|Geise, Clark pace Jays over Flyers|
|Monday, February 04, 2013 11:47 AM|
MARIA STEIN — Marion Local presented a large problem for the St. John’s boys basketball team Friday night inside The Hangar of Marion Local High School in Maria Stein.
The Blue Jays had to battle a front line of 6-9 Luke Knapke, 6-6 Adam Bertke and 6-5 Ryan Bruns.
The did a fairly good job in building a 27-11 halftime lead in their Midwest Athletic Conference clash.
Then when the Flyers made a run to get within two midway through the fourth period, senior Curtis Geise took over in leading the Blue Jays to a 53-41 victory.
Geise led all scorers with 23 markers, including 7-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line; that led a 14-of-16 night overall (87.5%). Eric Clark added 13.
The Flyers (5-10, 0-5 MAC) went inside to good effect in the first period, especially finding Bertke. He scored eight points out of his team-leading 14 in the span, with Knapke scoring the other three on a hoop-and-harm. However, the Jays man-to-man and matchup zone mix forced six turnovers (17 overall) and Clark (6 points) and Geise (5) got them rolling. Clark’s 3-ball from right of the key at 3:00 gave them the lead for good at 12-9. When senior Cole Fischbach followed a miss with 1:03 showing, that put the Jays up 17-11.
St. John’s started 6-of-12 shooting in the period (17-of-38 overall, 5-of-17 downtown, for 44.8%) against the Local 1-2-2 zone, with Bertke at the top of the zone to bother the shooters.
The Flyers, who were 5-of-10 from the floor in the first canto (16-of-39 for the game, 2-of-13 beyond the arc, for 41.0%), saw their offense go dead in the second. They missed all four fielders and one free throw, adding five errors. The Jays weren’t exactly on fire — 4-of-8 — but effective enough to build a 27-11 as Geise hit an NBA trey from the key with 3.1 ticks on the board.
“I felt we executed our defensive game plan most of the game. We applied great ball pressure to try and make passes difficult and that was particularly effective the second period,” St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer began. “We made enough plays to build the halftime lead. The thing is, with our lack of size, we aren’t going to be able to keep them from getting the ball in the paint all night long but we did limit them. We also didn’t get killed on the boards, which was another key.”
For Marion coach Kurt Goettemoeller, the second period was part of a season-long trend.
“We started off OK the first period; we got the ball inside. The second period, we haven’t figured out how to play hard for 32 minutes,” he explained. “I think when we do that, when we figure that out, we are going to be a very good basketball team. I also blame myself for running a zone offense against their matchup zone instead of just attacking them.”
Despite the Flyers breaking their field-goal and scoring drought (10:22) on a lob pass to Knapke at 7:38, the Jays (11-4, 5-1 MAC) extended the lead to 20 points (35-15) in the third on two singles by Seth Bockey at 3:32. The Flyers then started to get the ball inside with a vengeance, with Bruns scoring six of his eight points in the span and Bertke four. When Knapke hit two freebies at 2/1 ticks, the Flyers were within 35-27.
Geise scored the first basket of the fourth canto on a breakaway at 7:46 but the Flyers continued to take advantage of their size in the paint. They got within 39-37 on a 3-ball from the right corner by Jacy Goettemoeller at 5:03. However, Jays’ senior Ryan Buescher answered with a 4-footer in transition at 3:53 and Geise stepped up even more, dropping in eight of his 10 fourth-period points in the final 3:00. That included four free throws as the Jays finally salted the game away.
In sum, much-smaller St. John’s stayed even on the glass, only getting outboarded 27-21 (8-4 offensive) as Buescher had six and Geise five. Geise added four steals. They concluded with nine errors and 16 fouls and will visit Lincolnview tonight.
“They made a concerted effort to get the ball inside the second half. They made that run in the second half and then Curt took over,” Elwer added. “We trust him to make good decisions with the ball; that’s what you expect out of your senior leader. We got a nice win in a hostile environment on the road.”
Marion Local hit 7-of-9 from 15 feet (77.8%); were led on the glass by Bertke’s nine and Knapke’s six; and added 12 fouls.
“I just love these kids in that locker room; they could have rolled over the second half but they weren’t raised that way,” Coach Goettemoeller added. “When we got it down to two, Geise simply took over. He is so strong for a 5-10 player and he got our guys off their feet and got to the basket. He is able to score over taller players.”
In junior varsity action, Dustin Seitz scored 18 and Collin Mescher 14 to pace the Flyers to a 38-36 triumph.
The Blue Jays (6-9, 2-4 MAC) received 14 by junior Aaron Hellman (4 treys).
ST. JOHN’S (53)
Andy Grothouse 0-0-0, Ryan Buescher 3-2-8, Eric Clark 4-3137, Ryan Koester 1-0-3, Curtis Geise 7-7-23, Cole Fischbach 1-0-2, Evan Hays 1-0-2, Tyler Conley 0-0-0, Seth Bockey 0-2-2. Totals 12-5-14/16-53.
MARION LOCAL (41)
Troy Homan 0-0-0, Nate Nagel 0-0-0, Jacy Goettemoeller 2-0-6, Ryan Bruns 3-2-8, Luke Knapke 4-5-13, Adam Bertke 7-0-14, Jason Brunswick 0-0-0, Clint Knapke 0-0-0. Totals 14-2-7/9-41.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 17 10 8 18 - 53
Mar. Local 11 0 16 14 - 41
Three-point goals: St. John’s, Geise 2, Clark 2, Koester; Marion Local, Goettemoeller 2.
ST. JOHN’S (36)
Aaron Hellman 5-0-14, Ryan Hellman 0-0-0, Ben Wrasman 2-2-6, Eric Gerberick 0-0-0, Gage Seffernick 0-0-0, Jake Csukker 3-2-8, Austin Heiing 1-0-2, Alex Odenweller 1-0-2, Tyler Conley 2-0-4. Totals 10-4-4/4-36.
MARION LOCAL (38)
Collin Mescher 5-1-14, Dustin Seitz 8-0-18, Kyle Homan 0-0-0, Jacob Zizelman 0-0-0, Kevin Tangeman 0-0-0, Nate Nagel 0-0-0, Troy Homan 0-0-0, Jason Brunswick 2-2-6. Totals 10-5-3/6-38.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 10 9 8 9 - 36
Mar. Local 15 0 11 12 - 38
Three-point goals: St. John’s, Hellman 4; Marion Local, Mescher 3, Seitz 2.