Height boosts Jets past Raiders, 60-52


PONETO – Life is good for a basketball coach when he has starters listed at 6-0, two at 6-3 and one at 6-5.

The heights as listed on the Adams Central boys’ basketball roster aren’t a stretch, and the players aren’t just tall but strong, too.

Yes, the season should be a good one for Adams Central coach Aaron McClure and his towering team.

The Jets’ height prevailed in a 60-52 win against Southern Wells on Friday. Adams Central improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Allen County Athletic Conference, while Southern Wells drops to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the ACAC.

Adams Central had a decided height advantage against Southern Wells, and used it to its advantage. The Jets’ big men dominated in the paint – scoring, passing and particularly in offensive rebounding, where McClure was most pleased.

We were able to force them to come and guard us on the outside,” McClure said. “They had one player that could match up with us, and especially in the second half, we were able to really exploit that.”

The 6-5 Pierce Harris put up 17 points for the Jets, and fellow senior Isaac Luginbill added 18 points, nine of those coming in the first quarter. As well, senior Dalton Combs scored 15 points for Adams Central.

Southern Wells’ woes began early, trailing 12-2 at the 4:39 mark in the first quarter. The effort wasn’t helped by 12 first-half turnovers by the Raiders, including eight in the first quarter alone. However, Southern Wells had its brighter moments, as the final eight-point margin would indicate.

After trailing by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, the Raiders closed the gap to five at halftime – 30-25 – with a 10-4 run to the end the half. A basket by Devin Price and a three-point play by Travis Huffman put Southern Wells back in the game. But, those plays were mixed between turnovers, a trait Raiders couldn’t get away from throughout the game.