Bluejays dominate court against Hiawatha in first round of Sub-State

Junior Jesse Burger leaves multiple Red Hawks stumbling in his wake while taking this shot on on Monday, February 26, during opening round action of Sub-State.

The Bluejay boys met a familiar foe in the first round of the Sub-State when they welcomed the 3-15, No. 6 seed Hiawatha Red Hawks to their home court on Monday, Feb. 26. Sabetha defeated the Red Hawks in both of their meetings of the regular season, but they were not looking past their Big Seven foe.

Senior Brett Stallbaumer drives the ball down the court on Monday, February 26, during opening round action of Sub-State against the Hiawatha Red Hawks.

At this meeting, the Jays used pressure defense and scored in transition to pick up the win, 45-28.

Senior Kyle Grimm takes this jump shot on Monday, February 26, during opening round action of Sub-State against the Hiawatha Red Hawks.

Both teams used man defenses to start the game, but Sabetha’s full court man pressure kept the Red Hawks on their heels in the first half. Hiawatha managed just 4 points in the opening frame and only 6 in the second.

Hiawatha’s man also limited the Bluejays on offense in the first period and held them to just 7 points. Sabetha took the advantage at the end of one, 7-4, led by Ryan Stapleton with 3 on an old fashioned 3-point play, with Brett Stallbaumer and Jesse Burger adding 2 points each.

The Jays would outscore their guest in the second frame, 13-6, to help build a 20-10 lead at the intermission. Sabetha picked up some bench points in the second when Gabe Garber connected on a trey and a double for 5 points, and Braeden Cox dropped a pair of buckets for 4 points.

David Dyke and Kyle Grimm punished the Red Hawks in the paint, ripping down five offensive rebounds and pumping in 4 points apiece in the third quarter. Sabetha’s defense continued its pressure and held their opponent to single digit scoring with the Jays leading 35-16 headed into the final stretch.

Hiawatha did outscore their host in the final eight minutes, 12-10, but it would not be enough as the Jays took the victory 45-28, advancing to the semi-finals.

“It was a very good defensive game for us,” said Head Coach Scott Burger.

Hiawatha shot just 17 percent from the field, which was an obvious indicator of effective defense.

“We out-rebounded them by 12,” Coach Burger said.

Sabetha was more effective from the field, but still had a modest 43 percent shooting percentage for the game.

“Our offense was not sharp, but we did get several shots down low in the paint and on the fast break,” Burger said.

Junior Ryan Stapleton drives in toward the basket on Monday, February 26, during opening round action of Sub-State against the Hiawatha Red Hawks.
Sophomore Gabe Garber shoots from behind the arc on Monday, February 26, during opening round action of Sub-State against the Hiawatha Red Hawks.
Junior David Dyke takes this jump shot on Monday, February 26, during opening round action of Sub-State against the Hiawatha Red Hawks.

Sub State 1 ISSUE Hiawatha 2.26.2018

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Brett Stallbaumer

8

2-4

1-3

1-1

2

1

1

2

2

Ryan Stapleton

4

1-2

0-2

2-4

3

3

3

1

1

Braeden Cox

11

5-5

0-1

1-1

1

0

1

1

3

Jesse Burger

2

1-4

0-0

0-0

9

3

0

0

2

Gabe Garber

5

1-5

1-2

0-0

4

3

0

1

1

Joseph Gruber

4

2-4

0-0

0-1

1

1

1

3

1

Kaleb Grimm

0

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

1

David Dyke

4

2-5

0-0

0-0

7

2

0

0

1

Kyle Grimm

7

3-6

0-0

1-2

6

0

0

3

4

Marcus Funk

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Sabetha Totals

17-35 | 2-9 | 5-9 | 33 | 13 | 6 | 11 | 16 | 45

Opponent Totals

5-34 | 3-12 | 9-11 | 21 | 0 | 0 | 9 | 14 | 28

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