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Adams reaches 1,000 points in Plymouth win

By JOSH MORGRET • Feb 8, 2019 at 11:30 PM

MONROEVILLE — Not often will a coach himself carry momentum from the junior varsity game into a varsity contest.

But, when you are coaching both teams, it can happen.

After Plymouth hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the junior varsity contest, Jacob Adams scored his 1,000th career point en route to 30 points on the night, lifting the Big Red to a 65-57 Firelands Conference win over Monroeville on Friday at the Monroeville Athletic Complex.

"Tonight was great," Adams said. "I can not explain in words how much this means to me. I worked my whole life to get this. It means a lot to me."

Hunter Bailey pulled double duties for the Big Red. He is the junior varsity coach, but coached the varsity team for the third straight game after head coach Derrick Shelenberger was hospitalized for four days because of a burst appendix. Friday was the first game Shelenberger was at since his hospitalization, and he hopes to return to the sidelines permanently in a few games.

"Jacob is an all-around great player," Bailey said. "Defenses try to come at him with everything they have. When he is hitting tough shots, that is something that is tough to deal with."

Meanwhile, Adams took care of business on the court. A jumper with 1:13 left in the first quarter pushed the senior over the 1,000 point plateau. He went to score 30 points for the seventh time this season, while also grabbing nine rebounds.

"Jacob is a special player," Monroeville coach Paul Roeder said. "He is very smooth and he is very versatile where he can hit the outside shot, but he also drives very well. There is no good way to play him."

Plymouth (9-9 overall, 6-6) actually fell behind early as the Eagles (7-12, 3-9) used tough defense to force the Big Red into six first-quarter turnovers. Adams' jumper ended a 7-0 run by Monroeville, but the Eagles led, 14-10, after eight minutes.

"Monroeville came out in a 1-3-1 zone and that was a tough situation," Bailey said. "We were not expecting it. Great job on their part for that. We settled ourselves down and found a way to attack it."

In the second quarter, a 3 by Adams cut the lead to one point, but Monroeville used another 7-0 run — this one capped on a bucket by Isaac Roeder — for a 21-13 lead with 5:58 left in the second quarter.

But, Plymouth fought back. The Big Red slowly chopped away at the eight-point deficit. The lead was still 25-19 when Walker Elliott hit a foul-line jumper before Adams scored on a turn-around jumper then went coast-to-coast off of a rebound to tie the game.

"We threw a 1-3-1 zone at Plymouth and it took away their inside game a lot," coach Roeder said. "They could not penetrate as well against it. I do not think they had seen it much this year. I think it threw them for a curve."

Adams split two free throws after an empty possession by Monroeville then hit a huge 3 from the right corner to push Plymouth ahead, 29-25 at halftime. The Eagles only trailed for the last 35.2 seconds of the half, but trailed nonetheless.

"The last minute of the first half, we were spent," coach Roeder said. "Jacob got a lightly-contested 3 in the corner. Being down at halftime knocks the wind out of your sails. But, we were still in the game and we felt good."

The Big Red picked up where they left off when the third quarter started. Plymouth pushed the lead to six points on four different occasions - the last when Elliot score with 4:27 left in the third quarter.

But, Monroeville was not done. Cody Schafer hit a jumper and Chayce Schaub picked off a pass and escaped for a thunderous one-handed dunk to draw the Eagles with two points.

"That is a play you do not see all the time," Bailey said. "He hammered it, but we took a step back, got a grip, and attacked again."

That was the closest Monroeville got though. Brody Brown connected on his only shot of the game — a 3-pointer — before Adams made two free throws. Adams then assisted on a layup by Elliot before another scoring another basket. Plymouth led, 46-41, after three quarters.

"Sometimes when a team is trying to learn how to win games, they take certain moments and make a bigger deal out of them than what they were," coach Roeder said. "That (Schaub dunk) could have been a momentum changer. Everybody got too excited about it."

The Big Red put the game to rest over the first half of the fourth quarter. Blake Gibson scored before consecutive buckets by Adams. Roeder scored on the other end for the Eagles, but Elliott scored on a driving layup, Kade Collins added a 3-point play, and Gibson's hoop off of a steal pushed the lead to 59-43.

"Taking momentum into halftime was huge," Bailey said. "We talked at halftime about not losing the momentum. We knew the first three minutes of the third quarter were super important."

Monroeville got as close as nine points with possession in the final minute, but it was too late. Roeder paced the Eagles with 20 points and nine rebounds while Schafer scored 11 points.

Backing Adams' big night was Elliot and Collins who each scored 12 points. Gibson tallied eight points.

"That is huge," Bailey said. "We have talked all year about getting that second or third option being able to score. When they score 8-to-12 points, you are going to have to respect those guys."

A 3-pointer by Blake Vanderpool gave Plymouth a 51-50 win in the junior varsity game. Vanderpool finished with 10 points.


PLYMOUTH (9-9, 6-6)

Walker Elliott 6-0—12, Jacob Adams 10-8—30, Blake Gibson 4-0—8, Kade Collins 4-4—12, Brody Brown 1-0—3. TOTALS 25-12—66.

MONROEVILLE (7-12, 3-9)

Cody Schafer 3-3—11, Chayce Schaub 1-2—4, Isaac Roeder 9-1—20, Mason Tonelli 2-1—6, Eli Sweet 5-2—12, Anthony Dublo 1 0—2, Jake Sattler 1-0—2. TOTALS 22-9—57.

Plymouth 10 19 17 19 — 65

Monroeville 14 11 16 16 — 57

3-point FGs: (P) Adams 2, Brown; (M) C. Schafer 2, Roeder, Tonelli

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