SOUTH WEBSTER – Tuesday night was a dream matchup for those who enjoy high scoring games, as the South Webster Jeeps and Waverly Tigers combined for 117 points.
Beautiful shots, and finesse layups were the norm between the two SOC II foes, as each team had a player score over 20 points.
South Webster’s Matthew Shonkwiler, and Waverly’s Cade Marquez, not only hit double figures, but eclipsed 20 points in Tuesday night’s shootout in South Webster.
The game was exciting from start to finish, as the current crop of Jeeps looked to harness the energy and likeness of the 2006 State Champion Jeeps, who were honored earlier in the evening, between the junior varsity and varsity games.
Members of the championship team, which included current varsity coach Ryan Fenton, were presented with framed jerseys commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the state title.
In the end, the Waverly Tigers would outscore the South Webster Jeeps, 66-51.
“We can’t give up that many points and expect to win,” South Webster coach Ryan Fenton said after his team lost to Waverly.
Fenton said his team is better equipped to take games to about the 50 point mark to be the most competitive.
Despite allowing Waverly to score nearly 70 points, the Jeeps stayed competitive all throughout Tuesday night’s contest.
It was a physical game, which seemed to benefit the Tigers, as the Jeeps took a while to adjust the the physicality and speed of the game.
“We just came off a game where everything was getting called,” Fenton said. “It took us a little more time to adjust to the physicality, but when we did, we stayed with them.”
The officials allowed both teams to play, and Fenton had no issue with what calls were made, stating he likes both styles.
Waverly’s Mason Chapman was taken out of the game several times after hard collisions and falls to the floor. Shane Zimmerman of the Jeeps had a moment as well, shaking off a slight injury in his lower neck and upper back after having a defender hit him in the second half of the game as the two were going for a rebound.
The game was without a doubt exciting.
Matthew Shonkwiler put on a shooting clinic, as he hit almost everything he put up. The junior guard for the Jeeps had a near perfect shot throughout the night. His three point shots had so much backspin on the ball, a golfer would’ve been green with envy.
Shonkwiler finished the night with 26 points, leading all players on the court. He hit five three-pointers against the Tigers, which accounted for half the team total. He was also nearly perfect from the line, only missing two free throws.
Shane Zimmerman had a productive night as well for the Jeeps. His 10 points were second highest on the team, and all came during the second and third quarters, when the Jeeps were able to pick away at the Waverly lead.
Fenton was proud of his team’s effort to stay in the game.
“It means a lot,” Fenton said. “We just got to quit burying ourselves and getting in those holes, but again, I’m proud of our kids for battling back.”
This has been a common theme for the Jeeps thus far into the season.
“There’s been three or four games now, where we dig ourselves a hole and we battle back, but we just can’t seem to have that one possession or one shot to get us over the hump,” Fenton said. “It’s typically just silly turnovers at the most crucial moments.”
Fenton said his team still needs to understand when they have the basketball in those most critical moments in the game, they need to set up good shots, and set picks to get their guys open.
The Jeeps will enjoy some time off, and will return to the court Tuesday evening, as they travel to South Point to take on the Pointers. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
South Webster – Shonkwiler 9-3-26, Zimmerman 3-2-10, Bennington 3-0-9, Coriell 2-0-4, Hadinger 1-0-2
Waverly – Marquez 8-4-23, Chapman 6-3-15, Rigsby 3-0-7, Jake Henderson 2-2-7, Joe Henderson 1-3-6, Gilbert 2-2-6, Adrian 1-0-2
3-point field goals – South Webster 10 (Shonkwiler 5, Bennington 3, Zimmerman 2) Waverly 6 (Marquez 3, Joe Henderson, Rigsby, Jake Henderson)
The Tigers were led by Cade Marquez, who put up 23 points for Waverly.
South Webster’s Nathan Hadinger (24) and Waverly’s Mason Chapman (20) battle for a rebound in their game Tuesday night in South Webster. Hadinger finished the night with two points, while Chapman scored 15 points in the Tigers’, 66-51 win over the Jeeps.
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