Boys basketball: Streator 62, St. Bede 52
STREATOR — The Streator Bulldogs rebounded from a 10-point road loss at Illinois Central Eight Conference foe Manteno Friday night, with a 62-52, bounce-back triumph over St. Bede Saturday night at Pops Dale Gym.
Streator (9-5) shot the ball well, hitting on 24 of 53 (45%) shot, including 6 of 17 (35%) from beyond the 3-point arc. The Bulldogs also committed a scant four turnovers, just one in each quarter.
“Any time you suffer a loss like we did yesterday, you want to get back out there quickly and respond well. I think we did that this evening, getting rid of a bad taste in our mouths,” Streator coach Beau Doty said.
Sophomore center Jack Haynes led the way for Streator with a team-best 20 points and seven rebounds, while senior Mason Benning followed with 18 markers which included five 3-pointers.
Streator held St. Bede sophomore standout Paul Hart to 19 points, four tallies below his average entering the contest.
“We didn’t do a good job at all last night defensively against Manteno’s two best players, but I thought tonight we held Hart down in the first half, and we made him work for every basket he got,” Doty said.
The Bruins (6-12) were stalwart in their approach, shooting 19 of 45 (42%) from the field while besting the Bulldogs from the 3-point circle by netting 7 of 16 (44%). Junior Gunar Jauch produced a game-high 21 points along with five 3s. Jauch also hauled in seven rebounds.
Hart corralled a contest-best 11 rebounds, while junior Nathan Potthoff contributed with six tallies and six boards as St. Bede fell behind by 10 points at the half and could never recover despite playing Streator dead even the final two quarters.
“Streator played so physical tonight, especially with Paul, and he struggled early with that before he finally started to settle in during the second half,” St. Bede coach Brian Hanson said. “We kept fighting with some fine shooting from Gunner (Jauch), but we weren’t up to their mentality of strong physical play on the defensive end.
“Overall it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but I’m proud of our guys for hanging in there with a very solid and well-coached Streator team.”
Benning and Haynes each tallied six points in the opening stanza to help the Bulldogs off to an 18-14 lead after one quarter of play. Streator increased its advantage in the second period after Haynes went to work with strong post moves to tally deuces at 4:45, 3:04, and 2:35 ahead of Benning’s volleyball-line triple with five seconds to go. That gave the Bulldogs a 35-25 lead going into the locker room at the intermission.
St. Bede came out hot in the third quarter embarking on a 9-4 run, but Benning sparked a 12-5 Streator rally with eight points in the latter stages of the stanza with a runner in the lane at 2:05, a left-baseline trey at 0:50 and another long-range triple with five seconds to go that put his team back up 51-41 with eight minutes left.
Hart added four baskets to narrow the Bruins’ deficit to seven at 59-52. But Bedecker provided a bucket off a steal at 1:25, and Benning finished things off with a free throw late.