Boys Build Big Lead, Beat CR


Joel Piercefield (by Troy Breidenbach)

Joel Piercefield (by Troy Breidenbach)

Game photos by Marvin Foster

(BLUFFTON) - Bluffton’s boys basketball team limited Cory Rawson to just six first half points on their way to a 42-34 victory in the opening round of the Holiday Tournament. Seniors Kaleb Jefferson and Dakota Bricker led Bluffton in scoring at 18 and 10 points, respectively.  

Bluffton scored the first ten points of the game, establishing a lead they never relinquished.  CR’s Kyle Schulz made a three pointer with 42 seconds left in the first quarter for the Hornets first points.  Dakota Bricker worked the clock down and connected on a long two point jumper at the buzzer for a 12-3 Bluffton lead.  Schulz hit another ‘3’ for CR as he scored all of the visitor’s first half points.  Bricker scored 7 of his 10 points in the first half pacing Bluffton for an 18-6 halftime advantage.   

The Bluffton defense focused on Cory Rawson’s Eric Ritter who entered the game averaging over 25 points per game. Bricker bodied Ritter for the full 94’ limiting Ritter’s touches.  When Bricker wore down, Joel Piercefield stepped in to make the Hornet senior’s life difficult.  The Pirate team defense shaded toward Ritter all night as well helping out when needed. Ritter finished with 10 points, all scored in the second half.

In the second half, Cory Rawson had no answer for Jefferson.  The senior had his way in the lane, powering his way to 13 second half points.  Jefferson scored six straight points for BHS pushing the lead out to 24-10 midway through the third quarter.  Jefferson also was active on the boards with 10. 

Mason Soper led Bluffton with 11 rebounds and lit up the crowd with an around the back pass to Jared Piercefield in the second quarter for a layup.  

Bluffton held an impressive 32-16 rebounding edge shot 51% from the field in the win.  

Individual Stats : 

Kaleb Jefferson - 18 points, 10 rebounds

Dakota Bricker - 10 points

Jared Piercefield - 7 points, 4 rebounds

Cole Fruchey - 4 points, 5 rebounds

Mason Ault - 2 points

Mason Soper - 1 point, 11 rebounds, 3 assists

Bluffton will face Arlington in the Championship game Saturday night.  The Red Devils defeated Miller City 81-75 after scoring 58 second half points.  

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