AC downs Southwood in Hangar

By: 
Eric Mann
Staff Writer

By ERIC MANN
MONROE — “Different guys stepping up.”
Those four words from Adams Central head coach Aaron McClure could be the key to what might develop into a five-game winning streak heading into sectional play.
His squad, on Senior Night, bested a highly-scrappy Southwood team, 63-53, on Tuesday. Games still to play (with the sectional draw this weekend) include Fremont, Eastside, and Lakewood Park — none with outstanding records. The sectional will be at Manchester High School in Wabash County on March 2, 5, and 6, featuring one of the best teams in the state: Blackhawk Christian, a defending state titleist.
The Jets, with two mildly-ill players out of action, put eight guys on the floor and seven scored, with three in double-figures, as AC went to 8-12 after defeating South Adams last Friday.
McClure took note of the much-improved passing game that was better in the quickly-paced second half than in the first. The Jets garnered 19 assists on 28 field goals, had 13 steals, and snared 29 rebounds — all very good numbers.
The 17 turnovers were due more to Southwood’s extremely tight defensive pressure, but the 7-12 Knights also posted some fine stats: 21 rebounds, 16 steals, and just 12 turnovers.
Voirol fired in 17 points on seven of 10 shots (all layups), Ethan Poling added 14 on six of eight layups, and Lucas Van De Weg posted 13 on five of 10 twos and the team’s only three as the Jets were a season-worst one of 10 from deep.
In quick-hitter scores, the Jets outdid the Knights 11 to two:
—A loose ball that Poling caught and passed to Braysen Yergler for a three-quarter-court layup drive.
—A Van De Weg steal turned into a half-court layup.
—Another loose ball that Poling grabbed and shoveled to Voirol for a layup.
—A spectacular half-court pass from Yergler to Poling for a layup.
—A pass from Angel Torres to Yergler to Van De Weg for a layup that probably took no more then five or six seconds in toto.
—A steal by Yergler that he took in for a missed layup, but that Van De Weg corrected with a perfect tip-in.
—Just over a minute later, they swapped places, with Van De Weg blowing a layup, but Yergler right there for a putback.
—A steal by Nick Neuenschwander, who immediately found Van De Weg for a layup.
—A three-point miss by Van De Weg that he rebounded and instantly fed to Voirol for a layup.
—Another steal by Neuenschwander that he turned into a half-court run for a layup.
—Nifty passing around the foul circle that led to a wide-open layup for Poling.
Yergler had a quadruple-single: nine points, seven assists, three steals, and three rebounds.
Poling had nine rebounds, Voirol seven. Ben also notched three assists.
Van De Weg passed for six assists and stole four times.
Angel Torres ended with four points, three steals, and three assists.
Southwood was topped by Carson Rich’s 21 points, five rebounds, and three steals.

Varsity
S 8 13 14 18 53
AC 17 14 12 20 63

Central 2P 3P FT TP
Yergler 4-7 0-2 1-2 9
Nunshwndr 2-3 0-1 0-1 4
VanDeWeg 5-10 1-5 0-1 13
Torres 2-3 0-1 0-0 4
E. Brown 0-0 0-1 0-0 0
Voirol 7-10 0-0 3-4 17
Jesionowski 1-1 0-0 0-2 2
Poling 6-8 0-0 2-2 14
Totals 27-42 1-10 6-12 63

Southwood 2P 3P FT TP
Lloyd 1-1 1-5 0-0 5
Car. Rich 4-7 2-6 7-11 21
Con. Rich 1-3 0-4 0-0 2
Winer 2-5 0-0 0-0 4
Simons 4-5 0-1 0-0 8
Oprisek 0-1 0-1 4-6 4
Filip 3-7 0-2 1-2 7
Barley 1-2 0-1 0-0 2
Totals 16-31 3-20 12-19 53

Turnovers: AC 17, S 12
Rebounds: AC 29 (Poling 9, Voirol 7, Yergler 3, Torres 3), S 21 (Carson Rich 5)
Steals: AC 13 (Van De Weg 4, Torres 3, Yergler 3), S 16 (Simons 5, Carson Rich 3, Connor Rich 2)
Assists: AC 19 (Yergler 7, Van De Weg 6, Voirol 3), S 3

Reserve
S 8 20 16 14 58
AC 8 7 5 3 23

AC—Green 0-0-0, Gerber 1-2-5, K. Brown 0-0-0, Jesionowski 1-0-3, Terrell 3-3-9, Jauregui 2-2-6, Moon 0-0-0, Conkling 0-0-0, Eisberg 0-0-0. Totals: 7-7-23.
S—Sutton 1-0-3, D. Smith 2-0-5, Lehner 5-0-10, Lopez 5-0-13, Lloyd 5-0-11, Stout 0-0-0, Rody 6-4-16. Totals: 24-4-58.

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