Bulldogs beat Wellsville again
By Jeff Myrick
Baldwin City Signal Editor
There's nothing like a pair of victories over arch-rival Wellsville to bring a bounce back to the step of Baldwin High School basketball players. They did the trick Friday night with a 67-61 win over the Eagles, to match a tournament win from the previous week.
"Actually, the second Wellsville game was even a better win than the last one because there were league implications," said coach Jeff Haas about the victory in Frontier League play as opposed to the win before that, which was in the Baldwin Invitational Tournament. "We're 3-2 in the league now."
In Friday's win, BHS jumped out early and often. The Bulldogs were up 16-12 after the first quarter, 32-23 at halftime and then held off a late sure by Wellsville to grab their sixth win of the season, matching last year's total.
"We were expecting a real scrappy affair," Haas said. "We had some foul trouble early in the third and we went to a zone to try and protect the post. And, when we did that, eventually that got them really close."
Sophomore Ryan Jorgensen topped BHS with 21 points. Fellow sophomore Jeremy Wright had a dozen and junior Chris Irick chipped in with 11 tallies.
"Ryan Jorgensen had 21 in that game and was a big solid factor for us on both ends," he said. "he his some big free throws at the end to seal it.
"I was real proud of our focus and determination to show that the first win wasn't a fluke," said Haas. "We're learning how to get everyone involved in rebounding and we're coming around in that area. Clearly, that's something we're going to have to do the rest of the way."
Haas saw other improvements, too.
"We did a lot of things extremely well," he said. "Our help defense was better than it's been all year. It kept us close when we went to that zone. Even though the score was fairly close, I feel good about a lot of things we did in this game."
There wasn't much time to rest up after that and it showed the Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs had to travel for an afternoon game at Pembroke Hill. BHS dropped that one 71-64.
"We actually played pretty solid against Pembroke Hill," said Haas. "It was close and we were within four points late. It was close all the way. It see-sawed back and forth and we just came up a few plays short.
"Micah Mason went 30 solid minutes and gave us a real good performance," he said. "Jeremy Wright and Austin Inzer may have given their best varsity efforts ever there."
Wright had a game-high 19 points and Inzer was right behind with 18. Mason had eight points and eight rebounds and Jorgensen chipped in with eight tallies.
The loss dropped BHS's overall record to 6-10. Next up is a return to Frontier League play at Prairie View Friday.
"We're on the road Friday. I'm excited about going 4-2 in league play with a win there, particularly with the last three league games for us being back at home."
There's even more hope for success with the return of Andrew Hannon to the lineup. Hannon has been out with a broken hand for right around a month.
"Andy is scheduled to return to practice this week," said Haas. "That gives us quite a few practices each week to get him back into the flow with us again.
"he's going to return to a much better team than he left," he said. "We've had a lot of guys respond to that very well. But, I think everyone is looking forward to his return."
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