By Don Chipman
BHS vs. Carrollton
What a way to end the weather-plagued, and of- ten postponed BHS Varsity/Jr. Varsity Tournament than with a double overtime in the championship game in which the hometown lads defeated Carrollton 44-43.
Gus Vermillion, junior center for the Tigers kissed one off the glass with no time left on the game clock to propel the locals to the extra hard-earned victory.
In a game where both teams played excellent defense, the Tigers won it, lost it, and won it again when Vermillion came through with his heroics.
The game did not start well for the locals. They took a 2-0 lead before the visiting Hawks ran out to a 10-5 lead after one period. Jon Kramer, who finished with a game high 20 points, had all five-points for the O&B in the first frame.
The visitors climaxed the10-0 run to lead 15-5 at 6:24 of the second period, when the Tiger offense finally woke up and ran off a 10-0 run of their own, led by Rick Dour’s three buckets, closing out the first half with BHS trailing 17-15.
The third frame continued to be a spirited defensive struggle, with the locals using an 8-6 edge to tie the game at 23-23. The third period saw the contest tied three times at 17-17, 21-21, and 23-23. Four Tigers split the eight-point production, two free throws by Kramer, and baskets by Dour, Jacob Janssen, and Alex Schultz led the O&B attack.
The game see-sawed back and forth in the last quarter with Kramer making a 3-point play the old fashioned way on a basket and one, to give the locals a 33-29 spread with 1:30 go.
Dour’s one of two made it 34-29, but Carrollton’s Ethan Frye made two clutch free throws to cut the margin to 34-31 at 0:9.6. The Hawks got the ball back on a BHS turnover, and with 0:03 ticks left, the Hawks’ Jacob Smith buried a 3-ball from way out to send the game into OT tied at 34-34.
In the first extra period the defense again came to the forefront with both teams scoring only two points each to send the game into the second OT period knotted at 36-36. The Tigers’ two points came on two free throws by Kramer.
In the second extra period, Carrollton scored first, but Dour’s bucket tied it at 38-38, the two teams were again tied at 40-40 on a layup by Janssen with 1:22 left. Gillingham drilled his second trey of the game with a huge 3-banger at 0:33. Kramer scored his final two points on two clutch free throws with 0:11 ticks left to bring the Tigers within one at 43-42. Gillingham went from hero to goat when he missed two free throws with 0:7.4 left. Vermillion grabbed the second miss and Kramer drove down the lane, dished the ball off to Vermillion, who rang up the winner with no time left on the game clock showing for the exciting 44-43 victory.
“I thought I just gotta make it, gotta make it,” said the junior center. This was Vermillion’s only points in the two OT periods.
Coach Laux said, “Well we won it, lost it, and finally won it in the end. The kids showed a lot of moxie when it counted.”
Carrollton 10 7 6 11 2 7–– 43
Beardstown 5 10 8 11 2 8––44
Scoring: BHS—Alex Schultz 1 0 0-2 2, Jacob Janssen 2 1 0-1 7, Jon Kramer 5 1 7-7 20, Rick Dour 5 0 1-4 11, D’ante McWilliams 0 0 0-1 0, Gus Vermillion 2 0 0-0 4. Totals: 15 2 8-15 44
3-Point Goals: Carrollton 4 (Gillingham 2, Smith 2); BHS 2 (Kramer, Janssen)
Team Free Throws: Carrollton 7-13; BHS 8-15
Fouled Out: Carrollton—Cole Brannan
Record: BHS 17-7.
BHS vs. Knoxville
The BHS Tigers (18-7) invaded the Blue Bullets home court and sent a Senior Night overflow crowd home disappointed as the O&B handed the hosts a 69-56 setback.
Gus Vermillion led the way for the Tigers with 22, followed by Rick Dour’s 18, which included three triples for the winners. Knoxville’s Andrew Hale led the Blue Bullets with 17, while Noah Hummel tossed in 16, and Tyler Houston added 15 in the losing cause.
Knoxville (17-8) jump- ed all over the Tigers’ in the opening frame hitting three straight 3-bangers to build a 13-5 margin. The O&B’s swarming full court pressure began taking its toll on the hosts, creating some easy baskets on turnovers, and the locals rallied for a 17-16 lead at the end of the first stop.
The second frame was hotly contested with the hometowners holding a slim two-point advantage, 27-25. Vermillion’s two buckets led the way, with Alex Schultz, Jon Kramer, and Rick Dour adding one basket each.
The hosts came out to start the third period with a trey from Hale for a quick 28-27 short-lived lead. Vermillion then took over and working hard underneath, scored 10 points in the third stanza on five baskets, with Dour and A. Schultz adding four points each as the locals raced out to a 20-13 difference, taking a 47-38 lead into the final period of play.
The O&B settled matters in a hurry when Dour cashed in a pair from downtown for a 53-38 lead and never looked back in the 69-56 Prairieland Conference victory. Dour’s nine points, and six from Jacob Janssen, led the Tigers to a 22-18 fourth quarter advantage and they went on to win going away.
“After the initial (13-5) runout, our press really took over and we controlled the flow of the game from midway in the first stop to the final finish,” stated head coach Ross Laux.
Knoxville coach Mark Simpson stated, “We were beating the press down the floor but all of a sudden things went the other direction as they really took it to us.”
Beardstown 17 10 20 22—69
Knoxville 16 9 13 18—56
Scoring: BHS-Alex Schultz 4-5 0 0-0 8, Jon Kramer 3-6 1 1-2 8, Jacob Janssen 3-4 1 2-2 9, Rick Dour 7-9 3 1-2 18, D’ante McWilliams 0-2 0 0-0 0, Gus Vermillion 10-14 0 2-6 22. Totals: 24-40 5 6-12 69.
3 -Point Goals; Knoxville 5; BHS 5 (Kramer 1, Janssen 1, Dour 3)
Team Free Throws: BHS 6-12
Team Fouls: BHS 12
Records; Knoxville 17-8; BHS 18-7, 7-4.