By JOE GILROY
BOWLING GREEN—Delphos St. John’s (20-4) entered the Stroh Center at Bowling Green State University on Tuesday night looking to upset the 16th-ranked Holgate Tigers, and after a physically grueling 32 minutes, the Blue Jays did just that, winning 40-25.
The game was not always pretty and the referees let both teams play, as they bumped and banged up against one another the entire game. Delphos St. John’s contested every shot Holgate threw up – as evidenced by the Tigers shooting just 28% from the field.
At the half, the Blue Jays led 19-14 and things did not get a whole lot better in the third quarter – St. John’s outscored Holgate 4-2, as they took a seven-point lead into the final stanza at 23-16.
That’s when both teams “exploded”. The Blue Jays scored 17 to Holgate’s nine in the final stanza.
Thanks in large part to the big fourth quarter, the Blue Jays shot a respectable 42% from the field. St. John’s did a good job of working the ball and using good shot selection.
They only turned the ball over seven times throughout the course of the game.
Timothy Kreeger led the Blue Jays with 14 points, while Holgate’s Jake Grim scored a game-high 15 points.
St. John’s placed six players in the scoring column, while Holgate only had three players score a bucket.
The Blue Jays task gets even taller after knocking off the 16th ranked team, they face the second ranked team, Mansfield St. Peter’s (24-2) Friday in the Division IV Regional Finals at the University of Toledo.
Holgate finishes their season with a 20-5 record.