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Posted Online: March 07, 2014, 11:01 pm
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By Marc Nesseler, nesseler@qconline.com
BRIMFIELD – Kewanee Wethersfield coach Jeff Parsons pinned the outcome of the Class 1A Brimfield Sectional boys' basketball final on the shooting of the Flying Geese, just 29 percent, hitting 16-of-56 shots.

Mendon Unity coach Keith Carothers thought it had everything to do with his Mustangs' rebounding, a season-high 46 boards.

Neither gets an argument. Both add up to Mendon Unity cruising to a 68-51 victory on Friday night to advance to Tuesday's Jacksonville Super-Sectional.

"We didn't shoot the ball well, and that's something we've done well all year is shoot the ball," said Parsons, emerging from a locker room in which he had to say goodbye to eight seniors. "That was the case in our three losses, but this one stung the most."

The Flying Geese finish with a 30-3 record, a school record for wins, and a Sweet 16 finish.

"I have never met a group of kids who wanted to win as much as they did," the Geese coach said. "Last year's seniors set the table and this year's seniors took it to a level that never will be forgotten."

The run ended because, on this night, the Mustangs simply were better.

The front court players for Unity (19-11) had a 34-3 rebounding advantage over their counterparts en route to a team differential of 46-26.

"They were getting a number of third and fourth shots, and we didn't get many second shots," said Parsons.

Mendon Unity center Lane Davis had 16 rebounds to go with 13 points. Will Klusmeyer also had a double-double of 10 boards and 11 points. Alex Blickhan led the Mustangs with 18 points and had eight rebounds.

"And I thought we did a good job on Davis,"said Parsons. "If you'd have told me we would have held him to 13 points, I'd have thought we would have won. But we just didn't shoot well."

Unity led 27-23 at halftime. Parsons said he felt most uncomfortable when the Mustangs started the second half with a 6-0 run to go up by 10. Unity's lead reached 17, at 47-30, by the end of the third quarter.

"That set the tone for the rest of the game," Parsons said of Unity's half-opening spurt.

Through the first half, the Geese rode their leader, Trevor Lay, who had 18 points and seven rebounds, shooting 6-of-14. The rest of the Geese scored six points on 3-of-16 shooting.

In the second half, the Mustangs stepped up their containment on Lay. He was 2-of-12 in the final two quarters, with the rest of the Geese going 6-of-14.

"We made him work for everything he got," Unity's Carothers said of Lay.

Lay scored 31 points in his final game with the Geese, hitting 12-of-13 free throws, nine of those in the fourth quarter.

No other Geese player scored more than four points. Sophomore Tucker Nichols had a team-high 11 rebounds. Other than Lay's seven boards, no other Wethersfield player had more than two rebounds.

Some of that shooting frustration can be placed on health. KW senior Matt Jenkins had been sick since the regional opener and he could never get his shooting on track in this sectional. The team's second-leading scorer was 1-for-10 in the title game.

Still, Parsons says all of the Geese can be proud of their '13-14 accomplishments.

"The bottom line," he said, "is 30-3. What a year."




Brimfield Sectional
Mendon Unity 68, Wethersfield 51
MENDON UNITY (19-11)
Donley 1-7 3-3 0 5 6, Schaffer 3-5 2-2 4 0 9, Klusmeyer 5-10 1-5 4 10 11, Blickhan 7-14 3-4 4 8 18, Davis 6-13 1-2 3 16 13, Miller 4-6 2-3 2 410, Fielding 0-1 0-0 0 1 0, Moore 0-0 1-2 0 0 1, Dorethy 0-0 0-0 0 1 0, Jansen 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Bruenger 0-0 0-0 0 1 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0 0 0, Begeman 0-0 0-0 0 0 0. Totals 26-56 13-21 17 46 68.
KEWANEE WETHERSFIELD (30-3)
Lay 8-26 12-13 3 7 31, Tucker Nichols 1-42-2 1 11 4, Bennett 1-6 2-3 4 1 4, Jenkins 1-10 0-0 3 2 2, Vincent 0-10-0 3 0 0, Litton 1-1 0-0 3 2 2, Tanner Nichols 2-4 0-0 1 1 4, Harris 2-2 0-0 0 24, Reeves 0-1 0-0 0 0 0, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0 0 0. Totals 16-56 16-18 18 26 51.
Mendon Unity  15  12  20  21—68
Wethersfield  12  12  6  21—51
3s: Unity 3-9 (Schaffer 1-3, Blickhan 1-3, Donley 1-2, Klusmeyer 0-1), KW 3-24 (Lay 3-11, Jenkins 0-6, Bennett 0-5, Tanner Nichols 0-1, Reeves 0-1). Assists: Unity 11 (Blickhan 4), KW 3. Steals: Unity 7 (Donley 2, Schaffer 2), KW 9 (Litton 2). Blocks: Unity 3 (Davis, Bruenger). Turnovers: Unity 19, KW 12.












 




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