Jestes' three-pointers sparks Hebron to title over S. Carroll

December 31, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

No. 11 Mount Hebron had too much depth and too much three-point firepower for an upset-minded South Carroll squad in the championship game of the Mount Hebron Holiday Classic last night.

The Vikings, who defeated the Cavaliers, 65-54, also had Kurtis Jestes, who scored 31 points and made six of nine three-point attempts.

Every time the Cavaliers cut into Mount Hebron's lead, the Vikings (8-0) hit a couple of three-pointers or ran off a couple of fast-break layups.

Jestes, who is averaging 23.8 points, continued to display an outstanding three-point shooting ability for the Vikings.

When South Carroll (2-5) cut Mount Hebron's lead to 44-40 with 58 seconds left in the third quarter, Jestes responded by sinking a three-pointer for a 47-40 lead.

Jestes opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer for a 50-40 Vikings edge. Then he scored in the lane to make it 52-40.

"Jestes was awesome," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "We were concentrating on trying to shut him down but he hurt us early and then when we made a run."

After Tom Luster (11 points, 14 rebounds) scored for South Carroll, Jestes hit another three-pointer for a 55-42 bulge that was finally too much for a tired South Carroll squad.

Carnes went with his starting lineup almost the entire game and in the fourth quarter they had little left.

The Cavaliers pulled within 31-23 at halftime after trailing 28-14, but Jestes opened up the third quarter by scoring on a fast break layup. Another Jestes' fast-break layup made it 37-26.

Point guard Greg Mihalko, who played a heady game for the Cavaliers, drew a charge in the backcourt against Steve Dohler, and Jon Strebe's basket from the corner made it 37-28.

But Jestes' three-pointer made it 40-28.

"Jestes has played tremendously for us this year," Mount Hebron coach Scott Robinson said. "He's a gym rat who works on his game all the time and has really improved his ball handling."

The Vikings substituted frequently, bringing in 6-foot-7 Patrick Ngongba, junior forward Todd Petrlik and junior forward Kevin Tonkins to keep the starting five fresh.

Ngongba scored nine points and had five rebounds during an eight-minute first-half effort.

Mount Hebron went up 15-5 early in the first quarter by creating a series of steals off South Carroll passes to the low post.

The Cavaliers rallied to 19-14 at the end of the quarter due to a cold-shooting spell by the Vikings who missed several easy shots.

Ngongba scored seven of Mount Hebron's first 10 points in the second quarter.

"He's going to be a Division I player," Carnes said.

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