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February 22, 2014

Jackets advance to sectional final

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Dave Matthews, who led SV with 20 points but shot 6-for-22 from the field, answered with a pull-up jumper in the lane with 4:15 to go.

That set up the biggest sequence of the night. Bischoff tracked down a loose ball in the left corner. He passed out to Thompson behind the three-point line. Thompson hit a deep three-pointer from left of the circle and was fouled by Jack Lamantia. Thompson hit the free throw to complete the four-point play to give OHS a 48-42 lead with 2:58 remaining.

“I just got the ball from Paul, caught it and shot it, and the guy just hit me after,” said Thompson, who finished 3-for-3 from the field – all three-pointers – in his 11-point night. “It was just a normal jumper, I guess.

“I haven’t had one of those games,” Thompson added of not missing a shot from the field, “but it was nice to have it tonight.”

SV, which lost by double-digits to the Yellowjackets during the regular-season, never drew closer six points thereafter. Bischoff went 7-for-8 from the free throw line, including twice hitting both ends of 1-and-1s, in the closing stretch to help seal it.

“(Free throw shooting is) very important,” said Bischoff, who finished 11-for-14 from the line to lead an OHS squad that went 19-for-28 at the foul line. “I didn’t have my best season from the line, but I’ve spent a lot of time on it. It paid off, I guess.”

Dribble penetration from Bischoff, Odero and Eichler played a huge role against the Sabers’ man-to-man defense. Bischoff repeatedly got into the lane and either finished at the rim or got to the foul line.

“Before the game, we addressed that,” Bischoff said. “Their bigs were exactly as quick as me and Albert, so off the dribble we knew we had the advantage. I just looked to attack every time I caught it.”

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