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PORTLAND— The Starfire boys basketball team braved the snows while most of the region postponed on Saturday night falling big to Jay County on the road 61-32.
Jay County, the up and coming ACAC squad, got a taste from the smallest conference school in SA taking a 17-10 lead after one quarter and never looking back en route to a 3-1 start to their season. The Stars fell to 2-3 on the year with the loss.
"We started with good intensity but could not adjust once they started hitting some shots from outside," analyzed SA coach Andy Brown. "They shot the ball well and we had trouble being consistent on offense."
The Patriot lead ballooned to 33-17 after the end of the first half as Jay County would steadily build their lead throughout the game. They would outscore the Stars 14-9 in the third quarter and 14-6 in the fourth sealing the deal.
"Some of the same things happened to us against Bluffton as well," noted Brown. "We need to be tougher by being able to adjust a team hitting shots and when we miss them."
Derek Wanner led the Stars with 12 points on 5-8 shooting and a pair of free throws but did not get many looks at the basket as SA coughed up the ball 16 times in the loss.
"We just need more consistency from all aspects of the game from defense to offense to ball-handling," noted Brown. "We gave them at least 14 points off of turnovers, while also not getting back on defense and allowing offensive rebounds."
Marco Vasquez had nine points for the Stars, while Wes Thompson had five points, Chandler Ingle had three, Conner Sealscott had two and Jared Grabau managed a free throw.
For Jay County, Jacob Schlosser led all scores with 18 points, while Zach Fullenkamp had 12.
The JV Stars lost their reserve contest 37-26 led by JD Groh who had eight points.
South Adams is off until Friday night when they host Heritage starting at 6 p.m. with the JV contest.
So. Adams 32, Jay Co. 61
STARFIRES 10 7 9 6 32
PATRIOTS 17 16 14 14 61