Pirate Big 3 Bounce Jefferson
By Sam Brauen Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:20:14 AM
Mason Soper by Amy Mortimer
(BLUFFTON) - Bluffton's boys basketball shared the ball with ease and made their first seven shots from the field to build an 18-4 lead that ended in a 68-43 decimation of Delphos Jefferson Friday night. Mason Soper led Bluffton with 23 points with Luke Denecker (20) and Jared Piercefield (15) adding terrific scoring balance. Bluffton is now 14-6 overall and 4-3 in Northwest Conference play.
The Pirates could not have started the game any hotter making seven consecutive shots from the field. Piercefield scored in the lane, then Soper had a layup followed by back to back three pointers. Levi Hohenbrink added a '3', Denecker followed it up with another long ball and Piercefield scored in the lane for the 18-4 advantage. The Pirates built a 42-24 halftime lead as they continued to pressure Delphos full court. The visitors turned the ball over 9 times in the first half alone. At one point, the Wildcats had three consecutive turnovers that each led to Pirate points, this in the midst of a BHS 10-0 run.
Bluffton refused to let DJ get a foothold in the second half and continued to press and maintained their comfortable lead. The lead ballooned to 58-30 with 3:21 left in the third quarter as Coach Todd Boblitt substituted freely.
Bluffton's three leading scorers each dropped 10 points in a single quarter Friday night. Soper scored 17 points in the first half, beating his man off the dribble initially but then finding open spots outside the three point arc on his way to 10 first quarter points. Piercefield had 14 of his own in the first half with 10 coming in the second quarter alone. Denecker took over in the third with a layup, three pointer and a 5/5 effort from the free throw line.
Pirate Individual Scoring
Mason Soper - 23 points, four 3s
Luke Denecker - 20 points, three 3s
Jared Piercefield - 15 points, two 3s
Levi Hohenbrink - 6 points, two 3s
Baylor Garmatter - 4 points
Game photos by Amy Mortimer : https://amymortimer.smugmug.com/BHS-Boys-Basketball-vs-Delphos/
Game photos by Marv Foster : https://www.usedcoffeebeans.com/Sports/Bluffton-Basketball-Boys/Boys-Basketball/2018-2019/190215-Delphos-Jefferson/
Bluffton hosts Kenton in the final home game of the season Saturday evening.