By Don Chipman
The BHS Tigers played twice this past week, knocking off PORTA 56-47, on the road, and topping Elmwood 49-29 here at the Tiger Den Saturday.
BHS vs. PORTA
The Tigers extended their win streak to five straight by winning a tough road assignment in a 56-47 win over the Bluejays (16-4) recently. They held the highly regarded PORTA team to under 50-points in the 56-47 victory.
The O&B continued to play excellent defensive basketball using their speed and ball pressure to limit their opponents scoring ability. Rick Dour continues his hot hand for the Tigers with a game high 24-point performance that included four 3-bangers.
Things looked kind of black early on in the contest for the O&B when the Jays began bombing from long range knocking down five triples in the opening frame. PORTA jumped all over the Tigers with a blistering 21-9 first frame, with the Jays’ Sinclair hitting four triples, and Matt Muller nailed down one from downtown.
Ross Laux’s crew regrouped in the second stanza fighting their way back into the contest as they got an eight-point effort from Rick Dour and four from Jacob Janssen to use a 16-6 breakout to trail the hosts only by two at the midway turn 27-25.
The O&B came out of the dressing room continuing their offensive attack with a 12-5 difference, paced by two 3-bangers from Dour and four points from Gus Vermillion, giving the hometowners a 37-32 margin heading home.
Dour kept the Tigers’ head above water as he nailed his fourth trey of the contest and went 4-for-4 from the stripe. Jon Kramer scored six of his eight points in the final get-go as the locals outlasted the Jays with a 19-15 output to win going away by the 56-47 final.
Sinclair headed the Jays’ offense with 19 points, 15 of those on five treys, with teammate Hopper adding 10 points, eight coming in the final frame.
Vermillion was in double digits for the locals with 12, with Kramer adding eight and Alex Schultz and Janssen tossing in five each for the winners.
The Tigers shot a solid 43.8% from the floor and nailed 16-of-23 free throw attempts. PORTA counted six treys, however they were limited to 5-of-10 from the line.
PORTA 21 6 5 15—47
Beardstown 9 16 12 19—56
Scoring: BHS-Alex Schultz 2-7 0 1-2 5, Jon Kramer 3-7 0 2 -2 8, Jacob Janssen 2-7 0 3-4 5, Rick Dour 7-13 4 6-6 24, Gus Vermillion 4-7 0 4-8 12. Totals: 14-41 4 16-23 56.
3-Point Goals: PORTA 6 (Sinclair 5, Hopper 1); BHS 2 (Dour 2)
Team Free Throws: PORTA 5-10; BHS 16-23
Team Fouls: PORTA 20 M. (Muller, M. Muller); BHS 11
Record: PORTA 16-4; BHS 11-7.
BHS vs. Elmwood
The beat goes on. The BHS Tigers (12-7) have run their win streak to six straight with a 49-29 win over Elmwood here at the Tiger Den last Saturday. Once again it was the O&B’s swarming defense that got the job done limiting the Trojans to single digit scoring in all four stops in the contest.
Rick Dour with 17- points and Gus Vermillion with 12 led the Tiger attack. The O&B shot the ball extrfemely well with just over 49% from the floor, counting 18-of-37 from the field which included four treys from downtown.
The opening period was closely contested as the Tigers used a 13-9 difference to take the lead after one quarter of action. Dour’s two triples and three baskets from Vermillion led the way.
The Tigers’ defense again controlled the tempo of the contest in the second quarter and a 14-8 advantage gave the hometowners a 27-17 spread at halftime. D’Ante McWilliams and Jon Kramer with four each paced the local’s effort.
After the midway break BHS took a 10-5 edge in the third stanza. Isaiah Groeper who led the Trojans with 14 points, counted his second trey for Elmwood, while Vermillion’s and Dour’s each added four-points to lead the hosts.
Beardstown took a comfortable 37-22 margin into the final stanza, and used a 12-7 advantage in the final frame to salt away the 49-29 win. Dour meshed his third 3-banger and Jacob Janssen’s four points along with Vermillion three gave the O&B their 12th win going away.
Elmwood 9 8 5 7—29
B’town 13 14 10 12—49
Scoring: BHS-Paul Schultz 0 0 0-0 0, Alex Schultz 0-1 0 0-0 0, Jon Kramer 2-5 0 0-0 4, Jacob Janssen 2-7 1 2-2 9, Rick Dour 5-12 3 4-4 17, D’ante McWilliams 3-7 0 1-2 7, Gus Vermillion 5-7 0 2-3 12. Totals: 14 4 9-11 49.
3-Point Goals: Elmwood 3 (Groeper 3); BHS 4 (Dour 3, Janssen 1)
Team Free Throws: Elmwood 3-7; BHS 9-11
Team Fouls: Elmwood 14; BHS 12