Beecher City head coach Jason Eirhart had a feeling.
His “gut feeling” was that his team wouldn’t play well and he was right. He said the Eagles didn’t come to play in Saturday’s consolation championship of the National Trail Conference tournament. St. Elmo/Brownstown did, though, and got to leave Altamont winners on Saturday, 63-37.
S/EB head coach Greg Feezel said the second game on Saturday wasn’t necessarily the one he’d like to be playing in — referencing the later third- and first-place games — but he’ll take it.
“You’d like to play in these other ball games, but from the way we started against Neoga (on Tuesday), this helps,” Feezel said. “The boys will leave here and can relax this weekend.”
The Eagles built a lead quickly on Beecher City, building on a 15-8 lead with a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. They led by 17 points at halftime.
Beecher City came off of a close victory over Stew-Stras Friday night to play Saturday morning, but Eirhart said he wasn’t sure why his team didn’t play well.
“We didn’t get it done,” Eirhart said. “We weren’t ready.”
S/EB came out in the third quarter and built the lead even more, starting the half on a 6-2 run and ending the quarter with a 21-point lead.
Jacob Behrends scored his 1,000th career point in the first minute of the fourth quarter, about three minutes before he fouled out of the game.
Behrends became the second Eagles player to reach the milestone at the NTC tournament, joining teammate Levi Maxey.
Maxey reached the milestone in the Eagles’ win over Windsor on Thursday, while Behrends toughed it out on Saturday. He left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the face, drawing blood.
“I thought, ‘This is a rough way to get your thousand points,’” Feezel said. “I’m proud of him for it.”
Landon Feezel made a 3-pointer with 5:21 left in the game to give the Eagles a 30-point lead, 57-25.
Eirhart said his team let opportunities go by turning the ball over “20 or 25 times” in the game, many in the second half.
He said that often results in 20- to 25-point losses like it did on Saturday, losing by 26 points.
“That’s got to stop,” Eirhart said. “Guys are either going to start doing it or I’m going to start playing other guys. I told them they’re lucky that it’s probably better they don’t have to practice (Monday and Tuesday).”
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Beecher City 8 10 7 12 37
St. Elmo/Brownstown 15 20 11 17 63
BC: Gardner 6, Giles 3, Doty 5, Bales 4, Lagerhausen 6, Rexroad 8, Kenter 4, Shelton 1
SE/B: Miller 2, M. Maxey 12, L. Maxey 21, Behrends 8, Smithson 6, Feezel 10, Hardimon 3
Behrends hits 1,000 points
Beecher City head coach Jason Eirhart had a feeling.
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