Joliet boys bounce back after tough loss to Shepherd

Outlook staff writer
Photos courtesy of Hank Nowak Taylor Rowlison breaks through defenders in the J-Hawks one-point overtime loss to Shepherd.

The basketball game took longer and the players went harder, but the result still wasn’t what coach John Nelson wanted for his boys. The J-Hawks lost in the extra period (OT) by one point. The loss could be attributed to a missed free throw in the first quarter or a sharpshooter who had his foot right on the line and hit a two-pointer instead of a three-pointer. Certainly, the players have mulled over the game, as a tight game is almost always analyzed and reanalyzed after a loss.
Wyatt Kramer dropped 12 and Matt George tied Shepherd’s top scorer with 18, even Ty Olson had a breakout game of his own with 15. It wasn’t enough, but the coach let them run so they ran. Joliet got three big games from three big players and it just set the placemat at the dinner table for the feast that came before Christmas.

Shepherd def. Joliet 62-61 (OT)
Shepherd  17 9 17 14 5 — 62
Joliet 11 16 14 14 4 — 61
Shepherd: Wyatt Kramer 12, Brett Robinson 4, Taylor Rowlison 8, Rylan Olson 4, Matt George 18, Ty Olson 15.
Joliet: Griffen Butsch 13, Kohl Michaels 3, Chad Nebel 18, Jake Trotter 7, Cotton Fisher 9, Sam Barthuly 10.

After their one-point loss to Shepherd, the Joliet boys went looking for redemption through Columbus. They led by double-digits going into the final quarter and ended the game with an eight-point victory.
It started with their defense which held Columbus to a three-point second quarter and limited their opponents by letting only the Cougars’ Mario Sabo and Riley Livingston ever really get going on the offensive end. The rest of the Columbus team were just witnesses.
It was Joliet’s Ty Olson who couldn’t be stopped though. After having a decent season, but well below his potential, he finally got going and helped his team get to one-point shy of 30, with 29 points for the game. He was able to score from everywhere. His teammates know that when a man on the team has the touch, feed him the ball and they did.
Taylor Rowilson also pitched in with 11 and Joliet finished their last game of the year with confidence and a victory. Their next game will be on Jan, 3 at home against Bridger, 7:30 p.m.

Joliet def. Columbus 58- 50
Joliet 9 15 19 15 — 58 
Columbus 15 3 12 20 — 50 
Joliet: Wyatt Kramer 5, Brett Rowilson 3, Taylor Rowilson 11, Ryan Olson 5, Matt George 5, Ty Olson 29.
Columbus: Chuck Miller 4, Riley Livingston 18, Jace Aumuller 2, Mario Sabo 19, Brandon Horton 4, Carson West 3.


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