Boys basketball: St. Bede 73, Bureau Valley 50
MANLIUS — Some bad habits are easier to get over than others, and the St. Bede Bruins took full advantage of one of the Bureau Valley Storm’s to capture a dominating 73-50 win at the Storm Cellar Tuesday night.
“We had guys that made good plays,” St. Bede coach Brian Hanson said. “Gosh, we haven’t been in the winner’s circle a lot in the last couple of years, but we’ll take every one we can get. It was a lot of fun tonight.”
Led by Paul Hart (34 points, 11-15 in free throws) and Gunar Jauch (16, 4-4 at the charity stripe), the Bruins (6-10) had the Storm (4-10) on their heels early, jumping out to a 23-9 lead in the first period and ending the half ahead 35-20.
“We came out and executed on both sides of the ball,” Jauch said. “I think we did really well on rebounding, we shared the ball on offense, kinda broke down their defense and really got it around.”
Hanson added, “Paul can get hot from the outside, and so can Gunar. Gunar had 35 (points) here as a sophomore last year, something about being in this gym, I guess (laughs).”
For the Storm, falling that far behind early is a story coach Jason Marquis wish wouldn’t rewrite itself.
“Yeah, it’s a broken record of us getting down early,” he said. “Trying to feel our way around the game rather than going out and playing it.
“So, credit St. Bede and Coach Hanson, they were ready from the get-go. We can’t dig ourselves a hole and expect to climb out, we need to come out ‘guns a-blazin’.”
BV’s leading scorers Carter Salisbury (15) and Dalton Dean (12) had a trying time with the Bruins’ defense.
“I don’t think they did anything, I just had an off night,” Dean said. “We had some other people that stepped up, Carter had a great game. It’s just we couldn’t finish down the stretch.
“We’ve just got to start off better, and I think once we do, it will all come together.”
Evan Eckberg and Mack Nugent contributed six points each for the Storm effort, while Adam Johnson and Trent DeVenney chipped in four apiece.
Salisbury picked up the pace for the Storm at the start of the second half, leading them to close the gap to 47-41 near the end of the third period.
“Dalton wasn’t having his best night,” Salisbury said. “But he draws a lot of eyes, so that made it easier for me to get to the hoop and score.”
Hanson said the Bruins knew better than to take their lead for granted.
“Bureau Valley never quits,” he said. “They play hard, no matter who’s in the game, and they took a 15-point halftime lead, next thing you know it’s six and they have the ball.
“So I’m proud of the fact that our guys showed some resilience and got back in the game, and played well.”
BV’s defense made some progress limiting outside opportunities for St. Bede, but the Bruins simply shifted their focus to the paint and pulled away again to put the game away for good.
“I think just seeing the floor, passing the ball and moving to open spots made it easier,” Jauch said. “Getting other guys looks, and rearranging myself on the court, I could get myself looks as well.”
Hanson added, “You get a little rhythm like those guys had, and you’ve got people running at you, it’s better to get the ball in the middle and attack from there.”
Nathan Potthoff scored seven points toward the Bruins’ victory, while Luke Story tallied six and Logan Griggs chipped in five.
• Notes: The St. Bede sophs were also victors earlier in the evening, albeit in a more dramatic fashion, outlasting the Storm in a 48-44 overtime win.
Kaden Monterastell led the Bruins with 17 points followed by Duncan Lawler with 12, while Layton Britt led BV with 11.