Warriors hand BIC Mustangs first league loss
East Poinsett County outscored Buffalo Island Central 21-5 in the second quarter and went on to cruise to a 63-42 victory, handing the Mustangs their first conference loss of the season Friday night at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.
The Warriors served notice from the get-go that they were ready to play when Aaron Scales buried back to back three pointers to begin the game. The Mustangs battled back and tied the score 8-8 on a Seth Eatmon trey at the 1:53 mark of the opening period. But Chris Whitfield's steal and lay-up with five seconds left in the quarter gave the Warriors a 10-8 edge at the break.
The second period belonged to the Warriors, who got nine points from Byron Scales and five more from Whitfield to stretch a two point lead to an 18 point halftime advantage. BIC had trouble finding their shooting touch, while EPC was clicking on all cylinders. Trailing by just five with 4:22 left in the half, the Mustangs were outscored 14-1 by EPC. Clay Malone capped off the Warrior run with a three pointer from deep in the left corner just as the halftime buzzer sounded.
EPC continued to increase its lead in the third period with Malone drilling two more three pointers to push the Warrior advantage to 40-17. EPC closed the quarter with a whopping 27 point lead, 51-24.
The Mustangs fought back in the final frame, and closed the gap to 51-35 with 5:50 left in the game after Jacob Sanders drilled a triple. But with time running down, BIC was forced to foul and the Warriors put the game away at the free throw line. Despite not scoring a field goal in the fourth quarter, the Warriors were able to ice the contest, going 12-17 at the foul stripe.
Aaron Scales led EPC with 15 points while Byron Scales was next with 14. Whitfield and Malone added 12 points apiece.
Nick Bollinger paced the Mustangs with 11 points while Austin Pike and Sanders added eight points each. Alex Ballin netted seven, Eatmon had six while Gunnar James pitched in two points.
"We played really well tonight," said Warrior Coach Josh Hill. "We've been getting ready for BIC the last couple of days and it paid off. The kids did a nice job and we got everything we wanted tonight. Everything was falling for us tonight. I'm not fooled. We'll probably be playing again and BIC is a really good team."
BIC (21-3, 12-1) began the week with a 63-39 victory over Cross County Tuesday night at home. Pike topped the Mustang scoring attack with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bollinger scored 17, Alan Carmichael and Eatmon contributed eight points apiece, Ballin scored four while Sanders, Tyler Myers and Tyler Parker chipped in two points each.
In junior high action, BIC slipped past Cross County 48-43 before steamrolling EPC 53-15.
Cory Turner scored 18 points to lead the Mustangs past the Thunderbirds. Trey DePriest had 13 while Andrew McFarlin chipped in 11. Dax Hurst pitched in six points.
Josh Richardson led the Thunderbirds with 15 while Marcus Boykin added 12 more.
Turner pumped in 13 points in BIC's win over EPC. DePriest scored nine, Hurst had eight, McFarlin tallied seven while Jace Couch chipped in six points. Adrian and Abraham Lopez, Chayse Carmichael and Logan Harrison all contributed two points apiece while Alex Talavera and Logan Harrison added one point each.
BIC returns to action Tuesday night with a road trip against conference rival Marmaduke. The Mustangs will close out the week against 3A-3 league foe Marked Tree.