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(updated 10:18 p.m.) Schmeltz reaches 1,000 career points in Eastwood's win (1-22-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 22:53
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Classmates celebrate around Jake Schmeltz after a home game against Otsego. Schmeltz is the fourth Eastwood player in the school's history to break 1,000 points. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
LUCKEY — Eastwood’s Jake Schmeltz scored his 1,000th career point Wednesday as the Eagles throttled Otsego 73-26 in a Northern Buckeye Conference matchup.
Schmeltz’s milestone came with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter when the senior guard made a layup.
He is just the fourth player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark.  PHOTO GALLERY
“It’s a great feeling, but an even greater feeling is getting a big win for our team,” Schmeltz said.
Eastwood is now 9-4, 5-2 and currently sits in third place in the NBC.
“It means a lot to be honest. It feels good to know I am going to be remembered at Eastwood forever in the record books’’ Schmeltz said.
Schmeltz needed 21 points to reach 1,000 coming into Wednesday’s game. He finished with 23 points and didn’t play at all during the fourth quarter.
“I tried not to think about it, but it popped into my head a little bit. I just tried to focus on the game,” he said.
Schmeltz was joined in double digits by teammates Grant Peters and Steven Bradley, who added 13 points apiece.
Cody Downs had 11 points for Otsego, 5-8, 3-4. 
Eastwood pulled away from Otsego early-on with a 19-3 run to begin the second quarter. They led 32-9 with 3:15 remaining in the first half and didn’t allow Otsego into double-digit scoring until there were two minutes remaining in the half.
The Eagles’ lead increased to 40 with 1:54 remaining in the third quarter at 60-20.
The Knights got beat on fast breaks, back-door cuts and Eastwood earned easy layups off the pick-and-roll.
Eastwood’s defense held Otsego to single-digit scoring in all four quarters.
“We’ve been defending really well, and it’s really been a focus for us this season,” Eastwood coach Matt Routson said.
“We are long and athletic and we get in the passing lanes,” he said.
The Eagles also dominated the boards and held a 36-19 rebounding advantage.
“We had a lot of intensity tonight and we were ready to play,” Routson said.
Routson also credited Schmeltz for reaching his career milestone.
“He’s had a fantastic career at Eastwood and I can’t say enough about him and his work ethic,” Routson said.
Eastwood won the junior varsity game 40-30. Chris Orcutt had 12 points for Eastwood and Brant Kitchen had 13 for Otsego.

EASTWOOD 73, OTSEGO 26
OTSEGO
Myers, 0-2—2; Horseman, 0-0—0; Scherff, 3-1—7; Hosley, 0-0—0; Downs, 4-1-0—11; Thomas, 0-0—0; Hefflinger, 1-0—2; Keifer, 2-0—4; Moser, 0-0—0; Carson, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 10-1-3—26.
EASTWOOD
Peters, 5-3—13; Flipse, 0-0—0; Bradley, 6-1—13; Schmeltz, 5-3-4—23; Faykosh, 1-2—4; Jacoby, 3-1—7; Hoodlebrink 1-1—3; Coffman, 1-1-0—5; Smith, 2-0—4; Rahe, 0-0—0; Reyes, 0-1—1; Fertig, 0-0—0. TOTALS: 24-4-13—73.
OTSEGO    6    7    7    6    —26
EASTWOOD    13    24    29    7    —73
Junior varsity: Eastwood 40-30.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:37
 

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