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BY ERIC MANN
MONROE—None of Adams Central's players was alive when AC last defeated Leo in the 1990-91 season, 59-58.
However, the atmosphere in The Hangar on Saturday night was extremely alive as the Flying Jets out-Leo-ed the Lions, 90 to 64, to end a 26-game losing streak over the past 21 years versus the Allen Countians.
It was also only the ninth game out of 1,564 played in AC's 62 years of basketball in which the Jets scored 90 points or more.
In addition, the monumental victory put Adams Central alone atop the Allen County Athletic Conference race as the lone unbeaten team, 6-0, with one league game left: February 17 at Berne against the South Adams Starfires.
"I thought we handled their hard pressure [defense] really well," said head coach Aaron McClure, who was a player on the last two AC squads to down Leo in the 1989-90 and 1990-91 years.
"The players stuck with the game plan and stayed focused. It was a huge win!" McClure stated, having downed the highest-scoring team in the state, the second year in a row Leo has done that. It averaged 88 points coming into Saturday's contest and averaged 105 in its prior three games (two wins and a loss).
The 12-2 Jets left the 9-8 Lions (5-1 in the conference) in the dust as they used end-to-end play and height superiority to best advantage. They poured in 32 points in the fourth quarter: half of Leo's total of 64!
McClure said the nine players who saw almost all of the action (three reserves got in the game in the closing minute or two) acquitted themselves magnificently and made big contributions before a standing room-only crowd that was 90% Adams Central partisans.
Senior Maverick Baumer paced the Jets with 23 points, eight rebounds, and a block. Three goals were jams: one from a patented alley-oop feed by Kyle Fawcett and two on drives along the baseline past Leo defenders. In one of last year's games against the Lions, Baumer tallied 31 points.
The Jets travel to Eastside for a noontime game next Saturday, as boys' games move to midday to accommodate girls' sectionals.
Jet Reserves Also Win
The AC backup team ran off with a 50-37 victory as Maverick Baumer's sophomore brother, Nick, had a career-high 25 points on spectacular shooting: eight for eight in twos and nine for 10 in foul shots. He added eight rebounds, two assists, and a steal and only was called for one foul.