NORTH JUDSON— The Flying Jets came just under a foot short of advancing to the regional finals against Bowman Academy later on Saturday night, but senior Maverick Baumer could not sink a half-court shot that would have won the Jets a win over Westview in overtime, 51-49.
Two of the best defensive teams in 2A faced off on Saturday morning when the Westview Warriors and Adams Central both traveled over 100 miles to get to North Judson despite the fact that the teams are less than that far apart from each other to begin with.
The regional's first game saw mighty Bowman Academy, the eventual winner of the N.J. regional, dismantle a shot-happy Hebron team who suffered just their second loss of the season.
From the Jets' first possession it was obvious that Westview's game plan was to make it as hard as possible for AC to score in the post and their guards were going to do whatever was necessary to pester the Jets' perimeter.
The Jets' first game of the sectional against Churubusco was a sign of the type of play AC would see from good teams trying to neutralize the Jets' offensive firepower and Westview took notes. The score after one quarter was Westview four, Adams Central two.
Clearly respecting AC as the better offensive team, the Warriors game plan from the start was to keep the score under 50, as stated by Westview's head coach Rob Yoder, whose team nearly failed at the task thanks to an overtime period. His squad outscored the Jets 10-8 in the four-minute extra period.
The Jets finish their best season in AC history at 19-3 with the accolades ACAC regular season champions and sectional champions.