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Baumer’s 10-point, 48-second outburst key Jets by Panthers

December 20, 2010

BAUMER DIVES IN — Adams Central's Maverick Baumer tips the ball away from a foe during a recent game. Baumer scored 10 points in 48 seconds to spur the Jets to victory Saturday night. (Jim Hopkins Photo)

    MONROE—"Maverick" was a 1960s western television series about happy-go-lucky brothers doing heroic acts.
    On Saturday night, Maverick "Bomber" Baumer played the role of a midwestern hero, with a big assist from stellar free throwing by three teammates, as Adams Central claimed a 59-50 win over Lakewood Park.
    Baumer, a 6-5 junior who AC coach Aaron McClure says "poses major matchup problems" for opponents due to agility and ability inside and out, turned a 38-35 LP lead into a 45-40 Central lead with a spectacular 10-point outburst in the first 48 seconds of the fourth quarter, including a four-point play.
    Baumer, who led all players with 17 points (plus five rebounds and two blocks), buried a corner three at 7:17 for a 38-38 score, after which LP's Zac Crosby made two foul shots at 7:09 for the last lead of the game for the Panthers.
    At 6:55, Baumer hit a trey from the same corner, a few feet away from the AC bench, and was fouled. He bottomed the FT for a 42-40 lead for the Flying Jets.
    A few seconds after one of Nathan Busse's five steals, the Jets got the ball to Maverick in his shooting corner and he blasted another triple at 6:29 for a 45-40 advantage.
    Despite Baumer's timely brilliance, those were his last points of the night, but teammates Dalton Combs (15 points, seven rebounds, two assists), Keaton Fiechter (12 points, three assists), and Busse (eight points, three rebounds) took over at the foul line.    AC was 16 for 25 at the stripe overall (a not-so-hot 64%), but 13 for 17 (76.4%) in the decisive final period: Combs was six for eight, Fiechter went five for six, and Busse made one of two, plus Baumer's one for one. Lakewood Park was only four for four at the line in four periods.
    McClure lauded Baumer for his 48 seconds of excellence, saying, "That was really big." He went on to call Mav "a very, very good player" who continues to improve and "a very solid shooter."
    Overall, said Coach M, the Jets are demonstrating the teamwork it takes to be winners. The win was also "huge," he said, because AC will face Bellmont on December 28 at BHS. "Our goal is to play well each game," McClure said and, if that happens, the victories will mount up.
    AC is 5-2 and LP dropped to 4-2.
    The Panthers got 14 points and six rebounds from burly senior Brock Taulbee, who McClure described as "the best back-to-the-basket player we'll see all season," and 14 more from Crosby. Taulbee could have had well over 20 points, but shot six for 13 under the goal, while Crosby was five for 14 in twos and threes.
    LP's Tony Jerrall added a game-high nine rebounds, scored seven points, and pulled off five steals. Blake Mann also had seven points.
    McClure said the FT difference was a big factor, since the Jets had a 12-point edge. AC was called for a mere nine fouls, one of the lowest totals in school history, while LP was whistled 21 times.
    The Jets took leads of 7-0, 14-2, and 16-6 before the Panthers battled back with a 21-12 outscoring of the home team in the second period to cut AC's halftime lead to 28-27.
    There were ties at 31, 33, and 35 and the Jets could have held a 39-38 lead after three quarters, but they went zero for four at the stripe in the closing 1:31.
    After that, it was bombs away for Number 15 and free throws the rest of the way.
    Reserve Game
    For the second night in a row, Adams Central's backup team suffered a one-point loss, 35-34.
    The JV Jets (3-4) were outscored 13-9 in the last quarter by the 5-1 Panthers.
    AC received 13 points, five rebounds, and two blocks from Pierce Harris and eight points each from Hayden Black and Alex Byerly. Byerly added five assists and Black had three steals.
    LP got 20 points from David Albert, including five for 11 in threes. He also led in rebounds, with seven, while Hunter Yoder stole five times.

Varsity
Central    2G    3G    FT    TP
KamFiechter    0-1    0-0    0-0    0
KeatFiechter    2-3    1-1    5-6    12
Busse    2-3    1-3    1-2    8
Luginbill    1-2    0-1    0-0    2
Brooks    0-0    0-0    0-2    0
Baumer    1-5    4-7    3-3    17
Combs    3-9    1-1    6-8    15
Snider    0-1    0-0    0-2    0
Fawcett    2-4    0-2    1-2    5
Totals    11-28    7-15    16-25    59

L. Park    2G    3G    FT    TP
Casselman    0-0    0-0    0-0    0
Wiesenberg    1-1    0-0    0-0    2
Gerke    2-3    0-2    0-0    4
Crosby    3-7    2-7    2-2    14
Jerrall    2-5    1-4    0-0    7
Mann    2-2    1-2    0-0    7
Troyer    1-1    0-2    0-0    2
Workman    0-0    0-0    0-0    0
Taulbee    6-13    0-1    2-2    14
Martin    0-2    0-0    0-0    0
Totals    17-34    4-18    4-4    50

Fouls: AC 9, LP 21
Turnovers: AC 13, LP 16
Rebounds: AC 22 (Combs 7, Baumer 5), LP 26 (Jerrall 9, Taulbee 6)
Steals: AC 7 (Busse 5), LP 8 (Jerrall 5)
Assists: AC 7 (Keaton Fiechter 3), LP 8 (Crosby 3)
Blocks: AC 5 (Baumer 2), LP 2 (Jerrall 2)

Score By Quarters
LP    6    21    11    12    50
AC    16    12    7    24    59

Reserve
    AC—Byerly 4-0-8, Agler 1-3-5, Baumer 0-0-0, Barger 0-0-0, Black 3-0-8, Harris 6-1-13, Spangler 0-0-0. Totals: 14-4-34.
    LP—Yoder 3-0-6, Herber 1-0-2, McCormick 0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0, Edgar 0-0-0, Albert 7-1-20, Day 2-0-4, Neely 1-1-3. Totals: 14-2-35.

Fouls: AC 7, LP 10
Turnovers: AC 15, LP 15
Rebounds: AC 18 (Harris 5), LP 22 (Albert 7)
Steals: AC 7 (Black 3), LP 8 (Yoder 5)
Assists: AC 9 (Byerly 5), LP 7 (Yoder 3)
    
Score By Quarters
LP    7    9    6    13    35
AC    8    7    8    11    34

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