Jeeps drop hard-fought 50-47 game to PaoliJanuary 15, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois (2-8) and Paoli established the ground rules early in Friday evening’s basketball contest. No baskets would come easily — everything would be earned.
A gritty first half set the stage for an intense second stanza. When the dust settled, Paoli walked away with a tight 50-47 victory.
“We put ourselves in a position to win there,” Northeast Dubois head coach Terry Friedman said. “If a few things go our way at the end, we come out of here with a win. On the other hand, I feel like we’re moving in the right direction. We had some good play off our bench again tonight. We did a lot of things well tonight — just not quite enough to win the game.”
A sea of purple and white jerseys hit the floor during several stages of the first two quarters. The battle for the loose balls typified the fierce action.
“That was something we emphasized in practice this week,” Friedman said. “Getting on the floor, getting after those loose balls. The guys responded well to that. We’re trying to emphasize the little things that we need to do to win these basketball games. If our kids continue to work the way they have and continue to improve like this game in and game out, I think we’re going to be fine for sectionals.”
The Rams stormed out of the intermission with a newfound intensity. Paoli gained a double-digit lead in the third quarter, but some Northeast Dubois defensive stops led to key baskets.
Jeeps senior Logan Mehringer settled into a long-distance groove in the second half. Mehringer finished with four of the five Northeast Dubois 3-pointers and a team-high 20 points. He battled with Paoli senior Brett Bosley, who ended his night with a game-high 30 points.
“Logan found some rhythm from the outside there for us,” Friedman said. “He managed to keep us right there and give us a chance to win the game. We knew he was capable of doing that. He got into a nice rhythm from the outside for us tonight. The Bosley kid is quite a handful for us there. We had a difficult time containing him tonight.”
Jeeps senior Dante Miller crashed the glass and scored eight points in the game.
Junior Colby Pieper and senior Ty Riecker finished with six points apiece for Northeast Dubois.
The Jeeps’ junior varsity team waved rally towels throughout the evening.
The zestful student-athletes provided a unique jolt of energy in the Northeast Dubois gymnasium.
“In this pandemic here, we’ve got to figure out some ways to create our own excitement,” Friedman said. “I went out this week and bought the whole team towels. We were using those to create some excitement over here. We have a little fun.”
Northeast Dubois will return to the court for a 7:30 p.m. game at Pike Central on Tuesday.
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