Blujay boys win a nail biter one point game over Chase

The St. John's/Tipton boys won a heart stopping one point victory, 53-52 over the Chase Kats on a shot by Ty Brummer, with two seconds left in the game on Friday in Tipton.

There were all kinds of undertones in this game. At the start of the game it looked like the game would be a runaway for the Blujays. Then Chase settled down and made more than a game of it. On top of that, the two leading scorers for the Kats picked up four fouls in the first half, each. They continued to play and as they continued they kept their team in the game. Throughout the game, Coach Lance Bergmann urged his team to take the ball inside, but somehow they avoided fouling out. It wasn't until the very end when Ty Brummer challenged them in the middle that he drew fouls that took them out of the game.

Scoring for the game started with a free throw by Blujays' Adam Bates. Early in the first quarter, the Jays hit some shots and their defense forced several Chase turnovers. The Jays jumped out of an 8-2 lead. The Kats started hitting some shots on the inside and by the end of the quarter led 9-8.

The second quarter saw the shooting woes for the Jays continue, as they would all night long. The difference for St. John's/Tipton was that their defense continued to force numerous turnovers by the Kats. The Jays managed to out score 18-11 points in the second quarter and led 26-20 while the Kats two leading scorers picked up their fourth fouls.

The third quarter opened with the Kats scoring the first two baskets. Garrett Darnall answered with a conventional three-point play. The teams essentially traded baskets the entire third quarter. Coach Bergmann consistently urged his team to take the ball inside and the Blujays led 44-37 at the end.

The fourth quarter is where things got interesting. After a basket by the Kats, Ty Brummer scored for the Jays. The Kats then went on a nine point run to claim the lead, 48-46. Another basket by Brummer tied the score at 48. A pair of free throws by the Kats gave them the lead back, 50-48. With one minute left in the game a drive by Brummer to the basket finally drew the fifth foul on the Kats leading scorer. Brummer sank both free throws, tying the score at 50. After exchanging turnovers Brummer was fouled again and hit one of two free throws, giving the Jays a one-point lead. The Kats were going to be denied as they drove the court and hit a running layup with 10 seconds left, giving them the lead back, 52-51. After a Blujay timeout, the Jays got the ball on the near sideline with just under six seconds left. Brummer thought the inbound pass, drove around two defenders for a running shot along the baseline that went through the nets with two seconds left, giving the Jays a 53-52 lead. A full-court shot was wide by the Kats as time expired and the Jays escaped with a one-point win. Brummer had all nine of the Blujays points in the fourth quarter.

"We didn't execute very well throughout the game," said Bergmann. "We struggled shooting the entire night and we didn't have a very good defensive performance. We needed to get the ball to the middle and drive to the basket, but we seem to struggle getting to our spots. Fortunately, we executed perfectly on the one play that mattered. Ty was able to hit the game-winning shot. It was a perfect end to Ty’s last game in Tipton's gym, finishing with a double double and hitting the game-winning shot."

Ty Brummer led the Jays in scoring with 15 points. He also had 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. He was joined in double figures by Brandon Bates with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Kail Dubbert scored 10 points with 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals. Eric Keonigsman scored 4 points; Adam Bates 3 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals; Garrett Darnall 3 points, 2 rebounds; Braden Dameron 3 points; Brady Palen 2 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, and 4 blocks.

The win improves the Blujays record to 12-4 going into Tuesday's host game with the Pike Valley Panthers.

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