CONVOY — Ada spurted to a 17-10 lead over Crestview with 1:28 left in
the first quarter Friday night, but the Knights totally dominated the
remainder and rolled to a 64-30 Northwest Conference win at Ray Etzler
Crestview is now 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the NWC, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-5 and 0-2.
that 17-10 start, Ada got 3-pointers from senior Seth Evans, junior
Ethan Swaney and senior Jordan Bailey, but after that they didn’t hit a
single shot from long range in the game. The Knights scored the last
seven points of the first quarter to tie it at 17, then out-scored the
Bulldogs 20-2 in the second period for a 37-19 halftime lead.
got off to a great start,” said Ada coach Dre White. “We scored 17
points in eight minutes, and then we scored 13 in the final 24, so I’m
still trying to figure that one out. Crestview was tremendous on the
defensive end, and we weren’t ready for that. That might have been the
best defense we’ve seen all year, so it’s a good learning step and a
building block for us going forward.”
“We didn’t get off to a very
good start,” said Knight coach Jeremy Best. “I didn’t think we were
really focused, but our guys came off the bench, brought excellent
energy, and that’s awesome. Defensively, early on we were a little bit
over-aggressive, and we were gambling, and they took advantage of it.
Once our defense settled down and just played good solid man and
pressured the ball, that spurred our offense.”
If there was any
doubt about the eventual outcome, it was quickly extinguished by an 11-2
Knight run to start the third period — 48-21, Crestview, with 1:16
showing on the clock. Ada ended the period with four straight free
throws — two each by sophomore Connor Frazier and senior Owen Conley —
to close the gap to 48-25 after three. The Knights’ pressure defense
turned the Bulldogs over eight times in the fourth quarter while ruling
those eight minutes, 16-5.
The home team was dominant in all
statistical categories except free throw shooting, which was not a
factor — Ada hitting all five of its attempts, Crestview 4 of 6. The
Knights were superb from the field — 54 percent (26 of 48) overall,
including 62 percent (8 of 13) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs were
cold from the field — 26 percent (11 of 43) overall, 16 percent (3 of
19) from three. Crestview won the boards 28-20 and had fewer turnovers,
Shooting that poorly from long range isn’t normal for Ada.
(the 3-pointer) is a good shot for us,” said White. “We didn’t shoot it
well tonight, but we are capable of shooting the basketball. That being
said, we know we gotta play inside-out more, too. If we can supplement
that with the points we’re capable of scoring on the outside, we’ll be a
more complete basketball team. When we run into games like tonight when
we don’t shoot it well, right now we don’t have an answer for that.”
Knights’ depth was big in this one with 12 players seeing action, nine
of them scoring, and 29 of the team’s 64 points coming from the bench.
Junior sub Trevor Gibson led all scorers with 14, including four
3-pointers. Sophomore point guard Drew Kline added 12, and sophomore sub
Derick Dealey had 10. None of the Bulldogs reached double figures.
Conley led with 9.
“It’s not a secret to be quite honest, we don’t
always know what combinations to go with when it comes to game
situations,” said Best of the team’s depth. “It might just be something
where the game is going to present that. That’s something we’ll just
have to be flexible with. That could entirely change tomorrow night
(against Van Wert); we might only be able to play six — the game will
Ethan Swaney 5, Seth Evans
5, Jackson Conrad 2, Jordan Bailey 7, Owen Conley 9, Cade Mullins 0,
Jakob Hoschak 0, Connor Frazier 2 Mason Klingler 0, Justin Light 0,
Ethan Hall 0.
Drew Kline 12, Wade Sheets 6,
Javin Etzler 9, Spencer Rolsten 4, Derek Stout 4, Caleb Bagley 0, Braden
Van Cleave 0, Brett Schumm 0, Trevor Gibson 14, Jace Vining 2, Derick
Dealey 10, Grant Schlagbaum 3.
Ada 17 2 6 5 - 30
Crestvie 17 20 11 16 - 64
field goals: Ada 3/19 (Swaney, Evans, Bailey), Crestview 8/13 (Gibson
4, Dealey 2, Etzler, Schlagbaum). Rebounds: Ada 20, CV 28. Fouls: Ada
10, CV 7. Turnovers: Ada 17, CV 11. JV score: CV 50-19.