ERIE — Bureau Valley faced a strong Orion team Saturday night in the final game of the Warkins Cardinal Classic. In this tale of a two halves game, the Storm were able to get the win 51-39.
The final score will fool you though; this was a tight game until the final 90 seconds.
Neither team began the game with a plethora of baskets. Defense for both squads made shots close to the rim nearly impossible. Most open looks were threes or long field goals. At the end of the first, there was a total of 13 points on the board with the Chargers up 8-5.
In the second, the offenses continued to trot along. Bureau Valley’s Parker Neuhalfen was the Storm’s only player with points until there was less than five minutes left in the half. Then, Hunter Klemme sank two threes back-to-back. Senior Frank Gebeck added a three of his own as well.
With three minutes left in the half, it was 13 all. Orion’s Dylan Shultz answered with a couple of baskets from downtown putting an end to the Storm’s eight-point run. At the end of two the Chargers were on top 19-18.
In the third quarter, the Storm were able to get some other players involved with Brian Lange netting six points and Tommy Johnston added four. Shultz continued to get his due for the Chargers. Going into the fourth the Storm managed to get ahead 35-34.
Both defenses got feisty to begin the fourth. The Chargers’ Shultz went quiet and the Storm didn’t have a fourth-quarter basket until there was less than five minutes left in regulation. That’s when Neuhalfen and Lange took over the game. Lange had four timely baskets, while Neuhalfen tacked on seven points.
With 2:14 left the Storm had widened their lead to eight points. They were also in the bonus, which led to three additional points in the quarter. The noose however, was slipped by Gebeck. He drove down the floor and hit a turnaround jumper with hands in his face to put the game away.
Neuhalfen was the Storm’s leading scorer with 19 points on the night. Schultz led the Chargers with 18 points, but he had none in the fourth quarter. Both Neuhalfen and Gebeck were given honors for their play, while Schultz was voted MVP of the tournament.