Bluejays fall to undefeated Royal Valley, 36-48

Sophomore Marcus Bauman shoots from the three-point line during the basketball game against Royal Valley on Friday, January 7.
Junior Preston Michael dribbles the ball during the basketball game against Royal Valley on Friday, January 7.
Sophomore Christian McAfee jumps to rebound the ball during the basketball game against Royal Valley on Friday, January 7.
Junior Matthew Garber jumps to put the ball in the basket during the basketball game against Royal Valley on Friday, January 7.

Cory Joy | Contributor

On Friday, Jan. 7, the Sabetha boy’s basketball team fought to defend their home court against undefeated and fifth-ranked in the state Royal Valley Panthers, but was out done by 12 points.

Starting out the first quarter, the Panthers seemed to be in total command and jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead. However, the Bluejays did not back down and was able to go on a 5-0 run with a three-pointer from junior Matthew Garber, and a couple of free throws from sophomore Christian McAfee.

During the second period, both teams were settling down more and shots were starting to fall. Junior Davis Rokey really turned on the energy and aggressiveness with a whopping six rebounds – three offensive and three defensive – to help the Bluejays keep the score close. At halftime, Royal Valley had a 22-16 lead.

The third quarter displayed Sabetha’s overall mental and physical toughness as they hit back-to-back deep three balls from Garber and Rokey and cutting the Panther’s lead, 26-24. Unfortunately, that was the closest the Bluejays would get it as Royal Valley turned up the defensive pressure that caused turnovers from Sabetha.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Panthers were on top, 35-26. From that point on, it was all Royal Valley as the big men seemed to dominate finishing around the basket. At the final buzzer, Sabetha came up short with a final score of 48-36.

Garber was the leading scorer for the Bluejays with 16 points, and Davis Rokey finished with 9 points and eight rebounds before fouling out of the contest. The rebounding total was won by Sabetha, 34-24, which shows the hard work from the home team, but the late turnovers brought on by the athletic and older Panthers seemed to be too much for the Bluejays.

However, head coach Scott Burger focused on the positives from the game.

“I thought we played hard and executed well. Royal Valley is ranked fifth and deservedly so,” Coach Burger said. “We outrebounded them and until late in the game, and did a good job of not turning it over. Royal Valley’s length and size caused many problems for us on the offensive end. We kept the game close, but their 1-3-1 trap caused us problems. I was happy with our performance and felt like this game has made us a better team.”

The Sabetha Bluejays were back on the hardwood in Hiawatha on Tuesday, Jan. 11. These results were not available at The Herald’s press time. Sabetha will travel to Perry Lecompton on Friday, Jan. 14.

 

1.7.2022 Royal Valley ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Travis Dalinghaus

0

0-1

0-0

0-0

1

0

0

1

0

Matthew Garber

16

1-3

4-10

2-2

3

1

0

3

0

Nohl Niehues

0

0-2

0-0

0-1

6

0

0

2

3

Marcus Bauman

3

0-9

0-3

3-4

6

2

0

2

0

Preston Michael

0

0-1

0-1

0-0

3

2

0

0

0

Davis Rokey

9

3-7

1-3

0-1

8

1

2

5

5

Christian McAfee

8

2-4

0-0

4-6

3

1

0

4

1

Sabetha Totals

6-27 | 5-17 | 9-14 | 34 | 7 | 2 | 17 | 9 | 36

Opponent Totals

18-37 | 2-10 | 6-6 | 24 | 20 | 0 | 7 | 11 | 48

 

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