Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 2, 2012

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Bruins falter

Prairie Heights pulls away to win in second half

By STU SWARTZ
SPECIAL TO THE GOSHEN NEWS

WATERFORD — A couple glaring facts kept Bethany Christian’s basketball boys out of the victory column Saturday night.

The Bruins had 22 turnovers and were just 10-of-19 from the free-throw line in dropping a 65-54 decision to the Prairie Heights Panthers in the “Mennolands.”

Despite those negative numbers, the Bruins fought back to within four points at 58-54 with 1:11 to play. The Panthers then iced it with the game’s last seven points.

“Our lack of experience when people become physical with us showed,” said Bethany coach Jim Buller. “We don’t respond with good decisions in those situations.”

The Bruins got off to a good start, leading 20-14 at the first stop. Heights nudged ahead 33-32 by halftime and outscored the hosts 20-12 in the third stanza.

Jacob Heller, 6-3 sophomore, led the Panthers with 24 points and 10 rebounds while 5-9 junior Kyler West tallied 10 points.

Bethany had 14 of its turnovers in the middle two quarters when the Bruins were outscored, 39-24.

“We have three sophomore guards who are athletic and move in open space, but they get broken down too easily and the impulse for young players is to dribble rather than pass,” said Buller.

Sol Brenneman, 6-0 sophomore, led Bethany in the scoring column with 19 tallies and 5-11 senior Isaac Schertz contributed 10. Jesse Loewen, 6-3 senior, led BC rebounders with eight.

Both Schertz and 6-2 senior Caleb Morris hit 3-pointers during Bethany’s impressive first period when the Bruins were 9-of-14 from the field.

Trailing by nine entering the fourth stanza, the Bruins made it interesting when Schertz scored on a fast break and Brenneman on a steal to create the 58-54 score with 1:11 to go. Heights missed seven free tosses in the fourth quarter to help BC stay in reach.

“Our timing was bad, not passing the ball to open people when they were ready,” said Buller. “And, with the turnovers, we wound up chasing them from behind.

“Near the end, we played like we were still down 12 rather than four. We need to stay calm and get good shots, rather than quick ones.”

Bethany has another home game Thursday night against Howe School.

Prairie Heights won the JV game, 55-18. Freshman Ian Bomberger and junior Joseph Mumaw both scored four points for Bethany.

Box Score

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (65) — Spencer Hess 2-6 0-0 6, Kyler West 3-11 3-7 10, Jackie Owens 3-3 0-0 7, Jacob Heller 8-14 6-7 24, Corey Johnson 2-6 0-0 4, Bobby Blum 1-1 2-2 4, Zach Shephard 3-5 0-0 6, Dylan Stayner 1-3 2-4 4, Landon Wohlers 0-1 0-0 0, Casten Everidge 0-1 0-0 0, Joel Barry 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 23-52 13-20 65

BETHANY (54) — Sol Brenneman 8-16 3-4 19, Nate Nussbaum 2-6 0-4 4, Abe Thorne 2-6 2-2 6, Jesse Loewen 1-1 4-6 6, Caleb Morris 3-8 0-1 7, Isaac Schertz 4-6 1-2 10, Cristian Romero 0-2 0-0 0, Ike Lehman 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 21-46 10-19 54

P. Heights    14 19 20 12 — 65

Bethany    20 12 12 10 — 54

3-point shooting: P. Heights 6-14 (Hess 2-4, West 1-4, Owens 1-1, Heller 2-3, Johnson 0-1, Everidge 0-1), Bethany 2-11 (Brenneman 0-2, Nussbaum 0-2, Morris 1-3, Schertz 1-3, Romero 0-1).

Rebounds: Bethany 33 (Loewen 8, Brenneman 7, Morris 7), Heights 32 (Heller 10).

Fouls (fouled out): Heights 20, Bethany 19 (Thorne).

Turnovers: Bethany 22, Heights 17