DELPHOS — Lincolnview’s defensive effort was keeping it close in Saturday’s nonconference boys basketball game against Delphos St. John’s.
All Lincolnview needed was a little extra offensive firepower.
It finally happened.
After trailing 17-12 at the end of the first half, Lincolnview found what it needed, as Creed Jessee scored 14 second-half points (17 total for the game) to help lead Lincolnview to a hard-fought 40-34 victory over St. John’s at Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium Saturday night.
With the win, Lincolnview improves to 9-8 overall. St. John’s slips to 11-5.
Jessee hit two 3-pointers in the second half.
Jake Bowersock added eight points and eight rebounds for the Lancers.
The game was far from being an offensive display. On the night, Lincolnview shot 36 percent from the field. St. John’s connected on just 27 percent of its field goal attempts.
There were just four players that scored for St. John’s Saturday night.
Brady Parrish led the way for the Blue Jays with 14 points and six rebounds. Aiden Rode added 11 points, including three 3-pointers. Rode also came away with six boards and a block. Isaac Fairchild had eight points and six rebounds for St. John’s.
“I’m really proud of our guys, with the defensive effort that we gave,” Lincolnview coach Brett Hammons said. “I’m extremely proud of them. St. John’s is a great team with a great coach. … We found a way. … We battled.
“He (Jessee) hit some huge shots for us. We got the ball in to Jake (Bowersock), and he made a couple big plays. It was a team effort on both ends of the floor. I’m extremely proud of these guys.”
The game was tied twice in the first quarter before St. John’s finally managed to slip out with a 10-7 lead by the first stop.
Parrish led the Blue Jays with six first-quarter points. Fairchild was a perfect 4 for 4 at the free throw line, for four points.
St. John’s was just 3 of 14 shooting from the field. Lincolnview struggled as well, as it connected on 3 of 7 from the floor.
The Blue Jays’ biggest lead in the second quarter was four points.
St. John’s went into the halftime break with the five-point advantage.
Lincolnview was just 2 of 13 shooting from the floor in the second stanza, and ended up shooting 25 percent (5 of 20) from the field in the first half.
St. John’s also struggled, as it was 3 of 11 in the second quarter and was 6 of 15 from the floor (24 percent) for the half.
Rode had five points in the second quarter to pace the Blue Jays.
“Jake (Bowersock) got into foul trouble early for us, and I thought Daegan (Hatfield, two points, four rebounds) came in and gave us some minutes,” Hammons said. “We kind of weathered the storm. … We found a way to get through it.”
Less than a minute into the second half, Lincolnview knotted the game at 17.
But St. John’s responded.
Rode jump-started the Blue Jays with a 3-pointer.
Then Parrish got busy down low, scoring a couple times and helped push the St. John’s lead out to 7, 24-17.
But the Lancers battled back.
By the end of the third quarter, the Blue Jays’ lead was cut to 1, 26-25.
Jessee scored six third-quarter points for Lincolnview.
The Lancers weren’t done.
At the 6:24 mark of the fourth quarter, Bowersock scored inside to give the Lancers a 27-26 lead.
St. John’s came right back to take the lead again.
Then, with three minutes left to play, Rode hit this third trey of the night to knot the game at 32.
Then, Jessee stepped up one more time for the Lancers.
Jessee nailed a 3-pointer with 1:30 left, to give the Lancers a 35-32 lead.
Lincolnview held off St. John’s down the stretch to record the thrilling road victory.
“I thought in the second half, we battled in our zone, and made things difficult for them,” Hammons said. “I thought we finally stepped up and made shots at the other end.”
St. John’s won the boards, 35-27.
For the game, Lincolnview committed 10 turnovers. The Blue Jays turned it over seven times.
“Teams give us issues with length,” Hammons said. “When we get into foul trouble, we try to go into some (zone) too, to try to keep guys out of foul trouble. I felt we were playing very well in it, so we chose to stay in it.
“St. John’s was going to get baskets. …. We knew they would. But we found a way to get enough stops.”
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