Boys basketball: Kalida shuts down Delphos St. John’s


Wildcats triumph in low-scoring affair

By Jose Nogueras - jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com



Kalida’s Jaden Smith goes strong to the hoop against Nolan Schwinnen (5) and JJ Bonifas (10) from Delphos St. John’s during Friday night’s game at Kalida.

Kalida’s Jaden Smith goes strong to the hoop against Nolan Schwinnen (5) and JJ Bonifas (10) from Delphos St. John’s during Friday night’s game at Kalida.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Kalida’s E.J. Miller, defended by Landon Elwer from Delphos St. John’s, searches for an open teammate during Friday night’s game at Kalida.

Kalida’s E.J. Miller, defended by Landon Elwer from Delphos St. John’s, searches for an open teammate during Friday night’s game at Kalida.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

KALIDA — Scoring under 30 points isn’t going to win a team many games, but Kalida, spearheaded by its defensive play, accomplished that feat after downing Delphos St. John’s 29-23 in a non league affair Friday night.

Kalida improves to 2-1 on the season and Delphos slips to 0-2 on the year.

Despite the low score, the game remained tight until the final buzzer due to both teams struggling from the field and the free throw line. Delphos sliced the lead to as 27-23 but Kalida Tyson Siefker, Justin Siebeneck and Drew Fersch hit some clutch free throws in the final minute to secure the win.

“Defensively we were fantastic,” Kalida head coach Ryan Stechschulte said. “They really like the 3-point shot and I thought we did a good job of defending that tonight. We made them shoot some pull ups over us. I was really proud of our effort tonight and we really crashed the glass and it was a great effort on that end.”

The Blue Jays made seven field goals on the night and five of those were 3-pointers. Delphos scored eight points in the first and fourth quarters and only six in the second and third quarter. In the third quarter, they managed only one point and that came on a free throw.

Despite the poor shooting performance by Delphos, Aaron Elwer said his team battled until the end.

“I told our guys I give them credit for having the opportunity to make it a two point game despite the issues that we had for the betterment of the whole game,” Elwer said. “Our guys have a great attitude and a great work ethic. They are coach-able and other things that they bring every single day and I think that was exhibited tonight with them not packing it in.”

“But obviously we have some things to clean up and our confidence level on offense needs to go up and I thought we defended them good enough outside the first and fourth quarter we rebounded well enough we just need to score offensively.”

Kalida’s shooting night was also nothing to write home about. The Wildcats struggled from both the floor and the free throw line and it nearly cost them the victory. The Wildcats had nine made baskets on the night and were 11 of 18 from the charity stripe on the night.

In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats made just one basket and were 5 of 14 from the free throw line.

Stechschulte said it was a matter of just finishing shots and he thinks that will come as the season moves forward.

“I told our kids that I am proud of them and I believe in them and we are going to start making shots and when we do we are going to be pretty good because that is the last part of it,” Stechschulte said. “We did a great job of caring for the ball and we are getting good looks and looks around the rim and they are going to go in.”

Neither team had a player score in double digits. Kalida Justin Siebeneck led the Wildcats with nine points and Smith added eight points.

Delphos’ Landen Grothaus scored eight points.

Kalida’s Jaden Smith goes strong to the hoop against Nolan Schwinnen (5) and JJ Bonifas (10) from Delphos St. John’s during Friday night’s game at Kalida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Kalida-1-1.jpgKalida’s Jaden Smith goes strong to the hoop against Nolan Schwinnen (5) and JJ Bonifas (10) from Delphos St. John’s during Friday night’s game at Kalida. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Kalida’s E.J. Miller, defended by Landon Elwer from Delphos St. John’s, searches for an open teammate during Friday night’s game at Kalida.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/12/web1_Kalida-3-1.jpgKalida’s E.J. Miller, defended by Landon Elwer from Delphos St. John’s, searches for an open teammate during Friday night’s game at Kalida. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Wildcats triumph in low-scoring affair

By Jose Nogueras

jnogueras@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

Post navigation