Jefferson senior Jace Stockwell intently eyes the movements of Arlington’s Matt Crawford during the first quarter of Saturday night’s non-league boys hardwood encounter between the teams at Arlington High School. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
Jefferson senior Jace Stockwell intently eyes the movements of Arlington’s Matt Crawford during the first quarter of Saturday night’s non-league boys hardwood encounter between the teams at Arlington High School. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

ARLINGTON — Jefferson needed to find a different way of winning Saturday night’s boys basketball road contest at Arlington High School.

The Wildcats used solid defense to limit the Red Devils and their offense en route to a 48-41 victory in non-league action.

Jefferson (8-9) received 15 points from Jace Stockwell and nine from Drew Reiss.

The Arlington offense was a one-man gang as Logan Speyer dropped in 20 points and added 11 boards.

Arlington came out in a 2-3 zone defense that put a premium on hitting perimeter shots or getting into the gaps. The Wildcats struggled with that the first half, downing 7-of-19 shots to trail 19-17 entering halftime.

The third period was a different story, though. Six different players scored at least a fielder as they heated up — going 8-of-17 — and they took the lead for good at 4:35 on a 3-ball from the key by Alex Rode. The Wildcats continued the assault, finishing off an 18-point period on a Reiss bomb from the right wing with 36 seconds to go for a 35-26 edge. Speyer narrowed the gap by two at 19 seconds on an inside basket for a 25-28 scoreboard.

Arlington was not done yet. An 8-2 spurt in the first 2:32 of the fourth period got them within 37-36 on a hoop-and-harm by Nathan Insley at 5:28. Brenen Auer hit a transition basket at 4:40 and the Red Devils could only get within three the rest of the way, with the Wildcats rebuilding a 9-point edge — 48-39 — on an Auer drive late.

In the opening period, it was Stockwell’s eight being matched by Speyer’s seven. The only difference was Stockwell’s points were the only ones on the Wildcat side, while Matt Crawford drained a triple as Arlington held a 10-5 edge before Stockwell’s bomb from the left wing five seconds before the horn made it 10-8, Red Devils.

Arlington led the entire second quarter but the Wildcat defense got more of a handle on the 6-5 senior Speyer, holding him to four in the second. After the hosts built a 19-13 edge on a Speyer deuce inside at 1:05, a Nick Long jumper and a Reiss break at five seconds put the red-and-white down 19-17.

“We came out a little sluggish and lackadaisical tonight. We knew we’d face their zone and that means you have to be ready to set your feet when you shoot; for some reason tonight, we weren’t doing that early,” Jefferson head coach Jordan Jettinghoff explained. “We were reversing the ball well in our offense but just not executing the shots. The second half, we ran a couple of sets that got some easy looks and we were more prepared to shoot. Our defense for the last six or seven games has held teams to 40-42 points; any time you do that, you give yourself a great chance to win a game. We’ve been able to bank on our defense, plus we’re getting more balance on offense. Last night, Brenen had his career high (vs. Lincolnview), tonight, he was being disruptive on defense and pushing the ball.”

Jefferson hosts Fort Jennings Tuesday.

McComb comes to Arlington Friday.

In junior varsity action, the Red Devils grabbed a 36-34 triumph.

VARSITY

JEFFERSON (48)

Jace Stockwell 5-13 3-4 15, Drew Reiss 4-5 0-0 9, Tyler Bratton 1-2 0-0 3, Brenen Auer 4-7 0-0 8, Alex Rode 2-6 0-0 5, Davion Tyson 2-3 0-0 4, Nick Long 1-1 0-0 2, Drake Schmitt 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 20-42 3-4 48.

ARLINGTON (41)

Nathan Insley 4-10 1-1 9, Caleb Price 0-3 0-0 0, Matt Crawford 3-8 0-0 9, Colten Crist 0-2 0-0 0, Logan Speyer 8-15 4-6 20, Jacob Russell 0-2 0-0 0, Nathan Russell 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Oates 0-2 0-0 0, Corbin Mains 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 16-44 5-7 41.

Score by Quarters:

Jefferson 8 9 18 13 - 48

Arlington 10 9 9 13 - 41

Total Field Goal Percentage: Jefferson 47.6, Arlington 36.4. Free Throw Percentage: Jefferson 75, Arlington 71.4. Three-point Field Goals/Percentage: Jefferson 5-11/45.5% (Stockwell 2, Reiss, Bratton, Rode), Arlington 4-17/23.5% (Crawford 3, Mains). Rebounds: Jefferson 24/6 off. (Rode 8), Arlington 27/11 off. (Speyer 11). Assists: Jefferson 12 (Stockwell 3), Arlington 7 (J. Russell 3). Steals: Jefferson 4 (Stockwell 2), Arlington 7 (Insley/Crawford/J. Russell 2). Blocks: Jefferson 0, Arlington 4 (Speyer 3). Turnovers: Jefferson 8, Arlington 9. Fouls: Jefferson 8, Arlington 6.

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JUNIOR VARSITY

JEFFERSON (34)

Caleb Lucas 0-0-0, , Trey Gossman 3-0-7, Hunter Haehn 3-0-6, Hunter Mericle 4-1-10, Logan Hubert 0-6-6, Doug Long Jr. 0-1-1, Ashton Moore 2-0-4. Totals 12-2-8/13-34.

ARLINGTON (36)

Jaret Vermillion 1-0-3, Ryan Metzger 3-0-6, Ewan Martin 0-0-0, Ivan Berry 8-5-21, Ty Webb 2-0-4, Carter Essinger 1-0-2, Nate Sheets 0-0-0. Totals 14-1-5/8-36.

Score by Quarters:

Jefferson 11 13 3 7 - 34

Arlington 15 2 12 7 - 36

Three-point goals: Jefferson, Gossman, Mericle; Arlington, Vermillion.