April 16, 2014
BHS Tigers capture Prairieland TOC Championship PDF Print E-mail

By Don Chipman
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The BHS Tigers put the finishing touches on the Prairieland TOC by knocking off Farmington last Saturday in a blowout with the final verdict standing at 59-41.
The O&?B?finished the tournament with a 4-1 record, losing only to West Prairie.
Last Tuesday the O&B were given an old fashioned whipping on their home court by Prairieland conference foe Peoria Heights 62-39.

BHS vs. P. Heights
Seldom have you seen a home team come out of the gate as quickly as the O&B did with a 14-2 first period run and lead after the first eight minutes 14-6, and end up  losing by 23 points, 62-39 at the hands of Peoria Heights at the Tiger Den a week ago Tuesday.
Rick Dour finished as the Tigers’ top gun with 15 points, scoring nine in the first frame, including a triple. Gus Vermillion who closed out with 12, counted a three-banger for the hometowners in the BHS first period blitz.
The Tigers saw their lead evaporate quickly as the Patriots used a 21-10 outburst to take a two-point spread at intermission 27-24.
Peoria Heights got balanced scoring in the second stanza led by Wallace with eight and Henderson scored six of his game high 23 points. Dour added four and Vermillion two points for the locals in the second stanza.
After the rest stop, the hometowners couldn’t buy a basket in the third quarter, and with the huge size differential, the O&B were forced to crash the boards, allowing the Pats to release early and get several easy lay-ups and run off a 15-6 margin in the third period to lead 42-30 as the two teams readied for the final fling.
The Patriots used a huge 20-9 advantage in the final period to win going away by the final of 62-39.
Thomas had a big second half for the Pats, counting 16 of his 20-game points. Dour who scored early on for the locals was held to six points in the second half.
After a sizzling start, the locals finished with a 13-for-34 from the field and were a miserable 2-of-16 from beyond the arc to finish the contest with a very frigid  30%. The size differential by the visitors showed up on the offensive boards where the locals grabbed only seven caroms.

Peoria Hts.        6 21 15 20-62
Beardstown        14 10   6   9-32
Scoring: BHS—Paul Schultz 0-1 1-4 1, Alex Schultz 2-6  0 0-0 4, Marcus Blair 1-1 0 1-1 3, Jon Kramer 0-2 0-2 2-4 2, Jacob Janssen 0-4 0-5 0-1 0, Rick Dour 5-7 1-6 2-3 15, Gus Vermillion 4-11 1-2 1-4 12, Fletcher O’Hara 1-1 0-0 0-1 2. Totals: 13-34 2-6 7-18 39.
3-Point Goals: P. Heights 3 (Thomas 2); BHS 2 (Dour 1, Vermillion1)
Team Free Throws: P. Heights 7-8; BHS 7-18
Team Fouls: P. Heights 18; BHS 7
Turnovers: BHS—10 (Dour 5, P. Schultz 4)
Steals: BHS—11 (Dour 5)
Rebounds: BHS—20 (A. Schultz 6, Dour 5, Vermillion 5)
Record: BHS—3-2

The BHS Tigers lit up the scoreboard with a sizzling 52.2% shooting from the field to capture the Prairieland TOC over Farmington 59-42.

The win improved the hometowners to 4-2 for the season, and they finished  4-1 in the TOC.
Rick Dour poured through 22, with Jacob Janssen also in double figures with 10, while Gus Vermillion and Paul Schultz each added eight for the winners.
The hometowners blistered the Farmers with a 23-10 blitz in the first quarter with Dour scoring eight to lead the attack.             Farmington got things going in the second stanza from beyond the arc netting four treys, two by Koff who led the Farmers in scoring to outpace the locals 14-9, closing within eight at 32-24 at the midway break.
The third frame was hotly contested defensively with the O&B using a 10-9 edge to head into the final get-go leading 42-33. Vermillion’s five, which included a three-banger led the local’s effort. Balagna counted his second triple for the Farmers in the frame.
Coach Laux’s crew had a big finish as they outscored Farmington 17-9 to win going away by the 59-42 final verdict. Dour led the way for the winners with seven, including a trey, while Vermillion added a pair of buckets in the solid finish.
Rick Dour and Jacob Janssen were named to the TOC All-Tournament team..
“We played so much better against Farmington than we did against Peoria Heights, but when you shoot 52.2% from the field, you’re going to look pretty good.”
“We rebounded better, and kept our turnovers under 10. When you shoot well, rebound well, and take care of the ball well, you usually win,” concluded Laux.

Farmington    10 14    9   9-42
Beardstown    23  9  10 17-59
Scoring: BHS—Paul Schultz 3-4 0-0 2-2 8, Alex Schultz 23-9 0-0 0-2 6, Niel Patel 0-0 0-1 0-0 0, Marcus Blair 0-0 0-0 0-0 0, Jon Kramer 2-4 0-0 1-2 5, Jacob Janssen 3-6 0-3 4-4 10, Rick Dour 7-10 2-4 2-3 22, Gus Vermillion 4-5 0-0 0-0 8. Totals: 22-38 2-8 9-13 59.
3-Point Goals: Farmington—4 (Balagan 2, Koff 2); BHS-2-8 (Dour 2-4)
Free Throws Made: Farmington—6-6; BHS-9-13
Team Fouls: Farmington—13; BHS—14
Turnovers: 7 (J. Janssen 3, A. Schultz 3)
Steals: BHS—9 (J. Janssen 4, J. Kramer 2)
Assists: BHS—10 (A. Schultz 4, J. Janssen 4)
Rebounds: BHS—22 (A. Schultz 9, J. Janssen 5
Record: BHS—4-2.



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