|Wildcats fall to LCC 53-33|
|Monday, March 04, 2013 11:01 AM|
WAPAKONETA - The Delphos Jefferson Wildcats and the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds faced off at Wapakoneta High School on Friday night in boys basketball action for the Division III Sectional championship, and the T-birds advanced with a 55-33 victory.
Jefferson battled LCC to a 6-6 tie midway through the first period, getting four points from Ross Thompson and two points from Trey Smith. The T-birds ended the first quarter on a 9-0 run including a three-pointer from Martyce Kimbrough.
LCC had a 15-6 lead to start the second quarter and quickly added to their lead with a Tre’on Johnson three-pointer to make the score 18-6 before the Wildcats used a timeout.
After the timeout, the T-birds continued the hot streak, going on 13-0 run before Jefferson got a foul shot from Thompson to end the run. During the T-bird run, LCC got four points from Jake Williams and another three-pointer from Kimbrough to make the score 31-7.
LCC scored the final three points of the half to take a 34-7 lead into the intermission. After being outscored in the first half, the Wildcats continued to battle and actually outscored the T-birds in the second half by a score of 26-21.
Johnson opened the third period with a quick layup for LCC but Jefferson countered fast with three straight points from Thompson to make the score 36-10. Austin Jettinghoff then got a layup around the two-minute-mark of the third stanza to cut the LCC lead to 40-14.
After a Kimbrough nailed another three-pointer and Johnson sunk a free throw, the Wildcats got baskets from Thompson and Zach Ricker to make the score 44-18, T-birds. Kimbrough opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer but Smith quickly countered with a three-pointer of his own to make the score 49-21, LCC.
After Aidan O’Conner made a layup, LCC was up 53-23, but the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run of their own. Thompson scored nine of the 10 points for Jefferson during the fourth-quarter run, including a three-point play.
The final basket came from Dantez Walton to give LCC the 55-33 victory and allow them to advance on in the tournament.
Kimbrough led LCC with 14 points, Johnson had 13 and Williams added 10.
Thompson had a game-high 16 points and Smith chipped in 10.
“(This was a) Very, very physical basketball game - as tournament games always are. They’ve got Division I athletes all over the court, maybe not in basketball but they are in football and track. It was a physical basketball game, and with our youth we have to get stronger. That is how the game was called and we couldn’t finish through contact. I thought as a game went on we didn’t back down and we started getting the ball to the rim and some good things happened for us,” said Jefferson coach Marc Smith.
“The kids aren’t going to give up, that’s not who am I as a coach and not who my assistants are. We are going to do things the right way and work our tails off and do things with class. We do things the blue-collar way and we have a work ethic and that is just who we are,” commented Smith.
With the win the T-birds improve to 22-2 on the year, and Jefferson drops to 6-18 on the season with the loss.
LCC (FG, FT, 3PT) Jarren Crawford 1-4 0-0 0-0 2, Sam Huffman 3-4 0-1 0-0 6, Tre’on Johnson 4-7 2-4 1-3 13, Martyce Kimbrough 1-6 0-0 4-8 14, Zach Schroeder 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Trey Cobbs 0-2 0-0 0-1 0, Darius West 1-4 0-2 0-0 2, Dantez Walton 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Aidan O’Conner 1-2 0-0 0-0 2, Jake Williams 5-5 0-0 0-0 10, Cory Stewart 2-6 0-0 0-0 4, Totals: 19-42, 2-7, 5-13, 55
Jefferson (FG, FT, 3PT) Austin Jettinghoff 1-3 1-2 0-2 3, Zach Ricker 1-7 0-0 0-0 2, Ross Thompson 6-11 6-12 0-3 18, Trey Smith 2-6 3-4 1-3 10, Tyler Mox 0-0 0-0 0-1 0, Dalton Hicks 0-1 0-2 0-0 0, Totals: 10-28, 10-20, 1-9, 33