Nine Three-Pointers Lift Sidney Over Dayton Stivers 78-65
By Bryant Billing
SIDNEY- Sidney doesn't have a complicated game plan. But Stivers was fooled time and time again and left Yellow Jackets open all night. Well, that came back to hurt them. The Sidney Yellow Jackets (3-9) sank nine three-pointers and dominated the Dayton Stivers Tigers to come away with a big 78-65 win.
Sidney set the tone quick.
The Yellow Jackets were the first to score, and they never lose the lead. A Brad Yinger three with 5:10 put Sidney up 7-2 early. Sidney controlled the game for most of the quarter, but Stivers didn't give up that easy. The Tigers closed out the first on an 7-0 run to cut Sidney's lead to 18-16.
Sidney started the second on a 8-0 run. The Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 10 at 30-20 with a Jonathan Lowe basket at the 4:00 mark. But the Tigers made another surge, going on a 14-4 run in the next three minutes to tie the game at 34 all. Brad Yinger put Sidney back on top with two baskets in the final minute to give Sidney a 38-34 lead at the break.
Then Sidney ran away with it.
Sidney again started on a 8-0 run, and this time they dominated Stivers the entire quarter, grabbing all rebounds that came there was and pressuring the Tigers. Zach Yinger put Sidney on top 62-44 with 1:00 left in the third.
Sidney slowed down later in the fourth, but Stivers did the same and never threatened. Sidney won the quarter 14-11, and left with the 78-65 victory.
This is the type of games I like. Nice fast-paced, hard played games. Sidney showed a lot of strength by being able to put away Stivers in the second half. Stivers had problems controlling the ball in the second, and that did them in. They finished with 21 turnovers. Sidney was able to take advantage of Stivers' turnovers. The Yellow Jackets were able to beat them on fast-breaks, and Stivers would leave Brad Yinger and all the other Yellow Jackets open all night, and they capitalized. They trouble getting back down the court, and were undersized underneath. They brought down 21 rebounds to Sidney's 37. That right there is what decided the game. Stivers really had problems getting rebounds on the offensive side, and many times they had one-shot drives. While Sidney had success from beyond the arc, Stivers struggled, going 3-16 from three-point range.
Brad Yinger was impressive for the Yellow Jackets. He shot 4-7 from three-point range, and he has some great range from the outside. You do not what to leave him open. Who really impressed me for Sidney was 5'9 Jonathan Lowe. He has a nice jump shot and is a hard player. He even lead Sidney with nine rebounds. William McGuire was impressive for Stivers. He was the only one that had success on fast-breaks, and was the only one who could make shots off the glass for Stivers. He finished with 24 points. Nate Davis was also impressive for Stivers. He is a leaper is and is Stivers strong guy underneath. He had two highlight dunks, which had everybody in the gym catching the breath. He finished with a double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Here's Some Stats: Individual: Sidney- Player, Two point shots made/attempted, Total points scored. Justin Stewart 2-3 4; Spencer Rickert 2-4 8; Lamar Taborn 3-9 8; Jonathan Lowe 4-8 13; Zach Yinger 2-3 7; Brad Yinger 3-7 22; Josh Topp 4-8 14; Jack Foy 1-3 2. Dayton Stivers- Bret Storage 0-4 2; Kyle Sanford 1-2 8; Robert Johnson 3-9 8; Nate Davis 6-14 17; Josh Harris 2-6 4; William McGuire 10-15 24; Melvin Taylor 1-2 2. Team: Sidney- 2 point, 3 point, free-throw, turnovers, rebounds. 21-47 (45%), 9-21 (43%), 9-13 (69%), 21, 37. Dayton Stivers- 23-59 (39%), 3-16 (19%), 10-16 (63%), 15, 21.