Shelbyville Daily Union

December 31, 2013

Comets cap tourney beating Devils

John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Stew-Stras lost to Arthur in the Tri-County Holiday Tourney, then to Hutsonville-Palestine, 64-56, in OT, and to Tri-County, 59-43. They capped the tourney facing off against rival Windsor and winning in double-overtime, 78-71.

This year the Comets and the Devils went to overtime in the first match-up, with Stew-Stras winning at home, 72-69. The Devils then escaped OT in their win at home against the Comets, 49-47. No surprise the latest match-up would be close.

It was a 14-14 tie after the 1st period. Mark Jones canned two 3-pointers, and Brandon Helmuth and Bryse Bugger scored twice. Mitch Haddock matched Jones with two treys of his own. Nic Hutchinson had one, while Hayden Cole had a bucket and a free throw and Spencer Blackburn scored.

Stew-Stras was up 29-27 at the half. Helmuth was 3-of-4 at the line and had a 3-point play. Bugger scored twice, again. Chandler Ballinger had a trey and Jones a two. Rylan Ard scored and made 2-of-4 foul shots. Warner had a deuce and a trey and Cole and Blackburn scored.

Windsor had a 23-16 run in the 3rd and took a 5-point lead, 50-45. Warner exploded for 15 points, scoring five times from the floor, including a 3-point play, and made 4-of-4 at the line. Haddock completed his trey hat trick, Allen was 1-of-2 at the line and a had a bucket, as did Cole.

Stew-Stras got 3-point plays from Rincker and Helmuth and a third trey from Jones. Helmuth, Bugger, and Fry scored and Helmuth added 1-of-2 at the line.

Stew-Stras knotted the score at the end of regulation, 61-61. Fry scored three times and made two free throws. Helmuth had another 3-point play, plus a free throw and a deuce. Bugger had a two. Allen and Warner scored twice and Allen made 3-of-4 free throws.

After the 1st OT the score was tied again, 67-67. In the 2nd OT, Stew-Stras took over with an 11-4 run to pull away for a 7-point win. Ard had two free throws and a two in OT, while Allen, Cole, and Warner had solo twos, but Warner fouled out.

Tri-County Tourney

Stew-Stras 78, Windsor 71 - 2 OT

St-ST 14-15-16-16-6-11--78

W’sor 14-13-23-11-6-4--71

Stew stats: Helmuth 27 (8-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 8/11 FTs), Fry 16 (5 FGs, 6/7 FTs), Jones 15 (2-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Bugger 12 (6 FGs, 0/1 FTs), Rincker 5 (FG, 3/3 FTs), Ballinger 3 (FG). Team FGs 27. 3-Pointers: 5 (Jones 3, Ballinger, Helmuth). Team FTs 19-of-24.

W’sor stats: Warner 26 (9-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 5/6 FTs), Allen 12 (4 FGs, 4/6 FTs), Haddock 9 (3-3 pt FGs), Cole 9 (4 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Ard 8 (2 FGs, 4/6 FTs), Blackburn 4 (2 FGs), Hutchinson 3 (FG). Team FGs 26. 3-Pointers: 5 (Haddock 3, Hutchinson, Warner). Team FTs 14-of-20.

Tri-County 59, Stew-Stras 43

T.C. 25-16-14-4--59

St-St 14-3-6-10--43

Stew stats: Helmuth 17 (5 FGs, 7/7 FTs), Fry 11 (5 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Bugger 4 (2 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Jacob Kramer 3 (FG, 0/2 FTs), Jones 2 (2/3 FTs), Aaron Blythe 2 (FG), Cameron Rentfro 2 (FG) Josh Overbeck 1 (1/2 FTs), Rincker 1 (1/3 FTs). Team FGs 15 (1-3). Team FTs 12-of-21.

T.C. stats: Wright 25 (10-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FT), Kirchner 15 (6 FGs, 3.5 FTs), Skinner 10 (4 FGs, 2/4 FTs), Centers 5 (FG, 3/4 FTs), Getche 4 ( 2 FGs). Team FGs 24 (1-3). Team FTs 10-of-15.

Hutsonville-Palestine 64, Stew-Stras 56 - 2 OT

H-P 7-10-15-13-9-10--64

St-St 12-8-13-12-9-2--56

Stew stats: Helmuth 28 (5-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 9/11 FTs), Fry 10 (5 FGs), Bugger 6 (2 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Rincker 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Jones 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs), Blythe 2 (FG). Team FGs 20. 3-Pointers: 5 (Helmuth 3, Rincker, Jones). Team FTs 11-of-18.

H-P stats: Alspach 27 (8-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 5/13 FTs), Williams 17 (4 FGs, 9/9 FTs), Ferguson 11 (4 FGs, 3/5 FTs), Knecht 3 (FG, 1/3 FTs), T. Newlin 2 (2/2 FTs), Lowrance 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs), B. Newlin 2 (FG, 0/2 FTs). Team FGs 21. 3-Pointers: 2 (Alspach 2). Team FTs 20-of-36.