MONROE— Friday night's amazing AC win over Woodlan in double overtime at the Hangar could be summed up by just two words...Dalton Combs.
Leading Adams Central in every sense of the word against the Warriors, Combs scored 45 points (53% of the Jets' scoring) en route to an 85-78 final in favor of the home team.
Only Landon Adler in his tenure as a Jet has scored more points in a game netting 47 against a Canterbury team in 2004.
But Combs' point total was completely overshadowed by the total performance put in by the senior along with his teammates in what was easily the best game the Jets have played this season and it could not have come at a better time.
"What a great game coming off of last week's game against Canterbury," coach Aaron McClure noted of his senior. "He had one of the worst shooting nights he has ever had and when he came out tonight he was unstoppable. He had us on his back tonight. He scored everywhere from inside, outside, and at the free throw line."
Combs was forced to step up after his partner in crime, Isaac Luginbill went out early in the first overtime with his fifth foul.
"I was a little nervous when Isaac went out," Combs admitted after the game. "We've been in sync since we were in middle school and so I decided that since he was out I had better step it up and show this team I can be a leader." And step up he did.
With under :20 seconds in the fourth quarter, the Jets were down 58-55 when point guard Alex Byerly snuck behind a Woodlan ball-handler and picked his pocket going coast to coast for two points putting AC within one point. Woodlan's Shawn McGettigan stepped to the line and drained two big free throws after a foul pushing the Warrior lead back to three points at 60-57 with just eight ticks left.
Luginbill pushed the ball up to half court and the Jets called a timeout with just five seconds left. Then coach McClure drew up a play that AC executed with perfection setting a double screen in the lane for Combs to get free at the top of the key where he drained a triple to send the game into its first overtime. Combs had missed three three-point tries earlier in the quarter including two in one possession with under a minute to go but the senior nailed the one that mattered most.
"Coach set a play up for me and I just set my feet and let it fly," noted Combs. "I've been working with Isaac all week after that Canterbury game trying to get my shot a little better."
The shooting practice paid off for the Jets who have struggled as a team in their first six games. AC hit the first four three-pointers they shot in the first quarter but led only 18-16 after one frame, a sign of just how good the game was going to get.