Boys Bkb Picks Up 3rd
Story from Hendersonville Standard/Zach Womble
HENDERSONVILLE – The Beech Bucs nailed 12 of 16 fourth quarter free throws Friday night, defeated Station Camp 57-51 to claim third place in the annual Beech Holiday Classic.
The victory for the Bucs improves their record to 7-8 overall and evens the season series with Station Camp at one win each. Station Camp led by one at the end of three quarters, but a 24-17 scoring advantage in favor of the Bucs, as well as 15 forced turnovers, five offensive rebounds and six second-chance points, were the difference in the game.
“It was a grind, that’s for sure,” Beech head coach Kip Brown said. “It was very similar to last game; I believe that game was also a one-point game going into the fourth quarter. The difference tonight was we played much better in the fourth quarter and the turnovers we forced.”
The Bison led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, but trailed 23-21 at the half in part to 12 made free throws and three 3-pointers. In the third quarter, the Bison trailed by as many as five points, but an 11-5 run gave the maroon and black back a 34-30 lead with just over a minute left in the quarter.
Following back-to-back turnovers by both teams, Beech senior Jayson Brown knocked in one of his three 3-pointers as time expired, cutting the deficit to 34-33.
From that point, it was all Bucs as Brown nailed another 3 to give Beech a 39-36 lead with just under seven minutes to go. A furious fourth-quarter run by the Bison cut the Beech lead to just one point with over two minutes remaining, but the defensive end of the floor failed Station Camp, as they were unable to get a single defensive stop.
“We just couldn’t get stops that last two minutes,” Station Camp coach Seth Massey said. “We couldn’t keep them off the foul line and Ty Dean played great finishing out the game for them. I thought that was the difference.”
Up 48-47, Dean walked to the foul line and nailed two free throws before recording a steal on the other end and nailing another two free throws to ice the game for the Bucs.
Despite a fourth-place finish in the Holiday Classic, Massey says he believes his team got valuable play out of his three games.
“I thought we played three really good teams,” he said. “I believe we got better, but we are still doing some silly things that are frustrating at times; but again, we have one guy that has played major minutes in this district. Growth is sometimes tough but I feel like we are growing and getting better.”
Getting point guard Ty Dean back for the Bucs seemingly was the difference for the orange and blue, as his six made free throws and 18 points helped carry them to a third-place finish.
“He is a special, special player and he is our floor general and our catalyst,” Brown added. “We have a lot of good players, but as far as handling the ball and playing good strong defense, he is the guy everything circles around. When he is out there playing his game, it makes us a whole lot better.”
Both programs will play in Christmas tournaments after the holiday, as Station Camp travels to Overton to compete in their Christmas Tournament, Dec. 28-30. The Bucs will head down to Destin, Florida from Dec. 27-30 to compete in a 16-team tournament.
Beech (57): Ty Dean 18, Jayson Brown 18, Mitchell Sorenson 7, Dyilin Hoosier 5, AJ Robertson 4, Jalen Woods 2, Jake Butler 2, Seth Holmes 1.
Station Camp (51): Jason McMurry 17, Jonathan Gillard JR 11, Eli Thurston 10, Kavon Blankenship 6, Matt Mathiaudis 3, Dane Diaz 2, Alex Vaughn 2.