WATERVILLE – The Waterville-Elysian-Morristown boys basketball team finished last year third in the state and didn’t miss a step in their first game this season as they defeated the Jordan Hubmen 87-58 Tuesday night. The full-court defense and drive and dish offense led the Bucs to the victory and set the frenetic pace for the game.
The game started off with WEM jumping out to an 11-5 lead before Jordan would on a 16-5 run with points from juniors Jake Anderson and Nate Beckman to put them in the lead 21-16. WEM would use their first timeout to regroup and came out with swarming full court press to force back to back turnovers and take back the lead. Jordan would not lead again in the game as WEM was able to keep the Hubmen at a distance plus forced key players Nate Beckman and Kevin Way to be in foul trouble with three fouls each with over two minutes left in the half. The Bucs would be able to make a mini-run to extend a six point lead to eleven before the half to make the score 48-37.
The second half would be more of the same with WEM jumping out on an 8-0 run and Jordan could never make the score any less than 10 points in the game. The Bucs defense was led by Grant Pope the quick point guard who would pick the pocket and get his hands in the passing lanes of many Jordan players. Tate Harman would keep the scoring going for the Bucs and lead the team with 31 points and helped by Lorenzo Lelli with 25 points. Jordan was led by Jake Anderson with 31 points in the loss.
Jordan falls to 1-2 on the season and will host Rockford on Friday.
By: Adam Bartels