John Curtis Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — The Stew-Stras Comets scored 22 points in the 4th on Friday and 18 points in the 4th on Saturday, but still lost both games. Friday they lost to St. Elmo-Brownstown, 75-59, and on Saturday to Mt. Pulaksi, 58-53.
On Friday, a 2nd period, 27-14 run by St. Elmo/Brownstown provided the cushion for the win. Stew-Stras lost every quarter by a bit, but that 2nd period created a hole too big to fill. Stew-Stras trailed by 14 at the break, 39-25, and lost by 16.
St. Elmo stretched their lead to 18 points heading into the 4th, 55-37. The Comets streaked for 22 points in the final 8:00, but St. Elmo stayed with them, scoring 20, and secured the 16-point win.
Brandon Helmuth led Stew-Stras with 16 points, but St. Elmo’s three leading scorers all had 16 points or better. Maxey scored a game-high 23 points with a trey and 6-of-6 at the line. Feezel and Behrends followed with 16 points, each. Feezel had a trey and 3-of-6 at the line. Behrends had two treys and was 4-of-4 at the line.
Bryse Bugger followed Helmuth with 14 points, all from the floor, while Jason Fry had 11, all for the floor, including a trey. Helmuth also recorded eight rebounds and six assists.
St. Elmo/Brownstown had advantages at the arc and the foul line padding their lead.
St. Elmo-Brownstown 75, Stew-Stras 59
St. E/B 12-27-16-20--75
Stew stats: Helmuth 16 (4-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 5/6 FTs), 8 rebounds, 6 assists; Bugger 14 (7 FGs, 0/2 FTs), Fry 11 (4-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Rincker 7 (3 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Ballinger 5 (2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Jones 3 (FG, 0/1 FTs), A. Blythe 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs). Team FGs 24. 3-Pointers 3 (Helmuth, Fry, Jones). Team FTs 8-of-15.
St. E/B stats: L. Maxey 23 (7-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 6/6 FTs), 5 assists; Feezel 16 (5-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/6 FTs), Behrends 16 (3-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 4/4 FTs), 3 steals; Smithson 11 (4 FGs, 3/4 FTs), 12 rebounds; M. Maxey 5 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 0/2 FTs), Neeley 2 (FG), Hardimon 2 (FG). Team FGs 27. 3-Pointers: 5 (Behrends 2, L. Maxey, M. Maxey, Feezel). Team FTs 16-of-22.
On Saturday, Stew-Stras had their own 2nd period run and a strong finish, but once again, couldn’t shake off their opponent in crunch time.
Down 11-7 to start the 2nd at Mt. Pulaski, the Comets put on a 20-13 run to take a 3-point half-time lead, 27-24. Mt. Pulaski reclaimed the lead with a 15-8 run in the 3rd, 39-35. Stew-Stras scored 18 late, but Mt. Pulaski 19 and notched the win.
The Comets were on a bombing run, Saturday, connecting on a sortie of ten 3-point missiles. But it still wasn’t enough. Mt. Pulaski had seven treys and a 6-point advantage at the foul line. That and their 8-point advantage inside the arc, gave the Toppers enough to offset the Comet 9-point edge from distance and get the win.
Brandon Helmuth led all scorers with 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Jason Fry had 18 points, including a trey hat trick. mark Jones and Austin Rincker had just three points each, both from the arc.
Mt. Pulaski 58, Stew-Stras 53
Mt. P 11-13-15-19--58
Stew stats: Helmuth 24 (4-2s, 5-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Fry 18 (3-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 3/3 FTs), Jones 3 (FG), Rincker 3 (FG), Bugger 5 (2 FGs, 1/3 FTs). Team FGs 19. 3-Pointers: 10 (Helmuth 5, Fry 3, Jones, Rincker). Team FTs 5-of-8.
Mt. P stats: Luczaj 19 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 5/8 FTs), Thomas 10 (3-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Lowery 9 (3 FGs, 3/4 FTs), B. Collier 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Leinweber 5 ( 2 FGs, 1/2 FTs), Amidon 4 (2 FGs), Huff 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Stewart 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs). Team FGs 20. 3-Pointers: 7 (Thomas 3, Collier 2, Luczaj). Team FTs 11-of-21