(Atlantic) Atlantic defeated Creston in a Class 3A Boys District Semi-Final basketball game 56-41 at Atlantic Monday night.
Jay Wolfe led all scorers for Creston with 29-points, but didn’t get much help offensively. In fact Wolfe knocked down 12 out of the Panthers 15-field goals.
“Jay Wolfe is an unbelievable player, but we guarded the other guys and when they got into the lane we played straight up and down and didn’t foul them and made them shoot contested shots in the lane,” said Atlantic Head Coach Alan Jenkins. “And as many points as Wolfe scored we made him work for them and that was a key thing.”
Ryan Hawkins led the Trojans with fourteen-points, despite playing with a stress fracture to his foot.
“His stat line is incredible, 15-points, 11-rebounds, five steals and three assists. I thought he was great,” Jenkins said. “He won’t practice Tuesday or Wednesday, but he will play Thursday.”
Nick Podhjasky chipped in fourteen points for the Trojans.
“He is really starting to shoot the ball well and that wasn’t by accident tonight,” stated Jenkins. “And Creston had us scouted; he only had one open look there. They brought their big guy out on him and we told him he needed to put the ball on the bounce and take it to the hole and took a couple of fifteen footers off the dribble. He has a nice stroke and has put in a lot of time. Our guys stay in the gym and we shoot every day after practice.”
Podhjasky and sophomore Brenden Holmes gave the Trojans an offensive boost with back-to-back three’s and a 14-6 lead after one quarter.
“It was a tremendous defensive quarter and at one time they had eight points and all of them were all second chances so we were guarding really well,” explained Jenkins.
The Panther defense fought back with a solid second quarter holding the Trojans to just two points and closed within one at the half 16-15.
But the Panther’s never led and tied it only once 20-20 with 5:35 left in the third quarter. The Trojans opened up a 33-27 lead after three and closed it out with a 56-41 win.
Atlantic finished the night 24-of-28 from the free throw line. Creston shot just four free throws and ended the contest two-for- four.
Joey Walker scored nine, Tristan Benn added eight, Garrett Franken chipped in seven, and Brendon Holmes finished the night with three points for the Trojans who take a 7-14 record into the District finals against Glenwood at Shenandoah on Thursday night. The Rams toppled Winterset 79-36.
The Panthers bow out with an 11-11 record and a fourth place finish in the Hawkeye Ten Conference.
February 24, 2014