There is an old saying, "Home is where the heart is," but at Buffalo Island Central it probably is more like, "Home is where the victories are," as the Mustangs picked up their 60th straight home win with a hard fought 63-52 homecoming decision over Marmaduke Friday night at the Monette Athletic Complex.
It also marked BIC's 55th consecutive conference victory, pushing BIC's record to 24-3 overall and a perfect 11-0 in 3AA North Conference action.
Brooks Taylor rang up 33 points, including a perfect 14-14 performance from the free throw line. Hunter Smith pitched in 11 more while Cord Rose added nine. The victory moved BIC within one win of clinching a tie for the league championship.
Marmaduke (14-14, 3-7 3AA North) was paced by Justin Ward who notched 18 points while Trent Smith added 15 points to go along with nine rebounds.
The Mustangs started the week by knocking off a determined Bay Yellowjacket squad 68-54 Tuesday night at Bay. The game was tied 31-31 early in the third quarter before the Mustangs pulled away to take a 48-38 lead heading into the final quarter. BIC outscored Bay 20-16 in the final quarter, finishing off the Jackets.
Taylor pumped in 35 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Mustangs. Jordan Phillips scored nine points, Garrett Qualls netted eight, Derek Rolland and Trevor Matheny contributed five each, while Cord Rose, Eric Wallace, and Jordan Griggs all added two points apiece. BIC finished 18-26 from the foul line and nailed six treys on the evening.
Bay was led by Seth Southard who notched 16 points while Garrett Bollinger and Justin Hager pitched in 14 and 11 points respectively. The Yellowjackets were 16-22 from the foul line and hit four three pointers on the night.
BIC held a slim 14-11 lead after the first quarter and watched Bay trim the margin to 31-29 by intermission.
In junior high action, BIC split a pair of games, edging Bay 48-36 before dropping a 55-37 decision to Marmaduke.
Cody Smith scored 17 points to lead BIC past Bay. Steven Greathouse added 11 points to also finish in double figures. Ricky Cordero and Tab Wildy added six points each, Heath Hawkins netted five while Zach Corter chipped in three. BIC was 6-9 from the foul line and hit four three pointers.
Bay was led by Aaron Ballew with 14 points while Tim Nix scored 11 and Troy Brown tossed in 10. Bay was 6-14 from the charity stripe and hit two treys.