Eagles rally to defeat Big Foot
JEFFERSON — The Big Foot boys basketball team led the lead for 32 minutes on Thursday night, but the Jefferson boys basketball team overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 15 minutes to earn a 59-58 victory.
The Chiefs started the second half on a 6-2 run to go up by 11 points with 15 minutes, 42 seconds left in the game, but James Monogue scored 13 second-half points and Ryan Brost post 10 in the second half for the Eagles, who held Big Foot scoreless for over a five-minute stretch due to a 1-3-1 zone at Jefferson High School.
“We were a little too handsy tonight. So I thought we’ve been working on the 1-3-1 and we’ve played it in a couple other games,” Jefferson head coach Greg Jefferies said. “I thought maybe we come out with that and play the passing lanes, and it seemed to slow them down a little bit and kept us with our starters in the game longer.”
After switching to the zone, Big Foot guard Max Hildebrandt made a deep 3-pointer, one of his three on the night, before the Chiefs went cold.
Monogue made a layup and junior guard Caleb Stelse scored four of the next eight points for the Eagles.
“Caleb was getting by his defender and able to get to the rim,” Jefferies said. “And so I was proud of the way Caleb played tonight, especially in the first half when he had to sustain what we had going on with guys on the bench.”
James Monogue’s layup with 2:40 to play gave the Eagles a 55-54 lead, and Brost got past his defender and made it to the rim for a three-point lead with under two minutes remaining.
A 3-pointer by Logan Eischeid with 30 seconds left brought the Chiefs within one point, but it was the first field goal made by the visitors since Hildebrandt’s three with 9:12 left in the second half.
“At halftime, we were confident because we knew they made a big run, we knew we could hit a big run too,” Stelse said. “It’s just a game of runs in basketball. And we knew all the guys on the bench would be rested, and they were all tired too, so we knew we had it in us.”
A 3-pointer for the Chiefs (2-2, 2-2 RVC) missed short with 15 seconds left, and then a half-court heave at the buzzer went deep as the Eagles (5-1, 3-1) held their breath.
“So their guards made plays tonight, which I expected them to do,” Jefferies said. “Sometimes the scouting report might be different from what happens in a game. You just have to adjust. We did a great job adjusting.”
The Eagles had four different players pick up two fouls in the opening half — including Monogue who had three.
Jefferson was able to stay in the game with its reserves playing valuable minutes in the first half, including Stelse who finished with 11 points and Jared Vogel, who scored six points and was tasked with slowing down Big Foot’s AJ Courier.
“He’s a big body, a skilled big man, and anytime you have someone that can score in the low post, it’s tough to defend,” Jefferies said.
Brost finished with a game-high 16 points, while Monogue (15) and Stelse (11) reached double figures for the Eagles. Only six players scored for Big Foot with Eischeid leading the way with 14.
Jefferson will travel to Clinton for another RVC game on Monday beginning at 7:15 p.m.
JEFFERSON 59, WALWORTH BIG FOOT 58
Big Foot 35 23 — 58
Jefferson 28 31 — 59
Big Foot (fg-ft-tp) — Hildebrandt 4-0-11, Greco 3-4-10, Eischeid 5-2-14, Foster 2-2-7, Courier 3-3-9, Gillingham 2-3-7. Totals 19-14-58.
Jefferson (fg-ft-tp) — Sukow 1-0-2, Wagner 0-1-1, Simdon 1-0-2, Kaiser 2-1-6, Stelse 4-3-11, Brost 4-7-16, Monogue 6-3-15, Vogel 3-0-6. Totals 21-15-59.
Three-pointers — BF, Hildebrandt 3, Eischeid 2, Foster; J, Kaiser, Brost.
Total fouls — BF 18, J 17.