BHS boys finish third at Paola tourney
An incredible 35-point fourth-quarter scoring burst against Turner carried the Baldwin High School boys to a third place finish in the annual Paola Tournament on Friday.
The Bulldogs had the lead 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, but Turner came back, edging Baldwin 31-30 at halftime. Turner then went on a rampage in the third quarter, extending its lead to 53-41. Then came an outstanding show in the fourth quarter with the Bulldogs outscoring Turner 35-17 in dramatic fashion. BHS ended up winning 76-70, improving its record to 2-2. The Dogs advanced to the third place game by beating Maranatha Academy in the first round and losing to Belton in the semifinals.
Junior Ryan Jorgensen sparked the Bulldogs with 19 points and five rebounds.
"It took a lot of heart to come back from that much," Jorgensen said. "We'll win a lot more games if we keep playing like a team."
Junior Aaron Hannon added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Blake Wieden had 13 points and four rebounds and freshman Drew Berg put up 10 points and four rebounds in his varsity debut.
"We were competing really competitively and playing to win and not playing not to lose," first-year coach Heath Cooper said.