Jets pull away in second half to defeat Shiners

HOPE — Hauser came soaring out of the gate in the second half against visiting Rising Sun Saturday night.

The Jets were on a scoring frenzy in the middle of the third quarter that produced a 14-0 run, and that proved to be the difference in a 60-47 boys basketball win over the Shiners.

It was a great bounce back victory for the Jets after a disappointing loss at Waldron on Friday.

“I was so proud of the way they came out of the gate. It was a whole team effort,” Hauser coach Trent Moorhead said. “The third quarter intensity is what really won us the game. Proud of the way we closed out that third quarter and find a way to close out the game.”

The Jets (7-8) started out quick out of the gate to jump out to a 9-3 lead. Rising Sun (6-9) went on a 9-2 run to take its first lead of the game at 12-11. Ledger Gelfius made it short lived as he drained a 3-pointer, and basket inside from Taeshaun Tungate made it 16-12 after the first quarter.

The Shiners got it to within two on a couple occasions, but 3-pointers from Gelfius and Alex Bower help preserve a 29-25 halftime lead for Hauser.

The Jets came out with a ton of intensity to start the second half. They turned up the pressure defensively and started knocking down shots offensively to go on a 16-2 run that was capped off with a Stryker Gill buzzer beater to close out the quarter with a 52-35 lead.

Hauser prevented any Rising Sun comeback in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

“I thought we showed a lot of maturity this game, a lot of growth,” Moorhead said. “It’s very important for us to continue to see that, especially with guys that haven’t had a lot of varsity experience in the past. I thought this was a growth game for us, a very important win in the scheme of our season. It was a great bounce back win.”

For the Jets, Gelfius finished with a team-high 19 points. Tungate had 15 points and Gill added 10 points. Eight players in total got in the scoring column for Hauser.

“One of my favorite parts with this is how unselfish we are,” Moorhead said. “We play through each other, we share the ball well. It’s a group of guys that want their teammates to succeed. It’s very unique, especially with the makeup of our team.”

The Jets end the month of January with a trip to Batesville on Saturday.

Hauser 60, Rising Sun 47

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Rising Sun (6-9): Morris 0 0-2 0, Elliott 4 2-2 13, Martin 1 2-2 4, Graver 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2, Clark 1 0-0 3, Merica 6 5-8 19, Creech 0 0-2 0, Works 2 0-0 4. Totals: 16 10-13 47.

Hauser (7-8): Alex Cord 1 0-0 2, Alex Bower 1 0-0 3, Ledger Gelfius 8 0-1 19, Stryker Gill 2 5-7 10, Jake Barriger 1 0-0 2, Gavin Keller 3 1-2 7, Kameron Blair 0 2-2 2, Taeshaun Tungate 6 2-2 15, Taylen Absher 0 0-0 0, Sam Taylor 0 0-0 0, Jentzen Bechtel 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 10-14 60.

3-point goals: Rising Sun 5 (Elliott 3, Merica 2); Hauser 5 (Gelfius 3, Tungate, Gill).