Lincolnview junior Logan Williams (3) prepares to lock up St. John’s  
Brady Grothaus Saturday night. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
Lincolnview junior Logan Williams (3) prepares to lock up St. John’s Brady Grothaus Saturday night. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

DELPHOS — St. John’s is in the midst of celebrating its 100th year of boys basketball.

Saturday night was a special part of that celebration as the Blue Jay faithful welcomed back former players and coaches — and the families of former players and coaches — for recognition for their contributions to the 1,500-plus wins in that time frame to Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.

Then the current Blue Jay varsity team added to that legacy with a 50-31 victory over Lincolnview.

Prior to the game, St. John’s head coach Aaron Elwer summed up the occasion by describing the legacy that is Blue Jay basketball with three words: tradition, success and excellence.

“Being a small part of what has come before is an honor; this was an emotional night for the kids and the coaches being part of that. It’s a great night for our program, to see as many of the former players and coaches as we did and to give them the recognition they deserve,” Elwer observed after the contest. “At the same time, we also had to prepare for and play a basketball game. It was another chance for us to get better as a team. Our defense has become what we stand on; our effort defensively should never waiver and it doesn’t. Our offense is still a work in progress and we’ll continue to strive on becoming more consistent.”

The Jays (10-6) did it with defense, limiting the Lancers (10-7) to 29.5-percent shooting (13-of-44).

“It came down to this: they simply hit more shots than we did. We had some good looks but we couldn’t get them to drop,” Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons said. “We played good defense and contested a lot of their shots; they just made them. We rebounded with them and didn’t give up many second chances. This was a tough weekend with our loss to Crestview last night; we played two good opponents but we don’t want to settle for lowering the bar of success. We don’t want to simply have these games as a gauge to where we stand but to compete and give ourselevs a chance to win these games."

Lincolnview grabbed the early lead on a basket by Chayten Overholt less than two minutes into the contest but the Jays would grab the lead for good on a 3-ball by Jared Wurst at the 5:53 mark. Still, neither team really caught fire from the field but the Jays did secure a 13-7 advantage on a Wurst foul shot at 2:12.

The only Lancer that had success in the second period was Overholt, scoring all seven of their points. With five players scoring at least two points, the better balance of the hosts carried the day as they three times built advantages of 13 — the last at 25-12 on a Lucas Metcalfe bomb from the key at 2:20 — before Overholt’s spin to the basket at three seconds got them within 25-14.

The Jays were cold from the field in the third stanza, hitting 2-of-11 tries. Fortunately for them, they hit all nine free throws to allow them to keep a comfortable gap — between nine and 13 points. When Wurst hit a reverse layin at 35 seconds, the Jays led 38-27.

Lincolnview needed to catch fire in the fourth to have a chance to rally. Didn’t happen as they missed their first six shots from the field before a drive by Jorge Salinas ended a 9-0 Blue Jay span and make the scoreboard read 47-31, Jays. The Jays’ biggest lead of 19 —the final score — came via a 3-point play by Brady Parrish.

In junior varsity action, despite the 15 points of Isaac Fairchild for the Jays, the Lancers grabbed a 40-37 triumph. Creed Jessee’s 20 paced the Lancers and Kyle Wallis 14.

St. John’s hosts Marion Local Friday, while Lincolnview visits Ada.

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LINCOLNVIEW (31)

Logan Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Jorge Salinas 1-1 0-1 2, Ethan Kemler 1-6 0-0 2, Chayten Overholt 4-11 0-0 9, Alek Bowersock 3-7 0-0 7, Tristin Miller 0-5 2-2 2, Kyle Wallis 0-0 0-0 0, Isiac Bowersock 2-4 1-1 5, Zane Miller 1-8 0-0 2, Jake Bowersock 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-44 3-4 31.

ST. JOHN’S (50)

Lucas Metcalfe 1-3 0-0 3, Curtis Schwinnen 0-1 2-2 2, Jared Wurst 3-8 1-2 9, Richard Cocuzza 2-6 3-4 9, Brady Parrish 1-3 4-5 6, Brady

Grothaus 1-3 2-2 4, Connor Hulihan 2-4 0-0 6, Matthew Miller 0-1 0-1 0, James Garrett III 0-1 0-2 0, Collin Will 4-8 1-2 9, Troy Elwer 0-0

0-0 0, Grant Csukker 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 14-39 15-22 50.

Score by Quarters:

Lincolnview 7 7 13 4 - 31

St. John’s 15 13 22 7 - 57

3-Point Field Goals: Lincolnview 2-14 (Overholt, A. Bowersock), St. John’s 7-26 (Wurst 2, Cocuzza 2, Hulihan 2, Metcalfe). Rebounds: Lincolnview 26 (A. Bowersock/Z. Miller 5), St. John’s 34 (Wurst 8). Assists: Lincolnview 1 (Overholt 1), St. John’s 9 (Schwinnen/Will 2). Turnovers: Lincolnview 11, St. John’s 7. Fouls: Lincolnview 16, St. John’s 10.

DELPHOS — St. John’s is in the midst of celebrating its 100th year of boys basketball.

 

Saturday night was a special part of that celebration as the Blue Jay faithful welcomed back former players and coaches — and the families of former players and coaches — for recognition for their contributions to the 1,500-plus wins in that time frame to Robert A. Arnzen Gymnasium.

 

Then the current Blue Jay varsity team added to that legacy with a 50-31 victory over Lincolnview.

 

Prior to the game, St. John’s head coach Aaron Elwer summed up the occasion by describing the legacy that is Blue Jay basketball with three words: tradition, success and excellence.

 

 

“Being a small part of what has come before is an honor; this was an emotional night for the kids and the coaches being part of that. It’s a great night for our program, to see as many of the former players and coaches as we did and to give them the recognition they deserve,” Elwer observed after the contest. “At the same time, we also had to prepare for and play a basketball game. It was another chance for us to get better as a team. Our defense has become what we stand on; our effort defensively should never waiver and it doesn’t. Our offense is still a work in progress and we’ll continue to strive on becoming more consistent.”

 

The Jays (10-6) did it with defense, limiting the Lancers (10-7) to 29.5-percent shooting (13-of-44).

 

“It came down to this: they simply hit more shots than we did. We had some good looks but we couldn’t get them to drop,” Lincolnview head coach Brett Hammons said. “We played good defense and contested a lot of their shots; they just made them. We rebounded with them and didn’t give up many second chances. This was a tough weekend with our loss to Crestview last night; we played two good opponents but we don’t want to settle for lowering the bar of success. We don’t want to simply have these games as a gauge to where we stand but to compete and give ourselevs a chance to win these games."

 

Lincolnview grabbed the early lead on a basket by Chayten Overholt less than two minutes into the contest but the Jays would grab the lead for good on a 3-ball by Jared Wurst at the 5:53 mark. Still, neither team really caught fire from the field but the Jays did secure a 13-7 advantage on a Wurst foul shot at 2:12.

 

The only Lancer that had success in the second period was Overholt, scoring all seven of their points. With five players scoring at least two points, the better balance of the hosts carried the day as they three times built advantages of 13 — the last at 25-12 on a Lucas Metcalfe bomb from the key at 2:20 — before Overholt’s spin to the basket at three seconds got them within 25-14.

 

The Jays were cold from the field in the third stanza, hitting 2-of-11 tries. Fortunately for them, they hit all nine free throws to allow them to keep a comfortable gap — between nine and 13 points. When Wurst hit a reverse layin at 35 seconds, the Jays led 38-27.

 

Lincolnview needed to catch fire in the fourth to have a chance to rally. Didn’t happen as they missed their first six shots from the field before a drive by Jorge Salinas ended a 9-0 Blue Jay span and make the scoreboard read 47-31, Jays. The Jays’ biggest lead of 19 —the final score — came via a 3-point play by Brady Parrish.

 

In junior varsity action, despite the 15 points of Isaac Fairchild for the Jays, the Lancers grabbed a 40-37 triumph. Creed Jessee’s 20 paced the Lancers and Kyle Wallis 14.

 

St. John’s hosts Marion Local Friday, while Lincolnview visits Ada.

 

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LINCOLNVIEW (31)

 

Logan Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Jorge Salinas 1-1 0-1 2, Ethan Kemler 1-6 0-0 2, Chayten Overholt 4-11 0-0 9, Alek Bowersock 3-7 0-0 7, Tristin Miller 0-5 2-2 2, Kyle Wallis 0-0 0-0 0, Isiac Bowersock 2-4 1-1 5, Zane Miller 1-8 0-0 2, Jake Bowersock 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-44 3-4 31.

 

ST. JOHN’S (50)

 

Lucas Metcalfe 1-3 0-0 3, Curtis Schwinnen 0-1 2-2 2, Jared Wurst 3-8 1-2 9, Richard Cocuzza 2-6 3-4 9, Brady Parrish 1-3 4-5 6, Brady

Grothaus 1-3 2-2 4, Connor Hulihan 2-4 0-0 6, Matthew Miller 0-1 0-1 0, James Garrett III 0-1 0-2 0, Collin Will 4-8 1-2 9, Troy Elwer 0-0

0-0 0, Grant Csukker 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 14-39 15-22 50.

 

Score by Quarters:

 

Lincolnview 7 7 13 4 - 31

 

St. John’s 15 13 22 7 - 57

 

3-Point Field Goals: Lincolnview 2-14 (Overholt, A. Bowersock), St. John’s 7-26 (Wurst 2, Cocuzza 2, Hulihan 2, Metcalfe). Rebounds: Lincolnview 26 (A. Bowersock/Z. Miller 5), St. John’s 34 (Wurst 8). Assists: Lincolnview 1 (Overholt 1), St. John’s 9 (Schwinnen/Will 2). Turnovers: Lincolnview 11, St. John’s 7. Fouls: Lincolnview 16, St. John’s 10.