Jolls lifts Carson City-Crystal past Belding


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:12 am on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

BELDING — Belding’s boys basketball team was leading late in the fourth quarter, smelling their first win of the season.

But Carson City-Crystal’s Maxxton Jolls had his own ideas.

The Eagle senior made two straight three-point shots — the second with 13 seconds left — to beat the Redskins 47-46 Tuesday night.

“Our execution in the last three minutes,” was the difference, CC-Crystal coach Ryan Fritz said. “We did things defensively we haven’t done all year. We executed, we put pressure on them (Belding) and we got after things.”

Belding (0-5) lost because it couldn’t make free throws in the first half. The Redskins were 0-of-13 from the charity stripe in the first half and 4-of-19 overall.

“Free throws are definitely a big thing for us right now,” Belding coach Brian Babbitt said. “It’s part of our offense to get to the line and we only got there six times in the second half.”

The Eagles (2-2) started off the game with a 9-0 run over the first six minutes.

“We started the game on a 9-0 run, but we weren’t playing well,” Fritz said. “They were missing shots and we were not taking advantage.”

But the Redskins followed by going on a 17-2 run until there was 2:15 left in the second quarter.

“Defense. We created some offense with our defense,” Babbitt said.

“That was ugly,” Fritz said. “Brann (Schmitt) lost his contact (lens) and I’m not making excuses, but he makes a huge difference on the floor. There’s no reason to completely lay an egg like we did for 10 minutes of the game.”

So with a 23-21 lead at halftime, Belding went on a 7-2 run in the first 5:12 of the third quarter and led 37-30 after three quarters.

But Jolls scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, including the pair of triples that won the game.

“I couldn’t have been more proud of of our effort in the last two minutes,” Fritz said. “The first one we called and knew what was coming. The second one, the kids executed. I think four guys touched the ball in that possession. They lost Maxx at the top of the key and that’s one guy on our team you don’t want to lose down by two with 10 seconds left.”

Belding got 12 points from Kyle Hunt and 10 more from Brendan Zuver.

“I don’t know if things went bad. It just went really well for them (CC-Crystal),” Babbitt said. “They didn’t have anything to fear. They were gong to go. We needed to make one more play.”

CC-Crystal will play again Dec. 28 when they face Central Montcalm in the first game of the Shepherd Holiday Tournament. Belding is off until Jan. 3 when they host Wyoming Kelloggsville in the third of seven straight home games.

BOX SCORE

CC-Crystal 9 12 9 17 – 47

Belding 6 17 14 9 – 46

CC-CRYSTAL (2-2) – Clark 0 1-2 1, Schmitt 1 1-4 3, Schneider 2 0-0 5, Haines 3 2-3 9, Rios 2 1-3 5, Gage 0 0-3 0, Jolls 6 7-8 22, Torres 0 2-2 2. Totals: 14 13-25 47. Three-point goals: Haines, Schneider, Jolls 3. Total fouls: 16. Fouled out: none.

BELDING (0-5) – Zuver 5 0-0 10, Sailers 3 0-0 7, Sutherland 0 0-2 0, Leppink 2 0-6 4, Baker 0 0-2 0, Hart 4 0-2 12, VanDyke 1 2-3 4, Chickering 1 0-0 2, Hunt 2 2-4 7. Totals: 18 4-19 46. Three-point goals: Sailers, Hart 4, Hunt. Total fouls: 21. Fouled out: none.

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