Doug Long Jr. of Jefferson fights on the floor for the ball in their matchup with Ada Friday night. (DHI Media/Rachel Martin)
Doug Long Jr. of Jefferson fights on the floor for the ball in their matchup with Ada Friday night. (DHI Media/Rachel Martin)
DELPHOS -- The Wildcats brought the heat against Ada Friday night in boys hoop action. Jefferson held on for a 59-57 victory over the Bulldogs and earned their second conference win of the season.

Doug Long Jr. put two up for the Cats shortly following the first 3-pointer of the night by Phillip Coulson of Ada. Trent Teman threw up the first 3-point shot for the Cats with :43 on the clock and Mericle put up another 2-point shot with time running out in the first quarter. His shot tied the game at 11-11 after one.

Teman nailed a 3-pointer to start the second quarter and was assisted by Mericle. Brandon Hull had back-to-back 2-point layups for Ada with nearly 2:00 left in the first half. Long put two on board with time running out as the Cats headed to the break up 25-20.

Colin Bailey had a 3-pointer right out of the gate in the second half and Mericle came through once again with back-to-back 2-pointers. With 1:40 remaining, Ada’s Brandon Hull came through with a triple followed by a 2-point layup. With nearly twenty one seconds left, Hull was brought to line giving the Bulldogs two more good free throws.

“Hull is a great athlete and defiantly kept them in the game tonight,” said Jefferson head coach Jordan Jettinghoff. “He is a good physical player.”

The Cats took a 44-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Ada battled back in the final 8:00 and nearly stole the game from Jefferson. Micha Cook hit a 3-pointer to cut the Cats lead to 54-47 with one minute remaining. Ada went on a 10-0 run to end the game but was held off by Jefferson and gave the Cats their second NWC win of the year.

“We did well in the first two quarters,” said Jettinghoff. “We stuck through and kept going. I am definitely proud of how we did overall and the effort tonight.”

“It was definitely a fight to the very finish,” said Ada head coach Chris Sauter. “It seems it is like this every year. I am proud of how hard they fought and with as big of a scoring gap that we had early on, I thought we definitely fought to come back”

Jefferson 11 14 19 15 - 59

Ada 11 9 10 27 - 57

Jefferson (59)

Trent Teman 11, Doug Long Jr. 11, Hunter Mericle 10, Ashton Moore 9, Ian Wannemacher 8, Colin Bailey 7, Logan Herron 2, Damon Wiltsie 1

Ada (57)

Brandon Hull 30, Micha Cook 7, Phillip Coulson 7, Ty Miller 6, Jake Rayl 3, Ethan Murphy 2, Zac Swaney 2

Junior Varsity

Ada 2 10 15 8 - 35

Jefferson 7 15 8 13 - 43