When Heidelberg hosted South Jones precisely one week ago to the day, the final buzzer put the lid on a 42-point victory. At South Jones Tuesday night, the tale wasn't as impressive.
“We played sloppy ball tonight,” said Heidelberg head boys coach Billy Wright. “We tried to clean things up. We had two regular guards in rotation out, so we tried to move things around.”
Despite the sloppy play, Heidelberg handed South Jones an 18-point loss, 68-44.
"South Jones has a good team and a good coach," said Heidelberg head boys coach Billy Wright. "But they're not as tall [as we are], so that gave us the advantage. Overall, they have a good team though. It's always a good environment when we come down to Ellisville."
After an even first period - thanks to a last-second jump shot by Heidelberg inside the arc - the Oilers pieced together a 9-2 run in the second. They continued to built a healthy 17-point lead by the end of the first half.
“We were not in foul trouble in the first half, so we kept pressing,” said Wright. “In the second half, we got into foul trouble early. We had about 10 fouls in the third quarter alone.”
South Jones outscored Heidelberg 13-12 in the third period and continued to make things uncomfortable for the Oilers in the fourth, drawing with 10 points during one stretch.
“We finally made a layup to stop the bleeding,” said Wright. “South Jones was playing us hard, and it didn’t help that we were turning the ball over.”
Heidelberg preserved the victory, outscoring the Braves 17-16 in the final stanza.
Quenderious Bender led the Oilers with 21 points.
"Bender could have had 40 [points] if we would have made his free throws," said Wright. "But he's playing a little better. Bender is a big part of our team. He's confidence is lower right now. We need to get it up somehow. If he can get going, the sky is the limit for what he can do."
South Jones’ B.J. Hawthorne led all scorers with 22 points on the night.
Heidelberg improves to 3-3 overall. South Jones falls to 3-3.