St. John’s Tipton boys over Lakeside Knights
Like the girls the boys team for St. John's/Tipton made the long trip home Monday night after suffering a loss at Hill City. The boys team is still battling the flu bug which leaves them shorthanded, and that can be a challenge against a good team, which the Knights are. They needed someone to step up and help fill the holes left by illness. That help came in the form of Brady Palen and Brandon Bates. Those two help provide the scoring as the Jays came home with a 54-46 victory.
The game was close for three quarters before the Jays finally started to pull away. At the end of the first quarter the Jays lead was 13-10. The first quarter offense was provided by Dalton Schmitt with a basket, Brayden Perez with a three pointer, and a pair of baskets each by Palen and Bates.
The second quarter the Knights jumped out to an early lead. At the midpoint of the quarter they led by five, 24-19. But Palen with 15 points in the quarter and Bates with three led the Jays to a 31-28 halftime lead. Both teams scored 18 points in the second quarter, but the Knights couldn't find a way to stop Palen's inside game.
The third quarter scoring pace slowed as the Knights scored 10 points, while the Jays scored 9. Palen had two more baskets in the third quarter, while Bates had a basket and a free throw, and his younger brother Luke Bates had a basket. The Jays lead at the end of the third quarter was 40-38.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Jays as they outscored the Knights 14-8. All the Jays points came from either Bates or Palen.. Bates had 9 points in the fourth quarter while Palen has the other 5 points as the Jays closed out of 54-46 victory.
"We had a lot more energy tonight and played much better," said Bluay Coach Lance Bergmann. "Brady played really well in the second quarter to keep us in the game as Lakeside scored well in the second. He had 15 -18 in the second quarter. Defensively we really stepped up in the second half. Brandon had a really nice fourth quarter putting the game away. Brady had 15 rebounds which was only two less than we had the game before. Lakeside did a nice job of taking Braden Dameron away but the other guys stepped up for us. Luke Bates came off the bench and played huge for us especially in the fourth quarter when we had Dalton on the bench. Jaret gave us really good minutes off the bench allowing our guards some rest. This was a much-needed win for us and hopefully we can get healthy and finish strong."
Brady Palen had a monster night with a double double, 28 points, 15 rebounds, 1 steal, and 2 blocks. Brandon Bates had a monster floor game with 17 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals Luke Bates added 4 points and 3 rebounds, Brayden Perez had 3 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 assist, Dalton Schmitt had 2 points and 6 rebounds, Braden Dameron didn't score but had 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals, and Jaret Eitzmann didn't score but had 1 rebound and 1 assist.
The victory leaves the Jays with an 11-5 record. They are at home at Tipton tonight when they play the Chase Kats.
Andrea Wiles courtesy photo
Right: Brandon Bates makes his way to the bucket for St. John’s/Tipton against the Lakeside defender.