The game between Crestwood and Rootstown was a lot more entertaining then the final score proved to be. There were several key in-game battles that provided fans with a lot of excitement. Ultimately it was Crestwood winning 79-43 over Rootstown. The first good battle was between the guards. For Crestwood it was Senior Point Guard Jacob Krupp (16 pts, 4 rbs, 6 asts) who lead his team like a true captain, and Caleb Kaut (23 pts, 3 rbs, 10-14 FTs) who gave his school all he had. The next battle was between a pair of big men. Center Nathan Moore (2 pts, 8 rbs, 2 blks) put up a fight in the paint, while Junior Forward Jordan Fabry (35 pts, 12 rbs, 2 asts) went off, scoring from every possible location on the floor.
The game started with the battle of the guards. Both team started out slow, except for Krupp who came out like a man on a mission.
“Krupp is one of our leaders for a reason, it’s why we voted him Captain.” Coach Jakacki said of his Senior Guard, “He’s has a knack for making play. He was the one who settled us down…the fact that he scored nine points and distributed the ball the way he did really helped us.”
While Rootstown was busy turning the ball over 6 times in a row to start of, Krupp scored his teams first 9 points. Krupp’s first score came off of a Fabry steal at the 6:00 mark. Fabry found Krupp on the fast break and Krupp laid it in perfectly. All of Krupps scores were inside the arc. He surprisingly struggled from the three point line all game, only hitting on one in the second half. Kaut was finally able to get Rootstown on the board scoring five straight himself, including a three pointer. Kaut drove the ball well inside all game long, and played a fine game, but he had zero help from an offensive standpoint. It looked as if Rootstown had a lack of energy, but Coach Beshara described it a different way, saying
“I wouldn’t call it lack of energy, it was clearly nervous energy which isn’t very constructive. We’re playing a lot of young players now, and that nervous energy leads to a lot of turnovers.” I will not say Coach Beshara is wrong, I just felt that they looked sluggish with their decision making and movement on offense. Coach Beshara obviously knows his team better than I do, so I can’t say for sure whether it was a lack of energy or nervous energy, whatever it was it was bad. Two of Rootstown’s opening six turnovers were back court violations.
But, why keep focusing on the bad, right? Let’s get back to the good parts of the game.
Fabry scored off an easy steal while the Rovers were trying to simply inbound the ball at the beginning of the second, making the score 15-7. Rootstown made a little bit of a run after that, highlighted by a Kaut and-1 with 5:16 left to make the score 13-19, Red Devils. Kaut could not keep the Rovers in it himself for long though. Fabry hit one of his several threes with 2:23 left to extend the Red Devils score to ten, 27-17. The Red Devils went into the half leading 32-23.
It should be noted that there was a bit of a scary situation at the end of the first half when Krupp took a hard fall, smacking his face off the floor. He ran of the court immediately, and left a long trail of blood that took several minutes to clean up. Krupp came back out after half time and played well for his team. He was not nearly as effective, but did hit his only three and played good defense.
The second half was dedicated to one man, and one man only. Even though he’s only a high school kid I say a man because he played like it. Jordan Fabry scored 21 of his 35 points in the second half. His best shots of the night were when he would catch the ball along the side line with his back to the basket. Fabry would take two to three dribbles, backing down his man, and would whip his body around and shoot a soft fade. He made almost every fade on the block he took. Eventually he got to the point where he was firing up threes like it was nobodies business. But not only was he drilling threes, and fade away jumpers, he was crashing the boards regularly. He finished with 12 of them, a lot of them offensive boards.
“We know he’s capable of doing that any given night.” Coach Jakacki said of Fabry’s huge night, “He’s a special player. Teams know he’ll be our focal point, but you can’t sleep on our other guys. We’re really proud of his effort, he hit the boards well with 12, and played an amazing game.”
No doubt we will look forward to seeing what Fabry and Krupp do in the future. As for Rootstown the question is, can they can’t anyone to help out Kaut?