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Blue Jays are MAC co-champs; roll over Parkway 79-35 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 25, 2013 10:49 AM

ROCKFORD - Friday night could hardly have gone better for St. John’s. With a 79-35 win over Parkway, the Blue Jays sewed up a Midwest Athletic Conference co-championship, tying with St. Henry at 8-1, while ending their regular season at 15-5 overall.

In doing so, the Blue and Gold put 10 players in the scoring column and four starters in double digits, while shooting 59 percent from the field, draining 10 3-pointers and committing a total of three turnovers.

Next up for the Jays is Fort Jennings in the Division IV sectional at Van Wert 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

To Delphos coach Aaron Elwer the “co” in front of “champion” was no problem.

“The numbers go on the banner — there’s not an asterisk up there that says co-champions,” said Elwer. “I’m happy for those guys in there that have played so well on Friday nights in a league that’s as deep and as good as it’s been in a long time. For us to crown ourselves as champions tonight is a great feeling. For us to be 15-5 (overall), 5-0 on the road in the conference, says a lot about that group of guys. I couldn’t be happier and I’m extremely excited for them.”

Parkway’s regular season ends at 0-9 in the MAC and 2-20 overall. The Panthers play Spencerville Wednesday at 6:15 in the Wapakoneta Division III sectional.

Delphos tucked this one away early with five first-quarter 3-pointers and a 24-6 lead after eight minutes. At that point, the home team had turned it over seven times, the visitors none at all.

At the half, it was 39-10 and the Blue Jays had hit 15-of-27 field goal tries (56 percent), including six treys, while holding Parkway to 4-of-17 (24%). The Panthers turned it over only once during the second quarter, the Jays twice.

Parkway played a fine third quarter and actually had that period won until Ryan Koester hit a 17-foot angle shot at the buzzer to win it 15-14.

St. John’s was red-hot again in the fourth period, starting it off with a 19-2 run, which included three more trifectas.

The Jays’ 59-percent field goal shooting came on 29-of-49, while Parkway was hitting 34 percent on 13-of-38. Both teams were solid from the free-throw line: the Panthers at 75 percent (6-of-8), Delphos at 73 percent (11-of-15). The Blue Jays won the boards 23-15 and had far fewer turnovers, 3-15.

Curtis Geise, Koester, Seth Bockey and Ryan Buescher were the Jays’ double-digit scorers with 17, 15, 12, and 10, respectively.

Brant Barna, Matt Heindel, Cody Schmitt and Austin Adams had eight, seven, seven and six for Parkway.

If the Blue Jays continue to play the way they have in recent weeks, the tournament trail looks promising.

“As we started to have some success, started to gain confidence, had some young guys gain some really big experience, they started to feel comfortable. Along with our four seniors, we just hit it off,” added Elwer. “We continued to play well and continued to get better at the right time of year.”

The Blue Jay junior varsity (9-11) won the second half 24-4 — and the game 40-20.

St. John’s was led in scoring by Aaron Hellman and Alex Odenweller with 14 and 10.

Dakota Schaffner had 10, all in the first half, for Parkway (3-19).

VARSITY

St. John’s (79)

Buescher 4 0-0 10, Clark 3 0-0 7, Koester 5 1-2 15, Geise 5 5-7 17, Bockey 6 0-0 12, Grothouse 1 1-2 3, Fischbach 1 0-0 3, Hays 1 2-2 4, Conley 2 0-0 4, Odenweller 1 2-2 4, Csukker 0 0-0 0, Heiing 0 0-0 0, Wrasman 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 11-15 79.

Parkway (35)

Schmitt 3 1-2 7, Tanner Bates 0 0-0 0, Matt Heindel 3 0-0 7, Luke Bates 0 1-2 1, Barna 2 4-4 8, Adams 2 0-0 6, Gibson 1 0-0 2, Dennison 1 0-0 2, Stover 1 0-0 2, Gangwer 0 0-0 0, Caleb Heindel 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-8 35.

Score by quarters:

St. John’s 24 15 15 25 - 79

Parkway 6 4 14 11 - 35

Three-point field goals: St. John’s 10 (Koester 4, Buescher 2, Geise 2, Clark, Fischbach), Parkway 3 (Adams 2, Matt Heindel).

JV score: 40-20 (St. John’s).

 

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