CEDAR RAPIDS — On Cedar Rapids Washington’s athletics hall of fame night, Josh Oglesby came up with a hall of fame performance.
Or at least a hall of fame minute.
It was the junior shooter’s trio of treys in that time midway through the fourth quarter that helped Washington to a 46-38 upset win over Class 4A third-ranked Cedar Rapids Jefferson last night. Hall of fame game, Josh?
“I don’t know if I’d go that far,” Oglesby said. “We need to come back Monday and work in practice and hopefully get another win Tuesday against Xavier. I’m just worried about keeping our winning going. We worked really hard this week in practice, and I thought it paid off.”
Washington crept back to the even point (8-8) with two victories this week, though this one was especially sweet. The Warriors swept the season series between the longtime city rivals, following up a late-December win at Jefferson that came while Oglesby was suspended.
They are the only games the J-Hawks (14-2) have lost.
“Our team prepared hard. They paid attention, they had a very disciplined week this week,” said Washington Coach Brad Metzger. “And that’s something that needs to happen every week. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing. I give our team credit for maybe figuring out how they should approach games.”
Another low-scoring, defensive affair, Washington was nursing a 34-33 lead when Oglesby got loose and got hot. His 3-pointer in a half-court set was followed by two in transition, as the Warriors suddenly went up by 10 and for good.
“Wes Washpun is a great point guard, and he came down and got me the ball when I needed it, when I was open,” said Oglesby, who hit seven 3s in a 25-point night. “Luckily, I knocked down the shots.”
Jefferson had its issues again against a diamond-and-one defense designed to slow down leading scorer Jarrod Uthoff. The 6-8 big man did work very hard against constant physicality in a 24-point performance, including 12 of 16 free throws.
But the J-Hawks didn’t get anything offensively to complement him. Point guard Teyshawn Campbell was the next highest scorer with six points, as Jeff was limited to nine field goals, three excluding Uthoff.
“I thought we’d be better prepared for their diamond-and-one, their chaser this time,” Jeff Coach Stu Ordman said. “But we had three starters go 3 for 21 from the field. We also missed some free throws, and that was the game.”