Town Crier Sports Staff
Greene County Tech entered Friday night's non-conference tilt with Buffalo Island Central on somewhat of a mission. The Golden Eagle seniors had never beaten the Mustangs and were intent on changing that. Change that they did, with a convincing 74-43 victory Friday night at Paragould.
"I felt like we could come out tonight and outsize BIC," said Greene County Tech Head Coach Scott Bowlin. "I thought our size and depth was what finally wore them down. We haven't beaten them in two years, as a matter of fact we haven't beaten them since I've been here. This bunch had never beaten them so they wanted to come out and play well. I thought early on we were trying to score 30 points on one possession, and we did too much gambling on defense. But Coach Taylor does an excellent job and his team is very disciplined. I think BIC will do fine, especially in their classification, and will win a lot of games. They have a good team. We are glad to get out of here with a win."
Tech jumped to an early 14-2 lead, thanks to a pair of technical fouls. Senior forward Jordan Phillips was whistled for one technical and BIC Coach Bill Taylor got tagged with a second technical for questioning the call on Phillips.The Eagles closed the quarter with a 20-9 lead behind the hot shooting of 6'4" senior forward Jason Church, who scored nine of his team high 17 points in the first quarter. BIC battled Tech on even terms in the second period, behind the scoring of Garrett Qualls, who pumped in 10 second period points en route to a team high 15 on the night.
Tech blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring BIC 18-9 to take a 55-36 lead entering the final quarter of play. The highlight of the quarter was a Kirk Porter two-handed dunk, his second of the game. The thundering slam ignited the crowd and gave the Eagles a 43-27 lead, and the Mustangs never got closer than 14 the rest of the way. Porter finished the night with 14 points while fellow senior Skyler Bowlin pumped in 17 to tie Church for team high honors.
Phillips joined Qualls in double figures with 14 points while Trevor Matheny also hit double digits with 10 points. Shane Barnes scored three points while Nick Birdno added one. The Mustangs were 15-22 from the foul line and hit six three pointers on the night.
Tech (4-1) finished 14-16 from the foul line and ripped two three pointers.
BIC, playing without injured starters Lance Davis and Terry Roach, drops to 7 -7 overall with the loss.
"We were shorthanded tonight with two of our starters out," said BIC Coach Bill Taylor. "But we better get used to it, because it looks like we will be shorthanded for a while. We competed hard and I didn't think we ever gave up. Greene County Tech was just too strong for us and their depth was too much. They killed us on the boards. They have a really good team. But we think this kind of game will make us better," concluded Taylor.
The Mustangs started the week with a 71-49 2A-3 conference win over Marked Tree Tuesday night. Garrett Qualls poured in a game high 23 points while Jordan Phillips pumped in 15 and Lance Davis added 12 to lead the Mustang romp. Trevor Matheny scored eight points, Terry Roach had five, Nick Birdno scored three, Matt Honnoll and Steven Greathouse netted two points apiece while Shane Barnes added one. The Mustangs were 12-18 from the foul line and hit seven three pointers.
Dee Love finished the night as the Indian's top scorer with 21 points. Marked Tree was 13-14 from the charity stripe. BIC jumped to an 18-11 first period lead and led 38-28 at the half. The Mustangs led 58-49 after three quarters. BIC put the game away, outscoring Marked Tree 13-0 in the final frame.
In junior high action, BIC routed Marked Tree 59-24.
The Mustangs will return to action with three conference games next week. BIC will host Rector Tuesday night before traveling to Turrell Thursday night. The Mustangs will return home to battle Cross County Friday night.