DEPUE — The Bureau Valley South Storm rode out their dominance of the Bureau Valley Elementary Conference on Thursday night with a 58-29 win over the DePue Spartans in the BVEC tournament held in DePue.
Bureau Valley South, who entered the tournament as the top seed, led 31-12 at halftime behind their press and pressure defense. In addition to the pressure defense, the Storm from Buda connected on six three-point baskets led by point guard Spencer Marquez (4) and Corbin Endress (2). Bureau Valley had four double digit scorers led by Endress with 15, Nate Paup’s 14, Marquez with 12 and Tyler Gustafson with 11.
DePue, the second seed in the tournament whose only loss in conference was to BVS, was led by Rahim Strong’s 17 points including 11 that came after halftime. Rafa Puga added eight points for DePue.
In the third-place game, the LaMoille Cubs defeated Ladd 39-30 behind a 15-point scoring outburst in the first quarter.
Ladd, who shocked BVN on Saturday after previously losing to them by 20 two weeks before, rode the hot hand of Camden McDonald with 16 points. Eric Cissell added eight points for Ladd despite being in foul trouble the entire first half. Ben Morrow and Conner Ripka each had three points for Ladd.
LaMoille, the third seed, was led by Trever Perry’s 15 points while Dominic Moore had 12 points. Caleb Sarff and Austin Lundquist had four points each and Tyler Perry and Ryan Schultz rounded out the scoring for LaMoille with two each.