MONROE—The opening round of the 91st boys and 40th girls ACAC basketball tournament opened for Adams Central and Southern Wells at the Hangar Tuesday night with the Adams Central boys posting a 61-49 victory over the Raiders while the Wells County girls breezed past the Jets by a 58-28 count.
The AC boys came out of the gate on fire from behind the three-point line hitting their first four buckets of the game from there with Hayden Black nailing two and Nick Baumer and Jonah Tijerina getting one for a 12-4 edge. Adams Central ran off seven of the next nine points, with Tijerina hitting another trey and the Jets found themselves up 19-9 at the end of the period.
The second period was all Jets with David Fox starting off at 7:45 and then Baumer deposited a missed shot back in the hoop to go up 23-9. While Adams Central could do little wrong, Southern Wells struggled from the field despite three first half timeouts and when Fox hit his 3:01 hoop for two, the Jets had amassed a lopsided 35-11 lead. The Jets were up 35-15 at the half.
AC coach Aaron McClure could find very little to fault the Jets with in the first 14 minutes of play.
"During that time, I think we played as well as we could play at both ends of the floor. Offensively we were hitting shots and attacked their zone well. We weren't giving up much of anything defensively but in the last two minutes we got a little sloppy and gave them a couple of buckets," he said.
Southern Wells showed some signs of life in the second half, however, with Brad Woodward nailing a pair of treys and both Triston Niblick and Payton Roush knocked in a pair of baskets including one each to end the period as the Raiders outpointed the Jets 15-13.
The big edge Adams Central ran up in the opening half went from a game high of 24 in the first half to just nine late in the final stanza as the Raiders responded with a run to chop the score down to 56-47 with a minute to play. Freshman Evan Huffman drained two treys and a deuce while Woodward cashed in eight points as well in the stanza.
There was just was not enough time for the Raiders to recoup and AC managed to hit 8-10 from the foul line in the last two minutes to stop any thoughts of a magical Southern Wells comeback.