OTTAWA — Delphos St. John’s coach Aaron Elwer was concerned about the start of the Blue Jays’ Division IV sectional final game against Cory-Rawson since St. John’s hadn’t played since the previous Friday.
It turned out that Elwer’s concern was not a factor.
Sophomore Jared Wurst buried two early three-pointers and any pre-game jitters were gone for Elwer, Wurst, and the rest of the Delphos squad.
“We have been getting a lot of shots in practice so I give credit to our coaches; our practice carries over to the game.” Wurst said. “It (those early threes) got my confidence up and it felt really good.”
Wurst would finish the contest with a double-double coming on 15 points (5 threes) to go along with 10 rebounds.
The Blue Jays (17-4) raced out to an early lead of 16-6 after a period of play and went to the half up by a score of 26-18.
The Hornets crept to within 8 points at 35-27 late in the third quarter before Delphos put the game away with 11-0 run that ended the third and began the fourth quarter.
With that run the Blue Jays took a 46-27 lead and put the game away with the only question left to be determined was the final score.
Delphos moves on to the Elida District and will meet Continental at 8 p.m. Tuesday after the Prates knocked off Ottoville 35-30 in the night-cap.
The Blue Jays enjoyed excellent balance as Tim Kreeger joined Wurst with a double-double that consisted of 12 points and 10 boards. Owen Rode gave Delphos three players in double figure scoring as he totaled 10 points in the game.
“We made some shots and we have the ability to make shots,” Elwer said. “They (Cory-Rawson) started to make some shots and gain confidence but our defense stepped up and we were able to wear them down.”
The Blue Jays committed 13 turnovers in the contest to only 10 for the Hornets but Delphos owned the boards with 28-18 margin.
Cory Rawson (13-11) shot 37 percent from the field in the game and the Blue jays finished at 47 percent on 18-of-38 from the floor, including 8-of-22 on three-point attempts.
“We are able to go eight deep and we challenge our kids to grab rebounds.” Elwer said. “It is always good to cut down the nets.”Cory-Rawson was led in scoring by Eric Ritter with 9 points and Bryce Tuttle who scored 8 points despite spending considerable time on the bench in foul trouble.
CONTINENTAL 35 OTTOVILLE 30
Continental earned the right to meet Delphos St. Johns with a hard fought 35-30 win over Ottoville in the second game of the evening.
The Big Green jumped to an 8-4 lead after the first quarter of action thanks to a 6-point scoring effort by Logan Kemper.
But the entire flow of the game changed in the second quarter when the Pirates went to a 1-2-2 zone press that caused Ottoville (9-13) fits and slowed the game to a crawl.
Besides causing 15 turnovers by Ottoville the press and a 3-2 zone defense stymied the Big Green offense and they were outscored 12-7 in the second period to trail 16-15 at the half.
Ottoville only managed five field goal attempts in the second quarter and those struggles continued in the third stanza as they only got off six shots – all 3-pointers – and were out-scored 9-8 to trail 25-23 going to the fourth quarter.
Continental (15-9) opened the last quarter on an 8-3 run to grab the lead at 33-26 and then was able to hold on for the win.
The Pirates got a big night from senior guard Trevor Williamson who poured in a game-high 17 points. Ottoville was led in scoring by Logan Kemper who finished with 11 points for the Big Green.
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