Bluejays come up short in Nemaha Central game

It was the Sabetha Bluejays’ third big test of the young season when they traveled to Seneca on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to take on the 3-0 Nemaha Central Thunder.

The Thunder averaged 68 points per outing in their first three contests, and the Jays knew that they would have to play good defense to pull off the road win. It was a close contest throughout with the Jays making a push at the end, but N.C. held on to take the 46-40 win.

Sabetha’s man defense held their host to just 7 points in the first quarter and led 8-7 at the end of the first.

“We did some good things,” said Head Coach Scott Burger. “Our man defense was solid.”

The Jays had four different players ink points in the first quarter against the Thunder’s man defense.

The second frame was another defensive battle, with Sabetha being limited to single digit scoring resulting in them being down at the break.

“We struggled on the offensive end,” Coach Burger said. “We didn’t attack the basket, and we didn’t get enough touches inside.”

Sabetha trailed 20-14 at the intermission, with Joseph Gruber leading his team in scoring with 4 points. Five other players contributing a bucket each.

Brett Stallbaumer spurred his team’s offense in the third period, opening the frame with a trey and leading his team with 5 points in the frame. The Jays pulled within a point, 21-20, in the first two minutes of the quarter, but the Thunder hit the boosters to outscore their guests 13-5 in the remainder of the period. Nemaha Central led 34-25 heading into the final eight minutes.

David Dyke had a bucket, and Gabe Garber added 4 bench points on a bucket and pair of free throws to narrow the deficit to 36-31. Braeden Cox had 4 points, and the Jays outscored the Thunder 15-13 in the final quarter.

“Our intensity was high and we made a great charge at the end,” Coach Burger said.

But the damage was done, and Sabetha suffered its third loss of the season by a score of 46-40.

“We did hold them to a season low for points,” Coach Burger said. “But when you come up with only three offensive rebounds and your opponent shoots 18 free throws to our three, you’re not going to win too many games.”

With the loss, Sabetha falls to 2-2 in the Big Seven and 2-3 overall.

The Bluejays finished out the 2017 portion of the season with a road game against the 3-1 Jeff West Tigers on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The results of this game were not available at The Herald’s press time.

12.12.2017 vs. Nemaha Central ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Brett Stallbaumer

7

2-5

1-3

0-2

2

2

0

2

2

Ryan Stapleton

7

2-2

1-3

0-1

1

4

1

1

2

Braeden Cox

4

2-4

0-2

0-0

1

0

2

2

2

Henry Glynn

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jesse Burger

4

2-6

0-2

0-0

7

0

0

0

2

Mason Spellmeier

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tanner Willams

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

0

1

0

1

1

Gabe Garber

4

1-1

0-0

2-2

1

0

0

0

0

Joseph Gruber

4

2-9

0-0

0-0

3

2

0

4

3

Kaleb Grimm

0

0

0

0

0

0

David Dyke

6

3-5

0-0

0-0

5

0

0

1

3

Kyle Grimm

4

2-5

0-0

0-0

3

1

1

1

3

Marcus Funk

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sabetha Totals

16-37 | 2-11 | 2-5 | 23 | 10 | 4 | 12 | 18 | 40

Opponent Totals

13-31 | 3-16 | 11-18 | 29 | 7 | 0 | 9 | 15 | 46

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