Shawnee stayed unbeaten and did it emphatically with a 70-51 boys basketball win Saturday night over Delphos St. John’s, which also came into the game undefeated.
George Mangas scored 28 points and John Barker had 24 points to lead Shawnee (12-0). Brady Parrish and Aiden Rode scored 16 points for St. John’s (10-1).
Shawnee had to overcome a fast start by St. John’s, which built a 10-point lead at the beginning of the game.
The Blue Jays jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the game’s first six minutes, led by Aiden Rode, who scored 10 of the first 12 points for St. John’s.
St. John’s had three 3-pointers in the first six minutes. But over the last two minutes of the first quarter and the first four minutes of the second quarter Shawnee went on a 16-1 run to turn the game around.
“They threw the first two, three or four punches. Their crowd was into it, their kids were into it. We talked this morning about adversity and how Delphos is a team that isn’t going to beat themselves, they’re going to make you beat them. We knew it was going to be a game of runs,” Shawnee coach Mark Triplett said.
“I was very proud of how we battled to get ourselves back into it. The third quarter we got stops, we got down the floor in transition and got ourselves going offensively a little bit,” he said.
Shawnee shot 62 percent (29 of 47) on field goals in the game and 70 percent in the last two quarters.
The Indians broke the game open in the third quarter when they outscored the Blue Jays 26-9. In those eight minutes, Shawnee hit 10 of 14 shots and made five 3-pointers, three of them by Barker.
It was still a 10-point game halfway through the quarter before Shawnee got 3-pointers from Barker, Jarin Bertke, Barker again and then a dunk from Mangas, his second of the game, in a span of one minute, 15 seconds to make it a 20-point game.
The third quarter began with Shawnee up by four points, 33-29, and ended with it in front by 21 points, 59-38.
“I thought from looking at films, Delphos had just out-worked teams, they wanted it more. I knew we were going to have our hands full just responding to the challenge they were going to put in our face. We didn’t let that early run bother us,” Triplett said. “When we could get down the floor before they got their defense set, that was key.”
St. John’s shot 42 percent on field goals (17 of 40). Shawnee had a 24-15 rebounding edge, led by Tyson Elwer with eight and Caden Vermillion with six. St. John’s had 14 turnovers and Shawnee had eight.