DELPHOS — Delphos St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer wasn’t sure what to expect from his basketball team after only nine full days of practice because of the success of the football team.
He couldn’t possibly have come up with a better scenario than the one he got Tuesday night against visiting Wapakoneta at Robert A. Arnzen gymnasium.
The Blue Jays (1-0) blew away the Redskins with a flurry of 3-pointers as they raced to a 68-35 win in their season opener.
St. John’s got a trio of treys from senior Scott Elwer to open the game and the Blue Jays had a quick 9-0 lead. They never looked back.
St. John’s hit 7-of-9 from beyond the arc in the first quarter and grabbed a 25-8 lead over the Redskins.
“We got off to a great start,” Elwer said. “It was big for us to get on the game floor and we had a high level of energy, excitement and enthusiasm.”
The Blue Jays continued to bomb away and connected on two more 3-pointers in the second quarter and took a 25-18 lead into the half. They finished the first hitting on an amazing 9-of-14 from 3-point land.
Any hope of a Redskins comeback was squelched when the Blue Jays connected on 4-of-7 3-pointers in the third quarter to take a 55-25 lead into the final period of play.
The two teams battled back and forth in the final period and St. John’s never attempted a 3-pointer in the period as it was content to settle for time running off the clock.
They Blue Jays finished the game shooting 59 percent from the floor as they connected on 25 of 42 from the floor, including 13-of-21 on 3-pointers.
The Redskins (3-4) were outshot, outrebounded and committed more turnovers than St. John’s.
Wapakoneta shot 35 percent from the floor as it connected on only 14-of-40 attempts. The Redskins were outrebounded 24 to 15 and committed 13 turnovers to only 9 for the Blue Jays.
“They played really well tonight, they outdid us in every aspect of the game,” Wapakoneta coach Matt Bradley said. “We were outcoached tonight and they were better shooters and defenders than we were.”
Delphos got a game-high 21 points from Elwer, who connected on 5-of-6 3s in the game. Nate Webb added 18 points and four 3-pointers while Justin Backus chipped in with 10 points and two treys.
Cale Tabler led the Redskins with 10 points.
“We were able to keep them out of any offensive flow,” Elwer noted. “We passed well and kept our turnovers to a minimum.”