Bluejays fall to Kaws

Junior Jesse Burger drives inside during the varsity boys’ basketball game on Tuesday, January 30, against Perry-Lecompton.

The Sabetha High School Bluejay boys met Perry back in week two in a road match where the Kaws came out victorious. But after facing some potent opponents and weeks of experience gained, the Jays were looking forward to a rematch on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to avenge their earlier loss.

Junior Joe Gruber takes this layup shot during the boys’ basketball game on Tuesday, January 30, versus the Perry-Lecompton Kaws.

The Jays spotted the Kaws 10 points to start and gave up points in transition, and the Kaws shot 55 percent from the field to hand Sabetha their third Big Seven loss of the season. Perry took the win, 55-30.

“We gave up five lay-ups or fast break opportunities in the first quarter, which was a 10 point gift,” said Head Coach Scott Burger.

Senior Brett Stallbaumer shoots for three during the boys’ basketball game versus Perry-Lecompton on Tuesday, January 30.

The Jays fell behind 16-3 through the first five minutes of the game when the Kaws swarmed and beat their host in transition. Brett Stallbaumer had an early triple, Jesse Burger had a trey, and Ryan Stapleton popped an eight-foot jumper, but the Jays would trail 19-8 after one.

Perry extended their lead in the second frame, limiting shots with a pesky half-court trap and keeping the Bluejays off of the boards.

“We were out-rebounded for the first time since the Nemaha Central game,” Coach Burger said.

J. Burger carried the load of Sabetha’s offense in the second quarter accounting for all of his team’s points, but the Jays were outscored 14-7 in the frame and the Kaws led 33-15 at the half.

The Jays held the Kaws to just 10 points in the third quarter, using a match-up zone, and actually pulled within 13 points through the first six minutes of the period, 35-22. Stallbaumer had his second triple of the night, Joseph Gruber had 4 points on a bucket and a pair of free throws, and J. Burger hit one of two free throws. Sabetha trailed 43-23 headed into the home stretch.

The Bluejays struggled offensively in the fourth quarter as well and managed just 7 points to Perry’s 12. Stallbaumer had a trey, Kyle Grimm had a bucket, and Gruber remained perfect from the stripe, swishing a pair of freebies.

“They shot lights out, and we didn’t shoot the ball very well, mostly due to their quickness and length,” Coach Burger said. “But we battled the entire game.”

Perry was six of 10 from 3-point range, and shot 55 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line for the game, in which they defeated Sabetha 55-30.

“We fought hard, but I felt like we were beat in all phases of that game by a good team,” Coach Burger said.

Sophomore Gabe Garber takes this shot from behind the arc while this Perry-Lecompton defender tries to block the shot on Tuesday, January 30.
Junior Ryan Stapleton shoots for three during the Bluejay-Kaw contest on Tuesday, January 30.

1.30.2018 vs. Perry Lecompton ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Brett Stallbaumer

9

0-1

3-7

0-1

0

1

1

2

1

Ryan Stapleton

2

1-2

0-3

0-0

0

1

0

3

2

Braeden Cox

0

0-1

0-2

0-0

0

4

4

0

0

Jesse Burger

11

2-3

2-2

1-2

6

0

0

1

1

Gabe Garber

0

0-1

0-2

0-0

1

2

0

3

0

Joseph Gruber

6

1-5

0-1

4-4

1

0

2

1

2

David Dyke

0

0-2

0-0

0-0

2

1

0

2

0

Kyle Grimm

2

1-6

0-0

0-4

8

1

0

1

3

Sabetha Totals

5-21 | 5-17 | 5-11 | 18 | 10 | 7 | 13 | 9 | 30

Opponent Totals

16-30 | 6-10 | 5-7 | 24 | 0 | 1 | 3 | 11 | 55

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