MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm got beat down the court by the Fulton Steamers Friday at the Storm Cellar, time after time after time. As a result, they also got beat on the scoreboard as well.
The Steamers scored multiple layups off fastbreaks, enroute to a 77-59 victory, many times answering a basket on the Storm end.
“They had a lot of uncontested baskets in transition,” Bureau Valley coach Jason Marquis said. “They’re a very good transition team. We knew that coming in tonight, and they beat us down the floor.”
Bureau Valley hung close in the first half, David Miller’s trey making it 29-25 followed shortly by a hoop by Josh Mead making it 31-30. Ryan Young made two of three free throws when hacked in the act of a 3-point shot to bring the Storm within 35-34 with 1:04 left in the third.
Fulton’s Matt Dail hit a three to end the quarter and hit another to open the fourth for a 41-34 lead. Dail took in a pass wide open in the lane to stretch the Steamers lead to 43-37.
Parker Neuhalfen scored on a back-door cut to cut the Fulton lead to 48-41, but Fulton beat the Storm down the floor. Lennard Winrich muscled for two points for the Storm only to have the Steamers answer again.
When the Steamers weren’t beating the Storm down the floor, Dail was beating them with the 3 ball. He hit a trey to put the Steamers on top 58-45, finishing four threes on the night and 17 points.
The Storm cut the Steamers’ lead to under double-digits twice in the fourth quarter. An inbounds lob to Miller made it 61-53, a baseline drive by Young kept it at 63-55. and two free throws by Alex Johnson made it 65-57. The Steamers answered each time and would outscore the Storm 12-2 the rest of the way.
“When we got a little bit of momentum, we’d give it back,” Marquis said. “We couldn’t step up and take the charge call. We didn’t execute well enough to win.”
“(Seventy-seven’s) not a number we’re going to win many games. We’ve got to get more stops than that,” Marquis said.
Neuhalfen led the Storm with 21 points. BV played without junior forward Tommy Johnston, who sustained an ankle injury in Tuesday’s game vs. Newman.
Jason Osborne led the Steamers with 19 points.
Storm front: Teams on both sides wore purple socks to mark the Pack the Place Purple Night for Cora Peters celebrated by the Bureau Valley community. The BV students chanted Cora Peters at the end of the game, saluting their fallen friend who succumbed to cancer in December. ... Marquis and his wife, Stephanie, hosted the Overtime event for the Bureau Valley Youth Connection in the school commons following the game. ... The Storm returns to action at the Princeton Regional, facing Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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