Late comeback is not enough as Jets fall in ACAC Tourney

By: 
Eric Mann
Staff Writer

By ERIC MANN
Decatur Daily Democrat
MONROE — When the threes don’t go down, game scores really go down — obviously.
Adams Central and Jay County showed that in back-to-back games recently as they combined for seven for 72 from deep — 9.7%.
Jay County won both games — by 10 the first time and by eight the second — as the Patriots rose to 9-2, while the Flying Jets wound up at 3-5.
The second meeting was on Tuesday in the first round of the ACAC tourney, which will celebrate its state-leading 100th anniversary next season. The score was 39-31, a bit higher for both than last Saturday’s 35-25 final.
In both games, the Jets were four for 36 in threes, while the Patriots went three for 36. On Tuesday, AC was three for 17 and JC was one for 14.
Tuesday’s contest stayed close throughout, with four lead changes in the first quarter, though back-to-back poor passes by the Jets in the early second quarter led to turnovers and a pair of Patriot twos from 10 and 16 feet to create a 19-8 lead.
AC’s 6-6 sophomore Isaac Schultz performed the most demonstrative shot block of the season in the second period when he quashed a fast break layup attempt by swatting the ball off the glass after a JC steal.
A few seconds later, AC’s Kam Brown made a well-contested layup, but was called for charging, so the score stayed at 21-10.
Following two Patriot traveling calls a minute apart, Central’s Ethan Poling sliced a corner three to cut the JC margin to 23-15.
In the third quarter, a triple by Braysen Yergler brought the Jets within seven at 25-18, then “Yergy” tallied a leaping layup two minutes later to make it 25-20.
Yergler’s next bucket came at 1:30 of the third stanza to reduce the Patriot lead to 28-22.
However, JC built a 34-24 lead with a 15-foot shot and four free throws before AC’s Ryan Tester bagged a trey at 4:10 of the final quarter to make the score 34-27.
The Jets’ best offensive play of the game involved its two big guys. Poling, at 6-5, knocked the ball loose near midcourt and to Schultz, who sped goalward for a layup and a 35-29 score at 1:13.
The margin was reduced to six again, 37-31, on Yergler’s last basket. He grabbed the rebound of a missed three and laid it back at eight seconds
JC’s Eli Dirksen ended the scoring at seven seconds with a brace of foul shots.
Poling and Yergler each had 11 points.
Dirksen put up 16.
Free throws were sharply divergent: JC was 10 for 15 and AC was 0-1.
Adams Central did not keep statistics during the game.

Score by quarters
JC 15 10 3 11 39
AC 8 7 7 9 31

Central 2P 3P FT TP
McClure 0 0-2 0-0 0
Yergler 4 1-5 0-0 11
Nunshwndr 0 0-0 0-0 0
Tester 0 1-4 0-0 3
E.Brown 1 0-1 0-0 2
K.Brown 0 0-1 0-0 0
Schultz 2 0-0 0-1 4
Poling 4 1-4 0-0 11
Totals 11 3-17 0-1 31

Jay County 2P 3P FT TP
Davis 0 0-0 0-0 0
Dowlen 0 1-2 4-6 7
Muhlenkamp 2 0-1 0-2 4
Alexander 2 0-1 1-2 5
Dirksen 6 0-5 4-4 16
Bogenschutz 0 0-2 0-0 0
Pearson 2 0-2 0-0 4
Weitzel 1 0-1 1-2 3
Totals 13 1-14 10-15 39

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