On Tuesday night Maumee Valley traveled to City League member Bowsher for an intriguing matchup featuring multiple talents.
A fast paced first quarter would see the game be of the back and forth variety as Ajai Washington got things going for Bowsher with his distribution of the basketball and attacking of the rim. They would lead Maumee Valley 15-11 after the 1st, Washington with 7 points, while Maumee Valley standout Zeb Jackson would be with 5 points.
That theme for the game would continue into the second quarter as Maumee Valley would really struggle offensively, due in part to senior big man Jaiden Woodley being on the bench with foul trouble. Washington, along with Markus Ray on the interior would take Bowsher to a 33-23 halftime lead. Freshman Steve Coleman would lead Maumee Valley with 8 points at the break in an impressive showing of activity and effort.
To open the third quarter Jaiden Woodley would come out of the locker room with a different attitude and mindset, making his presence known with a string of 8 points consecutively for Maumee Valley, slimming down their deficit to 31-38 with 4:05 in the quarter left. His effort on the inside, complimented by the shooting and perimeter presence of Caleb Kynard would keep them within reach, trailing 40-47 heading to the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter is when the big time players tend to show up, and tonight that was Zeb Jackson. While he struggled to shoot it throughout the prior three quarters of play, he immediately got cooking for Maumee Valley in the fourth quarter. The team defense for Maumee Valley was relentless, aiding in numerous turnovers and transition leak outs. Combine that with Jackson’s stellar play attacking the rim and hitting from deep, along with Woodley’s dominance in the paint; it would be all Maumee Valley until the final buzzer sounded. They would come from behind to defeat Bowsher by a final of 67-61.
Zeb Jackson would lead all scorers with 23 points, 16 of those coming in the final quarter of play for Maumee Valley. Jaiden Woodley would compliment Jackson’s effort with 14 points of his own, with all of them coming in the second half. Ajai Washington would finish with 22 points for Bowsher in an impressive performance but it would not be enough on this night.