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Article published January 14, 2013

Jumping out of the gym
Mars dunks its way to rout of Highlands

Mike Kilroy
Butler Eagle

ADAMS TWP — Two days a week, Josh Goetz and Matt Getsy get together with Mars track and field coach Dale Boring.

They work on jumping, explosion and core strength.
It’s working.
Getsy scored 16 points, including two thunderous dunks, and Goetz had another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Mars boys basketball team rolled to a 73-28 home win over Highlands Friday night.
“It has just done incredible things for them,” Carmody said. “From when they started to now — Dale’s really done some incredible things with them.”
It showed. Mars had more points off dunks in the first quarter (four) than Highlands had points, period.
Goetz also had a rim-rattling dunk in the first half.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had three dunks in a game,” Carmody said. “Josh’s was off a great set and Matt’s we off two steals. But it’s not like Matt is a 6-7 kid. He’s 6-2.”
Getsy said he could dunk before he starting working with Boring — but barely.
He had a one-handed dunk in the first quarter that brought the Mars crowd to its feet.
“I could dunk before, but not like that,” Getsy said. “It’s mostly building explosive muscles. It helps you jump higher and makes you faster.”
“I do arms also,” Goetz said. “So that helps me with my rebounding.”
Mars (11-2, 5-0) didn’t need much help against over-matched Highlands.
The Planets took the same number of shots in the first half (33) as Highlands took all game.
The Golden Rams (0-13, 0-5) also had 33 turnovers.
That led to huge scoring runs by Mars, which quickly turned a 24-15 game into a 37-15 lead at halftime.
It got even more lopsided in the second half as the Planets opened up the third quarter on a 14-0 run in just four minutes and outscored Highlands 26-5 in the frame.
The 40-point mercy rule kicked in with 24 seconds remaining in the third.
Getsy led Mars with 16 points despite playing with a plethora of bumps and bruises.
“He’s Rambo,” Carmody said of Getsy. “His elbow still isn’t right. He took a nice hit last week and landed on his head pretty good.”
Mars has been battling injuries all season. The Planets played Highlands without Zach May and Alex Locher.
Owen Nearhoof also has missed time this season.
“Because of those injuries, people have gotten some opportunites,” Carmody said.
Ben Erdahl is one of them, coming off the bench to score 11 points. Nick DeCamp is another. The Australian native added eight points.
“We really have not have, after the Seneca Valley game, a full compliment of players,” Carmody said. “It’s been a blessing in disguise because you are playing other guys.”

HIGHLANDS 28
Anthony Jones 1-2 0-1 3, Julian Flenory 1-8 4-4 7, Mike Colfe 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Alworth 0-0 0-0 0, Kalson Branch 2-6 1-5 5, Elijah Jackson 3-12 0-0 8, Ray DiPerna 0-0 0-0 0, Apulay Frison 0-2 0-0 0, Levonie Martin 0-0 0-0 0, Brandon Burchette 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Stevenson 2-3 1-1 5. Totals: 9-33 6-11 28.
MARS 73
Garrett Ashbaugh 1-5 1-2 3, Owen Nearhoof 3-10 2-2 11, Ben Erdahl 5-8 0-0 11, Matt Getsy 7-10 2-2 16, Mitch Buzard 2-8 1-2 5, Josh Goetz 6-8 2-5 14, Ethan Lewis 0-2-2 2, Nick DeCamp 3-3 0-0 8, Graham Easom 0-1 0-0 0, Mitch Verplank 1-1 1-1 3. Totals: 28-58 11-16 73.
Highlands 4 11 5 8—28
Mars18 19 26 10—73
3-point goals: Highlands 4 (Jones, Flenory, Jackson 2). Mars 6 (Nearhoof 3, Erdahl, DeCamp 2)
Tuesday: Mars at Knoch