Bluejays defeat Tigers 64-15

After suffering their third loss in the Big Seven to Perry, the Bluejay boys traveled to Effingham Friday, Feb. 2, to take on the 1-8 Tigers to reboot a winning streak. ACCHS’s one league victory came in 3-point win over Hiawatha back in week three.

This game was all Bluejays, as they were slow to start but held the Tigers’ offense to less than 5 points in the final three quarters. Sabetha took the win 64-15.

Both offenses sputtered to start the game, but it was the Bluejays who outscored their host in the opener 12-7. Sabetha’s Brett Stallbaumer led his team in scoring in the first quarter with 5 points, and Ryan Stapleton ruffled the nylons with a triple.

The Jays flipped the switch in the second quarter and erupted for 25 points in the frame. Kyle Grimm controlled the low post and pumped in 7 points in the quarter, while tallying a pair of offensive boards that led to points. David Dyke and Jesse Burger accounted for 4 points apiece, with Stallbaumer and Gabe Garber each hitting a shot from behind the arc. At the half, the Jays held a commanding lead over the Tigers 37-9.

Sabetha’s defense scalded the Tigers to start the second half, logging six steals and scoring in transition to extend their lead. They went on a 16-0 tear to open the third period, led by Braeden Cox with 9 points with Grimm adding 6 points and Burger adding 4. ACCHS’s Taylor Smith managed a pair of buckets late in the quarter, but the Jays added 24 points to their tally and led 61-13 headed into the home stretch.

With a running clock in the fourth quarter, the game quickly wound down and Sabetha’s reserve players took advantage of an opportunity to log some varsity minutes. Kaleb Grimm led his teammate’s offensive output in the quarter when he made three of four of his free throw attempts in the waning minutes of the contest. The Bluejays would cruise to the victory over ACCHS, 64-15.

“I was happy with the leadership of our players in Coach [Scott] Burger’s absence,” said Assistant Head Coach Josh Wertenberger. “After starting in man, we felt we would be more effective in the passing lanes with a zone press. We did a good job of using ball pressure and jumping passing lanes to create turnovers that led to scoring opportunities. Offensively, we were able to establish an inside presence, and our ball movement made us hard to guard. I thought we shared the ball well and gave up good shots for great ones.”

With the win, Sabetha improved to 8-3 in the Big Seven and 10-5 overall.

The Bluejays took on Nemaha Central on Tuesday, Feb. 6. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time.

2.2.2018 vs. ACCHS ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Brett Stallbaumer

10

2-2

2-3

0-1

3

4

0

2

0

Ryan Stapleton

5

1-1

1-4

0-0

1

3

3

0

1

Braeden Cox

13

5-6

1-3

0-0

1

3

1

1

0

Henry Glynn

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

0

0

Jesse Burger

8

3-7

0-0

2-2

7

4

3

2

0

Mason Spellmeier

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

1

0

0

1

0

Gabe Garber

4

0-1

1-2

1-2

3

1

2

1

0

Joseph Gruber

2

1-4

0-0

0-0

4

6

2

1

0

Kaleb Grimm

3

0-0

0-0

3-4

2

0

0

0

0

David Dyke

4

2-6

0-0

0-0

3

0

1

1

3

Kyle Grimm

15

6-7

0-0

3-5

6

1

2

1

1

Marcus Funk

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

1

0

1

0

0

Sabetha Totals

20-34 | 5-14 | 9-14 | 33 | 22 | 15 | 10 | 5 | 64

Opponent Totals

6-29 | 1-12 | 0-0 | 19 | 0 | 0 | 11 | 13 | 15

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