St. John’s Tipton boys score big over Bulldogs 81-60
After a year's absence, when last year's games were canceled because of weather, the Bennington Bulldogs and the St. John's/Tipton Blujays again renewed their rivalry. Little was known about the Bulldogs team. On paper they matchup pretty well with the Jays. The advantage if there was one may have gone to the Jays in that they were a more balanced team.
Tuesday night that balance was on display for the Jays with four players scoring in double figures and as a team shooting 11-25 beyond the three-point arc. St. John's/Tipton jumped out to a 16 point lead early in the second quarter, and wound up with an 81-60 victory over the Bulldogs.
The first quarter pretty much told the story of the game with the Jays first basket was by Dalton Schmitt underneath. Then the three-pointers started to come. Braden Dameron scored the first one, after a free throw and a basket by the Bulldogs. Brandon Bates followed with the second triple and exchanged a couple more baskets by the Bulldogs. Dameron hit his second threepointer giving the Jays an 11-7 lead as the Bulldogs final scoring. Brayden Perez hit a three-pointer, Dalton Schmitt a basket and two free throws, and Jadyn Rosebaugh finished the quarter with a field goal, giving the Jays a 21-7 lead.
The second quarter started with a pair of free throws by Brady Palen. After the Bulldogs basket Palen added a basket. Another Bulldogs basket was answered by two free throws from Bates. The balance of the quarter Schmitt scored on a field goal, Dameron a two point shot and two free shots, and Rosebaugh finished first half scoring with a basket while the Bulldogs could only muster three more baskets in the second quarter. At halftime the Jays led 35-17.
Dameron started the second half scoring with his third three pointer of the night. After a couple baskets by the Bulldogs Bates hit another three pointer. Bennington was scoring but well they were getting two pointers the Jays were hitting three-pointers. Dalton Schmitt had a basket and two free throws before Dameron hit his fourth three pointer of the night.. He followed that with a basket before Bates hit his third three pointer of the night. After Brady Palen had a pair of baskets and a free throw. The Jays didn't score again in the third quarter and ended with the lead, 59-37.
The Bulldogs started fourth-quarter scoring with a basket that was answered by Bates on a field goal and a pair of three-pointers. The Bulldogs got a couple of baskets before Brady Palen got a basket and Blake Perez hit a free throw. After a couple of Bulldogs free throws Bates had a basket and then the Bulldogs hit two more. Rosebaugh had two free throws and then Luke Bates hit a threepointer, making the score 77-51. Coach Lance Bergmann used his bench much of the fourth quarter. Dan Thompson had a basket and Luke Bates finished the Jays scoring with a pair of free throws closing out and 81- 60 victory.
"We played well offensively and played pretty good defense in the first half, giving us a comfortable lead," said Bergmann. "Unfortunately we didn't play as good defensively in the second half, but are offense continued to work well. Dalton is becoming more efficient on the offensive end and that will help us as the season continues. Braden and Brandon shot the ball extremely well and Brandon passed well. Offensively we had good signs, but we will need to improve the defense to get better."
The Jays had four players score in double figures. Brandon Bates led the team scoring with 21 points, he also had 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Braden Dameron followed with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. Dalton Schmitt had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. And Brady Palen had 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Jadyn Rosebaugh had 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 steal, Luke Bates had 5 points and 3 rebounds, Brayden Perez had 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 2 steals, Ben Thompson had 2 points and 1 rebound, Blake Perez had 1 point, 1 rebound, and 1 steal, Jaret Eitzmann didn't score, but had 2 rebounds, and Josh Towner didn't score, but had 1 rebound.
With the win the Jays record moves to 7-4. They will now host the Tescott Trojans in Tipton.