Dublin Jerome, one of the three big Dublin high schools, sent its varsity basketball team to Washington Saturday evening for a non-league game against the Blue Lions.
The Celtics (pronounced Kel-tics) won the game, 61-36.
Washington’s record levels at 5-5 overall on the season.
Dublin Jerome improves to 9-3 on the year.
Jerome, a Division I team that plays primarily other Division I schools in central Ohio, proved a tough match-up for the Blue Lions.
Sophomore Dillon Steward led the Blue Lions with nine points.
Senior Kenny Upthegrove was next with eight points, while seniors Jarett Patton and Kory Proby each added four points.
The Celtics had four players in double figures, led by senior Zach Watson with 13.
Senior Eddie Anders scored 12, junior Andrew Golda scored 11 and junior Lucas House had 10 points.
Washington took an early 5-0 lead with a three-point shot by Evan Upthegrove and a two-point bucket from Kenny Upthegrove.
Dublin Jerome outscored Washington 15-6 the remainder of the first quarter to take a 15-11 lead.
After a 17-7 second quarter in favor of the Celtics, the vistors held a 32-18 halftime lead.
Washington’s best period was the third, outscoring Jerome 11-10 to trail 42-29 after three.
The Celtics outscored Washington, 19-7 in the fourth quarter for the 61-36 victory.
“I felt like we played hard, in spurts,” Washington head coach Shannon Bartruff said. “But, any let downs against a team like that, they are so dynamic in transition, they’re going to expose it. We got (the deficit) down to, I think, eight or 10 points; and then, within a two or three minute stretch, it was right back up to 12 or 15 on run-out layups.
“They made shots,” Bartruff said. “We’re just not shooting the ball well right now. We missed a lot of layups and we’re missing a lot of wide-open threes. We just can’t let that affect our effort.”
The Blue Lions were 15 of 45 from the floor for 33 percent.
“They mixed up their defenses a lot,” Bartruff said. “The played a little half-court zone, a little bit of three-quarter court; I didn’t feel their pressure really bothered us that much. Their length bothered us. They changed some shots, they blocked some shots.
“We just have to continue to get better,” Bartruff said. “We’re about half-way through the season and we have some guys still making some of the silly mistakes we’ve been making since day one.
“We have two big league games, at Wilmington (Tuesday) and at Miami Trace (Friday),” Bartruff said. “Those are obviously two of the favorites in the league. We have to keep grinding and keep fighting.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
W 11 7 11 7 — 36
DJ 15 17 10 19 — 61
WASHINGTON — Dillon Steward 3 (1)-0-9; Jarett Patton 2-0-4; Evan Upthegrove 0 (1)-0-3; Ross Matthews 0 (1)-0-3; Kory Proby 2-0-4; Kenny Upthegrove 3-2-8; Griffin Shaw 1-0-2; Blaise Tayese 1-0-2; Richard Burns Jr. 0-1-1. TOTALS — 12 (3)-3-36. Free throw shooting: 3 of 6 for 50 percent. Three-point field goals: Steward, E. Upthegrove, Matthews. Field goal shooting: 15 of 45 for 33 percent. Turnovers: 12. Rebounds: 20 (10 offensive).
DUBLIN JEROME — Joe Dunnan 0-0-0; Joey Pickering 2-0-4; Jack Mongelluzzo 0 (1)-0-3; Lucas House 5-0-10; Joseph Gatien 0-0-0; Zach Watson 4 (1)-2-13; Kyle Burrier 4-0-8; Eddie Anders 1 (3)-1-12; Andrew Golda 3-5-11. TOTALS — 19 (5)-8-61. Free throw shooting: 8 of 11 for 73 percent. Three-point field goals: Anders, 3; Mongelluzoo, Watson.
Blue Lion j-v team falls to Waverly
In the j-v game Saturday afternoon, Washington hosted the Tigers from Waverly High School.
Waverly won the game, 39-28.
Washington’s Eli Lynch was the game’s leading scorer with nine points. He had one three-point field goal.
Ross Matthews had eight points (including two threes), and Levi Ludwick hit two threes for six points.
Blaise Tayese scored three points and Garritt Leisure scored two.
For the Tigers, Grant Lybrook and Landon Hoover each scored eight points.
Brandon Nibert scored seven, Trevor Penrod had six, Ethan Crabtree scored four and Tanner Smallwood, Colby Swain and Ragen Davis each had two points.
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