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Jays soar past A-W in conference win

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Gehlen's Patrick Livermore breaks through the Akron-Westfield defense to get a clear shot Tuesday in the Jay's 61-24 victory over the Westerners. The game opened War Eagle Conference play for the Jays, the defending conference champions.
LE MARS -- The Jay defense and offense packed a one-two punch for Akron-Westfield Tuesday in Gehlen Catholic School's conference win over the Westerners, 61-24.

Gehlen led 15-5 after the first quarter and blew the second quarter wide open, scoring 32 points to make it 47-17 for the Jays.

"We got things rolling and we had some nice transition baskets," Gehlen coach Mike Langel said. "We put a lot of pressure on their guards and got a couple steals. We just kind of got the old motor running and got some nice buckets."

(Sentinel photo by Kent Jones) Gehlen junior Mitchell Flack (42) puts up a block against Akron-Westfield's Joel Brenner during the Jay's win against the Westerners Tuesday in Le Mars.
The Jays defense held the Westerners to 12 points compared to their own 32 for that stanza.

"Michael Whitehead had a nice quarter," Langel added. "He got hot and scored most of his 16 points in the second quarter."

The Jays widened their lead in the third quarter, making it 59-22, then both teams only scored two points in the final period.

"It was a defensive struggle at the end -- we got to put in some of our subs," Langel said.

It was a nice shooting night for the Jays.

Gehlen was nearly perfect on the free throw line, going 13-for-14 from the stripe.

The Jays went 3-for-10 from beyond the arc.

Whitehead lead scoring with his 16 points.

Junior Blake Wiltgen added 12 points and sophomore Alex Kellen scored 11.

Gehlen junior Colton Kneip led the Jays in rebounds with eight boards and he logged eight points, too.

"He did a nice job in the center for us," Langel said. "Michael and Blake had nice games, too. Aaron Jentz did some nice things at point. He's starting to understand his role a little more there."

The Jays improve their record, making it 2-2 going into Friday's conference matchup with Spaulding Catholic in Granville.

"We needed a game like this, to get out and get some points up, get some of the subs in to get some playing time," Langel said. "They did a nice job coming off the bench."

Tuesday's game with the Westerners was the first of six War Eagle Conference games in a row before Christmas for the Jays.

"We're the defending conference champs -- we were 10-0 last year in the conference," Langel said. "That's one of our goals, to go after that again."

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