By Gene Davis
This game was advertised to be ‘the game’ of the year and to expect a large crowd at the Hangar. Caldwell and Shenandoah fans lined up in the hall two hours before the JV tip off time. By tip off, nearly 1,000 crammed into the Hangar in anticipation of some extreme basketball. They definitely were not disappointed.
The first quarter belonged to the Zeps, who opened the game on a 10-0 run. The Zeps opened the first quarter with five treys as Dierkis Vincent calmly sank four treys along with one by Jarrett Wentworth to give them a 19-8 lead.
The second quarter saw the Zeps cool off and the Redskins get red hot. Their team both offensively and defensively contributed. Carter Wheeldin, Alex Harlan, Dylan Schott, Ethan Crock, and Garrett Brown all played important parts for Caldwell outscoring Shenandoah 20-9 to tie it at half 28-28.
The ‘Skins opened up the third quarter with Carter Wheeldin and Dylan Schott scoring lay ups to record their first lead of the night, 32-28. The Redskins quickly cooled off and went on to only score three more buckets in the third. The Zeps surged and outscored their opponents 22-10. Cale Bond, Jarrett Wentworth, and Carsten Smith each hit a three pointer for the Zeps. Weston Miley hit two shots and Vincent one to a give the Zeps a 50-38 lead going into the fourth.
The Redskins regrouped with a full court press defense which forced several Zep turnovers. The fourth saw Smith and Bond each hit a trey and Miley a lay up for only three of 10 while Caldwell shot eight of 12. From the 2:33 mark to the 1:10 mark Caldwell cut a 10 point lead down to just one. The Zeps lost the ball out of bounds but Caldwell couldn’t take the lead as Cale Bond intercepted the in-bounds pass. The Zeps held the ball until the 0:15 mark. Then, Carsten Smith made one of two foul shots to go up two. The ‘Skins then missed three shots behind the arc and a missed tip in at the buzzer. The Zeps survived with a final score of 60-58.
It was a heart breaking loss for Caldwell who has won some very big games down the stretch. They played with a lot of heart.
The sponsor of the game was Chandler Funeral Home and presented the player of the game award to Dierkis Vincent who had 15 points.
Axton Miley was the “Kelly Saling For Noble County Treasurer” 3-point contest winner.
Carsten Smith of Shenandoah and Dylan Schott of Caldwell won the AVC, Plus One Pizza Players of the Game.
The Zeps reserves also won their game by a score of 42-38.
Photos by Holly Dixon.