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Jimmies net comeback victory against Falcons

Jimtown moves to 7-12, Fairfield to 10-11.


Posted on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

JIMTOWN — Ron Dietz is fond of saying that he would pay to watch Brody Olson play.

Dietz, the Jimtown boys basketball coach, did not have to get into his pockets Tuesday, but he did see the 5-foot-11 senior help lead the Jimmies to a 52-45 come-from-behind victory against Fairfield on Senior Night at Jerry Cook Court.

“He brings a lot of energy to our team,” said Dietz, who saw Olson produce team-leading totals in points (14) and rebounds (9) as Jimtown moved to 7-12 with one game remaining in the 2012-13 regular season. “His hustle created a lot of scoring opportunities. His offensive rebounds helped us control the tempo.”

Olson’s play also got the attention of Fairfield coach Troy Beachy.

“Olson had five offensive rebounds,” said Beachy, who watched his team fall to 10-11. “Those were desire plays. He just went and got it,” Beachy said.

The Falcons led the Jimmies 24-9 three minutes into the second quarter then saw the hosts go on a 19-2 run — seven points for Chase Hoeflinger, five for Cory Waycaster and four for Michael Hobbs — to take a 28-26 lead early in the third period.

From there, the game was back and forth until the fourth quarter when Jimtown got into the bonus and then the double bonus and canned 14 of 17 free throws (19 of 22 for the game).

Hoeflinger went 8 of 8 at the stripe — 4 of 4 in the fourth quarter — and netted 12 points for the Jimmies.

“I was proud of how our seniors battled at the start,” said Dietz, who started all five of his 12th graders — Olson, Hobbs, Alex Brown, Mason Brown and Augie Farwig. “We rotated in some others and decided to go with the ones that were hot the rest of the way.

“It’s (getting close to) sectional time and you play the kids who are hot,” he said.

Hobbs and Waycaster wound up with eight points each.

Dietz also credited the mixing of defenses and the pressure applied by guards Hoeflinger and Adam DeShone for taking the Falcons out of their offensive rhythm.

While the Jimmies committed just seven turnovers on the night, Fairfield made 15 — eight in the second half.

“It felt like they were at big times,” said Beachy.

The Falcons coach also lamented the inability to sustain after the fast start.

“It was a great first eight minutes for us,” said Beachy. “We played really, really well.

“We got complacent and happy with where we were at instead of trying to extend (the lead).

“The more physical team won. They pushed us around and instead of responding and playing more physical, we backed down,” he said.

Garrett Scott produced 14 points (nine in the first half) and nine rebounds for Fairfield.

Josh Stephens canned a pair of first-quarter 3-pointers for the Falcons and wound up the night with eight points.

Jimtown 52, Fairfield 45

Fairfield — Marcus Rodes 2-4 0-0 4, Garrett Scott 6-12 1-1 14, Brad Lantz 2-6 0-0 4, Josh Stephens 3-7 0-0 8, John Stack 1-4 3-3 6, Joe Line 1-1 2-2 4, Mitch DeWitt 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Miller 2-2 1-2 5, Brock Geoglein 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 17-38 (.447) 7-8 (.875) 45.

Jimtown — Michael Hobbs 4-10 0-0 8, Brody Olson 4-7 6-7 14, Augie Farwig 1-2 0-0 2, Alec Brown 1-4 0-0 3, Mason Brown 0-3 0-0 0, Adam DeShone 1-4 2-3 5, Cory Waycaster 2-7 3-4 8, Chase Hoeflinger 2-3 8-8 12, Nick Floyd 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Crocker 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Hobbs 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-40 (.375) 19-22 (.863) 52.

Scoring By Quarters

Fairfield 18 8 11 8 — 45

Jimtown 9 13 14 16 — 52

3-point goals: Fairfield (4-16) — Stephens 2-7, Scott 1-3, Stack 1-3; Jimtown (3-11) — DeShone 1-2, A. Brown 1-3, Waycaster 1-3.

Rebounds: Fairfield (23) — Scott 9, Lantz 6; Jimtown (26) — Olson 9, Waycaster 5.

Turnovers: Fairfield 15, Jimtown 7.

Fouls: Fairfield 21, Jimtown 9. Fouled out — none.

Officials: Steve Chamness, Bruce Klonowski, Mark McCammon.

Records: Jimtown 7-12, Fairfield 10-11.

Next: Fairfield at Central Noble, Jimtown at LaVille, both Friday.

JV: Fairfield 31, Jimtown 30. Top scorers: Fairfield — Clay Bontrager 6, Nate Miller 6 (game-winning free throw with :0.4 to play); Jimtown — Dylan Guldager 13, Kane Templeton 6. JV record: Jimtown 10-9.



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