ers especially players of that high caliber. It is always nice to get the W. But this night was all about the players. They deserved the recognition and accolades.”
The South simply had too much firepower to make it much of a contest. They made 17 three-point shots on the night, nine in the first half alone to run out with a 69-38 halftime lead.
Putnam County’s own Harold Fay and Nolan Sokol of Streator each knocked down three threes in the first half. Sokol finished with five treys for the game, scoring 21 points.
Game scoring honors went to Ottawa hotshot John Carroll with 25 points, including a hat trick of threes. The South scorebook was filled up with Michael Doss of Roanoke-Benson adding 19 points, Evan Krieser of PC with 18 points, Chase Hill of Ottawa with 15 points, Nick Varvil of Midland with 12 points and Fay adding 11.
“Our south side players shot the ball extremely well and just had some match-ups that were difficult for the north side to handle,” Witte said.
The two gimmick plays may have been the highlight of the night for the North boys. The first Marquis explained was set up to give the defense an obstacle to run around, giving Raya an open look for a three.
To start the second half, the North ran an alley-oop using the muscle of Nathan Helle, who lifted 5-10 Henry teammate Jake Schlosser to the basket for a slam dunk, referred to by the team as “Space Jam.”
“We ran it right after halftime and I think we caught the referees off guard,” Marquis said, noting no violation was called. “It was pretty cool to see the little kid hanging from the rim like that.”
Marquis’ own gunner from Bureau Valley, Ryan Young led the North with 20 points, including four treys. The North also got 13 points each from the Henry duo of Jake Schlosser and Ryan Condit and 12 from the Mallards’ Nathan Helle.
“It was exciting to be with these kids. They mean a lot to their respective communities and come from good basketball programs,” Marquis said.
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