Jets clip Blackhawk in OT, 49-48

MONROE –– A huge block by Ben Snider on the last play in regulation sent last night's Adams Central-Blackhawk Christian game into overtime at 44-44, then five-of-eight free throwing in the extra four minutes gave just enough lift to carry the Flying Jets to a 49-48 win over the Braves. The Jets were unable to get a goal in OT, but the team's leading scorers, Maverick Baumer (12 points) and Dalton Combs (11 points), stepped to the line eight times to earn the victory. Combs was three for six and Baumer went two for two. Combs was fouled at 6.7 seconds as he rebounded a missed three by BC's Landon Sittler. He missed the front end and Blackhawk coach Jay Sefton called time out. When play resumed, Combs missed the second shot and the Braves had possession. However, Sittler's running one-hander from 12 feet at the horn bounded off the rim to make Central 9-6 and drop BC to 6-9. The Jets were able to play longer thanks in part to the fourth-quarter heroics of Keaton Fiechter. Keaton was heatin' as he scored seven straight points for AC in 3.5 minutes: a 15-footer for a 37-37 tie, a three for a 40-39 lead, and a layup off a baseline drive for a tie at 42. At 2:08, BC's Tim Howard, a 6-6 senior who was unstoppable inside (11 of 15 in twos, all layups), sank one for a 44-42 Brave edge, but Central's Nathan Busse blew in for a layup 17 seconds later to knot the contest at 44. Sittler missed a three, then Howard suffered a rare miss and Baumer rebounded, with AC immediately taking time out at 55.8 seconds. The Jets performed a brief stall until Fiechter missed a shot in the lane at eight seconds, which resulted in the ball out of bounds to Blackhawk at 5.1 seconds. The inbounds pass came to Reid Zimmerman, whose 15-foot attempt was stuffed by Snider. AC head coach Aaron McClure lauded Fiechter for his heady fourth-quarter play and for a nifty assist he pulled off early in the first quarter when he missed a shot in the lane, quickly grabbed the rebound, and, while sailing in the air, passed to Busse for a baseline six-footer. He also said his squad "made more mental errors tonight than in the rest of the season combined," including one which somehow led to an AC basket and another in which BC should have scored, but didn't. On the good side, the Jets committed a season-low five turnovers. Tonight, the Flying Jets have a road rematch with the flying Leo Lions, the state's highest-scoring team. The Lions have topped 100 points four times this season, but AC took them to OT in the ACAC Tourney before losing, 86-79.