JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. — Beecher City lost big time to Newton on Thursday in the Dieterich Holiday Tourney, 61-21, but then they came back and out-played Oblong, 57-51.
B.C. started out down three points after the 1st, 12-9, then Oblong opened up a 21-13 run in the 2nd to vault into an 11-point edge at the break, 33-22.
After a locker room revival, B.C. burst out onto the floor and answered with their own 22-10 run, giving them a 1-point advantage heading into the 4th, 44-43. In crunch time, B.C. kept the upper hand, finishing with a 13-8 run to notch the 6-point win.
Oblong scored 21 of their 51 points from the arc, but just six from the free throw line. They got 24 points inside the 3-point line.
B.C. scored 38 points inside the arc, a 17-point edge. They also got to the line for ten more foul shots than Oblong, making 13-of-19. The 7-point edge at the line and the 14-point edge inside (21 points), out-did the 15-point Oblong edge from the arc.
Brady Barnes led all players with 18 points with seven field goals and 4-of-9 at the line. Brandon Gardner followed with 11 points, including a pair of treys and 2-of-2 at the line. Jackson Bales followed with eight points, all from the floor.
Oblong had three players in double figures, two with 14 points and one with 10. Those three players had 38 of their 51 points. B.C.'s top three had 37 points. But B.C.'s Austin Rexroad and his seven points were unmatched in a 6-point win.
Beecher City 57, Oblong 51
BC stats: Barnes 18 (7 FGs, 4/9 FTs), Gardner 11 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Bales 8 (4 FGs), Rexroad 7 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Lagerhausen 6 (3 FGs), Doty 5 (5/6 FTs), Harder 2 (FG). Team FGs 21. 3-Pointers: 2 (Gardner, Rexroad). Team FTs 13-of-19.
Oblong stats: Mehler 14 (4-2s, 2-3 pt FGs), Maus 14 (1-2, 4-3 pt FGs), Mayhew 10 (4 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Jacobs 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Brown 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Allen 2 (FG), Woods 2 (2/2 FTs). Team FGs 19. 3-Pointers: 7 (Maus 4, Mehler 2, Jacobs). Team FTs 6-of-9.
After the early win on Thursday, Newton came off a win over Red Hill and hit the ground running, blowing out B.C. by 40 points, 61-21.
Newton started slow with an 11-4 run, then exploded on a 2nd period 21-3 run for a 25-point lead at the break, 32-7. Newton slowed their roll in the 3rd and B.C. trimmed the lead with an 11-7 period.
Down by 21 to start the 4th, B.C. was thumped again by a 17-3 Newton run being bludgeoned until they were saved by the final bell.
Newton's 2-out-of-3 big scorers were unstoppable. Two of the three top scorers, Stone, Mammoser, and Chestnut will get their points, even if one is limited.
Stone scored 25 against Red Hill and Mammoser 20, while Chestnut had just eight. Against B.C., Stone had 23 and Chestnut 21, while Mammoser had eight.
Stone had 11 field goals, stepping out for one trey. Chestnut buried five 3-pointers for 15 of his 21 points.
B.C. had no one in double figures. Rexroad led B.C. with just seven points, including the only B.C. trey.
Newton didn't need to shoot free throws and 60 of their 61 points came from the floor.
Newton 61, Beecher City 21
B.C. stats: Rexroad 7 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 2/2 FTs), Bales 4 (2 FGs), Barnes 4 (2 FGs), Gardner 2 (FG, 0/1 FTs), Kenter 2 (FG), Shelton 1 (1/2 FTs), Harder 1 (1/2 FTs), Doty (0/2 FTs). Team FGs 8 (1-3). Team FTs 4-of-9.
Newt stats: Stone 23 (10-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Chestnut 21 (3-2s, 5-3 pt FGs), Mammoser 8 (1-2, 2-3 pt FGs), Workman 5 (2 FGs, 1/1 FTs), Pickens 4 (2 FGs). Team FGs 26. 3-Pointers: 8 (Chestnut 5, Mammoser 2, Stone). Team FTs 1-of-1.