Jeeps having fun as victories add upDecember 7, 2018
By HENDRIX MAGLEY
DUBOIS — Northeast Dubois senior center Trevor Seufert had never made a three-point bucket in a varsity game before.
Sure, he had his fair share of deep shots in practice and in JV games last year but a three-pointer at the varsity level had eluded him — that is, until sophomore Nick Lueken basically dared him to take one to start the third quarter.
“Nick (Lueken) had been saying I won’t shoot one in a game,” said Seufert. “But I told him if I’m open, I’m going to shoot it. I was open so I shot it — I was just like ‘I told you so.”
Seufert’s three-pointer and the ensuing raucous celebration from the bench following the shot shows how much fun the Jeeps are having so far this season as they added another win on Friday night, cruising to a 53-25 home victory over Orleans.
While Northeast Dubois (3-1) was once again able to get off to a fast start, Jeep head coach Terry Friedman credited the victory to the strong leadership of the team’s seniors.
“I think our seniors have come ready to practice everyday and they come ready to play every night,” Friedman said. “Our defense has also continued to improve and I like our unselfish play — guys really shared the basketball and we found the open man, made the extra pass and did the little things you have to do to get layups. You shoot a pretty high percentage when you shoot a lot of layups and we were able to do that tonight.”
Senior Logan Dodd, who led the Jeeps in scoring with 13 points, believes the practices have proved vital in getting Northeast Dubois off to the 3-1 start they’ve made.
“We work our butts off in practice and it all starts there,” Dodd said. “That’s where we get our work ethic from and we learn how to push the tempo there — practice is where it all begins.”
Northeast Dubois got the game started with a Dodd layup and took an early 8-2 lead courtesy of a few more Dodd buckets and a strong finish inside from senior Marshall Knies. The Jeeps held a 13-6 advantage after the first quarter.
The Jeeps jumped out to a 21-10 lead in the second quarter as Lueken started to get going with his second bucket of the game while Reece Bauer also started to hit some shots. Orleans (1-3) did cut the lead to just four points with 1:55 to play but Knies knocked down another shot shortly before halftime to make it 23-17 at the break.
Dodd said it was key for the Jeeps to come out with a fast start and to let the Bulldogs knew that they meant business from the get-go.
“We know that we just have tom come out there and metaphorically punch them in the face,” Dodd said. “You have to show them that you’re here to stay and you’re not going anywhere.”
The Jeeps took that advice to heart as they kept their foot on the gas following Seufert’s three to kickstart the quarter. The Jeeps jumped out to a 35-21 lead following an and-one from Bauer and an earlier three-pointer from Dodd. Seufert ended the quarter with a score in the paint on a nice post move to make it 39-23 Jeeps heading into the fourth.
Northeast Dubois used their stingy defense in the fourth quarter as they held Orleans to just two fourth-quarter points while the Jeeps continued to score. Players such as Ethan Ziegler, Ty Riecker and Lane Knies scored their first points of the night in the final period while Lueken climbed all the way to double digits.
Dodd let the Jeeps with 13 points while Bauer added 12 and Lueken finished with 11. Javen Brock and Griffin Deckard both finished with eight points each for the Bulldogs in the loss.
After graduating four of their five starters from a year ago, the Jeeps knew they would be in a little bit of a different role this season — especially in a tough conference with teams such as Barr-Reeve and Loogootee and a sectional that has Wood Memorial and Springs Valley.
This new ‘underdog’ type of position the Jeeps are in doesn’t bother them at all but for those around the team, this fast start Northeast Dubois is on is anything but a surprise.
“I thought we might be underdogs a bit but I knew what we had coming back,” Seufert said.
Dodd added: “Everybody was saying how we lost a lot of talent last season but I knew from the beginning that we could come out and surprise a lot of people — I think we’re doing that right now.”
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