Jays claim win over Jeff West

A streak begins with a single win, and that’s what the Bluejay boys were planning to achieve after picking up their third loss of the season against Nemaha Central. Sabetha traveled to Meriden Tuesday, Dec. 19, to take on the 3-2 Jeff West Tigers in an attempt to pick up the newest “W,” a task that was no easy feat.

The Tigers led at the end of one, but it was back and forth to the near end, with the Jays edging out their host 47-42.

The Bluejays struggled with consistent scoring in the first half due to some miscues and a stout Tiger man defense.

“We struggled offensively in the first half in having 12 turnovers,” said Head Coach Scott Burger, an emphasis which was improved upon in the second half.

Sabetha managed just 5 points in the first frame with Brett Stallbaumer and Jesse Burger each putting a bucket, and Kyle Grimm making good on one of two free throws. The Bluejay man defense held Tigers to single digits as well, but at the end of the first quarter Jeff West led 8-5.

The Jays outpaced their hosts in the second period, 15-10, led by J. Burger who had 6 points on a bucket, a triple and a free throw. Joseph Gruber hit his stride and was two of four from the field, with a deuce and a triple of his own to tally 5 points. Sabetha led 20-18 at the break.

With the turnovers in check in the second half, tallying only 4, the Jays’ defense held fast against a quick team of leapers.

“We got better as the game progressed,” Coach Burger said. “We came up with some big stops defensively.”

There were two ties and eight lead changes in the third quarter, with Sabetha outscoring the Tigers by the narrow margin of 13-12. Gruber and J. Burger shredded through the defense to put up 4 and 5 points, respectively, with David Dyke pounding the boards and chipping in 4 points. With fans on the edge of their seats, the Jays led 33-30 headed into the final stanza.

Sabetha once again outpaced the Tigers 7-2 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Tigers roared back pouring in 6 unanswered narrowing the deficit to 40-38. Second chance opportunities were limited by the Bluejay defense, as they held Jeff West at an arm’s length.

“We did a great job on the boards and sealed the win with clutch free throws down the stretch,” Coach Burger said.

Stallbaumer had 8 points in the quarter, and as a team the Jays were five of eight from the field to take the win on the road, 47-42.

Sabetha improves to 3-2 in the Big Seven and will hit the road again after the winter break when they travel to the 0-5 Hiawatha Red Hawks on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018.

12.19.2017 vs. Jeff West  ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Brett Stallbaumer

8

2-3

1-3

1-2

2

4

0

2

0

Ryan Stapleton

2

1-3

0-1

0-0

1

3

1

3

2

Braeden Cox

0

0-2

0-0

0-0

4

0

0

4

0

Henry Glynn

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Jesse Burger

13

4-6

1-2

2-2

3

0

0

2

0

Mason Spellmeier

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Tanner Willams

0

0-2

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

1

1

Gabe Garber

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

1

0

0

0

Joseph Gruber

12

3-7

1-1

3-5

0

3

1

2

1

Kaleb Grimm

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

David Dyke

9

4-8

0-0

1-2

9

1

1

2

1

Kyle Grimm

3

1-5

0-0

1-2

8

1

0

1

1

Sabetha Totals

15-36 | 3-7 | 8-13 | 28 | 13 | 3 | 17 | 6 | 47

Opponent Totals

18-30 | 2-14 | 0-2 | 16 | 10 | 1 | 9 | 16 | 42

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