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Jays prove edge over Trinity

Monday, January 14, 2013

LE MARS -- It didn't take four overtimes for the Gehlen boys to wrap up their win against Trinity Christian this time.

The Jays (10-2) started their season with an eight-period win over Trinity, but Friday night they secured a more decisive 63-47 victory, ending Trinity's seven-game winning streak.

"Trinity is a really nice ball club and they've been winning a lot of games," Gehlen boys coach Mike Langel said. "We just stepped up. Every time they made a little run at us, we'd make a nice big shot or a three to fend them off."

The Jays had a seven point lead after the first quarter, but Trinity clipped it back to a six-point lead at halftime, 26-20, Gehlen.

Gehlen came back from the break at half with energy, outscoring Trinity 17-14 to make it a nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 43-34.

The Jays ended with a powerful final stanza, scoring 20 points and keeping Trinity to 13.

Trinity's Greg Gritters, a junior, led scoring for the night with 22 points.

Gehlen senior Michael Whitehead led Jay scoring with 18 points, including three three-point shots.

Sophomore Alex Kellen scored 14 points, a career high for him.

"He had a nice game, hit some nice shots," Langel said.

Junior Blake Wiltgen was also in double figures for the night with 12 points for the Jays.

Whitehead also led the Jays in rebounds with seven and sophomore Solomon Freking grabbed five boards.

Both Whitehead and junior Colton Kneip logged four assists, and Wiltgen had seven steals for the Jays.

Langel said he was happy to see the progress the Jays have made so far.

"In the first game we were pretty even," the Gehlen coach said. "Our kids have come a long ways from the beginning of the season. I knew we could improve a lot, and they proved that. Hopefully they keep getting better for the end of the season and the tournament."

Friday's win is Gehlen's ninth in a row. Tuesday they meet up with Hinton at home for a non-conference matchup after Gehlen beat Hinton at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City earlier this month. Friday Gehlen has a big War Eagle Conference matchup with Unity Christian, of Orange City.

"We're both undefeated in the War Eagle Conference," Langel explained. "Hopefully we get two wins this week."

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