Still seemingly catching his breath and calming down after his team's 54-47 victory over Snider on Wednesday night, it was hard to tell what DeKalb senior Adison Daub was more excited about, that the Barons had advanced in the postseason tournament or that the next foe was NHC rival Columbia City.
“I play AAU with most of them, so they are some of my buddies,” Daub said. “It will be fun to play them again. I am looking forward to it.”
Daub scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to help the Barons overcome some foul trouble and stellar Snider free throw shooting to advance to the semifinals of Class 4A Sectional 5.
The victory sets up a rematch with the Eagles, a team DeKalb lost to earlier this season in a close 47-46 game. The Barons would like nothing more than to get revenge in the single-elimination tournament.
“I missed a free throw (late in that game) then (Columbia City senior) Drew Benedict hit a fadeaway three pointer in the corner,” Daub said.
Columbia City did something similar last season against DeKalb, losing to its rival in the regular season before ending the Barons' season in the playoffs.
“We beat them on a buzzer-beater shot at our place in the regular season (last year) then in sectionals they got us,” Daub said. “They got us this year, so hopefully we can get that sectional game Friday.”
DeKalb (16-7) made Snider play its type of slow-down half-court game on Wednesday, then did just enough to knock off the Panthers. The Barons were methodical with their possessions and got good shots, while not giving up anything easy defensively.
Snider went to the line 27 times and converted 22 free throws, but was never able to get many buckets in transition as the Barons turned the ball over just five times.
“When you only turn the ball over five times, you really don't beat yourself,” DeKalb coach Jon Everingham said. “Snider didn't get anything easy. Sometimes we had to foul them and put them at the line, but it seemed like we made them earn everything they got.”
The Barons held a four-point lead at halftime, but the Panthers (10-11) quickly erased that with seven straight points to open the third. Snider stayed ahead into the middle of the fourth before an 8-0 run that included five points by Daub put DeKalb up to stay.
With his 20 points on Wednesday, Daub moved into second place on the DeKalb all-time scoring list, behind only Luke Recker.
“You look at him and his accomplishments … types of kids like Adison Daub just don't come along all that often,” Everingham said.
The victory coupled with Columbia City's rout of East Noble sets up a showdown Friday. The series is tied at 11 over the last 15 years, with the Eagles winning the last two matchups in the postseason.
“It seems like we have each had the same team for 3-4 years and we have been battling it out,” Everingham said. “I think it is going to be a good game, but I am telling you right now we are going to have to play well just to keep that game close, because they are very talented.”
DEKALB 54, SNIDER 47
Snider - 9 11 19 8 - 47
DeKalb - 9 15 12 18 - 54
Snider - Covington 6, Washington 4, Halstead 3, Leander Williams 9, Harvey 5, Spitnale 4, Devlyn Williams 16.
DeKalb - Adison Daub 20, Macy 12, Dahlton Daub 4, Hartman 11, McKown 2, Moore 5.