Jersey Shore Bulldogs win fifth game of the season, beat St. Josephs 68-44

Jersey Shore High School’s Jake Butzler (12) takes the ball up the court to set up a play for his Bulldogs against St. Josephs. (The Express/Phil Mapstone)

With Jon Boob rising up as head coach for one game, the Jersey Shore High School boy’s basketball team (5-15) returned home last night crushing the Wolves of St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy (10-11) with a final score of 68-44.

The win is the fifth of the season for the Bulldogs and is the second out of the last four games.

Boob, who is originally the assistant coach for the varsity squad, was promoted to head coach for only one game because of a PIAA rule violation in the last game at Selinsgrove against Scott Munro.

The Bulldogs and the Wolves were firing shots on all cylinders to start the game and it continued threw out the first half.

Jersey shore scored 19 points in both the first and second quarters while the Wolves scored 12 points in the first and second quarters as well, giving the Bulldogs a 38-24 lead at halftime.

Boob was impressed with how his Bulldogs played in the first half and he wanted to make sure that they maintain their playing style in the second half.

After a thrilling half-court shot contest featuring Jersey Shore High School students and young fans, the Bulldogs came out and were ready to gain their second home win this season.

Offensive woes started to affect the St. Joseph’s Wolves in the third quarter as they were outscored 8-16 in the third quarter. Jersey Shore had a 54-32 lead heading into the final quarter.

Both teams started to get into foul trouble in the fourth quarter. It looked like the Wolves were starting to go for a big comeback; but six free throws from four different Bulldogs proved to be enough as they held on for a blowout victory.

Four Bulldogs finished the game with double-digit figures, including Jay Dincher (12 points), Mac Griswold (12 points), Junior Armstrong (12 points), and Jake Butzler (10 points).

Temporary head coach Jon Boob was thrilled with the way his team performed without the original head coach Munro.

“I thought our energy was great,” said Boob. “We usually struggle with energy, but we brought it a lot tonight.”

Jersey Shore only has two games left this season, including one at home this week.

The Bulldogs will host Midd-West High School on Wednesday, Feb. 8 when they take the home court one last time this season.

Wednesday also marks senior night for the Jersey Shore High School boy’s basketball squad. Jersey Shore will honor its seniors before the game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

SJ  12  12  8  12-  44

JS  19  19  16  14  – 68

Players Scored

St. Joseph’s: Lance Hamilton- 2 points

Matt Steyers- 7 points

Nick Shearer- 3 points

Christian Chirelson- 2 points

RJ Marsh- 4 points

Ethan Khoza- 5 points

Rocky Chirieleison- 6 points

Malachi Scott- 5 points

Jack Mangene- 10 points

Jersey Shore- Darrin Stetts- 2 points

Jay Dincher- 12 points

Mac Griswold- 12 points

Jake Butzler- 10 points

Luke Laubach- 6 points

Junior Armstrong- 12 points

Jordan Boob- 2 points

Skylar Brion- 4 points

Nate Ewing- 2 points

Tanner Lorson- 6 points