DELPHOS — Delphos St. John’s is on a roll.
The Blue Jays have opened the season with six straight wins and put in another impressive performance in their 52-31 victory against rival Ottoville in a non league tilt Saturday night.
With the win the Blue Jays improve to 6-0 and Ottoville falls to 5-3.
Delphos head coach Aaron Elwer described this win as the team’s most impressive of the young season.
“Not that we haven’t gotten off to good starts but this is our best start this early in our season and it kind of set the tone for the whole game,” Elwer said. “We came out with energy and excitement and really enthusiasm and we talk about what we can control and and your attitude and effort and our effort was the best its been this year. We played our best 32 minutes..”
Defensively, Elwer said he knew that Ottoville is rich with talent and he challenged his player to guard their man to the best of their ability and his team responded by never letting Ottoville get in a offensive rhythm. Big Green standout Josh Thorbahn, who scored 13 points, was the lone Ottoville player with double digits.
“Obviously there is a sense of urgency with Thorbahn and he got his but they were hard earned and that is what you have to do with a good player,” Elwer said. “Our guys trusted the system and the scouting report and it ended up going our way tonight.”
Ottoville head coach Keith Utendorf gave credit to Delphos and said getting down early hampered his team s efforts throughout the game.
” I think that start set us back,” Utendorf said. “We tried to get out of the funk but we didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight. We did not rebound the ball very well tonight but I am proud of our kids for continuing to fight and tried to stay in reach We didn’t have it tonight.
Offensively, for the Blue Jays it was a team effort. A trio of Blue Jays eclipsed the double-digit barrier with Aiden Rode leading the way with 14 points. Brady Parrish pumped in 13 points and Brady Grothouse added 10 points.
“I think we can put five guys out there that have the skill level to make plays,” Elwer said. “Tonight was a good night and it always nice to see the ball go in the bucket early.”
The Blue Jays took early control of this game by scoring the first eight points. Ottoville never seemed to recover from the initial burst and the first quarter ended with Delphos owning a 14-6 lead.
With a smothering defense and unselfish play on offense, the Blue Jays continued to pour it on in the second quarter and by halftime, Delphos was on top 31-16.
Any chance of a big second half comeback was quelled when Ottoville’s offensive woes continued while the Blue Jays took advantage of any Big Green miscue. With the lead, the Blue Jays had the luxury of milking the clock in pursuit of an open shot. By the end of the third quarter the lead had grown to 42-22.