Photo Courtesy of Jeff Whitener
The Jefferson boys varsity basketball team ended the regular season on a fine note Tuesday as the team honored its seniors, and then blew past St. Paul, 73-38. The win improves the Blue Jays to 13-11 on the season, as they’ll now prepare for their first district tournament game on Monday.
“It was a good night because everybody got in the game and different players scored,” head coach Sean Breeze said. “The game got sloppy at times, but it was a good way to end the season.”
Jefferson was never headed in the contest, as they jumped out to a 19-6 first quarter lead. Senior Hadyn Wagner poured in eight first quarter points to get the team going. The Blue Jays featured a starting line up of their four seniors, Wagner, Jon Weik, Levi Ebersoldt, and Brandon Perry, along with junior Colby Ott.
The Jays outscored the Giants in every quarter and took a very comfortable 43-21 halftime lead into the locker room. Ten different players scored in the game with Wagner leading the team with 16 points, 14 in the first half, a fitting end to his final home appearance. Ott scored 13 points, nine coming in the first half, and Weik added 12 points. Daylen Whitener was the fourth JHS player to hit double figures as he scored 11 points.
“Levi had his usual dominant game on defense and on the boards,” Coach Breeze noted. “Brandon got his usual loud ovation from the crowd, and Jon was presented with a basketball for topping 1,000 career points.”
Others who contributed on the scoring end included Colton Richardson with two three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Ebersoldt and Nolan Roth with four points each. Masen Wilson added three points, and Ethan Boyer, along with Dawson Jakoubek tallied two points each.
Ott said he feels like the team is hitting its stride at the right time. “I’m feeling like we’re playing very good here lately. We’re playing more focused and together, and I think we’ll be ready to go when we go to districts next week.” Weik agreed. “I think we have really hit our groove in these last couple of games. Hopefully we can keep it up and have a shot to keep playing.”
The second season begins on Monday as the Class 3, District 3 tournament begins. The #3 seed Blue Jays will take on #6 Kingston at 3:30 Monday afternoon at Herky High School.