Stoddard led all scorers with 21 points, and VanDeWater and Irwin each scored 19, as the Wildcats scored a convincing 74-51 win over the Eagles.
“We were trying to get two guys on Irwin’s penetration, that was the thing we wanted to do to try and slow him down. We did a good job of that early, and they missed shots early, but we did not rebound and we weren’t efficient enough on the other end,” said Coach McBride.
“I don’t think I went with the defense we play best, which is our switching man-to-man. If I had to do it over again, I would come out man-to-man and mix some zone in.”
The zone proved effective for much of the opening quarter, as Irwin missed his first five shots and the game stood deadlocked at seven with under three minutes to play. Irwin, though, drained two three-pointers to close the quarter and Whitko (10-8) led 18-9 after one.
Busco managed just two field goals however, missing on some easy chances, scoring five of their nine points from the free-throw line. Sophomore Tyler Arrowsmith had five of his seven points in the opening quarter, but foul trouble limited not only his production, but also junior Kyle Mathewson’s production for the remainder of the half.
Busco (8-9) stayed within striking distance for much of the second quarter, getting a three-pointer from sophomore Josh LeFever, the only Busco three-pointer of the contest, and a jumper from junior Kyle Monk to keep the deficit to single digits.
Whitko pushed the lead to 13, and following a Wildcat timeout, ran off a 9-4 run to end the quarter and push the lead to 42-24 at halftime.
The Wildcats scored the first seven points of the third quarter, pushing the lead to 25. Stoddard hit a jumper and converted a three-point play and Irwin scored on a rebound and put back to start the quarter for the home team.
“We tried talking about getting it down to single digits, but instead, they made the run and got it up (over 20), so when they needed the run they got it, and when we needed the run, we weren’t able to get it,” McBride added. “The game got out of hand in the third quarter and we weren’t able to get back in it. We wanted to do what we could in the third quarter to get back into it, but Whitko played really well tonight. They get a lot of credit and they got after us defensively.”
“Defensive rebounding was very poor tonight, and I think that was the biggest key. If we rebound the ball on defense, and finish some lay-ups in the first quarter, it is a tighter game after the first quarter. ”
Stoddard would hit three three-pointers in a 10-0 Whitko run that ballooned the lead to 30, 60-30. Whitko outscored Busco 22-11 in the third quarter.
“We’ve only had like three games this year where we have won the third quarter,” McBride said. “The teams that have caused us the most problems, are teams from bigger conferences and bigger schools that are used to the more physical style of play. Whitko is a strong physical team. Their pressure bothered us. We were not ready to handle the ball against their pressure. We’ve got to execute better.”
“As we are going through the process of trying to get us to where we want to be, mentally we are still making some mistakes that we have to get better at. I think I have to take credit for the first mistake we made, which was going zone to start with.”
Monk led Busco with 10 points and four assists and Tavin Herendeen scored nine points, all from the free-throw line. Hunter Nicodemus added eight points and LeFever and Dylan Herendeen each scored five for the Eagles. Mathewson had four points, Dylan Jones two, and Jordan Turner one, to round out the Busco scoring.
Busco closes out their regular season on Friday night at Eastside High School.
Whitko 74 – Busco 51
Busco 9 15 11 16 51
Whitko 18 24 22 10 74
Player Fga-m Fta-m pts reb as
Monk, g 4-6 2-3 10 0 4
DHerendeen,g 2-8 1-2 5 4 1
Mathewson, f 2-9 0-1 4 7 0
LeFever, f 2-5 0-1 5 3 0
Arrowsmith, c 2-4 3-5 7 7 0
THerendeen, 0-1 9-10 9 1 0
Nicodemus, 2-4 4-6 8 1 0
Jones, 1-1 0-0 2 3 0
Turner, 0-0 1-2 1 1 0
Totals, 15-38 20-30 51 27 5
Player Fga-m Fta-m pts reb as
Irwin, g 6-19 4-5 19 6 2
VanDeWater, g 4-14 10-13 19 10 2
Stoddard, f 7-8 4-4 21 5 0
Elder, f 1-1 0-0 2 0 0
Snep, f 1-3 3-3 5 5 2
Yeager, 0-1 0-0 0 0 1
Wood, 0-2 0-0 0 3 0
Weigold, 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Busz, 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Krull, 0-3 4-4 4 3 0
Skiles, 0-0 0-0 0 3 0
Sims, 0-2 4-5 4 0 0
Totals, 19-53 29-34 74 37 7
Three-Point Field Goals: Busco 1-7 (THerendeen 0-1, DHerendeen 0-3, Nicodemus 0-2, LeFever 1-1). Whitko 7-22 (Irwin 3-9, Yeager 0-1, VanDeWater 1-5, Stoddard 3-3, Wood 0-2, Sims 0-2). Steals: Busco 5 (THerendeen 2, Mathewson, Jones, Turner). Whitko 6 (Wood 2, Yeager, VanDeWater, Elder, Snep). Turnovers: Busco 16 – Whitko 8. Total Fouls: Busco 23 – Whitko 24. Fouled Out: THerendeen, Mathewson, Yeager.
JV – CHS 46 – WHS 38
After trailing most of the first three quarters, the Busco Reserve team outscored Whitko 19-11 in the fourth quarter to win 46-38. Whitko had a seven point halftime lead, but the Eagles pulled even at 27-all heading into the fourth quarter.
Jeremy Forker led the Eagles in scoring with 14 points while Alex Zolman and Austin Goepfrich each scored nine. Jordan Sims and Colin Nicodemus each had nine for Whitko and Brent Busz had eight.
Other Busco scorers were Chris Jones with eight, Greg Bloem with four, and Davon Geiger scored two.
(Busco junior Kyle Mathewson shoots over Whitko defenders Derek Snep (21) and Alex Stoddard (11) during the second half of Saturday’s boys basketball game at Whitko High School. Whitko defeated Busco 74-51.) photo by schwab
(Busco sophomore Tyler Arrowsmith blocks the shot of Whitko sophomore Kolten Krull during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s boys basketball game at Whitko High School. Whitko won the game, 74-51.) photo by schwab