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Adams Central’s Alex Byerly goes for a layup as a pair of Braves go for the block in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game at Blackhawk.

Jets beat Braves ahead of sectionals

Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
In the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s game, Anthony Spangler of Adams Central works his way down the court with Chad Bell on his heels.

– It was the kind of game that the Adams Central boys basketball team needed with the postseason starting next week.

For Class A No. 10 Blackhawk Christian, not so much.

The visiting Flying Jets had their way with the Braves offensively and defensively in a 66-50 win Tuesday.

“We just wanted to come out here and play hard,” Adams Central senior Alex Byerly said. “They are the best team we are going to play this year. That’s a great win for us going into sectional. It gives us a lot of motivation and momentum for (the postseason).”

Adams Central (11-8) made 12 of 18 on 2-point shots and 10 of 15 on 3-pointers (67 percent each).

“We used one extra pass that coach wanted us to use, and that created some wide-open shots,” Byerly said.

Blackhawk (12-9) was 15 of 25 (60 percent) inside the 3-point arc, only 5 of 20 (25 percent) on 3-pointers.

“They just took it to us all night,” Blackhawk Christian coach Marc Davidson said. “We were kind of on our heels, and I don’t know why. We didn’t make shots, and that obviously doesn’t help. Everything else tends to look worse when you miss shots.

“I will give them credit because I thought they did a good job of guarding us in that zone. We just didn’t have the type of urgency we need, particularly on the defensive end.”

The Jets’ 2-3 zone defense frustrated the Braves.

“In the second half of the year, our defense has been pretty good,” Adams Central coach Aaron McClure said. “We have held some teams to low point totals, off and on here lately.

“Back early in my coaching career, I was hesitant to play 2-3 because you tend to give up jump shots. But the way we play it, we want to make sure we are still out contesting those, and it has been successful for us.”

The Jets had four players in double figures, led by Byerly’s 17 points. Hayden Black and Blade Kable each had 15 and Nick Baumer added 10.

Adams Central is one of four 2A teams on Blackhawk’s schedule, which also includes three 1A schools.

The rest are from 3A and 4A.

“I bet there isn’t a 1A team in the state that plays a tougher schedule than they do,” McClure said.

“Their record is never indicative of what kind of team they are.

“They are a team that has a chance to make a deep run, and that’s a pretty good boost for our confidence.”

For Blackhawk Christian, Joey Morlan scored 15 points and Wesley Davidson 14.

The Jets established a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never let the margin dip below that mark, even though the Braves got it to within 53-40 late in the fourth.

gjones@jg.net

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