Jets Spoil Yoho’s Party
BELLAIRE — After hitting a stumbling block last Saturday night against state-ranked River, Union Local found its groove again Wednesday night against Bellaire. And, as a result, the Jets easily returned to the win column.
Union Local had four players score in double figures, led by Cody Ray’s 25, in its 69-43 triumph inside “The House of Champions,” and that was more than enough to spoil a milestone-setting night for the Big Reds’ Chase Yoho.
“When we have four double-figure scorers, that’s always a goal for us,” Jets coach Zach Delman said. “Just sharing the wealth and finding the open guy, finding the hot hand. That’s always a goal.”
The Jets (15-2) had the upper hand from the get go, jumping out to a 15-4 lead behind second and, sometimes, third chances on the offensive end and an opportunistic defense that seemed to pounce on almost every Bellaire miscue.
“They can score,” Big Reds coach Ben Doyle said. “You can’t ever relax. Ever. That’s what we try to promote.
“(UL) was crashing the boards well and we weren’t able to get the bounces we needed.”
Yoho scored 12 of Bellaire’s first 19 points as the Big Reds pulled back to within five — 29-24 — midway through the second quarter. But UL went on a 4-0 run, stretching its lead before Yoho hit his biggest shot of the night.
With 1:08 left in the first half, Yoho’s short jumper from just left of the basket gave him 2,000 career points. At the first stoppage of play, the senior received a huge ovation as crowds on both sides of the gym lauded the accomplishment.
Yoho, who finished with a team-high 22, joins Ashley Vavrek and Nate Davis as members of Bellaire’s “2,000-Point Club.”
“It was really nice for him. Nice for him and his friends on the team,” Doyle said. “He’s a great kid and a great student … a great young man. He’ll go on to do great things.
“I’m proud of him and I’m proud of how he carries himself. He’s been a great leader this year.”
Yoho’s bucket to start the second half kept the Big Reds (5-12) to within single digits. But the Jets hit clutch shot after clutch shot to extend the lead.
Luke Menges, who entered the game with just one 3-pointer all season, hit one to extend UL’s lead to 35-27. After Gabe Rejonis made the score 35-29, Union Local went on a 7-2 run capped by Ty Kildow’s trey making the score 42-31.
“Just being patient and being efficient,” Delman said of the stretch. “We talk about taking high-efficient shots and shots in the rhythm of the offense. We did a nice job.”
Union Local finished the third quarter on a 12-2 run then began the fourth by scoring five straight points to go up 56-33.
“We fought and got close, but you can’t make mental errors, especially against a good team,” Doyle said. “They capitalized on almost all of all mistakes. If we started to get a little momentum, they’d make a play.”
Cal Kildow finished with 15 points, while Ty Kildow and Elijah Baker had 14 and 10 points, respectively.
“It was just a great team effort, especially after Saturday” said Delman, whose team will play Indian Creek for the Buckeye 8 crown Saturday. “We needed to come out and respond and I thought we did that.”