MONROE— With 1:46 to go in the first quarter, the Raiders of Southern Wells scored a bucket to cut the Adams Central lead to 11-8 in Friday night's contest at the Hangar.
The visitors would not score again, however, until the 6:35 mark in the third quarter as the Jets blanked the Raiders in the second quarter on their way to a route 62-23 in their first conference game of the season.
While Adams Central poked and prodded to get what they wanted in the first quarter, the only bright spot of the opening frame for Southern Wells was Kennan Mooberry who scored six of the eight points as the Raiders remained in striking distance after eight minutes, 13-8.
The Jets started the second with quick ball movement exploiting a slow-shifting Raider zone defense and all of a sudden it was 20-8 through four minutes. Southern Wells missed a few chances to score with free throws at the foul line, while the Jets continued to stack more for their lead eventually leading 26-8 with a minute to play in the half.
Central pulled the ball out for one final play milking the clock down to eight seconds before coach Aaron McClure called for a timeout. After the huddle, Hayden Black through a perfect oop pass to Nick Baumer for a back-door basket as time expired deflating the Raiders heading into the locker room without a point in the second.
"We think we have a pretty good defensive team," praised McClure after the game. "Blade is big in the middle for us and our perimeter plays very tight. Our man-to-man defense has been a positive for us so far this season and I thought tonight we did a great job of not giving up second chance points."
The Raiders shot 0-8 from the field in the second quarter and the drought continued for the first few minutes of the third quarter.
"Our plan coming in was to play well for 32 minutes and gradually increase the lead," explained McClure. "We made a nice run in the second quarter busting it open and pulled away in the second half."
Jacob Roush's basket at the 6:35 mark broke a long silence on the scoreboard for Southern Wells and the Jets built their lead to 34-10 to begin the third. A 4-0 run made it 34-14 marking the only time in the ball game the Raiders scored on two consecutive baskets. Despite scoring 11 points in the third, a game-high for the Raiders, the Jets managed to outscore the visitors still, 13-11 making it 41-19 after three periods.
With the game well in hand, coach McClure opted to give his younger players some run on the floor.
"It was nice to give confidence to some of our sophomores who got a chance at some minutes tonight. Those guys have played well in the first three games for us."
David Fox rotated in and out of the game as the back-up point guard, while Jonah Tijerina played well on the wing and Luke Voirol gave Blade Kable a rest after the senior took over the game early in the fourth.
Kable scored four free throws on two straight possessions to start the final stanza, then made a difficult fall away in the post the next time down before tallying two more freebies on the next trip. Kable led all scores with 22 points aided by an impressive 12-12 showing at the charity stripe.
"Sometimes Blade can sit out on the perimeter a little too much so tonight we challenged him to go down in the post where he had an advantage with his height," McClure noted. "Anytime you go 12-12 from the foul line you're going to get your points and he did a nice job working hard down in the post."
Kable put his stamp on the defensive end mid-way through the fourth swatting away two Raider shots for the only two blocks of the game by either team.
Tanner Roth came off the bench in the final four minutes and hit the Jets' first three-pointer of the game giving the crowd a reason to get off their feet for the reserve guard. A few plays later, Tijerina blasted a triple off of a nice pass from Fox who added four more points on the run.