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By Jim Flick
After a slow start, the Jackson-Milton High boys’ basketball team rebounded to defeat Lowellville 65-49 on Tuesday night.
“It’s been a while since we’ve been at a competitive level,” said Jackson-Milton coach Joe Bornemiss. “We’ve made major strides. The kids are buying into the program and they want to win now.”
One of the players who has bought in is senior Bobby Schnellbach, who scored 25 points and was the game’s leading scorer. Jacob Carlile scored 14 points for Jackson-Milton (10-9), while Ryan Nagy and John Gherardi each put nine points on the board.
Anthony Alfano had 16 points to lead Lowellville (11-8) while Dean Donatelli added 11and Mike Mangine had nine for the Rockets.
Jackson-Milton finished the first half by outscoring Lowellville 8-2 to take a 30-25 halftime lead into the locker room.
The Blue Jays took control of the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Rockets 14-7, and led 44-32 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Lowellville had its most productive quarter in the fourth — but do did the BlueJays, outscoring the Rockets 21-17.
This season is Bornemiss’s second season at the helm of Jackson-Milton’s basketball program, and he’s proud of what the team has accomplished under his leadership. In the years immediately before he was hired to coach the team, the BlueJays basketball squads compiled a 3-72 record.
Bornemiss pointed out that seniors Schnellback and Carlile each reached the thousand-point scoring plateau this season.
“They’ve been there from the beginning with me,” he said. “What makes it nice is that the younger kids are seeing how they practice, how they play, their attitude. That’s what’s changing things. Their senior leadership.”
Jackson-Milton won the game’s rebounding battle 25-12. Bornemiss said it is something his team has worked on all year.
“We practice attacking the ball,” he said. “We hit the glass. Not only our bigs, but the guards rebound too.”
Lowellville coach Mike Magine said, “We were flat, no question.”
Mangine commended the Jackson-Milton squad’s rebounding and shooting.
“They had a great night,” he said. “I don’t think they missed many shots.”
The weather is one reason the Rockets were flat Tuesday night, according to the coach. Mangine said that because of a demanding schedule of make-up games, the Jackson-Milton game was his team’s seventh game in two weeks.