Wapak 51 Bluffton 41


Jared Piercefield (by Troy Breidenbach)

Jared Piercefield (by Troy Breidenbach)

(BLUFFTON) - For the second time in four days, Bluffton’s boys basketball team faced a Western Buckeye League foe.  Unfortunately, the result was the same for both contests as the Pirates dropped a 51-41 decision to visiting Wapakoneta.  The Redskins improved to 8-3 with the win, Bluffton fell to 4-5. The teams engaged in a tight battle until Wapak pulled away in the third quarter and could not be caught.  

Kaleb Jefferson paced Bluffton with eight first half points but it was Mason Soper who drained a three pointer at the halftime buzzer to give Bluffton a 22-20 lead. The Pirates were patient in the first half against the taller and more physical Redskins often running their offense for over 30 seconds before taking the shot.  The strategy paid off as BHS connected on 9/17 field goals overall and took the lead into the locker room.

In the third quarter, Wapakoneta employed an aggressive, full court press.  While the pressure only created three Pirate turnovers, the press ignited the Wapak team as they appeared to play with more tempo than in the first half.  Bluffton found success throwing over the top of the Wapak press for scores.  Jefferson tracked down a long pass and tipped it to Mason Ault who scored while being fouled.  Ault’s free throw tied the game at 27-27 but Wapak scored the next seven points to take a lead they would not relinquish.  After scoring 20 first half points, WHS put up 17 in the third quarter alone.  Jared Piercefield scored 7 of his team high 11 points in the quarter for Bluffton, attacking the basket and also knocking down a three ball.

Wapak’s 6’5” post man Adam Scott roared to life in the third, scoring 7 of his game high 17 points.  The big man poured in 15 in the second half, the last two buckets on dunks with less than a minute left. Jefferson’s only points of the second half brought Bluffton within 41-36 early in the fourth quarter, but the Pirates could not get any closer.  The Pirates did not help their cause at the free throw line, making just 1/6 shots from the charity stripe.  Wapak connected on 9/12 in the second half. 

Both teams shot extremely well, connecting on over 50% from the field.  Bluffton finished the game 15/32 (53%) and Wapak 18/36 (50%).  Wapak’s superior size showed in the rebounding category as the Redskins gathered 20 boards compared to Bluffton’s 13.  WHS was especially lethal on the offensive glass, nabbing 8.  Both teams handled the ball well as Bluffton had 8 turnovers and Wapak 7.  

Individual Pirate Statistics:

Jared Piercefield - 11 points, one ‘3’

Kaleb Jefferson - 10 points, 7 rebounds

Mason Soper - 10 points, 2 rebounds, two 3’s

Cole Fruchey - 5 points, 2 rebounds

Mason Ault - 3 points

Dakota Bricker - 2 points

Bluffton has a road warrior weekend coming up traveling to Lincolnview Friday and Fort Jennings Saturday.

Click here for game photos by Troy Breidenbach

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