JFK stops Schiele, dumps Waterloo
Top-seeded Campbell had no trouble with Crestview.
By ERIC HAMILTON
SALEM -- The Warren JFK boys basketball team had heard all about Waterloo's Eric Schiele and his amazing 3-point shooting.
So when it was time for the Eagles to see what Schiele could do in person, they accepted the challenge in a big way.
Led by senior Stephan Flannigan, JFK's menacing 1-2-2 zone defense shut down Schiele from start to finish Friday, limiting him to a season-low 18 points on 6-of-30 shooting.
That defensive effort coupled with big offensive games from Flannigan and Desmar Jackson were more than enough to lift JFK to an easy 64-32 victory in the opening game of a Division III tournament doubleheader at Salem High School.
The Eagles (19-3) advance to face number-one seed Campbell Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Red Devils defeated Crestview, 75-36.
In January, Campbell defeated JFK 57-53 at home.
"Anytime you hold an individual averaging 42 points a game to 18 points it's a great team defensive effort," JFK coach Shawn Pompelia said. "He was a huge concern of ours and the kids took the challenge to not let an individual beat them.
"Stephen took the assignment to guard Schiele and he suffocated him, along with teammates. Scoring doesn't matter to these kids, it's winning that matters."
In addition to his stellar defense, Flannigan excelled on the offensive end as well, pouring in 19 points, including five 3-pointers. His effort was overshadowed by an injury to his left ankle with 6:07 left in the contest.
He was to have X-rays done after the game. He wasn't able to put any weight on the foot after the injury.
"We're definitely concerned, but at this point we don't know how bad it is yet," Pompelia said. "These kids have a lot of heart, so I think he'll go against Campbell."
With JFK's defense all over Schiele, Waterloo had a tough time scoring. The second of Flannigan's two 3-pointers in the second quarter gave the Eagles a comfortable 24-10 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter.
Of Campbell, Pompelia said, "Not many times in life do you get the opportunity to play a team that knocked you down. Campbell is the No. 1 seed for a reason and they are on top of the mountain. It's going to take five guys on the floor believing in each other to knock them off."
Terrance Phillips scored 12 of his team-high 20 points in Campbell's explosive third quarter as the Red Devils outscored Crestview 25-10 in the third quarter to turn a narrow 26-19 halftime lead into a 51-29 advantage .
Crestview trailed by as many as 10 in the first half, but whittled the deficit to seven at intermission, behind seven points from Tony Amabile.
But Campbell's defense and athleticism proved way too much in the second half. Four players scored in double figures for the Red Devils, who converted 30 field goals, including five 3-pointers.
Trey Soares led the shooting barrage with three triples and 12 points. Bryant Burt added 13 points and Thomas Hall tallied 10.
"Crestview is a quality program and they came out and played hard in the first half," Campbell coach Brian Danilov said. "We started shooting the ball better in the third quarter and took the best shots, instead of the first shots.
"We have a lot of kids capable of having big nights and the kids are really unselfish and want to make the extra pass. We started doing that in the second half and everyone played their role tonight."
After an Amabile basket cut Campbell's lead to 28-21 with 6:51 left in the third quarter, the Red Devils burst out to a 20-6 run to take control. Crestview never recovered.