basketball game Friday would be hard pressed to know that anything
special was about to happen. But as the final seconds wound down on a 69-49 St. John’s victory the significance of the evening unfolded as St. John’s head coach Ed Heintschel became only the 30th coach in Ohio high school
history to register 500 career wins.
But as the final seconds wound down on a 69-49 St. John’s victory the significance of the evening began to unfold.
St. John’s head coach Ed Heintschel is only the third coach in the school’s history and, in his 29 years at the helm, Heintschel has built one of the state’s finest basketball programs. Friday, Heintschel entered an elite level by being only the 30th coach in Ohio high school history to register 500 career wins.
“I do feel a little old,” said Heintschel (500-159). “Five hundred means you've been around a long time.”
In the first half there was considerable doubt as to whether Heintschel’s 500th victory was going to happen against Rogers. The underdog Rams came ready to play and for the first 16 minutes played the Titans even.
The Rams used their superior size inside and the quickness of their guards to keep the Titans off-balance.
“We had problems with their No. 4 (junior Traymone Camak). We were giving him too much room and he was using it to get the ball inside to Heard (junior Dalante Heard) and it hurt us,” Heintschel said. “Once we adjusted at halftime it made all the difference.”
After scoring only 27 points in the first half, St. John’s exploded for 24 points in the third quarter while allowing the Rams five. The 24 point explosion featured two huge crowd pleasing dunks by junior Michael Taylor and a last second 3-pointer by senior Aaron Koonce. The Titans took a 51-32 lead into the final frame.
The fourth quarter was anticlimactic as the Rams were never able to effectively cut into the Titan lead. The teams played virtually even and as the clock approached triple zero the excitement grew in the Titan dome. Frequent smiles began to appear on the usually stoic face of Heintschel.
Leading the Titan (2-0, 2-1) offensive attack was Taylor with 17 points. Fellow junior Tim Simmons, who has been an early season surprise, contributed 14 and Tim Kynard 13.
The Rams(0-1, 1-2) were led in scoring by Dalante Heard with 16 points.
“We've won a lot of games and we've had great players here. This is certainly not about me,” Heintschel said. “This is about a great school and a bunch of great kids who have come through and helped it happen.”