At least on Saturday night, Nov. 27, when Nokomis and Greenville took the floor in the third game of the Kaskaskian (Basketball) Classic, the teams had one similarity – both were guard-dependant. Greenville featured 5’9’’ senior point guard Jaylon Betts as the person to run their offense, with 5’10’’ Jack Schaufelberger and 6’ Peyton McCullough firing threes over the Nokomis zone. Both are seniors.
Nokomis’ primary point guard was 6’ junior guard Nolan Himes, with 6’1’’ junior Elijah Aumann the primary point producer.
The contrasts between the teams were more numerous. Nokomis depends on the 1-2-2 zone, but it’s very active whether at full court or half court mode. The Comets are a man-to-man team, also depending on quickness.
The Comets were deeper; ten players saw playing time, while only six Redskins saw significant court time. Perhaps the biggest difference was motivation, though, as Nokomis had won the season opener between the two in rather convincing fashion, and Greenville wanted revenge.
Himes was in foul trouble early in the first half (he fouled out, despite seeing limited action, with 2:52 to play in the game). Aumann spent a large portion of the contest handling the ball to set up the offense, and with 20 points, also being the offense. Ryan Eisenbarth, at 6’3’’ the tallest Redskin, picked up two fouls in the second half by too aggressively boxing out a Comet shooter along the baseline, but still Nokomis battled back after trailing by 10 at halftime.
The Comets built that advantage by hitting four threes in the second quarter (two by McCullough, one each by Schaufelberger and Kaleb Gardner. The team had five for the game).
The lead would have been 12 at the half had Reece Lohman not put in a weak-side offensive rebound at the buzzer. Cooper Bertolino had all six of his points for Nokomis in the second quarter, but seven of Nokomis’ points came from the free throw line.
Redskin resolve was obvious in the second half. Defensively they held the Comets to seven third quarter points; with Himes again running the show, Aumann scored seven points, including his team’s first three. Still, Greenville was ahead 38-34 heading to the last quarter.
They still were up 42-39 at the 3:49 mark. Aumann netted two more threes as hard-nosed defense made even more shots contested; Jack Johnson scored between Aumann’s buckets, and it was a 42-42 tie after Aumann’s last make.
Destiny favored the Comets, though, as sophomore reserve Nick Grull was fouled with 15 seconds left. Greenville had missed the front end of two one-and-one chances earlier in the quarter, but Grull banked in his first chance and swished the second. The Redskins last shot, a desperation heave, rimmed out.
The Comets had their revenge.
Nokomis plays again Tuesday in Carlyle against Okawville; the Rockets fell 52-31 to Pinckneyville in Saturday’s second game.
November 27 at Carlyle
Nokomis 8 13 13 8 42
Greenville 10 21 7 6 44
Nokomis (42) - Elijah Aumann 20, Ryan Eisenbarth 8, Cooper Bertolino 6, Jake Johnson 6, Reece Lohman 2. Totals: 14 11-13 42.
Greenville (44) - Peyton McCullough 11, Kaleb Gardner 11, Jack Schaufelberger 9, Nick Grull 6, Jaylon Betts 4, Tyson Ackerman 3. Totals: 15 9-15 44.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 3 (Aumann 3); Greenville 5 (McCullough 2, Gardner 1, Schaufelbuerger 1, Ackerman 1).
Records: Nokomis (1-1); Greenville (1-1).
Carlyle High School
November 27-December 4
Pool A: Carlyle, Flora, Hillsboro, Woodlawn
Pool B: Pinckneyville, Nokomis, Greenville, Okawville
Saturday, November 27
• Hillsboro 57, Woodlawn 42
• Pinckneyville 52, Okawville 31
• Greenville 44, Nokomis 42
• Flora 47, Carlyle 33
Monday, November 29
6 p.m. - Flora vs. Hillsboro
7:30 p.m. - Greenville vs. Pinckneyville
Tuesday, November 30
6 p.m. - Okawville vs. Nokomis
7:30 p.m. - Woodlawn vs. Carlyle
Wednesday, December 1
6 p.m. - Pinckneyville vs. Nokomis
7:30 p.m. - Hillsboro vs. Carlyle
Friday, December 3
6 p.m. - Flora vs. Woodlawn
7:30 p.m. - Greenville vs. Okawville
Saturday, December 4
3 p.m. - 7th place game
4:30 p.m. - 5th place game
6 p.m. - 3rd place game
7:30 p.m. - 1st place game
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