Boys basketball: Bureau Valley 73, Princeton 54
PRINCETON — A Storm disguised in Columbia blue and navy blew through Prouty Gym Friday night.
The Bureau Valley Storm blew for a 23-9 second-quarter advantage to take a 41-23 halftime lead on the way to a 73-54 win over rival Princeton in TRAC East Conference play. The Storm led as much as 30 points late in the game.
BV junior Kale Barnett said it was a great to beat a rival like Princeton again.
“It was a great team effort. We shared the ball well. Everyone had a role in this game, and we all played well,” he said.
Storm coach Jason Smith said the Storm did well to overcome what he called a sloppy first half.
“We didn’t rebound the ball very well all night long. Gave up 24 offensive rebounds, which is very uncharacteristic of us. But, you know, it’s hard to complain about a big win against an arch rival,” he said. “A win’s a win. It’s a good win. We’re 8-0 in conference and feeling good about ourselves.
“I’m very proud of this group of seniors. They really deserve this. They’ve been the whipping post for the last two years. They’re enjoying the season now.”
With the win, its third over Princeton this season, the Storm improved to 8-0 atop the TRAC East, 22-2 overall. Princeton fell to 12-8 and 5-5.
Leading 18-14 after one quarter, the Storm stepped back behind the arc to open up the game. Tyler Gustafson answered a 3-pointer by Tiger Branden Haring with one of his own to give the Storm a 23-17 edge early in the second quarter.
Gustafson hit another a trey to give the Storm a 33-20 at the 2:00 mark. Spencer Marquez and Andrew Petros followed up with a 3-pointer each as the Storm went up 39-20 with under a minute left in the second quarter.
Barnett got the Storm going early, scoring all nine points in a 9-0 run to give the Storm a 9-5 lead after they were held scoreless for the first two minutes of the game.
“When we’re not doing anything on offense, he has a sense of, ‘I’m going to take it to the hole, I’m going to draw contact, and I’m either going to go to the free throw line or make a layup,’” Smith said. “You can’t teach that basketball sense. He’s just a smart kid.”
“I just looked to score,” Barnett said. “Then I knew they would collapse on me and I’d find open guys and get my teammates involved.”
There were plenty of Storm involved in the scoring with four hitting double figures. Petros led the way with 18 points, Barnett and Gustafson added 15 each, while Corbin Endress chipped in 12.
Both teams played short-handed, Princeton a little more so.
PHS starters Josh Reinhardt, Christian Parry and Koel Hjerstedt all sat out the first quarter for what coach Michael Fredericks called a “coach’s decision.” Parry and Hjerstedt checked in to start the second quarter while Reinhardt did not play in the game.
BV was without a starter as well, with senior Nate Paup out all week with the flu, Smith said. He was hopeful to get Paup back in action at home Tuesday against Prophetstown.
Haring led the Tigers with nine points and junior Austin Phillips had eight. Sophomore Cole Adams and freshman Owen Rossler and Jaime Reinhardt all made their varsity debuts midway through the fourth quarter.
“I thought we played hard. I’m very proud of the guys. I thought they worked their tails off,” Fredericks said. “I always tell them to go out there and play like their hair’s on fire. They played scrappy and did some nice things.”