Hill City boys take the win over St. John’s/Tipton boys
The Ringnecks hometown advantage along with Blujays being home sick were too much for the Blujays during Monday's make up game against Hill City as they defeated St. John's/ Tipton boys 61-42.
Early in the game it was obvious that the Jays weren't at their best. The Ringnecks started strong and jumped out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Jays had trouble scoring at the start of the game as Brandon Bates and Dalton Schmitt scored on a pair of baskets. Braden Dameron added a two point shots.
The second quarter saw the Ringnecks jump out to a 14 point lead, 25-11. By halftime the Jays would cut the margin to 10 at the 30-20 score. Jaret Eitzmann landed a pair of free throws, Brady Palen a free shot and a two pointer, Bates a field-goal and two free throws, and Dameron added a two pointer.
In the third quarter the Jays managed to cut into the lead before the wheels came off. They cut the lead to eight twice before the Ringnecks extended it to 15. Palen added two baskets in the quarter, Bates a pair of three-pointers, Schmitt and Eitzmann a basket but it wasn't enough as the quarter ended with the Ringnecks leading 49-34.
The fourth quarter started with a pair of free throws by Luke Bates. The Ringnecks put the game out of reach as they increased their lead to 20 points. Palen added a pair of baskets and Bates a basket but that was the only points the Jays would score in the fourth quarter as Hill City closed out a 61-42 victory.
"There was not much to say about how we played. If anything could go wrong basically it did," said Blujay Coach Lance Bergmann. "We were definitely struggling with the sickness bug had trouble all night. We were out rebounded 40-17 and just had trouble doing anything. Hill City took the week off last week to get healthy with the sickness and it showed with how much energy they had and how much we were lacking. It was obvious in both the boys and girls came. Now I just hope we can get healthy and get better going into the last week and a half of the regular season."
The Jays had two players in double figures. Brandon Bates had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Brady Palen had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Dalton Schmitt had 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal, Braden Dameron had 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist, Jeret Eitzmann had 4 points and 2 rebounds, and Brayden Perez didn't score but had 1 assist and 1 steal, and Luke Bates didn't score but had 1 rebound.