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Storm cruise past Prophets

MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm put four quarters together for the first time this season, cruising to a decisive 63-36 victory over the Prophetstown Prophets during Three Rivers Conference North Division action Tuesday night.

Prophetstown looked as if they would be a difficult matchup for the Storm as they lead 7-2 with 3:23 left to play in the first quarter.

The Storm went on a 12-4 run to finish out the quarter as junior guards Tommy Johnston and Parker Neuhalfen scored all 12 BV points during the stretch.

Johnston ended the first quarter and the scoring run with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 7.2 seconds left giving BV its first lead of the game as they finished out the quarter ahead 12-11.

BV would steadily add to their lead and wouldn’t trail for the final three quarters of play.

“It’s a good win for us, and our kids played well. It’s the first game of the year that we won all four quarters. So we’ve had a little difficulty sustaining our momentum and positive energy and tonight we won all four quarters, and I’m proud of the kids for that,” Bureau Valley coach Jason Marquis said. “To beat good teams like Prophetstown you need to win quarter after quarter, and I’m glad we did that tonight.”

Three straight steals by Neuhalfen resulted in four points on the opposite end highlighted by an aware fast break cut through the lane to the basket by Josh Mead as he made an easy layup giving the Storm a 19-13 lead at with 3:02 left to play in the half.

BV led 27-19 at the half.

Prophetstown looked to get back in the game in the second half as senior forward Ethan Howard took the first possession of the game and drilled a 15-foot jumper.

The Prophetstown offense was quickly shot down as Neuhalfen answered 18 seconds later with a three pointer that was the start of a 15-2 BV scoring run which spanned the first 3 minutes and 31 seconds of the half.

“We were efficient tonight, I thought our role players did a nice job of participating in the offense and continuing to develop the offense. They initiated the offense so they helped us have some continuity throughout the game,” Marquis said.

Four different Storm players contributed on the run as Johnston, Neuhalfen, Mead and senior forward David Miller each added buckets as the offense found multiple ways to score off of creative passing plays.

“I thought our passing was pretty efficient. We made pretty good decisions, and we didn’t try to force as much as we have in the past,” Marquis said. “I thought that was a key to us to continue to build on our lead and not give them points back.”

Prophetstown cut the BV lead to 14 points with 6:38 to play as junior guard Grant Ames drilled a three pointer.

The Prophets offense would sputter the rest of the game as BV continued to knock down shots and get good looks as they cruised to victory during the last 6:38 on a 14-1 scoring run.

“I thought all 15 of ours kids were very active tonight when they got in. They all participated well and it was a good win for the entire team,” Marquis said.

Neuhalfen led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Johnston (18) and Mead (7).

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