Jeannette boys' season ends, coach proud of great year
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Jeannette boys basketball team faced some long odds last Saturday when it travelled to Slippery Rock to face District 10 runner-up West Middlesex in the first round of the PIAA Class-AA playoffs.
The house covered.
West Middlesex took advantage of a large free-throw disparity, something Jeannette head coach Adrian Batts expected, and some offensive inconsistency by the Jayhawks to hold serve and knock out the Jayhawks 55-50 in overtime.
West Middlesex took 25 free throws in the game compared to 10 trips to the line for the Jayhawks. The District 10 officiating crew sent West Middlesex's Trey Staunch to the line 18 times — a number WPIAL teams rarely see for one player.
“For one kid to shoot 18 free throws just doesn't happen in our area,” said Batts. “For example, Duke Brown and Julian Batts have 18 free throws combined in three games for us.”
Batts was quick to downplay the free-throw disparity, though, and was proud of his team's effort.
“We really played great. We had a great year,” said Batts.
Jeannette struggles shooting the ball in the first half, shooting under 30 percent, and trailed West Middlesex by five at the half. The Jayhawks held the Big Red's leading scorer, Matt Dogan, the leading scorer in District 10, to 12 points in regulation. The Jayhawks used tenacious defense to tie the game at 43 and send it to overtime.
Unfortunately, things broke down quickly in the extra period and the Jayhawks were forced to foul.
“We had a mix up on defense and they hit a three,” said Batts. “We missed a front end of a one-and-one, and then missed two layups.”
Missed opportunities have defined a large portion of Jeannette's season, but Batts lauded the efforts of his senior class.
“I am proud of the seniors,” said Batts. “I wish them all the best.”
Senior Duke Brown was selected to play in the Roundball Classic at Geneva later this year.
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- High school roundup: WPIAL coaches reach milestone victories
- Sporio leads EF past Ringgold, 48-41
- Norwin’s Perz scores 32 in nonsection win over McKeesport
- Ford City defeats South Allegheny, clinches playoff spot
- Mars girls basketball team goes on defensive
- Area basketball teams embrace opportunities to play for championships
- Serra Catholic’s Sieg learning to lead in senior season
- Health the key to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls’ season
- McCallister’s 14 points lead Steel Valley past Thomas Jefferson
- High school basketball notebook: Playoff picture comes into focus
- Trib Cup: Baldwin girls basketball team stands by motto