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VanHoose’s 36 not enough as Jets clip Eagles

VanHoose’s 36 not enough as Jets clip Eagles
VanHoose’s 36 not enough as Jets clip Eagles
Lanesville junior guard Chris VanHoose drives around a Hauser defender in the fourth quarter of Saturday's semifinal of the Class 1A Franklin Regional. (Photos by Alan Stewart)

In a battle for aerial supremacy, the Hauser Jets screamed past the Lanesville Eagles in the semifinal of the Class 1A Franklin Regional on Saturday, 74-59.
The Jets taxied out to a 10-point by halftime, then turned on the afterburners in the third period, outscoring Lanesville 20-9 to effectively put the game away.
Four players reached double-figures in scoring for No. 3-ranked Hauser, led by 6-8 senior and Eastern Illinois-signee Bobby Joliff, who scored 23 points and had a slew of rebounds.
Zach Fugate scored 20 points; Gabe Miller had 13; and Nick Long added 11.
‘They were able to get the ball inside to Joliff and when we went after that, they got the ball to Fugate. We were hesitant early offensively and then Hauser made some good shots on the other end. They got on a little run and we were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game,’ Lanesville coach Mikel Miller said. ‘We were out here in the first game watching Orleans and Shawe and Orleans jumped out to an early lead and Shawe was able to come back on (Orleans). Unfortunately, we missed some shots and weren’t able to do the same thing.’
Lanesville junior guard Chris VanHoose netted a whopping 36 points in the loss, including 30 in the second half and 25 in the fourth quarter.
It was the sixth time this year that VanHoose topped the 30-point mark, with his only bigger effort being a 39-point evening against Orleans.
During the Eagles’ run to its first boys basketball sectional, VanHoose topped, 1,000 points for his career.
‘The difference between Chris last year and this year was night and day,’ Miller said. ‘He put the time in during the season and off-season and he’s reaping the benefits. But knowing Chris, he’s not going to be satisfied with scoring points. He wants this team to succeed, too, and I think you saw that this year. He was willing to do whatever it took for the team to win.’
The Jets (23-2) went on to defeat No. 7-ranked Shawe Memorial in the championship, 63-57, and will play Shakamak (19-7) in the first game of the Southport Semi-state on Saturday. The second game pits 4A’s top-ranked and undefeated Lawrence North squad ‘ which features one of the nation’s best seniors in Greg Oden ‘ against Bloomington South.
The regional tussle, which was played out in front of 4,400-plus hoops-crazed fans, was tied twice at 2-2 and 4-4 in the early going, but Hauser’s Long buried a three, which was followed by a bucket inside by Joliff and a free throw by Long.
VanHoose scored on a drive to the rim, and Dave Bachmann hit a free throw, to bring the Eagles back to within three. Joliff countered with an old-fashioned three to make it a 13-7 score at the end of the opening quarter.
The sixth-ranked Eagles kept the game close through the first four minutes of the second stanza in baskets by VanHoose, Matthew Beckman and Jonathan Robinson.
But Lanesville would convert just one field goal over the final 4:21 of the first half.
Sparked by six points from Fugate, Hauser went on a 10-5 run to the halftime buzzer and lead, 28-18.
During the intermission, Miller said he stressed to his club the importance of keeping its focus.
‘I didn’t think we necessarily played that bad on defense in the first half. Hauser made some really nice passes and converted on some plays where we were just a step late.
‘Defensively, we had to lock down and keep them in front of us.’
Miller and Fugate pushed the lead to 34-18 in the first two minutes of the third period, but VanHoose and Bachmann rallied to within nine, 34-25.
Just when it looked like Lanesville was back in the ball game, Hauser went on another run.
Joliff scored twice, Fugate drained a three and Long converted a three-point play to thwart the comeback.
By the end of the third period, Lanesville trailed, 48-29.
VanHoose had an inspired effort in the fourth quarter and got the Eagles to within 10 with 5:43 left.
The guard started the frame with a three-point play and sandwiched a couple of treys around a deuce by Joliff.
After a Seth Jacobs steal, VanHoose scored again to make it 50-40, but Lanesville would get no closer the rest of the way.
The two clubs swapped baskets over the remainder of the contest, with Hauser sinking a slew of free throws to seal the win.
Lanesville was 21 of 46 from the floor, including 15 of 27 in the second half. The club hit four out of 14 tries beyond the arc and drained 13 of 20 free throws.
Rebounds were swayed heavily towards the Jets, 33-21, with turnovers nearly awash (14 for Lanesville; 13 for Hauser).
Bachmann finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, Beckman scored four points, Evan Bridges had three points and Robinson had two.
Hauser shot 25 of 47 from the field, 4-of-8 on threes and 20 of 28 from the charity stripe.
‘We let their shooters shoot and you just can’t do that,’ Miller said. ‘We left their guys too wide open.’
The Eagles lose five players to graduation (Robinson, Bridges, Bachmann, Craig Barnickle and Chris Dodds).
‘What we lose with those guys is a lot of teamwork and chemistry,’ Miller said. ‘They helped build a family type of atmosphere and they stepped in and helped any way they could, both on and off the court.
‘We’re going to have some obvious holes to fill next year and I think today some of our players got the opportunity to experience this atmosphere and hopefully it will drive them for next year.’
— Shawe upset No. 1-ranked Orleans in the first game of the Franklin Regional, 51-46.
The Hilltoppers trailed Orleans (22-2) 18-8 late in the second quarter and 18-15 at the half.
A three-ball by Shawe’s Brandon Lauster gave the Hilltoppers their first lead of the game.
Lauster led Shawe with 16 points.
Jacob Smith paced Orleans with 16 points, including a handful of threes in the first half.
Prior to the loss to Shawe, Orleans’ only other setback this season came at the hands of Lanesville, 71-53, when it was undefeated and rated No. 1 in Class 1A.