The Jefferson boys varsity basketball team improved to 8-7 on the season with a 70-51 victory at West County on Tuesday. The Jays outscored the Bulldogs in each quarter en route to the win.
It was a different look for the Blue Jays as both Jon Weik and Will Schnitzler were out of the lineup because of injury. “We have been hit with the injury bug lately, so kids have had to make some adjustments, and I think they’ve done a pretty good job,” said head coach Sean Breeze. “We are still a little off on offense, but the group has done a good job making defensive adjustments.”
Colby Ott, Hadyn Wagner, and Nolan Roth picked up a lot of the scoring slack. All three individuals hit double figures. Ott netted 12 first half points on his way to a game high 21, giving Jefferson a 37-28 halftime lead. He said injuries are just a part of the game. “We’ve had guys like Dawson Jakoubek and Masen Wilson step up and fill the roles of Will and Jon in stride,” he pointed out. “They’ve done a great job of not letting there be any slack from the personnel change.”
The Jays increased their lead to 51-36 after three quarters. “We still have to do a better job of putting a good four quarters together,” Coach Breeze pointed out. To do that, Wagner said the team has to be on the same page. “For us to put all four quarters together and play a complete game, we are going to have to come together as a team and play as a whole.”
Ott finished with 21 points, while Wagner scored 15, and Roth had 11. Daylen Whitener and Levi Ebersoldt finished with eight and seven points respectively, while Jakoubek and Wilson added five and four points each. Ebersoldt led the team with 12 rebounds, while Wagner and Whitener grabbed six each. Wagner did a good job dishing off the ball with six assists. Roth and Wilson also had four assists each. And Ott pilfered seven steals, while Wagner had four.
The boys will return to action on Friday at Scott City. Game time for varsity should be around 7:30 p.m. The Jays lost to Scott City back on December 4 at the Crystal City Tournament by the score of 63-58.