LaSalle News Tribune | LaSalle, IL
 
close
Due to weather related issues, in some areas there may be delayed deliveries of your Monday issue of the NewsTribune.
If road conditions are severe enough, your delivery person may not be able to deliver your NewsTribune at all on Monday.
In this case, your Monday edition will be delivered with your Tuesday newspaper.
We ask you to be understanding for the safety of our carriers.

You can view Tuesday's newspaper online at http://newstribonline.com
 


home : sports : sports   May 24, 2016

11/26/2012 10:48:00 AM
Boys basketball: Bureau Valley beats Putnam County


Bureau Valley’s Tommy Johnston (No. 33), Brian Lange (No. 22), Parker Nehalfen (No. 15) and other Storm players celebrate after beating Putnam County 62-54 on Saturday in the Wally Keller Invitational at Kewanee Wethersfield.NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
+ click to enlarge
Bureau Valley’s Tommy Johnston (No. 33), Brian Lange (No. 22), Parker Nehalfen (No. 15) and other Storm players celebrate after beating Putnam County 62-54 on Saturday in the Wally Keller Invitational at Kewanee Wethersfield.
NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
Bureau Valley senior Jordan Monier splits a pair of Putnam County defenders Saturday on the final day of the Wally Keller Invitational at Kewanee Wethersfield.NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
+ click to enlarge
Bureau Valley senior Jordan Monier splits a pair of Putnam County defenders Saturday on the final day of the Wally Keller Invitational at Kewanee Wethersfield.
NewsTribune photo/Anthony Soufflé
Chris Yucus
NewsTribune Photographer



KEWANEE — The Bureau Valley boys basketball team used a third-quarter surge to create some breathing room in a tight contest and held off a late Putnam County push to earn a 62-54 win Saturday and a third-place finish in Wethersfield’s Wally Keller Invitational.

“We had an upbeat halftime, we’ll say that,” said Bureau Valley coach Jason Marquis, whose squad was troubled by the PC press and zone defense early and surrendered 12 first-half turnovers. “But man, our kids persevered. There were times when things didn’t look perfect — not every ball bounced our way, not every call goes your way, but the kids persevered.”

Trailing 27-25 at intermission, the Storm rolled out of the break with a 19-point third quarter led by 10 points by sophomore Parker Neuhalfen to take a 44-33 advantage into the final eight minutes.

The Panthers pushed back early in the fourth with an 8-0 run capped off by a basket and 3-pointer from Cody Veronda to pull within three at 51-48 with 2:55 to play.

Neuhalfen proved why he was an all-tournament team selection down the stretch as the sophomore standout knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the next minute and a half to help the Storm withstand the PC rally and hold on to the victory.

“The kid is growing up,” Marquis said of Neuhalfen. “What can you say about Parker? He doesn’t care if he scores two or 20 or 40 — he just cares about getting the ‘W.’ … It couldn’t happen to a better kid. Our team looks up to him and respects him. The seniors look to him for some leadership and he stepped up when we really needed him.”

The sophomore standout led BV with 20 points — 18 of which came in the second half — and grabbed six rebounds.

Classmate Tommy Johnston, who also earned all-tournament honors, added 14 points, senior Brian Lange scored 11 points and hauled in a team-best nine rebounds and senior Bryce Hansen tallied 11 points, including a pair of second-half 3-pointers, to round out the well-balanced Storm (3-2) attack.

Veronda led Putnam County (2-3) with 20 points while junior all-tournament pick Harold Fay added 18 for the Panthers.

“It was too little, too late. We couldn’t score in the third,” PC coach Josh Nauman said. “We decided we were going to make one pass and force up a shot. The fourth quarter we finally started getting patient and reversing the ball and all of the sudden we start scoring — it’s amazing how that works. For whatever reason, it takes us half a game to figure that out.

“We did a good job with (defensive pressure) throughout the game. We forced a lot of turnovers (18), we just couldn’t capitalize on a lot of them. Offensively, we just have to get better. ... Rebounding and missed shots inside the lane were killing us tonight.”

The host Flying Geese won the tournament title after a 5-0 finish in the round-robin format, while Elmwood finished second.

Wethersfield junior guard Trevor Lay was named tournament MVP. Senior Grant Baele of Annawan, seniors Jake Soehn and Nick Jehle of Elmwood, junior Nick Varvil of Midland and Wethersfield junior Matt Jenkins also were all-tournament selections.

Note: Putnam county senior guard Xavier Warren was out of the Panthers’ starting lineup after sustaining a head laceration on Friday.

Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995 or at sports@newstrib.com Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.












Login to your account:
  Username:
  Password:
Remember me
Login reminder
  If you'd like to comment on this article, please log in or click here to subscribe.


 

Subscription Login
LOGIN | SUBSCRIBE






Mayor's tax bill to jump 9% if L-p passes referendum
Updated: 5/23/2016 8:46:00 PM
Valley voters to decide on sales tax increase
Updated: 5/23/2016 8:31:00 PM
Working from home: Does it work?
Girls track and field: Hickey wins 800 state title
For the Record (5-23-2016): Births, police reports
Girls track and field: Zimmerlein wins three medals


Illinois Valley Events
<
May
>
SMTWTFS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31        



Photo GalleryVideo LibraryMagazinesDealsAbout UsAP Terms of UseAdvertise With UsExtra Content


Copyright 2016 NewsTribune, LaSalle, Illinois. All rights reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved