8, T. Thompson 1-1-3, H. Ludwig 1-0-2, Z. Keith 0-0-0, C. Adams 4-4-12, A. Stocksdale 4-0-8, J. Smith 0-0-0, T. Wannemacher 0-0-0. Totals 12-2-5/8-35.
Score by Quarters:
Jefferson 6 4 4 4 - 18
Lincolnview 6 11 10 8 - 35
Three-point goals: Jefferson, none; Lincolnview, Friesner 2.