St. John's/Tipton boys end season loss to Northern Valley

After beating Logan in Thursday nights semi-final games the St. John's/Tipton Blujay boys team knew their biggest challenge was yet to come in Saturday's Sub-state final against the Northern Valley Huskies. The Huskies are the number one ranked team in the state in their division and watching him play, it's easy to see why. They are quick, athletic, deep, and the scary thought, almost all of them will be back next year as the team only has one senior. They use those advantages to jump out to an early lead. As the game progressed they extended that lead to as much as 18 points only to see the Jays rally back to close the margin to 10. The Jays had opportunities later in the game to cut that lead to single digits, but it wasn't to be, as the Huskies would extend the margin on their way to a 66-48 victory, ending the Blujays season.

The Huskies scored two quick baskets before Adam Bates added two free throws for the Jays. Then the Huskies went on a six- point run to claim a 10-2 lead and jumped out to a 19-9 lead.

The second quarter saw the Huskies continue to go to the basket. By the midpoint of the second quarter then extended their lead to 17 points. From that point on the two teams played even basketball, but the Jays had dug a hole that this time they weren't going to be able to get out of. By the end of the second quarter they had trimmed the lead to 35-21. Brandon Bates had seven points in the second quarter, including a pair of threes.

In the third quarter the Jays outscored the Huskies. Ty Brummer's seven points led the Jays as they scored 15 points in the third quarter while holding the Huskies to 11. By the end of the quarter the Jays had cut the lead to 46-36.

At the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth, the Jays had several opportunities to cut the lead to single digits but went cold.

The start of the fourth quarter and the Huskies outscored 10-2 to extend their lead back to 18. That was pretty much the ballgame is the Huskies closed out the 66-48 victory.

St. John's/Tipton was led in scoring by Brandon Bates with 18 points. He was joined in double figures by Ty Brummer, who scored 12. Kail Dubbert scored 5 points; Adam Bates and Braden Dameron 4 points each; Garrett Darnell and Anthony Henke 2 points each and Brady Palen 1 point.

Putting on a Blujays uniform for the last time were seniors Adam Bates, Ty Brummer, and Garrett Darnell. They concluded a fine 16-6 season.

Sub-state semi-finals game

PALCO – Thursday night St. John's/Tipton Blujays boys team traveled to Palco to begin their second season. For the Jays, their second season began at Sub-state tournament. For the Jays their first game was no pushover as their opponent was tue Logan Trojans, who at different times during the season have been state-ranked. If the Jays were intimidated, they didn't show it is a major return trip home owners of a 53-43 victory.

In the first half alone, five different Blujays hit three pointers on their way to the win.

With the start of the game, the Trojans scored first with a conventional three-point play. Adam Bates answered for the Blujays with a three-point basket. A Trojan basket was answered by a basket from Ty Brummer, tying the score 5. The Trojans then took their only lead of the night the pair of baskets that gave them a four-point lead. The Jays defense then shut the Trojans out scoreless the rest of the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Jays offense scored eight straight points and the first quarter ended with St. John's/Tipton, leading 13-9.

The second quarter started with a basket by Adam Bates and a three-pointer by Ty Brummer as the Jays extended their lead to 18-9. The balance of the second quarter saw the teams trade baskets. The first half ended with the Jays 24-17 lead. 

The second half opened with the Blujays shooting touch turning cold. It wasn't until the latter half the third quarter when the Jays finally got a basket from the field when Brandon Bates hit a three pointer. Meanwhile, the Trojans finally started to get some shots of fall. Before Bates basket, the Trojans had cut the Jays lead to three points on two different occasions. The only thing that kept St. John's/Tipton in the lead was that the they hit six straight free throws at the start of the third quarter ending with the 37-31 lead.

The fourth quarter started with the Trojans again cutting the Jays lead to three points. Two free throws and a basket by Ty Brummer took the pressure off the Jays. A basket by Kail Dubbert gave the Jays a nine point lead. Trailing the Trojans were forced to start fouling and St. John's/Tipton's last six points came at the free-throw line as they closed out a hard-fought 53 -43 victory.

"We had a good game plan going into the game and I thought the boys did a nice job of following that plan," said Blujay Coach Lance Bergmann. "We didn't settle too much for the three and did a good job of attacking the middle of the zone. I was extremely happy with how well we took care of the ball. We did a pretty good job of rebounding. I thought our defense played really well and our offense played just good enough. Overall I was very happy with the way the boys played and it was a big win."

The Blujays were led in scoring by Brandon Bates 12 points. He also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Ty Brummer joined them in double figures with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals. Kail Dubbert scored 9 points, 1 rebound; Adam Bates 8 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block; Braden Dameron 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Brady Palen 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 blocks; Garrett Darnall 2 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 steal.

The victory sets up the championship game at Sub-state for the Blujays Saturday night against the number one ranked team in the state, the Northern Valley Huskies.


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