Warriors net fifth at tourney
The Peabody-Burns High School Warriors found a way to win two of three contests at the Burrton Tournament this past week.
The victories gave them a fifth place finish, and a consolation championship trophy.
In the first round, Berean defeated the Warriors 47-30.
PBHS came back to claim a second round victory against Burrton, 53-51, and a last-second, third-round, comeback victory against Fairfield 38-37.
The team, now 5-6, will be in action this week with Canton-Galva and Remington.
In first-round action Jan. 14, Nathan Bishop put PBHS on the board first with a free throw.
Berean went on five-point run and PBHS trailed 5-1 at the six minute mark.
Bishop continued to be the Warrior playmaker with the addition of a three-pointer and a two-point basket.
Duane Unruh got on the scoreboard with a basket and Trevor Hamm added a free throw. Berean took a four-point lead at the end of the first period, 13-9.
Early in the second, Bishop hit a three and pulled the team to within one at 13-12.
Berean then went on a seven-point run to lead 20-12 at the four-minute mark.
Poor shooting plagued the PBHS squad as the only other Warrior offense were free throws from Bishop and Adam Benson.
Berean led 23-14 at the half.
Poor shooting from the PBHS squad continued, and made for a dismal third quarter.
A basket and a free throw from Benson was the only PBHS offense.
Berean added 10 and led 33-17 at the end of the period.
While the PBHS scoring picked up in the fourth, Berean scored 14 points and defeated PBHS 47-30.
Hamm had four points in the fourth. Bishop added a trey. Benson, Jacob Simmonds, and Aaron Topham each added a basket.
Nathan Bishop, 13; Adam Benson, six; Trevor Hamm, five; Duane Unruh, two; Jacob Simmonds, two; Aaron Topham, two.
In the Thursday match-up against Burrton, the Chargers took a four-point lead early in the first quarter.
The Warriors came back to grab a two-point lead at the buzzer, 12-10.
Unruh paced the team with eight points. Benson and Simmonds each had a basket.
Good PBHS defensive pressure held Burrton to 13 in the second period.
PBHS added 17 and led by as much as 10, but Burrton trimmed the lead to six at the half, 29-23.
Topham led third-quarter scoring with eight points. Bishop got on the board with a three, and a basket, while Unruh and Benson each added two points.
The Warriors still led at the end of three, but Burrton made a late surge in the period and cut the Warrior lead to five, 39-34.
Benson had four in the third quarter. Unruh, Bishop, and Simmonds each had two.
Burrton offense made a move in the fourth and took the lead, 43-42, with less than six minutes to play in the contest.
The lead changed several times in the remainder of the game, but with a minute to go, PBHS trailed by three, 51-48.
Bishop put up a three to tie the contest at 51 with 55 seconds on the clock.
A steal by Trevor Hamm at mid-court put the PBHS offense in the position for the victory.
Hamm then hit a short jump shot to give the Warriors the edge, 53-51, with half a minute to play.
The PBHS defense held Burrton without a score in the final seconds of the competition and the Warriors took the second round victory, 53-51.
Bishop led the scoring with five. Unruh added four, Hamm and Topham each had a basket, and Benson contributed a free throw.
Duane Unruh, 16; Nathan Bishop, 12; Aaron Topham, 10; Adam Benson, nine; Jacob Simmonds, four; Trevor Hamm, two.
Poor PBHS offense led to a first-half deficit of 18 for the Warriors Saturday against Fairfield in the consolation championship game.
Alex Bengtsson and Bishop each had a basket in the first quarter and Benson had a basket and two free throws in the second.
A 13-2 PBHS run in third quarter put the Warriors within seven at 28-21 at the end of three. Jacob Simmonds had eight and Benson added five.
Three-point baskets by Topham and Benson pulled the Warriors even with Fairfield with two minutes left in the contest.
Fairfield claimed the lead with a three, but Simmonds answered with one of his own to tie the game at 36.
Fairfield hit a free throw to take the lead again, but with three seconds on the clock, Simmonds put in a lay-up, assisted by Hamm.
Hamm then stole the Fairfield inbound pass and held the ball to secure the Warrior victory, 38-37.
Jacob Simmonds, 13; Adam Benson, 12; Duane Unruh, six; Aaron Topham, three; Alex Bengtsson, two; Nathan Bishop, two.