Fairmont’s Hendricks sizzling with program-record 52 points: ‘I was gunnin’ for it’

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 11:22 PM

He scored 29 points in a 66-43 defeat of visiting Xenia on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Ninety seconds into Fairmont’s boys high school basketball game against Indianapolis Washington on Saturday afternoon, Firebirds senior Jack Hendricks already had hit a pair of 3-pointers and accounted for eight of the team’s 10-0 lead. Teammate Cade Morgan shot him a message.

“He looked at me and said you need to try and get the record today,” recalled Hendricks. “From right there, I was gunnin’ for it.”

»NOW YOU KNOW: The video - and multiple video bombs - is of Jack Hendricks after he scored 29 points in a 66-43 defeat of visiting Xenia last season.

Hendricks did just that, going for a program-best 52 points in the 117-64 victory. That surpassed Fairmont’s previous record of 47 points that Andy Metzler tallied in 1997.

Hendricks spent the rest of the day accepting congratulations. “It’s been non-stop all day,” he said. “My phone has been blowing up. It’s been all over Twitter and Snapchat just going crazy.”

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A super-quick 5-foot-11 senior guard, here’s how Hendricks did it:

• He hit 14 of 22 three-pointers; four in the first quarter, three in the second, six in the third and a final 3-pointer in the fourth. According to Ohio High School Athletic Association records, that ties him with Eric Schiele of Atwater Waterloo (2006) for second in state history. J.T. Hoyng of Sparta Highland is the leader with 16 in 1998.

• Hendricks had three 2-point field goals and converted all four free throw attempts.

That ties him with four other area players who also scored 52 points: Robert Patterson of Colonel White (1974), Mike Haley Jr. of Dunbar (1988), Tyler Niekamp of Fort Recovery (2003) and Franklin’s Luke Kennard (2014).

Fairmont’s Jack Hendricks (with ball) is met by Sidney defenders Chris Lee (middle) and Ratez Roberts. Fairmont defeated Sidney 60-51 in the 15th annual Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop opener at Kettering’s Trent Arena on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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Coincidentally, Hadley LeVan of Triad scored 51 points in a 77-69 loss to West Jefferson on Dec. 22. Former Miami University men’s coach Charlie Coles is the all-time area record-holder, scoring 65 points for Bryan (Yellow Springs) High School in 1959. That’s two points better than Jerry Lucas of Middletown scored in the late 1950s.

Hendricks’ previous high this season was 29 points against Xenia. Last season he scored 30 against Cardinal Newman and also put 29 on Xenia.

The game started at noon and was the first in the debut of the Pioneer Showcase at Indianapolis Northwest High School. Few were on hand to witness Hendricks’ fireworks.

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“There was no one there,” Fairmont coach Blair Albright said. “These were the sweetest people, but aside from a handful of parents on our end and a couple support staff for the opponent, there was literally no one there. It’s something we’ll always remember, but it’s something that wasn’t experienced by a bunch of people, that’s for sure.”

Among those missing was Hendricks’ dad, John. He kept up with Jack’s hot hand from a friend by phone. “He was, of course, upset because that was the one game he missed,” said Jack.

It also was one of the few times Hendricks hasn’t drawn extra defensive attention. Teams often put their most athletic defender on Hendricks, face-guarding with an intent to deny him the ball.

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“It’s always an advantage for us when we’re playing a team that doesn’t have us well scouted,” Albright said. “Jack can be incredibly dangerous, especially if people don’t realize what he’s capable of. Obviously, when you look at him in warm-ups, you’re not exactly intimidated.”

Hendricks quickly drew Washington out of its zone defense, but it didn’t matter.

“I got a day off of (face-guarding) and I was finally able to get some open shots,” he said. “(Coach) said if you think you’ve been face-guarded before, just wait until after.”

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Wayne defeated Indianapolis Manual 57-51 in the Showcase later Saturday night to push its perfect start to 9-0. Fairmont (6-2) won its fifth straight contest.

Hendricks was grateful to teammates for continually passing on open looks and getting him the ball. He rewarded them with a record-setting show.

“My teammates were going crazy,” he said. “Every time I’d hit a 3, I’d look at the bench and they would go nuts.”

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Relive Ohio State football’s heart-pounding win over Penn State as a 9-minute Hollw

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

You know the story from Ohio State football’s heart-pounding 39-38 win over Penn State on Oct. 28, 2017. But you haven’t experienced the game quite like this.

Ohio State released an almost nine minute-long video from the game, starting with ESPN’s College GameDay in the morning and finishing with emotional scenes from the Buckeyes’ locker room after the game.

The video’s 8:50 running time is worthy of your full attention. It feels like a blockbuster movie trailer, complete with intense music and all sorts of loud noises in high definition.

It isn’t just the same highlights you saw on television. These are up close looks at pregame speeches and sideline celebrations, plus on-field camera angles of the game’s most important plays.

It also featured the gem of Ohio State assistant Tim Hinton saying at halftime:

“This is going to be one of the greatest games in Ohio State history. I believe that in my heart. One of the greatest comebacks in Ohio State history.”

Other highlights:

  • Urban Meyer walking purposefully on multiple occasions
  • Some high-quality music that will definitely make you feel feelings and also want to play football immediately
  • Players running wild after Trace McSorley’s incompletion sealed the final result
  • The euphoria in the locker room after the game.

This was one of the best college football games of the season. Take the chance to relive it as we enter the long offseason.

Relive Ohio State football’s heart-pounding win over Penn State as a 9-minute Hollw

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 8:32 AM

You know the story from Ohio State football’s heart-pounding 39-38 win over Penn State on Oct. 28, 2017. But you haven’t experienced the game quite like this.

Ohio State released an almost nine minute-long video from the game, starting with ESPN’s College GameDay in the morning and finishing with emotional scenes from the Buckeyes’ locker room after the game.

The video’s 8:50 running time is worthy of your full attention. It feels like a blockbuster movie trailer, complete with intense music and all sorts of loud noises in high definition.

It isn’t just the same highlights you saw on television. These are up close looks at pregame speeches and sideline celebrations, plus on-field camera angles of the game’s most important plays.

It also featured the gem of Ohio State assistant Tim Hinton saying at halftime:

“This is going to be one of the greatest games in Ohio State history. I believe that in my heart. One of the greatest comebacks in Ohio State history.”

Other highlights:

  • Urban Meyer walking purposefully on multiple occasions
  • Some high-quality music that will definitely make you feel feelings and also want to play football immediately
  • Players running wild after Trace McSorley’s incompletion sealed the final result
  • The euphoria in the locker room after the game.

This was one of the best college football games of the season. Take the chance to relive it as we enter the long offseason.

Wright State vs. Milwaukee: What you need to know about Saturday’s game

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:30 PM


            February 9,2017: The Men’s Basketball game between the Milwaukee Panthers and the Wright State Raiders at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.
February 9,2017: The Men’s Basketball game between the Milwaukee Panthers and the Wright State Raiders at the Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio.

Who: Wright State (15-5, 7-0) at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9-12, 2-6)

When: 8 p.m. Thursday

Where: UWM Panther Arena

TV/Radio: ESPN3; 106.5

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Probable Wright State starters

Grant Benzinger, 6-3, Sr. G, 15.1

Parker Ernsthausen, 6-11, Jr., F, 4.4

Mark Hughes, 6-4, Jr, G, 10.0

Loudon Love, 6-9, Fr., C, 11.2

Cole Gentry, 5-10, So., G, 9.8

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Probable Milwaukee starters

Jeremiah Bell, 6-0, Jr., G, 14.3

Brock Stull, 6-4, Jr., G, 14.3

Brett Prahl, 6-9, C, Sr., 9.5

Vance Johnson, 6-8, Jr., F, 4.3

Bryce Nze, 6-7, So., F, 9.4

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Series history: Wright State has won four in a row to even the series at 28-28.

Coaches: Scott Nagy is 35-17 in two seasons at Wright State. His career record in 23 seasons is 444-257. Pat Baldwin is in his first season at Milwaukee (9-12).

Last games: Wright State won 80-67 at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday night. Milwaukee dropped a 91-64 decision at home to Northern Kentucky on Thursday.

About Wright State: The Raiders have won eight in a row and are 7-0 in league play for the first time in school history. … The Raiders have won five consecutive road games, equalling the longest road winning streak since becoming a Division I program in 1987-88. The 2007-08 team also won five consecutive road games. WSU can tie the longest road winning streak in program history, set in 1972-73, with a victory Saturday night. … Gentry scored a career-high 23 points against the Phoenix by going 5 of 5 from 3-point range. He has made 13 of his last 15 3-point attempts. … WSU set a season-high Thursday night with 11 3-pointers. … Love leads the HL in rebounding (9.2 per game) and has recorded a double-double in four of the last five games. … WSU has a 60 percent chance of winning according to KenPom.com, which predicts a final score of 67-64. The Raiders are 139th out of 351 teams in the Pomeroy rankings.

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About Milwaukee: The Panthers have lost four in a row. Their 27-point defeat Thursday was the largest in league play since a 28-point setback against Cleveland State on Jan. 4, 2014. … Milwaukee is 5-5 at home, and WSU will be the opponent for the second of six consecutive games it will play at the UWM Panther Arena. … The Panthers are 236th in Pomeroy ratings. They rank eighth in the Horizon League in scoring offense (69.5) and fourth in scoring defense (72.1) despite ranking last in 3-point field goal defense (39.4 percent). … Milwaukee leads the league in rebounding defense (33.6). Nze is sixth in HL rebounding (7.5). … Bell has led the Panthers in scoring five of the last six games. … Milwaukee games are usually decided by halftime as the team is 8-2 when leading or tied after 20 minutes and 1-10 when trailing.

Next game: Wright State will return to the Nutter Center to play Detroit at 7 p.m. Friday.

Dayton Flyers: Crutcher has hot hand in loss at St. Joe’s

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:58 AM

Highlights: Dayton's Jalen Crutcher scores career-high 23

With such a young team, the Dayton Flyers see one player break out with a career game almost every night.

On Friday in a 106-79 victory against Virginia Commonwealth, it was Jordan Davis, who scored 21 points. Five days later, in an 81-65 loss to St. Joseph’s, it was Jalen Crutcher, the lone bright spot in Dayton’s ninth straight loss at Hagan Arena.

Crutcher made 7 of 10 3-pointers Wednesday, scoring 23 points in 33 minutes.

“I had open shots,” Crutcher said, “and I made them.”

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This performance followed a near triple-double by Crutcher, who had had 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds against VCU. He has scored in double figures four times in the last five games after doing so twice in the first 13.

However, Crutcher conceded the team took too many 3-pointers. Dayton made 13 of 38 (34.2 percent). It’s shooting 34.5 percent from long range this season.

“We were off this game, so we should have drove more and tried to get free throws,” Crutcher said. “Coach told us to keep attacking the rim. We had a lot of open shots. We just didn’t make them.”

Postgame interview: Dayton's Jalen Crutcher after loss to St. Joseph's(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

Freshman missing: Center Jordan Pierce didn’t travel with the team for the second straight game. He was not at the game in Richmond because of a disciplinary issue.

This time, Pierce stayed home to focus on school work. Dayton coach Anthony Grant said, “He’s got to make sure he’s taking care of his academics.”

Another illness: Junior guard John Crosby didn’t play Wednesday. He was sick and didn’t travel with the team to Philadelphia.

It was the second straight game Dayton has played short-handed. Kostas Antetokounmpo missed the VCU game with an illness. Crosby has averaged 5.4 points, 2.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 16 games.

Next game: Dayton plays Rhode Island (14-3, 6-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at UD Arena. The Rams are the only Atlantic 10 team without a loss in conference play. They have road wins against George Washington and Saint Louis and victories at home against George Mason, La Salle, St. Bonaventure and Massachusetts.

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Rhode Island beat UMass 73-51 on Wednesday for its ninth straight victory. Jared Terrell scored 24 points.

Around the A-10: With all but two teams having played one third of their A-10 games, there is a logjam in the middle with six teams, including Dayton and St. Joseph’s, tied for fourth place at 3-3.

The most surprising result Wednesday was VCU’s 67-52 loss at home to crosstown rival Richmond (5-13, 3-3). VCU (11-8, 3-3) has lost two games in a row.