By Frank Foreman
The Calvary Baptist boys basketball team definitely chose the right night to have its worst free throw performance of the season.
The Thunder went 8-for-31 from the charity stripe, but made up for it in a big way on the boards and with a spread out offensive attack to pick up a 62-41 road win over Jamestown Monday night in non-region basketball action.
The Thunder used its size (Jared McCrillis) and its ball handling (Jacob Hough) to overmatch the Muskies on offense and had five players score at least six points during the victory. Though Calvary Baptist never trailed and won the contest by 21 points, a dismal night at the free throw line kept the Thunder from posting a huge night offensively.
“I think it was one of those nights,” Calvary Baptist head coach Bruce Hough said. “In our last game, our free throws kept us in it. In this one, we just didn’t seem to get it done. We only missed two (free throws) in the second half, but in the first half we just weren’t getting it done.”
A sloppy start for both teams gradually drifted in favor of Calvary Baptist as McCrillis began to heat up during the first quarter, blocking a pair of shots and bringing down multiple rebounds to help the Thunder jump out to a 15-3 lead after one frame.
The hot Thunder start slowed a bit thanks to Jamestown senior Kyle Melton, who woke up a sleeping Muskies squad with a trio of mid-range jump shots to cut the Calvary Baptist lead to 28-17 late in the second quarter. Melton’s 10 points in the quarter pulled Jamestown to within 10 points at halftime, 29-19.
McCrillis, who sat out most of the second quarter, came on strong to start the second half, this time on the defensive side of the ball. The tall center disrupted Jamestown’s offense each time the Muskies entered the lane, eventually forcing Jamestown to work around the perimeter. The Muskies struggled all night to hit shots with consistency, allowing the Thunder to stretch their lead to 41-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Calvary Baptist, now 4-4 on the season, put the game away with a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter, with Adam Daisley, McCrillis and Hough all heating up before coming away with the victory.
Melton did his best to keep Jamestown in reach, scoring 15 second-half points, but it wasn’t enough.
It was no secret that Calvary Baptist was going to run its offense through McCrillis and Hough, as the sharp ball-handling skills of Hough time and time again opened up looks for teammates.
“Everything goes through those two,” Bruce Hough said. “Jared has great skill and keeps the ball up high and does really well in the post. And we feel the most confident with the ball in Jacob’s hands. He makes good decisions with the ball.”
Those good decisions also included solid shooting from the field, as the sophomore led the Thunder with 20 points, including three 3-pointers. McCrillis had a big night as well, posting a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds to go along with his two blocked shots.
Daisley finished with nine points, while Bailey Busta-mante tallied seven points for Calvary Baptist.
Jamestown was paced by Melton, who led all players with 25 points. Todd Depree added 12 points for the Muskies, who fall to 0-3 on the season.
“It doesn’t get any easier as we head into the Commodore Perry Holiday Tournament next,” Hough said. “We play more public schools, so we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and work hard.”