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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

REMSEN -- The Gehlen Jays turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 20-point win against Remsen St. Mary's.

The Gehlen boys won their eighth game in a row with the 59-39 non-conference win Tuesday.

"We played well," Gehlen boys coach Mike Langel said. "And Remsen did a good job of staying in there."

Gehlen junior Blake Wiltgen powered the Jays' win with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

"Blake had a really nice game with 27 points, a career high," Langel said.

The Jays started out hot, going on an 11-0 run to kick off the game and holding the Hawks to two points in the first quarter, going into the second stanza 13-2.

Gehlen and RSM were nearly bucket-for-bucket in the second quarter, with the Hawks scoring 11 and the Jays 12.

Gehlen still led 23-13 at halftime.

After starting with a man-to-man defense, Gehlen switched to a press in the second half.

"We ran a little bit of a press tonight because we needed to work on different phases of our game, and we wanted to try to stop Remsen's attack," Langel said. "We scored a lot of points, but we gave up more points in the second half, too. We had a few more turnovers than we normally do."

The Jays also recorded 16 steals in the game.

RSM stayed within 15 points for much of the game, but Gehlen stretched their lead out to 20 in the second half with a big third-quarter run.

Going into the final quarter, the Jays led by 21.

They kept their edge for the win.

"The subs came in and played a good game for us," Langel noted.

Along with Wiltgen's double-double, Gehlen senior Michael Whitehead added nine points and junior Colton Kneip added eight.

Kneip had eight rebounds and he made six blocks against the Hawks.

"He did a good job defending the basket," Langel said.

Gehlen sophomore Alex Kellen added another six rebounds for the Jays.

The non-conference win puts Gehlen's record at 9-2 heading into their home game with Trinity Christian Friday, a rematch after Gehlen won the season opener on the road with Trinity in four overtimes.

RSM's record slips to 3-8, and they next take on cross-town rival Remsen-Union Friday.



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