ANSONIA – The Ansonia Tigers scored 46 first half points to defeat the Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks 74-29 in the annual Route 47 Shootout in non-conference play.
“Ansonia played a great game, they’re playing great basketball right now,” said MV coach, Nick Hamilton. “I take my hat off to them. Tony has them running good.”
Mississinawa Valley took an early 4-0 lead before the Tigers battled to a 23-9 lead after one period of play with Trevor Hemmerich accounting for 9-points including a 3-pointer and 2-2 at the line. Garrett Stammen threw down 8-points including two treys and Ethan Reichert added 6-points including 2-2 at the charity stripe.
“We got down 4-0 and they responded,” said Ansonia coach, Tony Overton. “It’s kind of been our MO. Once they got the cobwebs out they woke up. That’s kind of what I expected based on our athleticism and our capabilities, what we are capable of. It was refreshing to see the kids put it together.”
Unable to get its game going at either end of the court, Blackhawks coach, Nick Hamilton pulled his entire starting lineup early in the second quarter where they would stay through the remainder of the first half. Ansonia got a quick start with an Ethan Reichert slam dunk and a Stammen triple leading the Tigers to a 23-9 second period sending the teams to the break with the Ansonia leading 46-18.
“I was hoping to fire them up and get them angry…they would go out and play a little harder and just didn’t happen tonight,” Coach Hamilton stated. “Just wasn’t any energy tonight for some reason.”
Stammen led seven Tigers in the second quarter scoring column with 13-points including his third and fourth triples of the night.
Ansonia continued to outpace the visitors in third quarter action taking the period 20-8 pushing its lead to 66-26 with three quarters in the book.
“They were knocking them down, we didn’t come out hot,” Hamilton said. “We didn’t come out with any energy.”
Hemmerich led the Tigers with 8 third quarter points including two 3-pointers, Ian Schmitmeyer 4-points, Jakob Creager canned a trey and Exzaviar Moody and Reichert each hitting a bucket.
With a running clock in play, Ansonia took the final period 8-3 with Matt Barga scoring 5-points including a triple and Landyn Bowman draining a 3-pointer to give the home team a 45-point win.
ANSONIA 74, MISSISSINAWA VALLEY 29
ANSONIA – G. Stammen 22, T. Hemmerich 18, E. Reichert 10, J. Creager 9, M. Barga 5, I. Schmitmeyer 4, E. Moody 4, L. Bowman 4 – TOTALS 18, 8-16 10 74
MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – D. Anguano 9, T. Woodbury 6, J. Loy 4, M. Pisano 3, D.Wehrkamp 3, C. Shimp 2, Wehrkamp 2 – TOTALS 8 7-20 2 29
Ansonia 10 (G. Stammen 4, T. Hemmerich 3, J. Creager 1, M. Barga 1, L. Bowman 1)
Mississinawa Valley 2 (Anguano 1, D. Wehrkamp 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
23-23-20-08 74 Ansonia
09-09-08-03 29 Mississinawa Valley