Jets hold off Parkway 63-55
MONROE—History was made at Adams Central on Saturday night at 5:40 of the third quarter as the Flying Jets played Parkway's Panthers.
Junior Kyle Fawcett inbounded a lob to fellow 11th grader Maverick Baumer, who produced a dramatic throwdown for the first inbounds dunk since the school began basketball in the late 1940s.
The slam brought much of the home crowd to its feet and, while not decisive in the Jets' eventual 63-55 victory, showed that a different day has dawned for the sport at AC.
The win was due, said Central coach Aaron McClure, to the hallmark of the 2010-11 squad: teamwork. "When we needed a play, someone stepped up and made it." he said.
In battle that featured 12 lead changes (six in the early part of the fourth period) and four ties, the fourth-quarter benefit in fouls (nine for Parkway and just one for AC) was key to building the lead as the Jets knifed 11 of 13 free throws in the final stanza (85%) and got the game's last six points at the stripe.
For the second game in a row (both wins), Adams Central (2-1) had four players in dual digits. All eight guys who played scored, led by Dalton Combs' 15, Isaac Luginbill's 13 (although he missed his first FT and is 11 for 12 in three games), and Baumer's and Nathan Busse's 10 apiece. Baumer added a game-high nine rebounds
In the last quarter free throw show, Busse was four for four, Combs three for four, Luginbill one for one, Baumer two for two, and Fawcett one for two.
After a nine for 15 three-point clinic versus Southern Wells on Friday, the Jets went six for 17 long-range versus Parkway.
However, in two-point shots, they fired a blistering 15 for 20 (75%) and could have had another couple of goals if not for traveling calls.
Free throwing overall for AC was 15 for 20 (75%) and Parkway was six for eight (75%), but a key difference of nine points in an eight-point decision.
Parkway (1-1) got 20 points from senior Corey Decker, including six of 12 in threes, and 15 from senior Chris Brazle. Seven of the eight Panthers who played scored. Brandon Beeks had a game-high seven assists and Riley Bransteter took in seven rebounds.
While AC had assists on 14 of its 21 baskets, Parkway had assists on 19 of its 20.
McClure said one of the very important plays for the Jets was Blaze Brooks' 10-foot basket in the lane at three seconds in the third period to give Central a 46-45 lead after a 40-33 AC advantage was turned into a 45-42 deficit by the claw-back Panthers, whose 12-2 run included treys by Brazle and Decker, layups by Bransteter and Beeks, and a 12-footer by Derek Luth.
AC will be at Union City on Tuesday night.
The Jet second team, coached by Mike Cooper, recorded its first win (versus two losses) by a 36-28 score, dropping Parkway to 1-1.
Alex Byerly paced the Flying Jets with 14 points, Zach Agler had eight, and Pierce Harris hit for six and grasped seven rebounds.
Parkway received 11 points from Evan Cheek and seven apiece from Cody Schmitt and Sean Mendez.