Jets win without Brown, Miller

Eric Mann
Staff Writer

     MONROE — For those who think Adams Central's varsity Jets are "Kevin Brown and Company," the first half of Saturday's 55-30 victory over Eastside showed growing versatility and balance on offense, especially after the roster was expanded by two players to help make up for the loss by injury of 6-8 scorer, rebounder, and shotblocker Dylan Miller.

     The Jets (10-9) put up a excellent 31 points in the first half, with Brown, probably on his way to being AC's all-time male scoring leader, having just eight, while "Long-Range" Lucas Van De Weg also had eight, 6-5 Ben Voirol added seven, 6-5 Jesse Franck got a season-best six, and Colton Yergler put up a pair.

     Brown finished with a game-high 17, with Van De Weg getting 13 (including three of six from distance), Voirol 11, and Yergler and Franck six each. The visiting Blazers (7-11), who AC might see again in the 2A sectional that will be held at Eastside, received 11 from Alex Yoder, five from Chase Franz, and four apiece from Gabe Trevino, Noah Johnson, and Colton Birch.     

     "We had a great first half and took care of the ball on offense" throughout the game, with a season-low six turnovers, stated AC helmsman Aaron McClure. "Putting other guys in double figures is great," he added, indicating that it takes some pressure off Brown, causes additional defensive problems for opponents, and helps cover for Miller's loss.

     He was most happy for the "really good" defense the Jets displayed (contesting shots and holding the Blazers to two for 19 in threes) and for Van De Weg's very strong overall game, since he also had three blocks, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

     Another bright spot, said McClure, was Franck's presence, with six counters, four rebounds, a block, and a steal in what the coach called a "very efficient" performance.

     Coach M said Voirol continued his confidence-building growth as a shooter (mostly deadly layups) and rebounder (a game-high seven).

     Yergler, McClure declared, was his usual athletic self, contributing three assists, three rebounds, a block, and a theft.

     Central led wire-to-wire, taking a 15-3 lead and being up 18-8 after the first quarter. The halftime bulge was 31-14 and it was 40-22 after three.

     Among the top plays was a block by Yergler of a shot by Franz after Franz stole the ball from Yergler at AC's end. Franz had a head start of three or four strides, but C.Y. (a football standout) caught up and swatted the ball away without fouling just as Franz released a layup attempt.

     Another nice play was when AC's offense seemed bogged down in the second period. "Downtown Brown" had the ball in his hands and McClure yelled "Time out!" but none of the three refs indicated that, just as Brown sliced his first trey of the night to give the Jets a 25-10 lead. McClure smiled and was glad — and lucky — that no T.O. had occurred.

     One more moment came when "Long-Range" got a steal and went 70 feet, but was fouled as he tried a layup, after which he sank two free throws for a 35-16 lead.

     Central has three games in five days this week in an NBA-like schedule: at Southwood tonight, at Fremont on Thursday (a contest delayed by bad weather on January 31), and at home versus Parkway on Saturday.

     The sectional draw will be on January 17, then AC will end the regular season at home on the 22nd against Lakewood Park.

     Footnote: In haste to make a 10 p.m. deadline last Friday, the free throw difference between Adams Central and South Adams was accidentally omitted: AC went nine for 13 (69%), while SA was one for two.

     In Saturday's JV game, Eastside rose to 12-5 with a 46-34 win over the 6-10 Jets.

     AC's Ethan Brown led with 14 points, Justin Bultemeier added 10, and Nick Neuenschwander had five as the squad made just one of five foul shots.

     The Brazers got 12 points from Owen Willard, 10 from Hugh Henderson, eight each out of Liam Franz and Logan Fry, and six by Wade Miller.



E 8—6—8—8—30

AC 18—13—9—15—55


Central 2P 3P FT TP

Yergler 2-5 0-2 2-4 6

Hirschy 0-0 0-0 0-0 0

Bultemeier 0-2 0-1 0-0 0

VanDeWeg1-2 3-6 2-2 13

Murray 0-0 0-0 0-0 0

Brown 3-8 2-4 5-6 17

Dague 1-1 0-0 0-0 2

Voirol 5-7 0-0 1-2 11

Franck 2-5 0-0 2-2 6

TOTALS 14-30 5-13 12-16 55


Eastside 2P 3P FT TP

Trevino 1 0-2 2-2 4

Yoder 2 1-4 4-7 11

Johnson 2 0-5 0-2 4

Willard 0 0-1 0-0 0

Pfefferkorn 0 0-0 0-0 0

Franz 1 1-3 0-0 5

Smyth 0 0-2 0-0 0

Miller 0 0-1 0-0 0

Henderson 0 0-1 0-0 0

Gardner 0 0-0 0-0 0

Fry 1 0-0 0-0 2

Birch 1 0-0 2-2 4

Totals 8 2-19 8-13 30


AC Stats:

Turnovers: 6

Steals: 5 (Van De Weg 2)

Assists: 7 (Yergler 3, Van De Weg 2)

Rebounds: 19 (Voirol 5, Franck 4, Yergler 3)



E 9—11—13—13—46

AC 2—10—9—13—34


AC—Neuenschwander 2-0-5, B. Yergler 1-0-2, Bultemeier 3-1-10, Green 0-0-0, Hirschy 0-0-0, E. Brown 7-0-14, Bushroe 0-0-0, K. Brown 1-0-3. Totals: 14-1-34.

E—Franz 3-0-8, Henderson 4-2-10, Northrup 0-0-0, Snyder 1-0-2, Bredemeyer 0-0-0. Willard 4-1-12, Miller 2-0-6, Gardner 0-0-0, Fry 3-0-8. Totals: 17-5-46.