HOPE — Indian Creek used dominating second- and third-quarter performances from Brett DeHart and Matt Wray to open a scoring gap from which Hauser was never able to recover.
DeHart led the Braves with 22 of Indian Creek’s 73 to top the Jets 73-59 in the Mid-Hoosier Conference battle.
The Jets and Braves both played tight defense in the first quarter to a low-scoring tie for the period at 13-all. But DeHart, Wray and Austin Smith provided the spark to build the lead to 13 going into the final period.
Hauser’s Rory Thayer came alive in the fourth, scoring nine of his 13 points to lead a Jets charge that helped his team close the gap to within 10 points on a couple of occasions.
Jets coach Bob Nobbe was pleased with his young team’s effort.
“I’m very pleased with our effort,” Nobbe said. “I thought we played very hard.”
“They had us down 17, and I thought a key run for us was that we were able to put some pressure on them and cut that down to 10 a time or two,” he said. “I’m pleased we didn’t quit working hard. We kept playing and pushing hard and got back in the game with about three-and-a-half (minutes) to go. It might sound kind of strange but when it’s fast paced we handle the ball a little bit better.”
Hauser (0-4, 0-1) kept DeHart scoreless from the field in the fourth quarter, forcing the Braves (3-0, 3-0) to rely on Smith and Wray to push the lead past 10 with key scores inside the paint against the smaller Jets. DeHart ended with four points on four free throws late in the game to help push the score out of reach.
Nobbe is encouraged by his young team’s effort.
“We do have a young group, and we’re gaining experience as we go,” Nobbe said. “Turnovers are a key aspect for us right now. We’re racking up a lot of turnovers.”
The Jets nearly eliminated turnovers in the fourth quarter to help close the gap before they went into foul mode to get more possessions. Trey Shipley led Hauser with 15 points, including three from beyond the arc. The Jets struggled from the free-throw line, hitting less than half of their opportunities.
Nobbe finds plenty of positives to build from as the Jets search for their first victory of the season.
“Our rebounding improved,” Nobbe said.
“We won the rebounding battle. I thought our press was very good for a team that’s kind of young and inexperienced.”