Crestview’s Isaiah Simerman takes a jumper in this file photo. Simerman had two points in the Knights’ win over St. John’s on Saturday. (TB file photo)
By Larry Heiing
CONVOY — The Crestview Knights remained unbeaten with a 49-34 win over visiting St. John’s on Saturday at Ray Etzler Gymnasium.
The Knights opened the scoring on a three-pointer from Conner Lautzenheiser, followed by a bucket inside by Tyson Bolenbaugh, and never looked back. Junior Andy Grothouse got the Jays on the board with a driving bucket over two Crestview defenders, but the Knights went on a 9-0 scoring spree.
Aaron Hellman entered the game for the Jays and popped a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter, but the Jays still trailed, 18-10.
Delphos exhibited their tough man-to-man defense in the second stanza. Evan Hays stole a Crestview pass at mid-court and laid it in at the other end, forcing Knight coach Jeremy Best to call time. Tyler Conley made it a four-point game with a free throw but the Knights scored the last six points of the half to lead 24-14 at the half.
Crestview was held scoreless in the third period until Isaiah Simerman made a free throw after four minutes had ticked off the clock. The Knights got their only other points of the quarter on two free throws from Damian Helm to lead 27-20 heading to the final eight minutes.
Helm continued to score in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, dropping two three-pointers, and the lead went to 13. Helm continued his offensive outburst with a three-point play on a shot in the lane.
“Damian really stepped up for us in the final period,” Best noted.
Hays tried to lead the Blue Jays back with a driving basket between defenders, followed by a acrobatic move for two, but still trailing by nine points, the Jays were forced to foul.
Crestview was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line in the final minutes to secure the victory.
“We had a great start to the game and a great fourth quarter,” Best added. “We made foul shots when it counted in the end after missing some in the first half. St. John’s played great defense, especially in the third period, but our defense was pretty good, too.”
The Knights made 13-of-27 field goals for the game and were led in scoring by Helm with 22 points. Bolenbaugh added 11 in the victory.
Score by Quarters:
St. John’s 10 4 6 14 - 34
Crestview 18 6 3 22 - 49
St. John’s (34)
Grothouse 11, Hays 8, Clark 2, Wrasman 0, Hellman 6, Koester 4, Odenweller 0, Conley 3, Csukker 0
Zaleski 1, Etzler 6, Co. Lautzenheiser 7, Helm 22, Simerman 2, Bolenbaugh 11