Blue Jackets roll past St. Joe

PHOTO BY JONATHON BIRD New Riegel’s Bryce Hohman looks to pass the ball as he is pressured by Fremont St. Joe’s Chase Harrison during the first half Friday.

NEW RIEGEL — It might have been a telling moment early when Fremont St. Joseph had a five-shot possession and was unable to score.

But of far greater impact were the five-straight made shots by New Riegel’s Christopher Acree and Bryce Hohman midway through the second period. The streak, which included four 3-pointers, was part of an 18-0 turnaround from which there was no turning back as the Blue Jackets rolled up a 57-33 win here Friday night.

The victory, New Riegel’s third in four games coming off a four-game losing streak, pushed the Blue Jackets’ record to 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division while dropping the Crimson Streaks to 6-6 and 2-5.

“I would say tonight was our most complete game,” New Riegel coach Dave Losey said. “We played well against Danbury and we played pretty well against North Baltimore, so this past stretch, things have been a lot better.”

Down 17-14 after New Riegel’s Darek Feindel closed the first period with two post scores off passes from Brandon Gillig and Acree, St. Joseph seemed to have a winning plan to start the second. Chase Harrison, the Streaks’ 6-foot-6 junior post, had a couple inside scores and Garrett Michael’s scoring drive gave the Streaks a 20-17 edge with 6:26 left in the half.

But from there, they not only went scoreless the rest of the half, they did so with seven turnovers.

Meanwhile, Hohman and Acree were just getting started. They alternated baskets, two of them inside the line for a 21-20 lead and then the four-straight outside the line. Hohman then fed Nick Reinhart for a capper that gave New Riegel a 35-20 advantage at the half.

“From the second we walked off the bus, we were not focused at all tonight,” St. Joseph coach Jonathan Will said. “Sometimes it’s just attention to details. We didn’t execute things from the second quarter on and you can’t get behind a team like that and expect to win.

“They don’t make mistakes and that’s the difference,” he said. “They will not beat themselves.”

The threat of a rout became reality in the third period when the Jackets worked St. Joseph for eight more turnovers. Hohman scored nine of his 21 points in the quarter and Cole Noftz added three points and a couple assists and the margin went to 49-26.

“Early on, our guards were pretty good at attacking the basket, especially from up top,” Will said. “But we got away from that. Live ball turnovers turn into baskets at the other end for us and that’s been our MO this year.”

Hohman had six rebounds and five steals to go with his game-high 21 points. Acree tossed in 11 points, Noftz had seven points and three assists while Feindel and Reinhart each contributed six points for New Riegel.

“We didn’t come out with a whole lot of juice to start,” Losey said. “I was disappointed in that but I guess that’s not unusual for a homecoming game to be a little flat because there’s a lot of stuff going on.

“But overall, we played pretty well,” he said. “We certainly ended up playing better offensively than I thought we had and defensively, in spurts, we looked really good. We had a lot of deflections, which is what you like.”

Harrison had 10 points and nine rebounds and Brody Deck had eight points for the Streaks.