After pulling off a physical sectional championship, the South Webster Jeeps are looking past the convo and going for even bigger wins.
The Jeeps beat the Peebles Indians 61-59 in a game that really came down to the last shot. Peebles seemed to have the game in the bag with a shot at a basket and a free throw; however, they just couldn’t pull it off, missing both.
South Webster Head Coach Ryan Fenton explained that they were prepared for a tough game.
“We knew it was going to be physical. We knew they had a great big kid, great guard and a surrounding cast that was really good. Any of the five guys could beat us. They got hot early, jumped up to lead there in the second quarter and bumped up to 10 or 12 in the third quarter, but our kids never quit. They fought the whole game, believed in each other and pulled one out,” Fenton stated.
Alec Blevins led the Jeeps’ victory, scoring 26 points from two-threes, eight-twos and four of five free throws.
“It’s exhilarating,” Blevins said about the win. “It’s a good team win. Finally finally have a sectional championship. We expected a nice physical game between them. We expected to slow them down a little bit and hopefully do what we did-drive to the basket.”
Blevins added that he’s excited to play at the convo, stating, “There’s nothing like it.”
Shane Zimmerman also added 11 points for the Jeeps.
Peebles also had two impressive scorers with Ethan Parrett scoring 21 points. Parrett scored six big three point shots and made three of four free throws.
Camron Gordley also made 21 points for the Indians, scoring 10-two point shots and one of one free throws.
With the win under his belt, Fenton was excited for his leading scorer and the entire team of Jeeps.
“It was unbelievable. Our kids never gave up. I thought Alec Blevins in particular really stepped up, hit big shots, attacked, rebounded and defended. He had the game of his career. He’s a great kid, great player. I’m very very happy for him. I’m proud of our kids for hanging on. And now, we get to go to the convo,” the coach exclaimed after the game.
South Webster has had a great streak at the end of the season and throughout tournaments.
“We’ve got hot as of late. I think we’ve won something like seven of our last eight or eight of our last nine something like that,” Fenton commented. “So we’re playing better ball now, which is what you want to do. You want to peak at the end of the season. So, we’re happy getting to the convo, but we’re not satisfied. We’re going to try to go a little more. We’re going to try to keep this thing running.”
The Jeeps will play at the convo at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Ohio University in Athens. Their opponent has not yet been annouced as the sectional game between Trimble and Belpre was postponed due to weather.
South Webster 13-16-16-16-61
Peebles: Arey-5, Robinson-2, Parrett-21, Stone-2, Browning-4, L. Gordley-4, C. Gordley-21
South Webster: Shonkwiler-11, Zimmerman-18, Ruth-3, S. Blevins-3, A. Blevins-26
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930 or on Twitter @nikkib45653.