Peabody-Burns High School Warrior boys’ basketball got one win and one loss to begin 2012. The squad had a road victory at Centre, 56-45, but lost at home to Hope, 63-39.
Brody Kyle opened the scoring for the Warriors with one of two from the line. PBHS then added two treys from Matt Hiebert and a 2-point basket from Austin Savage.
Centre climbed back into the game with three free throws and a 2. Savage scored another trey, but the Cougars came back with two baskets to cut the Warriors’ lead to 2, 11-9 with 2 minutes left in the quarter. Savage added 2 from the line, and Wesley Shaw added a free throw to make the Warriors’ lead 14-9 with seconds left in the first.
A Hunter Pickens free throw gave the Warriors the first point in the second quarter. Center added 2 from the line, and PBHS led by 4 with 7:14 on the clock. Neither team could establish a consistent offense, as whistles were a big part of the first half. 23 fouls were assessed in the first 10 minutes of the contest. Late in the period, PBHS put together a run of points including free throws from Christian Gard and Matt Hiebert and baskets from Savage, Lucas Larsen, and Hiebert. The Warriors led, 30-18 at halftime.
Centre outscored PBHS 15-12 in the third quarter, but the Warriors still enjoyed the lead, 42-33, at the end of three.
Many trips to the foul line made for a long fourth quarter, but PBHS came out on top, 56-43.
Savage, 14; Hiebert, 13; Gard, 11; Larsen, 8; Topham, 5; Pickens, 3; Kyle, 1; Shaw, 1.
A Topham pass found Kyle under the basket for the first 2 points of the game. Hope answered with a trey and a 2 before Gard and Topham combined for 4 to give the PBHS squad the 6-5 lead. Hope held PBHS scoreless for the remainder of the period and added four to their total. Hope led, 9-6, at the end of one quarter.
Hope added a 2-point basket early in the second quarter. Savage drained a trey, but Hope went on a 14-point scoring run to lead, 25-9, with three minutes left in the period. Shaw added a free throw and Pickens scored a 2, but Hope continued to make offensive plays. Savage ended the second quarter with two lay-ups, but PBHS trailed, 33-16, at halftime.
Third quarter action was even for both squads with the addition of 9 each. Hiebert had 6 points. Kyle added a 2-point basket, and Topham had a free throw. The Warriors were down, 42-25, at the end of the third period.
Hope earned 13 of their 21 total fourth quarter points from the free throw line. PBHS scored 14, 4 from the line. Hiebert added 9 points, Shaw had four and Topham had a free throw. PBHS lost, 63-39.
Hiebert, 15; Savage, 7; Shaw, 5; Topham, 4; Kyle, 4; Pickens, 2; Gard, 2.