Indians overcome Jacoby in win over Birds


By Max Householder - [email protected]



Jonas Tester of Wauseon handles the ball as Joey Ripke of Pettisville defends. Tester scored 18 points as the Indians earned a 46-34 win over the Blackbirds Saturday.

Jonas Tester of Wauseon handles the ball as Joey Ripke of Pettisville defends. Tester scored 18 points as the Indians earned a 46-34 win over the Blackbirds Saturday.


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Pettisville’s Cayden Jacoby blocks Matt Shaw of Wauseon Saturday night. Jacoby finished with 11 points, 11 blocks and 7 rebounds.


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Wauseon’s strong start to the second half gave them all the momentum they needed to roll to a 46-34 win at Pettisville Saturday night.

Both the Indians and Blackbirds were in action Friday in their respective leagues, as Wauseon won at home over Delta 33-31 and Pettisville fell on the road to Stryker 41-34.

Wauseon now sits at 13-8 overall and 4-2 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. Pettisville is 11-10 with a 5-2 mark in the Buckeye Border Conference.

On Saturday, the Indians had to overcome the dynamic inside presence of Pettisville big man Cayden Jacoby, and in the end they did just that.

“I thought we started pretty well. We had a nice start coming out of the gate,” said Wauseon Coach Chad Burt. “But, you know, over here at Pettisville they’re gonna play their tails off. That’s exactly what they did. And obviously Jacoby inside, he’s tough at both ends. Let’s talk about his offense, his skill has really developed — credit to him and their coaching staff. He can score in a variety of ways. But I thought he was most impactful at the defensive end and gave us fits.”

The difference sat at seven points, 19-12, at the half when Jonas Tester of Wauseon and Jacoby traded baskets in the final two minutes.

However, the Indians orchestrated an 11-0 run to begin the third, getting the margin to double digits and never looking back. Tester converted a drive to the hoop and then two free throws after a Pettisville intentional foul, Krue Powers went for a three-point play, Matt Shaw scored inside, and Tester added two more to make the score 30-12 at the 5:47 mark.

Aiding the Indians was the full-court pressure defense they employed, forcing 15 Blackbird turnovers, which many times led to points at the other end.

“They do a great job making sure he (Jacoby) gets plenty of touches. And we knew they were gonna run offense through him. They’ve got enough guys that can knock shots down that they’re dangerous at that end. It’s one of those things, we kind of stumbled into the press that we were running. We’ve seen it a lot, and so we’ve practiced against it a lot. And it’s one of those things that, kids kind of like playing it in practice, so we said ‘let’s throw it out here and see how it goes.’ I thought we played it pretty well and made them uncomfortable at times,” said Burt on the thought process behind using a press.

Six points by Jacoby helped the Birds get back within 10 (31-21) later in the frame, but Tyson Rodriguez’ 3-pointer made the difference 13 heading into the fourth.

Pettisville got as close as eight in the final frame but Wauseon had an answer.

Tester led the Indians with 18 points while Rodriguez added 10.

Jacoby finished with a double-double of 11 points, 11 blocks, and 7 rebounds. Jaret Beck notched 10 points for the Birds.

But despite Jacoby’s impact on the game defensively, Coach Burt was encouraged by his team’s aggressive mindset.

“You know what, we talked after the game, I liked how we kept attacking,” he said. “Sometimes you get teams that are maybe a little bit intimidated by that (Jacoby’s size), and I think we kept going at him. Unfortunately for us, he was up to the challenge pretty much every time. And kept sending it the other way.”

Wauseon finishes the regular season at Archbold this Friday.

“There’s not gonna be a lot of surprises I don’t think on Friday night,” Burt said of the matchup. “Both teams are gonna compete hard. They are extremely talented. Obviously they’re getting back full strength healthy. I’m not sure they’re quite clicking on all cylinders yet. But Coach Frank and their players, they’re too dang good that we know they’re gonna be ready to go. At their place it’s gonna be a great challenge. Heading into tournament, it’s going to be a tournament type atmosphere.”

Pettisville closes with a non-league tilt at Tinora Thursday.

Jonas Tester of Wauseon handles the ball as Joey Ripke of Pettisville defends. Tester scored 18 points as the Indians earned a 46-34 win over the Blackbirds Saturday.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/02/web1_Tester-v.-Ripke.jpgJonas Tester of Wauseon handles the ball as Joey Ripke of Pettisville defends. Tester scored 18 points as the Indians earned a 46-34 win over the Blackbirds Saturday. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

Pettisville’s Cayden Jacoby blocks Matt Shaw of Wauseon Saturday night. Jacoby finished with 11 points, 11 blocks and 7 rebounds.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/02/web1_Jacoby-blocking-Shaw.jpgPettisville’s Cayden Jacoby blocks Matt Shaw of Wauseon Saturday night. Jacoby finished with 11 points, 11 blocks and 7 rebounds. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

By Max Householder

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Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.