DELPHOS — Crestview’s Derek Stout was trying to give his team a lift coming off the bench.
He certainly did that and more.
Stout scored a game-high 16 points and delivered the game-winning basket with one second left to give Crestview a 50-48 boys basketball victory over Delphos St. John’s on Friday night at Robert Arnzen Gymnasium.
The game was tied at 48 when Crestview called timeout with 13 seconds to go. The Knights had the ball out on the side.
Crestview point guard Drew Kline took the inbounds pass and dribbled to the top of the key, where he dropped it off to Wade Sheets.
Sheets took it down the left side of the key before fed it to an open 6-foot-4 Stout on the left block.
Stout turned and flipped in a layup a second before the horn went off to give the Knights the win.
“I went down to the block and Sheets dished it down to me and I brought it to the hole,” Stout said. “It was a good pass and he found me. …. I was just trying to give my team a spark off the bench.”
Crestview is 4-2. St. John’s is 3-3.
“We got down 11, but fought and put ourselves in that situation (to win it),” Crestview coach Jeremy Best said. “We set the play and Wade turned the corner and found Derek and made the pass.’’
Javin Etzler had 15 points for the Knights. Sheets scored 10 and Derick Dealey had five points.
In all, the Knights had 31 points from their bench, including Stout’s 16.
Best, who is still searching for his team’s correct roles, decided to bring Stout off the bench for the first time this season.
Tim Kreeger, the Blue Jays’ 6-8 center, had 14 points, three rebounds and three blocks.
Owen Rode had 10 points, while Jared Wurst scored nine for the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays went to Kreeger in the first half, as he scored eight by halftime when the score was tied at 21.
But Kreeger got in foul trouble in the third quarter.
That led to the Blue Jays knocking down three 3-pointers in the third quarter, including two from Connor Hulihan off the bench.
After Hulihan’s second 3-pointer, the Blue Jays led 35-28 with 2:15 left in the third quarter.
The Blue Jays’ lead grew to as many as 11, 44-33, with 4:36 to go after a driving layup by Kreeger.
From there, it was nearly all Crestview.
“We did a good job for 30 minutes and we didn’t finish the game,” St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer said. “Then we let a couple of their good shooters get free.”
Crestview answered with three 3-pointers of its own by Sheets, Etzler and Dealey.
“I told him (Etzler) that he was going to be guarded like he hadn’t been guarded before,” Best said. “He handled that pressure and hit a couple of huge shots for us.”
Dealey’s 3-pointer tied the game at 46 with 1:53 to go. That capped off an 8-0 Crestview run.
“We just had to come together as a team and keep battling,” Stout said. “Fortunately we hit some shots and got back into it.”
Rode hit a driving layup to give the Blue Jays a 48-46 lead with 1:35 left.
Back came Crestview.
Kline got just inside the lane and hit a 12-footer to tie the game at 48.
After a St. John’s miss, Crestview rebounded and set up the final play.
The Knights won the boards, 29-19. Sheets have five rebounds for Crestview, while Wurst had five rebounds for the Blue Jays.
Crestview shot 47 percent from the field, including hitting 7 of 9 in the fourth quarter. The Knights shot 3 of 7 on threes, but were 3 of 5 in the final quarter.
St. John’s shot 44 percent from the field and was 5 of 14 on 3-pointers.
Kline, a standout quarterback in football, had only two points, but ran the team all night from his point-guard slot.
“Drew’s our engine,” Best said. “He probably played all 32 minutes.”
Added Stout, “He (Kline) finds open shots for everybody. He’s a great passer and he’s a great leader.”
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