Bay uses three point bomb to swarm BIC 80-44
Bay dialed in their long-range shooting and went on to an 80-44 romp over Buffalo Island Central in senior boys basketball action Monday night at Bay. It was the conference opener for both teams as the Mustangs played without head coach Brandon Ballard who was off on bereavement.
The Mustangs held an early 7-5 lead thanks to a couple of Kyle Thrasher buckets along with a Blaine Wildy basket. But the Yellowjackets stormed back, scoring 11 straight points to grab a 16-7 lead at the 2:50 mark of the first quarter. Tyler Hartgen capped off the Bay run with a long triple. Kaleb Dublin sank a three for BIC to slice the lead back to six, but Zach Hampton answered for Bay with a triple and the Yellowjacket lead grew to nine, 19-10. Bay outscored the Mustangs 9-5 over the remainder of the period and held a 28-15 lead after the first break.
Bay continued to build on its lead in the second stanza, forcing BIC into seven turnovers. Layne Austin and Hartgen scored six points apiece during the quarter as the ‘Jackets took a commanding 47-25 advantage into intermission.
Bay poured it on in the third quarter, getting three treys from Austin as the Yellowjackets pulled away to a 68-38 lead entering the final frame, invoking the mercy rule.
Austin finished the night with a game high 25 points including five three pointers. Hartgen scored 17 while Dax Gibson finished with 12. Bay made five of seven free throws and drilled nine three pointers.
BIC put nine players in the scoring column, led by Dublin’s 11-point performance. Thrasher tallied nine, Reece Harris scored six, Wildy and Devin Pemberton netted five points apiece while Tate Schooley scored four points. Drake Mitchell pitched in three while Whit Cagle added one point. The Mustangs struggled from the foul stripe, hitting just 7-18 attempts. The Mustangs knocked down five three pointers but committed 21 turnovers.
In the junior high contest, Bay defeated BIC 41-33. Gunner Darby scored a game high 17 points to lead the Jackets while Dyllan Ruffin added 12. Dawson Stewart paced BIC with nine points while Brayden Carmichael pumped in eight. Caden Whitehead scored six, Parker Anderson netted four while Luis Reta and Nicholas Patterson added three points each.
The Mustangs got back into the win column Friday night with a 51-39 victory over Melbourne. BIC (5-2, 1-1) trailed 18-13 after the first quarter but outscored the Bearkatz 17-3 in the second period to grab a 30-21 halftime advantage. BIC took a 36-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Pemberton posted a double-double for BIC, pouring in 19 points while snaring 11 rebounds. Wildy added 10 points. Riley Gray led Melbourne with 10 points.
In the junior game, Luis Reta sank the game winning free throw with no time left on the clock to lift the Mustangs to a thrilling 37-36 win over the Bearkatz. BIC (7-1, 1-1) got a big night from Dawson Stewart who knocked down five three pointers on his way to a 17-point performance.
BIC will return to the hardcourt Tuesday night when they travel to Rector. The Mustangs will close the week Friday when they play host to Sloan Hendrix in Monette.