SPRING VALLEY — A strong second half propelled the Bureau Valley Storm to a 71-48 victory over the Hall Red Devils Saturday night.
The Storm (5-3), who led 29-26 at half, outscored the Red Devils 42-22 in the second half.
The Storm (503 was led by its starting backcourt, senior Frank Gebeck and sophomore Parker Neuhalfen. Neuhalfen scored 18 points of his game-high 22 points in the first half. Gebeck scored all of his 14 points in the second half.
“Those kids worked hard on the defensive end which led to great offense. Frank attacked the basket hard and Parker handled the ball exceptionally well,” said Bureau Valley coach Jason Marquis.
The game started out slow for the Red Devils (2-4), committing a turnover on each of the first five possessions and giving up a 9-0 run to the Storm. After a timeout by coach Mike Filippini, the Red Devils were able to tie the game late in the first quarter by a three-point basket by junior forward Erick Fuentes.
After taking a quick seven-point lead to start the second quarter, the Storm gave up a 9-0 run to give the lead back to Hall, 21-19. The teams then traded baskets and the Storm took a 29-26 lead into halftime.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight,” Filippini said. “We shot 32 percent; we definitely didn’t lose because the lack of effort or teamwork.”
The closest Hall got to the lead after second quarter was three points, which happened twice early in the third quarter. In the second half, Bureau Valley had runs of 9-0 and 7-0 that were never matched by the Red Devils.
“That’s a big part of a victory like this,” said Marquis.
The Red Devils leading scorer was senior guard Brett Fanning who scored 11 points.
“Bureau Valley is a good team. They have a good record for a reason,” said Filippini.
Bureau Valley will be at home Friday against Morrison. The Red Devils travel to Kewanee Wethersfield on Tuesday.