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MONROE—The lid on the rim was securely sealed on the Adams Central side of the gym Friday night as the Jets shot 3-26 from beyond the arc in a 55-46 loss to the Canterbury Cavaliers.
All three triples for the Jets came in the second half as AC went a staggering 0-12 in the first half in just their second loss of the season.
Defensively, Adams Central held the Cavaliers to below their season average but none of that matters if the Jets score less according to the Jets' coach Aaron McClure.
"If you would have told me before the game that we would have held Trent VanHorn to 25 points and that Canterbury would only score 55 as a team I think I would have been ok with that we just couldn't get any shots to fall for us tonight," noted the AC coach.
Canterbury's VanHorn has averaged 34 points in the Cavaliers' first two games filling in nicely for junior Austin Hatch who is still rehabbing from injuries inflicted from a plane crash two years ago. Before the accident Hatch had verbally committed to play college basketball and was granted permission by the IHSAA to repeat his junior season due to his circumstances.
Despite the shooting woes for AC, the score was only 8-8 after one frame. The Jets' junior big man Nick Baumer anchored the offense when he could scoring six of his 10 points in the first.
"Nick was a warrior for us tonight," praised McClure. "He had his first game in double figures and that's where he'll help us is like he did tonight getting put backs and rebounding the basketball."
Grant Sinn of Canterbury hit the game's first three-pointer in the opening minute of the second quarter, then Chase Moyle stole the ball at mid-court and went coast to coast for a lay-up leading to a 13-8 advantage. Pierce Harris scored a jumper for the Jets with about five minutes left in the half for AC's first points in the frame.
Canterbury outscored the Jets 17-6 in the second quarter to lead 25-14 at the halftime break. VanHorn had two three-pointers in the second stanza.
The Jets shot 7-31 in the first half (22.5%) from the floor including the 0-12 from three-point but coach McClure stayed positive with his squad in the halftime huddle.