#4 Stebbins barely hangs on at Troy

Stebbins junior guard Jakob Reed
Troy junior guard Jaden Owens
Stebbins senior guard Jalen Tolbert
Troy junior guard Shaeden Olden
Troy senior guard Tre Archie

Troy, OH — Two top MVL teams in Troy and Stebbins battled it out on Tuesday night. Stebbins came in at #4 in our Divison 1 Power Rankings, while the Trojans are unranked. It was a good start for senior guard Jalen Tolbert as he got an up and under layup to get the scoring started for the Indians. Sophomore guard Jaden Owens responded for Troy with a high-arching floater than tied the game early. Owens then got a friendly roll on his three-pointer as Troy took a 5-2 lead. Junior Jakob Reed and Jalen Tolbert both continued scoring for Stebbins in the first quarter. Shaeden Olden contributed some buckets for Troy and Nate Keller played well in the first quarter as well. Stebbins also saw some quality minutes from their bench but Tre Archie nailed a deep three at the buzzer to cut Stebbins’ lead in half at the end of one, as they led 21-18. The second quarter was very back and forth as both teams traded buckets throughout. Jaden Owens and Jakob Reed both played well in the second quarter as well. It was a narrow 34-33 lead heading into halftime for Stebbins as they looked to regroup before the second half. Stebbins started the second half off right as Jalen Tolbert and Nate Keller both played well. They both got big defensive plays which led to easy baskets on the other end. Jaden Owens wouldn’t let Troy go away as he hit shot after shot to keep the Trojans in the game. Even when Tolbert found himself in foul trouble in the third, Stebbins’ bench depth saved them and made some big plays to keep the Indians on top. Jakob Reed hit a contested layup at the buzzer to add onto Stebbins’ lead as they were up 53-49 going into the 4th. Tre Archie immediately hit a three to make it just a one-point game in the fourth. It was a defensive battle in the fourth quarter, though as both teams played aggressively. The big names for both teams played well and stepped up down the stretch as Tolbert and Reed played big minutes for Stebbins and Owens and Olden had some big buckets for Troy. Tre Archie missed the game-tying shot as Troy was down 63-60 with around a minute to go. Shaeden Olden picked off Jalen Tolbert’s pass on the other end, which led to Tre Archie being fouled by Jakob Reed while going up for a layup. He connected on both shots at the line to make it just a 63-62 game. Then, Jalen Tolbert dribbled up the court and was called for an offensive foul while trying to make a move past a defender. This gave Troy the final shot. Tre Archie drove to the basket, but had the ball stripped and it went out of bounds remaining Troy’s ball. Then with 16.8 seconds to go, Shaeden Olden handed it off to Tre Archie who made a spin move but his floater was too strong. His miss was tipped out by Olden. It was then picked up by Jaden Owens who missed a prayer and Stebbins pulled down the rebound. They missed the front end of the one-and-one but with only one-second remaining Austin Stanaford for Troy had to chuck up a prayer. His prayer fell well short as Stebbins held on and stunned Troy on the road and picked up a massive league win. Stebbins was led by Jakob Reed’s 15 points and Jalen Tolbert’s 14 points. The Trojans were led by Jaden Owens who finished with 22 and Shaeden Olden and Tre Archie who finished with 13 and 12 respectively. Stebbins returns to action on Friday against West Carrollton.

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