Shawe’s Joey Mingione (21) drives to the basket on Jac-Cen-Del’s Adam Siebert (42) for two of his game-high 19 points in the Hilltoppers’ 56-40 ORVC win in Madison. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Shawe’s Joey Mingione (21) drives to the basket on Jac-Cen-Del’s Adam Siebert (42) for two of his game-high 19 points in the Hilltoppers’ 56-40 ORVC win in Madison. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)

Shawe head coach Matt Traylor is not saying what he told the Hilltoppers at halftime Friday night, but whatever it was stoked his team's competitive fire. The ensuing blaze torched the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 37-21 in the second half for a 56-40 Shawe win.

Tied 11-11 after a quarter and 19-19 at halftime, Traylor - for lack of his words - made a point that the Hilltoppers were going to have to play smart and hard if they were going to shake the 3-8 Eagles.

Shawe got the message and delivered the kind of execution that turns effort into a devastating combination in the third quarter.

The Hilltoppers turned the Eagles over six times and outscored Jac-Cen-Del 17-8 in the third quarter before fully dropping the hammer in the fourth 20-13 to win the game going away.

"I don't know if we should share much of what went on in the lockerroom at halftime but we addressed a few things offensively and we addressed a few things defensively," Traylor smiled.

"And really our game plan didn't change any from the first half to the second half, but the effectiveness of our players and the aggressiveness of our players changed and when we play at that level - with effort, energy, enthusiasm, execution - I think we can be pretty good," Traylor said. "We just have to learn how to play at that level for longer periods than we did tonight."

Shawe's third quarter rally was fueled by one of the easiest shots on the floor - and a shot that all good Shawe teams have thrived on over the years - lay-ups off turnovers.

Tied 19-19, the Hilltoppers scored 15 seconds into the quarter on a lay-up by Jesse Ball - the first of five lay-ups in the quarter and 10 in the second half - and never trailed again.

Jac-Cen-Del did battle back for one final tie - at 27-27 on three straight baskets by Adam Siebert and Trey Brown - but Shawe senior guard Luke Higgins doused that comeback with a 3-pointer off an assist by Joey Mingione with 2:03 left in the third and Shawe outscored the Eagles 26-13 to end the game.

"I told our guys after the game that they need to come to play that way every game because there will be a point where were not going to be able to do that to an opponent in the second half," Traylor said. "But it worked for us tonight. We imposed our will on Jac-Cen-Del in the second half. But there were times tonight when we were winning, that it sure didn't feel like we were winning."

Shawe's big move on the Eagles came with everybody defending hard and senior guards Joe Mingione and Higgins attacking the basket. Ball provided good defense and a few points, Taylor Rhoten held his own with the Eagles inside and Kyle Daugherty came off the bench to pull down a game-high seven rebounds in a scrappy 18 1/2 minutes of action.

"It takes a special, unique player to never put himself in front of anyone else, to understand his role and to understand his value well beyond what most high school kids understand," Traylor said of Daughtery. "He's a unique individual. He brings a lot to our team."

Mingione, who scored seven of the Hilltoppers first 11 points, ended up leading Shawe with a game-high 19 points while Higgins added 11 and Ball and Rhoten scored eight points each.

Jac-Cen-Del was paced by Siebert's dozen and Smith added nine.

Shawe, now 6-8, 1-2 ORVC, will step out of conference play to host Charlestown, now 7-4 after Friday night's 68-66 win over Eastern (Pekin).

"Tomorrow night will be a different game," Traylor said. "Charlestown is a different style of team and they play different than what we saw tonight. They've got a couple of big kids and they're real solid.

"It's good to get a conference win here tonight but we want to keep our momentum going to the tournament," Traylor added. "We've got to get started a lot faster tomorrow night than we did tonight."


Friday's Boys Boxscore

at Madison


JAC-CEN-DEL 11 8 8 13 - 40

SHAWE 11 8 17 20 - 56

JAC-CEN-DEL (3-8, 1-1 ORVC) - (f)Siebert 12, (g)Smith 9, (f)Anderson 5, (g)Hooton 5, Harmeyer 5, (g)Brown 4, Kaiser 0, Borgman 0, Wagner 0, Schoettmer 0, Huff 0.

SHAWE (6-8, 1-2 ORVC) - (g)Mingione 19, (g)Higgins 11, (f)Ball 8, (f)Rhoten 8, (g)Grote 6, Daugherty 4, Rios 0.

3-Point Goals - Jac-Cen-Del 4 (Hooton 1, Anderson 1, Harmeyer 1, Smith 1), Shawe 2 (Mingione 1, Higgins 1). Free Throws - Jac-Cen-Del 6-12 (50%), Shawe 8-17 (47%). Total Fouls - Jac-Cen-Del 17, Shawe 12. Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - Jac-Cen-Del 26 (Hooton4, Siebert 4), Shawe 28 (Daughtery 7, Rhoten 5). Turnovers - Jac-Cen-Del 21, Shawe 8. Assists - Jac-Cen-Del 9 (Hooton 3), Shawe 12 (Grote 4). Next Game - Jac-Cen-Del hosts Oldenburg Academy Friday, Shawe hosts Charlestown tonight.