Bluejays defeat Perry-Lecompton, 67-55

The Sabetha Bluejays looked to continue their winning ways on the road facing the Perry-Lecompton Kaws on Friday, Jan. 14.

Right away from the tip-off, Sabetha fans noticed that Christian McAfee wasn’t in uniform, but the disappointment of his absence didn’t seem to phase the big men in the lineup. The Bluejay squad came out with a great inside and outside attack that saw five different scorers in the first quarter and a 17-11 lead heading into the second quarter.

Junior Davis Rokey played with a purpose in all aspects of the basketball game. He started the second quarter hitting back-to-back threes. 

“With Chris [sophomore post Christian McAfee] being out, we knew as a unit we really needed to step up defensively and be intentional about getting rebounds” Rokey said.

Unfortunately, after the hot start from Rokey, the home team didn’t quit and kept firing up the three-ball and was able to connect on six different three-point attempts. Surprisingly, the home team of Perry-Lecompton went into the halftime break up by 4 points.

To open the second half, both teams continued to find the bottom of the net. However, the Bluejays seemed to out-play the Kaws, especially with great scoring from Rokey, who scored 8 points in the quarter, and junior Matthew Garber, who scored 10 points in the quarter. 

The game also displayed impactful minutes from seniors Tyrese Bishop and Travis Dalinghaus, who gave their team an energy boost both offensively and defensively.

“My focus when I get into the game is just to play solid defense and just do all the little unselfish things to help out our team” Dalinghaus said. “Coach put an emphasis on better defending the perimeter and limiting the three-point shots from Perry after the half.”

Sabetha started the fourth quarter up by 7 and knew that the Kaws weren’t going to back down. But more big men for Sabetha continued with a clutch performance with huge free throws and rebounding from junior Preston Michael, who tallied 11 points and nine rebounds for the game. Rokey stayed in the zone throughout the entire contest and put the nail in the coffin with hitting a bucket while being fouled.

The Bluejays took home the victory, 67-55, and improved to a 7-2 record. Rokey filled the stat sheet with 24 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Garber also was no stranger to getting buckets, tallying 18 points, three assists and three steals.

Coach Burger was able to take away a lot of good points from the game.

“We dominated scoring in the paint and out-rebounded our opponents, 30-20.” Coach Burger said. “I was pleased with our overall team effort. We worked hard the last couple of days on ball movement on offense and being more patient. Our players bought in, which led to more uncontested shots for us.”

The Bluejays will be taking their talents onto the Burlington Tournament Tuesday, Jan. 18. These results were not available at the Herald’s press time.

1.14.2022 Perry Lecompton ISSUE

Player

TP

2PM-A

3PM-A

FTM-A

R

A

S

TO

PF

Travis Dalinghaus

1

0-0

0-0

1-2

3

0

0

0

1

Tyrese Bishop

2

1-1

0-0

0-1

0

1

0

0

1

Nathan Voos

0

0-0

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

Matthew Garber

18

2-2

4-8

2-3

3

3

3

2

1

Nohl Niehues

4

2-3

0-0

0-2

3

3

0

0

4

Marcus Bauman

7

3-4

0-3

1-2

2

2

0

2

2

Preston Michael

11

4-5

0-1

3-4

9

5

0

3

2

Davis Rokey

24

7-8

2-3

4-7

9

6

0

3

3

Sabetha Totals

19-23 | 6-16 | 13-21 | 29 | 20 | 3 | 10 | 14 | 67

Opponent Totals

14-35 | 7-19 | 8-10 | 20 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 16 | 57

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