BSHS boys hold on for 48-41 win against Turner
With just three minutes left, what was once a double-digit lead enjoyed by the Bonner Springs boys basketball team against Turner on Tuesday shrank to three.
The Golden Bears had just pulled within 38-35 after converting an and-one play, capping a 6-0 run and coaxing BSHS coach Dan Streit to his feet, his voice rising with him.
“Quit giving it away!” he shouted.
Whereas on recent nights the Braves saw tight games get away from them late, BSHS instead clamped down on defense and held on to down the Golden Bears, 48-41. BSHS senior Austen Twombley, who led the Braves (6-8, 2-6 in the Kaw Valley League) with 15 points and six rebounds, sank three of four fourth-quarter free throws to secure the victory.
Sophomore Brenden Dotson’s putback at the buzzer salvaged any style points that previously had gotten away from the Braves.
“I like where we’re headed,” Streit said.
Dotson finished with nine points, scoring seven in the second quarter during a 10-run that put BSHS up 24-8.
BSHS senior Logan Terrell, who finished with 11 points, started the game with a seven-point first quarter that helped build some separation for the Braves.
“He’s a smart kid who doesn’t do a lot of things to put us in a bad situation,” Streit said. “The kids are really starting to learn their roles.”
The Braves build a 14-4 first quarter lead and led 25-14 at halftime after going on runs of 7-0, 7-0 and 10-0. But the Golden Bears began to mount a comeback in the third quarter, weathering an early run in which both teams traded baskets. The Braves opened the half with a 13-point lead before Turner cut it to a six-point game entering the final quarter.
While Twombley opened the fourth quarter with a three-pointer, Turner kept the game in the single digits and pulled within 42-39 with little more than a minute left after the team traded a host of steals. Now within three, Turner stole from Tyler Howell as he attempted a rebound, but Jordan Jackson brought down a rebound on the other end and drew a foul. Jackson hit the front end of a one-and-one and Twombley hit three of his final four free throws to hold on.
After a slow start to the season, the Braves have begun to find an identity on defense. In a rematch of their 67-43 December rout at the hands of Piper, the Braves made a different game of it when they hit the road last week.
Though they still fell short, BSHS dropped a narrow 58-53 game in which Streit said Piper’s coach told him the Braves limited the Pirates to their worst field goal percentage of the year so far.
“For whatever reason we played outstanding defense that night,” Streit said. “We need to be getting used to playing good defense if we want to continue to win games this year.”
BSHS returns to league play when it plays host to Bishop Ward at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.