JCN boys loss to ACCHS, 63-54

by Dennis Sharkey

The fourth quarter was the difference in Friday night’s home loss to Atchison County Community High School 63-54.

JCN senior Jeff Hale had his shot blocked by ACCHS sophomore Jacob Hansen during the fourth quarter of Friday nights home loss to the Tigers.

JCN senior Jeff Hale had his shot blocked by ACCHS sophomore Jacob Hansen during the fourth quarter of Friday night's home loss to the Tigers.

The Chargers had seemingly built some momentum at the end of the third quarter, taking a two-point lead into the final frame.

ACCHS was dominating JCN on the offensive boards during the quarter and took a 41-38 lead on a kick out three-point basket by Jacob Hansen after the Chargers had tied the game.

However, the Chargers answered ACCHS when Cory Noll hit a three-point basket to tie the game.

A costly foul by ACCHS with three seconds left put senior Jeff Hale at the line to give the Chargers a two-point lead heading into the final frame.

With the game tied at 50 and only 3:50 left in the game senior Ryan Martin hit a basket to put the Tigers in the lead. The Chargers missed a layup on the other end followed by a foul. At that point the Chargers were over the limit, putting the Tigers at the line. Martin put an exclamation point on the game when he stole the ball from Hale and elevated for a dunk that brought the ACCHS crowd out of their seats.

Head Coach Jim Brickell said at that point his team showed signs of deflating.

“We were probably scrambling a bit there,” Brickell said. “I thought that was a key stretch.”

The Chargers also had a tough time finding an answer defensively for junior Austin Eckert who led all scorers with 23 points, mostly in the paint.

“(Martin and Eckert) do what they’re supposed to do and hit some big buckets,” Brickell said.

Brickell questioned some of his own coaching after the game pertaining to the first half and the way he managed his bench. Junior Dalton Minor, after a dominating first quarter, sat much of the second quarter with two fouls.

Brickell also said he was not able to substitute players because some of his bench wasn’t playing well. Hale played every minute of the second half and others were left on the floor too long and became tired at the end. ACCHS outscored JCN 22-11 in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve got to elevate our play when we play someone tough,” Brickell said. “I thought some of our kids did and I thought some of them really went into a shell.”

Dominic Kingman led the Chargers with 18 points followed by Minor with 16 points.

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