By Don Chipman
Beardstown High School hosted the BHS Varsity/Jr. Varsity boys’ basketball tournament this past week, in what we should re-name as the “Frigid Tip-Off.”
The first night, games were cancelled due to the extreme cold weather, although the tourney continued Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. All games were cancelled last Saturday including the championship between Carrollton and Beardstown, and all games will be played this Wednesday.
The tournament featured teams from the area in both the varsity and jr. varsity action. Teams: Carrollton, North Fulton, South Fulton, Greenview, North Greene, Rusville/Industry, Midwest Central, Triopia, PORTA JV squad and the host Beardstown.
Carrollton vs Triopia
Carrollton topped Triopia in the tourney opener, 69-57. Triopia was down only by four 36-32 at the midway break, but Carrollton outscored them 33-25 in the second half. Luke Gillingham with 18-points and Cody Leonard with 17 led the Hawks, while Duesterhaus’s 15 led Triopia with Adam Hageman adding 12, Kole Jackson 11, and Trent Horney tossed 10 for the Trojans.
BHS vs Greenview
Beardstown ran rough
shod over Greenview with a 79-28 beatdown. The O&B were led by Rick Dour’s 19, Jacob Janssen’s 15, and Jon Kramer‘s 10.
Junior Steve Hess was the only Bulldog in double digits with 11.
They packed up the songbooks after the first period when the locals ran off to a 24-4 blazing start. Jacob Janssen led the way with nine points, while Alex Schultz and Gus Vermillion added four each.
Dour found the range from long distance in the second frame when the sophomore poured through four from downtown in a 12-point explosion. Kramer added a 3-banger as the Tigers outdid Greenview 17-7 to post a commanding 41-11 advantage at halftime. The BHS defense created 15 turnovers with their swarming full court ball press.
The hometowners continued to pound the Bulldogs with a 20-11 difference in the third stanza with Kramer and Janssen adding four each and Dour closed out his scoring with his fifth trey of the night.
Will DeSollar, off the bench, led the locals in scoring with six in the final frame, as Coach Laux cleared his bench. Isaac Gregory added four. Niel Patel canned two ripples as the O&B finished the one-sided affair with a 79-28 blowout.
Greenview 4 7 11 6-28
Beardstown 24 17 20 18-79
Scoring: BHS—Alex Schultz 1-5 0 2-2 4, Jacob Janssen 6-11 1 0-0 15, Jon Kramer 3-9 1 1-2 10, D’Ante McWilliams 4-11 0 0-0 8, Paul Schultz 0-2 0 0-0 0, Marcus Blair 2-4 0 1-2 5, Niel Patel 2-4 2 0-0 6, Isaac 1-3 0 0-1 2, Rick Dour 7-11 5 0-0 19, Gus Vermillion 2-3 0 2-2-4 6. Totals: 23-63 9-13 6-11 79.
3-Point Goals Greenview 2; BHS 9-13 (Dour 5, Patel 2, Kramer 1, Janssen 1
Team Free Throws: 6-11
Turnovers: Greenview 24; BHS 5
In the second tilt of the night, Rushville/Industry and Midwest Central went into OT with the Raiders edging out the 65-63 win over the Rockets.
R/I’s Austin Jones sent the game into OT when he canned three free throws with only two ticks left on the game clock after being fouled shooting a 3-pointer. Midwest Central outscored R/I in the extra period 7-5 to post the exciting 65-63 win. Noah Sarff led the Raiders with 18, with Kody Richardson close behind with 17. Jones paced the Purple and Gold with 18, while Mason Plater added 17 in the losing effort. Midwest sank six treys, while the Rockets counted five from long range.
BHS vs S. Fulton
Beardstown ran its win streak to eight straight with a 67-49 win over South Fulton. Gus Vermillion led the O&B with 18 points, followed by Jacob Janssen with 16, with Jon Kramer also in double digits with 10.
When you live by the sword, you die by the sword, as South Fulton knocked down 11 treys in the contest, but committed 18 turnovers to counteract the long range shooting.
The Tigers came out of the dressing room shooting as they tacked on a 21—11 difference in the first period. Gus Vermillion with eight of his game-high 18, paced the locals in the early going. Jacob Janssen counted two triples and Jon Kramer had three baskets in the runout.
The O&B followed up with a 17-11 advantage in the second stanza led by Rick Dour’s seven points, which included one downtowner. Janssen added four of his game total 16 points in the frame, with D’Ante McWilliams adding four points to the scoreboard giving the Tigers a 38-22 margin as the two teams hit the dressing rooms.
South Fulton bombarded the locals with 3-pointers in the second half, as they counted four in the third period, edging out the locals 16-15. Alex Briney, who closed out with 12 points, hit three from long range to lead the Rebels, while Kramer’s four and Vermillion’s three led the O&B attack.
Holding a comfortable 53-38 margin heading into the final fling, the O&B used a 14-11 difference in the last eight minutes. With four minutes to go in the final frame the O&B had increased their margin by 21 points to lead 62-41. The locals coasted home to a 14-11 advantage in the final get-go to run the final verdict to 67-49.
BHS shot a sizzling 56% from the floor on 30-of-52 tries, including 4-of-10 from long range. “We’re doing all the right things you need to put together a win streak, shoot- ing the ball well, playing good solid defense, and rebounding well. Our shot selection and floor spacing has been excellent,” concluded head coach Ross Laux.
So. Fulton 11 11 16 11—49
B’town 21 17 15 14—67
Scoring: BHS—Alex Schultz 2-2 0 0-0 4, Jon Kramer 4-12 1 2-4 10, D’Ante McWilliams 4-8 0 0-0 8, Jacob Janssen 7-9 2 0-0 16, Paul Schultz 2-2 0 0-0 4, Marcus Blair 0 0 0-1 0, Gus Vermillion 8-10 0 2-4 18. Totals: 26-42 4-10 4-10 67.
3-Point Goals: South Fulton 10 (Briney 4); BHS 4-10 (Janssen 2, Kramer 1, Dour 1)
Team Free Throws: BHS 4-10
Record; BHS 14-7
R/I vs Carrollton
Rushville/Industry gave Carrollton all they wanted before dropping a hard-fought 59-51 to the Hawks. Austin Jones with 19 led the Rockets, while Manning Plater added 13 for the purple and Gold. Cody Lenard’s 16 led Carrollton, with Luke Gillingham tossing in 14 for the Hawks. The two teams were knotted up at 12-12 after one period, with Carrollton using a 20-11 breakout in the second quarter to lead 32-23 at the break.
R/I outscored the Hawks 19-15 in the third period to trail 47-42 heading into the final frame where Carrollton used a 12-9 edge to post the 58-51 victory.
Triopia fell victim to Midwest Central in a 61-45 final, after leading 27-25 at the midway break. The Raiders used a huge 21-12 difference in the third stanza to build a 46-39 margin heading into the last period of play. Midwest outscored the Trojans 15-9 in the final quarter. Ryan Heavlin’s 18 points led The Raiders with Noah Sarff close behind with 17. Sarff counted five of the Raiders 11 triples. Triopia had three players in double digits led by Kole Jackson’s 12, Blake Lawson’s 11, and Trent Horney with 10.
R/I vs Triopia
Rushville/Industry out-gunned Triopia 57-40, as Austin Jones totaled 19 points and Manning Plater 13. J.R. Boyd added a pair of 3-bangers for the winners. Adam Hageman was the only Trojan in double figures with 13. The Rockets led 25-18 at the intermission, and used a 16-9 advantage in the third stanza to build a 41-27 difference heading into the final frame. The Rockets won all four stops with a 16-13 edge in the last stanza for the 57-40 win.
BHS vs. N. Greene
In a game not near as close at the final score of 66-53 might indicate, the BHS Tigers ran their win streak to nine straight. Gus Vermillion had a big night for the hometowners with 24 points, with Rick Dour also in double digits with 12. Conner Vincent led the Spartans with 15, swishing three from long range.
The locals went out on top 11-8 in a contested first period, Vermillion and Alex Schultz with four each led them way for the O&B. The second frame again was played close to the vest with the locals edging out a 10-9 difference for a slim 21-17 margin at the midway break. Vermillion’s three baskets and a bucket each from Paul Schultz and Rick Dour did the damage.
The hometowners got their offense into high gear in the third stanza when Vermillion working hard, got loose underneath for three baskets, and Dour hit a couple of jumpers to push BHS to a 21-12 difference and a 42-29 lead heading into the final get-go. The Tigers’ swarming defense created five turnovers that turned into easy conversions on the other end to build the 13-point margin.
Beardstown continued to build on their lead with solid floor spacing, excellent shot selection, and a relentless defense that stymied North Greene to where the O&B had built a 63-44 margin when Coach Laux went to his bench.
Only three long range bombs in the final 0:45 seconds by the Spartans made the game seem somewhat close. Vermillion scored 10 points in the 24-24 standoff, with Dour and Kramer adding 3-pointers as BHS improved to 15-7 overall.
The hometowners were 27-of-41 for a sizzling 66% from the floor, collected 32 rebounds, led by Kramer’s nine boards, with Alec Schultz grabbing down eight caroms. The Tiger defense forced the Spartans into 21 turnovers.
N. Greene 8 9 12 24—53
B’town 11 10 21 24—66
Scoring: BHS—Alec Schultz 2-3 0 0-0 4, Jon Kramer 1-5 1-1 3-4 8, Jacob Janssen 2-3 1 2-2 9, Rick Dour 4-6 1-6 2-2 12, D’Ante McWilliams 3-8 1-2 0-0 9, Gus Vermillion 11-14 0 2-3 24. Totals: 23-31 4-10 8-11 66.
3-Point Goals; N. Greene 7 (C. Vincent 2, A. Davis 2, A. Knox 2, L. Ross 1; BHS 4 (Kramer, Dour, Janssen, McWilliams)
Team Free Throws: N. Greene 6-9, BHS 8-11
Record: BHS 15-7.