Jays conquer the Red Hawks

Sophomore Gabe Garber guards this Hiawatha player during the varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday, January 5.

After a well-deserved break, the Sabetha Bluejays entered the 2018 portion of the season with a road contest at the 0-5 Hiawatha Red Hawks last Friday.

Some may have overlooked the Red Hawks due to their record, but they were definitely ready to defend their home court.

Senior Brett Stallbaumer plays defense during the varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

The Jays trailed after the first quarter, stretched a narrow lead at the intermission, and built a modest lead in the second half to bring home the win, 48-39.

Hiawatha made good on high percentage shots in the opener against Sabetha’s man defense and led at the end of the first quarter 13-9. The Jays struggled to get the ball to fall with any regularity in the first eight minutes against Hiawatha’s zone defense.

“Hiawatha ran a tight 2-3 zone and packed it in,” said Head Coach Scott Burger. “This is something we have not played against all year.”

Junior Ryan Stapleton plays defense during the varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

There were three lead changes early in the second period with the Jays leading at the end of the half 25-23. Sabetha got 7 bench points out of Gabe Garber in the second frame, which put him atop of the leader board in scoring for the half.

Brett Stallbaumer and Joseph Gruber had 6 points apiece, with Ryan Stapleton accounting for 4 and Kyle Grimm kicking in 2.

The Bluejays managed just a single field goal in the third quarter with Garber marking the only bucket — a triple — halfway through the third period.

Sabetha went 5 of 8 from the free throw line to help maintain a minimal lead through the quarter and took a 33-29 lead into the fourth quarter.

“They [Red Hawks] shot over 50 percent from the field, something that wasn’t expected,” Coach Burger said. “But we were able to counter with a great 1-3-1 zone defense the last quarter that shut them out for an extended period of time.”

The Red Hawks were limited to just two field goals in the final eight minutes, while Gruber took the driver’s seat and pecked away at Hiawatha’s defense. Gruber had 8 points in the final frame, and the Jays outscored their hosts 15-10 in the last eight minutes.

Senior Kyle Grimm attempts to block this shot during the varsity boys’ basketball game on Friday, January 5, against Hiawatha.

It helped that the Jays were six of nine from the stripe in the fourth quarter to help them take the road victory over Hiawatha 48-39.

The biggest story of the night was the 17 bench points offered by Garber and the fact that Sabetha beat the Red Hawks on the boards.

“Our offensive rebounds were huge as we were able to get 12,” Coach Burger said. “This was a good game for us.”

With the win, the Jays improved to 4-2 in the Big Seven and 4-3 overall.

The Bluejays welcomed Holton to town Tuesday, Jan. 9. These results were not available at the Herald’s press time.

1.5.2018 vs. Hiawatha ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Brett Stallbaumer

7

0-0

2-8

1-2

0

0

1

2

0

Ryan Stapleton

4

2-2

0-2

0-6

2

1

1

0

1

Braeden Cox

2

1-2

0-3

0-1

1

0

2

1

1

Jesse Burger

1

0-3

0-0

1-4

7

0

1

3

2

Gabe Garber

16

0-3

2-3

10-10

3

3

3

1

3

Joseph Gruber

14

6-7

0-0

2-2

1

2

3

1

1

David Dyke

2

0-3

0-0

2-4

8

0

1

1

2

Kyle Grimm

2

0-0

0-0

2-2

1

0

0

1

3

Marcus Funk

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Sabetha Totals

9-20 | 4-16 | 18-31 | 23 | 6 | 12 | 10 | 13 | 48

Opponent Totals

14-27 | 1-5 | 8-16 | 17 | 0 | 0 | 5 | 21 | 39

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