By Don Chipman
The BHS Tigers picked up wins this past week over South Fulton 60-37, and smacked BP-City by a 71-42 verdict in a pair of Prairieland Conference contests.
Gus Vermillion netted a season-high 23 points against the Rebels, while Rick Dour paced the locals with 24 points in the win over the Spartans.
BHS vs. South Fulton
The O&B put on their defensive shoes against the Rebels from South Fulton holding them to just 37 points with a withering, devastating full court pressure defense that created problems all night for the Rebels.
BHS jumped out front quickly with a 15-8 advantage in the opening quarter. Jon Kramer scored six of his 10 points to get the Tigers out of the gate running. Vermillion, who finished with a season-high 23 points, added five.
South Fulton was able to find their offense in the second stanza when they played the hometowners to a 12-12 standstill. Alex Briney, who led the Rebels with 13 points, nailed a pair of 3-bangers in the second frame. Vermillion matched this effort with six-points for the locals, pushing BHS to a 27-20 halftime lead.
The Tigers came out of the dressing room geared up to go and used a 14-7 difference to break the game wide open to lead 41-37 heading home. Vermillion’s four buckets in the third stanza nailed the coffin shut.
With a 19-10 blowout in the final frame, the Tigers sealed the deal with the 60-27 final verdict. Niel Patel’s trey and four each from D’Ante McWilliams, Jacob Janssen, and Vermillion led the O&B final attack.
The hometowners shot 44.1% from the field, connecting on 26-of-59 attempts, and were 5-of-9 from the charity stripe.
S.Fulton 8 12 7 10—37
B’town 15 12 14 19—60
Scoring: BHS—Paul Schultz 0 0 0-0 0, Alex Schultz 4-8 0 0-0 8, Niell Patel 0 1 0-0 3, Marcus Bauser 0 0 0-0 0, Jon Kramer 5-7 0 0-0 10, Jacob Janssen 4-10 0 2-2 10, Rick Dour 1-9 0 0-0 2, D’Ante McWilliams 2-3 0 0-1 4, Gus Vermillion 10-19 0 3-6 23. Totals; 26-59 1 5-9 60.
Record: BHS 9-7
BHS vs. BP-City
Rick Dour, after a miserable 1-for-9 against South Fulton, exploded for 24 points against the Spartans, hitting 10-of-12 from the field, including a pair of triples to lead the O&B to a 71-47 beatdown of BP-City.
The locals swamped the Spartans by doubling the score in the opening period 18-9, paced by Alex Schultz who scored eight of his 10 points in the first frame.
The locals really got the offense going in high gear in the second stanza when they hit 9-of-17 from the floor for a sizzling 52.9%, including Gus Vermillion’s four-of-six from the floor, and one-of-two from the line for a nine-point outburst as the O&B enjoyed a 39-18 runout at halftime.
It was the Rick Dour show in the third period following the rest stop, when the sophomore lit up the scoreboard with a 16-point barrage that included five-of-six from the floor, with three two-pointers, along with a pair of treys, plus four-of-four from the line. The O&B owned a commanding 59-31 spread as the two teams readied for the final fling.
BP-City won the mop-up time battle 15-12 in the final get-go when the Spartans’ B. Ray added seven of his nine game points.
D’Ante McWilliams scored all eight of his game points in the last period of play to lead the Tigers attack.
BHS finished with 41% from the floor, netting 25-of-61, and meshed 15-of-21 from the free throw line.
BP-City 9 9 14 15—47
B’town 18 21 20 12—71
Scoring: BHS—Paul Schultz 0-4 0 0-0 0. Alex Schulz 4-4 0 2-2 10, Will DeSollar 0-1 0 0-0 0, Jon Kramer 3-13 0 2-3-3 8, Jacob Janssen 0-1 0 5-6 5, Rick Dour 7-12 2 4-4 24, D’Ante McWilliams 4-9 0 0-0 8, Gus Vermillion 6-13 0 1-4 13. Totals 25-61 2 15-21 71.
3-Point Goals: BP-C 4 (Malott 2, Seiver 1, Ray 1); BHS 2 (Dour 2)
Team Free Throws: BP-C 5-6; BHS 15-21
Team Fouls: BP-C 27; BHS 10
Record: BHS 10-7.