St. John’s/Tipton boys fall short to Osborne in OT
The challenge for the St. John's/Tipton Blujay boys Tuesday night was to play the number two-ranked team in the state, the Osborne Bulldogs. Any game between these two teams can provide fireworks galore. In a game that was back and forth all night long, it took an overtime to finally decide a winner. The final score might of been 69-64 in favor of the Bulldogs but that doesn't began to say how close the game was.
On a different night with the ball bouncing in the Blujays favor the score could very easily have been reversed.
The game opened with a three pointer by the Bulldogs. That was answered by a pair of free throws from Brady Palen. A free throw, a basket, and a three pointer and the Bulldogs had jumped out to a 9 -2 lead. The Jays answered with a three pointer by Braden Dameron, which was followed by another basket by the Bulldogs. Dalton Schmitt added a basket, and a free throw by Damreon closed the difference to 11-8. The Bulldogs extended their lead to seven points before Schmitt had another basket. Brady Palen, then finished the quarter with six straight points that tied the score at 16. The score at the end of the first quarter was 18-16 in favor the Bulldogs.
In the second quarter it was Brandon Bates' turn to provide the offense. He started the quarter with a three pointer and followed with a pair of baskets that gave the Jays a 23-21 advantage but a free throw on a basket by the Bulldogs reclaimed the lead. Bates, Schmitt, and Palen finished first half scoring each with a basket, that gave the Jays a 29-24 lead at the half.
The to start of the second half the Jays got a pair of baskets from Palen and a basket from Bates extending their lead to 7 points, which would be their biggest lead of the game. The Bulldogs wouldn't go away as near the end of the quarter they rallied to tie the score. During the quarter, the Bulldogs had three three pointers. Schmitt, Palen, and Jaden Rosebaugh all had baskets that the end of the third quarter as the quarter ended with the score tied at 42.
The fourth quarter saw both teams take the lead only to give it up. The Jays jumped out to the early lead on a pair of baskets by Dameron, one of them a three pointer. After a pair of baskets by the Bulldogs Bates hit a three pointer and Palen had a basket giving the Jays a 6 point lead. The Bulldogs would roar back to claim a 2 point lead. A basket by Schmitt tied the score at 56. A three pointer by the Bulldogs was answered by a basket from Bates, giving the Bulldogs a 1 point lead. The Bulldogs then hit a pair of free throws that looked like they might ice the game. But Dameron hit his third three pointer of the night, tying the score at 61, which is how the game ended in regulation.
Overtime started and the Jays had a hard time finding the basket. They only had a free throw by Bates and a basket by Schmitt. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs started with a basket and then hit 6 straight free throws that iced the game and gave them a 69-64 victory in a game that was as close as you could get.
"I was very happy with the boys and the effort we put forth," said Coach Lance Bergmann. "We played an extremely tough game and gave ourselves a shot to win. We just need to clean up the turnovers and we would've been a lot happier with the results. For the first game back from a long Christmas break, we played well. We had 25 days in between games and didn't have an official practice for four days before playing this second-ranked team in the state in our division. Osborne deserves a ton of credit for their pressure defense but if we just take care the ball better we would've gotten a better result. I'm very pleased with the boys and believe they have a ton to look forward to going into the rest of the season."
The Blue Jays had four players scoring in double figures. Brady Palen led the Jays in scoring with 21 points. He also had 9 rebounds , 1 assist, and 4 blocks. He was followed in scoring by Brandon Bates with 17 points. He also had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Braden Dameron had 12 points, 1 rebound, and 1 block, Dalton Schmitt had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal. Jaden Rosebaugh had 2 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, and 1 block, Blake Perez had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. Jaret Eitzmann had 1 rebound, 2 steals, and Braden Perez had 1 assist, and 1 steal.
The loss drops St. John's/ Tipton record to 4-3. Their next action will be Friday night when they travel to
Lincoln to play the Leopards.