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MONROE—At this point in the season, said Adams Central head coach Aaron McClure after Saturday's 64-37 win over Eastside, you want to be playing your best for several reasons:
•The sectionals loom and, for AC, there will be a challenge with Bluffton and Bishop Luers as potential opponents.
•The Allen County Athletic Conference race is not yet decided and the Flying Jets are 4-2, with one team left to play (South Adams).
•One more win will ensure that the 2010-11 season will be a winning one, since the Jets are 10-6. That's a long way back from 0-20 three years ago.
McClure pronounced himself satisfied that the Jets are playing well based on their slow-to-start, fast-to-finish defeat of the lowly Blazers (3-13).
It took almost half of the first quarter for AC to get on the scoreboard, but a layup by Keaton Fiechter at 4:34 made it 3-2. After a 6-6 tie, the Jets took the lead on a fastbreak layup by Maverick Baumer and never trailed again.
Eight Central players scored, led by Baumer's 17, plus seven rebounds; Kameron Fiechter's 11 points (including making all three threes he tried); Nathan Busse's 10 points, four assists, and two rebounds; and nine points, seven rebounds, and two blocks by Ben Snider.
Isaac Luginbill added eight points and two rebounds to the home team and Keaton Fiechter finished with six points, six rebounds, and three steals.
The only anomaly, which surprised McClure after the game, was that stalwart Dalton Combs had his first scoreless game of the year, although he pitched in with six rebounds and three assists.
Kyle Fawcett did not play due to a minor leg injury at the Leo game, but is expected back in the lineup soon.
Eastside was mostly a two-man show: junior Austen Brow (6-2, 220) had 16 points, five rebounds, and two assists and took all of his team's free throws (five of six), while senior Nate Mack had 11 points.
McClure said the team effort was solid from top to bottom, with superiority in rebounds (33 to 22), turnovers (eight to 16), steals (seven to two), assists (13 to 7), fouls (11 vs. 14), plus five blocks.
The coach also said he is glad to see Kam Fiechter coming on strongly as a scorer down the stretch; he had three treys versus Leo last Tuesday.
The Jets play Tuesday at Southwood, which has about a .500 record, so victory would guarantee a winning record. However, as McClure and the players would agree, just getting 11 wins is not this team's goal.