Blujays overcome Lakeside Knights, 69-63

Tipton boys played the Lakeside Knights in a makeup game. As is their style lately, the Blujays boys seem to play better when they're backed against the wall and have to come out swinging. Several times they built substantial leads only to watch the Knights claim a lead late in the third quarter. But somehow the Jays find a way to fight their way through adversity. 

Several Blujay players took turns in making key plays that allowed St. John's/Tipton to claim a 69-63 victory.

The first-quarter was classic back-and-forth basketball with neither team claiming more than a two-point lead. The quarter ended with the score knotted at 14.

The second quarter opened with the Jays taking on a seven-point run. After allowing a Knights basket, the Jays had another six-point run to claim an 11 point lead. A three pointer by Ty Brummer as the buzzer sounded bounced around and fell through the basket, giving the Jays a 31-19 lead at halftime.

The second half started with the Jays, extending their lead to 14. At the midpoint of the third quarter, the Knights went on a seven-point run to close the lead to 37-33. After a couple Kail Dubbert free throws the Knights added a seven-point run to claim a one point lead. A pair of baskets by Brady Palen were followed by a Knights three-pointer and the score at the end of the third quarter was tied at 43.

Braden Dameron provided the spark for the Jays at the start of the fourth quarter, hitting a three point shot. The Jays went on a 14 point run to claim a 60-44 lead. During that run Dameron scored six points. After exchanging pair of free throws, the Knights went on a nine point run to close the score to 62-55. Trailing, the Knights were forced to foul and the Jays hit seven free throws late in the game to seal the victory going home with a 69-63 win.

"I thought we played a good first half and did a good job defending," said Blujay Coach Lance Bergmann. "Braden had a couple of early threes to get going and Kail attacked the basket well. Ty had a really nice second quarter, scoring nine points to give us the lead going into the half. He had another double-double and played a good all-around game. Kail played under control and took really good shots. Brady was aggressive on the inside, and that was huge for us. Adam and Brandon defended very tough all night and the other guys did an excellent job stepping up. I thought the guys coming off the bench helped us tremendously in the first half to get through foul trouble. We had a terrible third quarter and I challenged the boys at the end of it. They responded well and Garrett had a big game in the fourth even though it doesn't show up in the stats. Free throws down the stretch and taking decent care of the ball won the game."

Kail Dubbert had the best scoring night of his career with 19 points. He also had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, Ty Brummer joined him in double figures with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 1 assist. Braden Dameron also scored 16 points along with 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Brady Palen scored 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 6 blocks; Adam Bates 4 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal; Brandon Bates  2 points 3 assists, 1 steal, and Garrett Darnell 2 points, 3 rebounds.

The victory improves the Blujays record to 14 -5.  Their next game is Thursday at St. John's for a makeup game with the Bennington Bulldogs. And their final game of the regular season will be Friday night when they travel to Lincoln.

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