Jeeps down Raiders behind Bauer’s 34 pointsJanuary 11, 2020
By COREY STOLZENBACH
DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois treated some special guests on hand to a 56-41 win against Southridge Saturday night.
The Jeeps (7-4) paid tribute to the 2000 boys team that was the last one to win a regional championship. Very little space remained open in the bleachers during the pregame ceremony, as former teammates reunited, some having not seen one another in years. Fans greeted the 2000 team with an ovation and a “Jeep” cheer as they walked off the floor together again.
Northeast Dubois coach Terry Friedman made sure to make the festivities a point of emphasis to the current squad prior to their game against the Raiders (7-7).
“I said, ‘Hey, you’re going to play in front of a Jeep crowd tonight, and the 2000 team that started the year 2-9 and ended up being both the sectional and regional champion,’” Friedman in told his team. “‘You’re part of a legacy that’s bigger than you when you put on the Jeep uniform, and it’s a special thing to be a Northeast Dubois Jeep, and we want to go out tonight and make all of the fans and the 2000 team proud of watching Northeast Dubois basketball.’”
Those who saw the game got to see senior Reece Bauer drop 34 points in the game. He drove to the lane, got past Southridge traffic and finished at the rim. Bauer went 5 of 7 at the free throw line. He made a trio of 3-pointers, including a buzzer-beating three to end the third quarter that blew the roof off of an already loud Northeast Dubois gym that was packed with fans from both teams.
“It felt good,” Bauer said of his three. “Everything seemed to be falling there.”
Bauer felt energized when some of his shots went in. He told of the energy the team felt after dropping a 39-38 loss Friday at South Knox. Bauer said they didn’t think they should’ve lost.
“We brought the energy,” he said. “We brought the tempo. We brought everything we needed, and it helped me out a lot.”
There’s a select choice of words Southridge coach Mark Rohrer considers to be the ultimate compliment. He rarely ever says them to an opposing senior, but Bauer was one of the select few recipients after the game.
“I’m really happy that he’s graduating,” Rohrer said.
The Raiders did what they could early on to play spoiler to the reunion. Junior Colson Montgomery buried four threes, some from deep range, to help Southridge jump out to an 18-10 lead after the first quarter. Montgomery still finished with a team-high 19 points, but Northeast Dubois kept him off the score sheet entirely in the second quarter. The Jeeps limited him to two points in the third quarter and five in the fourth. Friedman said Northeast Dubois made adjustments in its zone defense and decided to use more than one person to guard Montgomery. He told his players not to let Montgomery get more than three or four feet away from them.
Northeast Dubois opened the second quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 20-18 lead, and went on a 17-2 run at one point in the quarter. The Jeeps outscored the Raiders, 22-7, in the second stanza, and Southridge never could recover.
“We needed some guys — when they guarded Colson like they did — to make simple plays,” Rohrer said. “It wasn’t a lack of focus. It was a lack of execution in making simple plays and taking what they gave us. They adjusted very well, Dubois did, and give them a lot of credit for that. I probably should’ve used all five of my timeouts in the second quarter because we mentally could not get confident for whatever reason, and we try to inspire guys to be confident in their roles, and we tried to be really positive, throughout that second quarter, but we just didn’t inspire well enough tonight.”
Today looks to likely be a day off for both teams. Rohrer said the Raiders played a brutal schedule during the holiday break, and three games on the road last week. He said Southridge must be fundamental, keep things simple on offense and execute better. Rohrer also wasn’t pleased with how the Raiders defended at times on Friday at Tecumseh despite a 55-39 victory. They won’t suit up again until Saturday when they host Jasper. Rohrer said this week will feature a lot of defensive, fundamental segments in practice.
“We’re just not anticipating things like we should, and seeing what’s going to happen,” he said. “We’re reacting instead of anticipating.”
Friedman said today will probably be a film day for the Jeeps, who could also focus on weightlifting, too. He said they’d get back at it on Tuesday as they get ready to visit Paoli on Friday.
“We’ll just continue to work on our ball movement and defense and different things we want to do,” he said.
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