Hauser took the lead on Trinity Lutheran midway through the first period and remained ahead the rest of the night to post a 56-44 win Tuesday night in the Bollinger Athletic Complex.

The Jets broke the game open in the second quarter when they outscored the Cougars 14-5.

Hauser held a 19-13 lead heading into the second period then increased its lead to 23-13 after two minutes.

After Colton Wischmeier hit a 3-pointer at 5:15 to close the difference to 23-16, the Jets went on a 10-0 run, and extended its lead to 33-16 on a layup by Brad Paetzel with 1:10 left in the half.

Chad Stuckwisch finally scored for the Cougars with 28 seconds left in the period for a 33-18 score at halftime.

Trinity shot just 2-for-14 in the second period, and 7-for-27 for the half.

Hauser’s 6-7 junior, Alex Gross, was too much for the Cougars to handle in the first half as he scored six points in each quarter and had six rebounds in the first half.

“We had a bad shooting night in the first half,” Cougars coach Brian Stuckwisch said. “The stats showed us only 25 percent from the field in the first half and it ended up 34 percent, and they were shooting really well tonight. They were shooting closer to 65-70 percent.”

Hauser shot 14-for-19 and out-rebounded 14-5 in the first half.

The Jets continued their hot pace at the start of the third quarter when they outscored the Cougars 9-2 to increase their lead to 42-20 with a layup by A.J. Titus at 4:25.

Four different players scored for the Cougars in the quarter as Chad Stuckwisch made a 3-pointer and Sam Marksberry scored four points. Gross ended up with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

“We knew that was coming,” Stuwisch said of Gross. “We had scouted them earlier when they played a game at Columbus North, and they did the same thing. They feed the ball into the post, and we don’t have anybody that can match up with that kind of size.

“We tried to double him up, and he’s good enough to score even when he’s double-teamed.”

Stuckwisch said he was pleased with the Cougars’ rally as they cut the difference to 51-42 on a layup by Sam Marksberry with 4:42 remaining.

“Our kids kept fighting the whole game,” he said. “We were kind of saving our energy in the end because we’ve only got six seniors and a couple guys on the bench. We were kind of laying back and holding our energy for the end of the game. In the second half, I think we outscored them (26-23).”

Wischmeier topped the Cougars (0-2) with 12 points, Marksberry scored 11 and Stuckwisch had 10.

Hauser coach Griff Roth complimented Coach Stuckwisch and the Cougars for their hard play in the fourth quarter.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.