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Dietz gives his young Jimmies mid-term mark of ‘C-plus’

Jimtown 5-5 with 10 regular-season games remaining.
Posted on Jan. 17, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Jan. 18, 2014 at 12:10 a.m.

JIMTOWN — At the midway mark of the 2013-14 boys basketball season, Jimtown coach Ron Dietz was asked to place a grade on his young Jimmies following a 54-44 loss Friday, Jan. 17, to Northern State Conference-leading New Prairie.

“We’re 5-5,” said Dietz. “I’m leaning toward a C-plus.

“The only one that got away from us is Marian (a 55-31 loss Wednesday, Jan. 15).”

Against New Prairie (6-3, 3-0), Jimtown cut a 13-point first-half lead down to two in the third quarter before the Cougars regained the momentum and held off the Jimmies.

“In the second half, we did a good job of attacking the basket,” said Dietz. “The kids never quit.

“We had a number of positives.”

New Prairie coach Tim Scott came away giving the Jimmies high marks.

“They are young and impressive,” said Scott.

Jimtown, which fell to 1-2 in NSC play, was led offensively by sophomores Dylan Guldager (16 points) and Trevor Hobbs (13) and junior Nick Floyd (8).

“Dylan Guldager did a great job of bringing his energy into the game for us,” said Dietz. “He did a great job of attacking the basket.”

The Cougars’ attack was led by junior Jasen Webb (24), senior Noah Shail (9) and senior Chad Swain (8).

“(New Prairie) is an experienced team,” said Dietz. “We are just more concerned about our young kids getting better.

“We’re learning. We’re growing. We’re not playing picture-perfect basketball yet.”

Dietz noted his team’s struggles against the Cougars in transition defense, handing defensive pressure and shot selection.

Jimtown made just 7 of 26 shots from the floor in the first half, 5 of 7 in the third quarter and 15 of 47 for the game.

New Prairie, which led 21-8 in the second period, made 9 of 18 fielders before halftime and 17 of 31 for the game.

The Cougars netted 12 of 16 free throw attempts in the second half. Webb was 9 of 10 in the second half and 11 of 12 for the night.

“We kind of lost our flow,” said Scott. “But overall we did a good job of managing how we play.”

How Scott wants his squad to play is mixing inside and outside shots. They did make 2 of 14 behind the 3-point arc, including a 25-footer by Webb to beat the third-quarter buzzer, but converted on a number of layups.

“We showed a little bit of patience and a little bit of intelligence,” said Scott. “We do show decent mental toughness.”

NEW PRAIRIE 54, JIMTOWN 44

New Prairie — Chad Swain 2-3 3-4 8, Noah Shail 3-5 3-5 9, Luke Ketterer 3-4 1-2 7, Jared Monhaut 3-10 0-0 6, Jasen Webb 6-8 11-12 24, Tyler Weller 0-0 0-0 0, Conner Scott 0-1 0-0 0, David Walberg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-31 (.548) 18-23 54.

Jimtown — Nick Floyd 3-10 0-0 8, Chase Hoeflinger 1-8 0-0 2, Trevor Hobbs 5-7 3-7 13, Adam DeShone 1-5 0-0 3, Dylan Guldager 4-13 8-11 16, Austin Secor 0-2 0-0 0, Kain Templeton 0-1 0-0 0, Sam Pawlak 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 15-47 (.319) 11-18 (.611) 44.

Scoring By Quarters

New Prairie 14 10 17 13 — 54

Jimtown 4 11 17 12 — 44

3-point goals: New Prairie (2-14) — Swain 1-1, Webb 1-3; Jimtown (3-14) — Floyd 2-7, DeShone 1-3.

Rebounds: New Prairie (30) — Monhaut 7, Shail 6, Swain 4, Scott 4; Jimtown (22) — Floyd 5, Hoeflinger 4, Hobbs 4.

Turnovers: New Prairie 18, Jimtown 11.

Fouls: New Prairie 17, Jimtown 19. Fouled out — Templeton (5:01, third quarter), Swain (:39.9, fourth.

Officials: Jeff Nix, Valparaiso; Jeff Rhody, Crown Point; Dave Brenza, Chesterton.

Records: New Prairie 6-3 (3-0 NSC), Jimtown 5-5 (1-2 NSC).

Next: Triton at New Prairie Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Bi-County Tournament; Jimtown at Westview Saturday, Jan. 25.

JV: Jimtown 40, New Prairie 35. Top scorers: Jimtown — Blane Bender 10, Sevon Gillespie 9, Sa Pawlak 7, Dalton Whitman 7; New Prairie — Justin Baltes 15, Dylan Kegley 11. JV records: Jimtown 6-4, New Prairie 3-6.




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