March 7, 2022 at 1:37 p.m.

Hauser takes sectional win over Oldenburg

By By Rob Deweese-

One thing was blatantly obvious from the opening tip of Hauser’s second round sectional game against Oldenburg Academy Friday night -- The Jets were not going to allow Nick Folop or CJ Grote to beat them.

Hauser coach Brent Keck employed a face-guarding triangle and two defense that completely shut down the Twisters’ top two players and invited any other Oldenburg player to try and win the game.

Fortunately for the Jets, that did not happen. Hauser used its stifling defense and great long-distance shooting to cruise to a 61-28 victory. The defense was so effective, that neither Folop or Grote scored a single point in the first half. The entire Twister squad only managed to score eight points, as

Hauser trotted to the locker room with a 33-8 halftime lead.

The Jets, on the other hand, had no problem pouring in the points. Koby Johnson put Hauser on the board, nailing a three. But this was just the beginning of what turned out to be a barrage of shots from distance that Hauser hit. The Jets hit six three-pointers in the first half alone, with Johnson adding two more to his opening shot, Eli Miller hitting two of his own, and Taeshaun Tungate joining the party with one, helping Hauser to the large halftime lead.

Absolutely nothing changed to begin the second half. Hauser stayed in the same defense that was so effective in the first half, and it was just as effective in the third quarter. Again, the Twisters could not solve the defensive puzzle, and managed only four points in the third period, giving them a total of 12 through three quarters of play. Like déjà vu, the Jets still had no trouble finding points of their own.

The Jets scored 16 points in the quarter. A Tungate three extended Hauser’s lead to 43-8, thus enforcing the mercy rule of a running clock for the remainder of the game as the difference in score reached 35 points. By the end of the third quarter, the Jet’s led 49-12, and it became a matter of Hauser staying healthy and rested for the championship game against Jac-Cen-Del.

Oldenburg was finally able to put some points on the board in the final quarter as Hauser took its foot off the gas and loosed its defensive stranglehold on the Twisters. The final score was indicative of just how dominate the Jets were from the opening tip, allowing them to advance to Saturday’s championship game.

Overall, Hauser nailed 10 threes on the night. Leading the way for the Jets was Johnson with 16 points. Miller had 13, Bryce Bated contributed nine, and Cole Renner added eight off the bench.