Blujay boys over Hill City in second half win

It seemed like before the St. John's/Tipton Blujay boys had even finished tying their shoelaces, they were down 9-0 opening Friday's game in Hill City. 

Before the Jays realized the game had started, they trailed 15-1. The teams then played even basketball for about a quarter and a half before the Jays put together a streak to carry them to a 45-33 victory.

The game opened with a three pointer by the Ringenecks as they were off and running before the Blujays finally got on the board with a free-throw from Braden Dameron as the only point scored in the first quarter. The Ringenecks finished for the 13-1 lead at the end of the quarter.

The Ringenecks increased their lead to 14 points at the start of the second quarter before the Jays finally scored a basket at the 5:54 mark as Ty Brummer hit a three point shot. Brandon Bates followed with a two pointer and Brummer offset three baskets by the Ringenecks, hitting two more three point shots. That kept the score respectable at halftime with the Ringenecks leading 21-12 as the solid defense by St. John's/Tipton kept the score close.

The third quarter opened with the Ringenecks scoring first to increase their lead to 11. The teams traded baskets until midpoint when Hill City still held a 29-18 lead. The Blujays then dialed up their pressure defense another notch to shut out the Ringenecks, finishing with an eight point run as they trailed 29-26.

The fourth quarter started the way the third quarter ended as the Jays reeled off the first 15 points to claim a 41-29 lead.

The end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter saw the Jays score 23 unanswered points with 16 of those scored by Brandon Bates, scoring the first 13 points of the final quarter. The Blujays defense completely took the Ringenecks out of their game plan and it seemed to inspire the Bjays offense to a scoring blitz 45 -33 victory.

"We played a little timid and settled too much for threes in the first half," said Blujay Coach Lance Bergmann. "We were not making shots and we took too many quick shots in the first half. Since we didn't make our shots was hard for us to set up our pressure defense. We made some adjustments at half and attacked the zone better in the second half. We played more aggressive on defense and we were able to get more traps. Our offense was more aggressive due to the defense stepping up pressure. Ty had a very nice all around game and carried us offensively in the second quarter. Brandon was able to get going in the fourth and we played so much more aggressive and our style. We really needed this win and that allowed boys to get some more confidence." 

Brandon Bates led St. John's/Tipton in scoring 20 points with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 steals. He was joined in double figures by Ty Brummer at 13 point with 10 rebounds,1 assist, 1 steal. Braden Dameron scored 6 points with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Adam Bates 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Kail Dubbert  2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Brady Palen 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks,; Garrett Darnall 2 rebounds.

With the win the Blujays record improves to 4 -3 and will now host the Osborne Bulldogs at St. John's on Tuesday. 

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