The Southview Cougars have enjoyed a great season but the pressure now increases. After defeating the Scott Bulldogs, 80-65, for their fifth sectional title in seven years the Cougars move to the district semi-finals against St. John’s who later in the evening defeated Clay, 69-50. Southview has never won a district championship. TSJ has won plenty.
SOUTHVIEW 80, TOLEDO SCOTT 65
The Cougars allowed the Bulldogs to hang around most of the evening. Despite shooting better than 50% for the game (23/44), Southview could not keep the Bulldogs off the backboards and, as a result, Scott was able to overcome their own poor shooting (23/61) to make the game interesting until the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Cougar’s exciting point guard Tim Hausfeld demonstrated for everyone why Southview coach Marc Jump has been saying all season: “We will live and die with him.”
Hausfeld’s performance was nothing short of remarkable. Scoring a game and season-high 36 points, Hausfeld frustrated the Scott defenders all evening. With his ability to score in so many ways and his cat-like quickness, Hausfeld forced Scott defenders into creating numerous personal fouls that placed him at the foul line.
Hausfeld responded accordingly by sinking 18 of 21 shots from the charity stripe.
Scott’s leading scorer, David Sweeney, was held to only 13 points by the Cougars. The Cougar’s game plan was to make Sweeney work for all his shot opportunities and the defender responsible for applying this pressure on Sweeney was Cougar reserve, Griff Whalen. Whalen, who did not score, tailed Sweeney most of the evening and eventually fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter but, by then, the outcome had been determined.
“He (Griffin) told me last night before we walked out of practice, ‘Coach, I’ll shut him (Sweeney) down, I’ll shut him down. If you let me guard him I will shut him down.’ So tonight I kept reminding him ‘Griff you told me you were going to shut him down, it’s time to do what you told me.’”
Southveiw senior Derrick Creque put in another solid performance. Scoring 14 points and pulling down 7 rebounds, Creque battled the aggressive Scott post players all evening inside. Without his efforts, the Bulldogs would have likely enjoyed an even greater rebounding advantage.
Joining David Sweeney in double figures for the Bulldogs were Hakeem Greer with 12 and Antwan Jones with 11. David McDonald fell just short with 9 but was a huge factor on the backboards with 10 rebounds.
Scott’s uncharacteristically ends their season below .500 with a record of 7-11. Southview’s record improves to 17-3 as they prepare to take on St. John’s Thursday night at the University of Toledo in the district semi-finals.
TOLEDO ST. JOHN'S 69, OREGON CLAY 50
Although Toledo St. John’s enjoys a respectable season record of 16-6 it has not been an easy road for the Titans. Nearly every victory has been a struggle so last night’s easy romp over Clay, 69-50, was both surprising and remarkable.
The Titan guards have not shot well from the field in recent games but last night that all came to an end. Michael Taylor with 16, Cheatham Norrils with 12 and Jay Springs with 9 (all threes) demonstrated confidence in their shooting that resulted in frustrating an Eagles’ team that otherwise played well.
“In transition,” said Clay coach Joe Guerrero, “we had trouble finding them. There were three, it seemed like there were three, three out of four possessions right in a row they had open threes in transition and they hit all three of them. That was a killer.”
“We've been shooting a little bit better,” said St. John’s coach Ed Heintschel said. “Two games ago we had five threes and Wednesday night we had six, so we're shooting a little bit better. It was a timely moment to break out of our slump.”
After trailing 13-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Titans used the second quarter to establish control of the game. Outscoring the Eagles, 24-10, St. John’s retired to the locker room at halftime with a 36-23 lead and were never challenged in the second half.
In addition to their remarkable shooting display, the Titan guards were also nearly flawless in taking care of the ball. Until the fourth quarter when coach Heintschel cleared the bench, the Titans had committed only three turnovers and only one after the first two minutes of the game.
As important as the Titan guard play was to the game’s outcome, the inside play of Tim Kynard, Tim Simmons and Andrew Schaetzke was equally as important. Limiting University of Toledo bound post player Zac Taylor to only 9 points was a key element in the Titan success.
“You know our defense was terrific all night,” said coach Heintschel. “The first two or three possessions they (Clay) really tried to attack and couldn’t. I thought that was pretty important.”
Joining Taylor and Norrils in double figures for the Titans was Tim Simmons with 12 points. Simmons and Tim Kynard each pulled down 7 rebounds.
The Clay Eagles, who bow out of the state playoffs with an 8-12 record, were led in scoring by Andrew Kuns with 16 points. His teammate, Terrelle Huggins, contributed 10 before fouling out in the fourth quarter.