Bluejay Boys roll to 2-0
Despite a long haul north to Douglas County Saturday afternoon, Bluejay Boys basketball pulled off an impressive win over the Northwestern Tigers (87-51), in Maple, Wis.
The Jays got the early jump on the cats in the first half, running away with 46 points. The second half would’nt show much change, as the Bluejay offense continued to churn out points; putting up 41 points for the win.
“I thought we did a great job of being ready to play right from the tip,” comments head coach Jake Schalow.
“Typically after 3-hour plus long bus trips, it is a slow start, but credit to our guys coming ready to play. I thought we did a great job moving the ball and finding the open guy to good looks out of our offense. That shows when you are able to make 21 assisted baskets. I thought defensively we were very stingy, and that our guys did a great job of following the scouting report and recognizing actions that Northwestern was getting in to.”
Michael Casper led the powerhouse effort for Merrill, draining 22 points on the day (9/13 FG, 3 reb, 6 ast). Piersen Pyan heaped on another 15 points (4/8 FG, 10 reb) while Connor Mootz scored 13 on the day (5/7 FG, 2 reb, 5 ast).
Stealing the Thunder
Tuesday, December 3. marked the season debut for the guys; hosting Lakeland Union at the MHS Field House. The Jays would go on to seal their home court showcase with a decisive 82-63 win over the Thunderbirds.
Merrill once again maintained the lead (38-34) headed into the half and piled on another 44 points in the second half, outscoring the birds by 15.
“I thought that we did a great job of sharing the ball and finding the open guy in the second half,” Schalow adds.
“We challenged the team at halftime to stop settling and work for a great shot each possession, rather than the first available one, and that paid off. Defensively, I thought we got much more stingy in the second half, which helped us to pull away in the middle part of it, and ultimately help us win the game. Getting the scoring from all the different players that we had was huge. I think our depth this season will be a huge asset.”
Junior Nathan Woller (25 points, 8/13 FG, 3 reb, 2 ast) led the high octane Bluejay offense. Mootz put up 16 on the night (6/15 FG, 5 reb, 4 ast) followed by Jake Zelinski with 9, respectively (3/4 FG, 2 reb, ast).
The Jays open conference action on Friday when they play host to Wausau-West. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. at the MHS Field House.