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Bureau Valley sophomore Tommy Johnston (No. 33) goes up for a basket Saturday as Hall junior Zach Urbanski defends during the Storm’s 71-48 victory in a non-conference game in Spring Valley. NewsTribune photo/Amanda Whitlock
Hall senior Brett Fanning (No. 10) shoots over Bureau Valley defenders Parker Neuhalfen (No. 15) and Tyler DeBrock during the Storm’s 71-48 victory Saturday in Spring Valley. NewsTribune photo/Amanda Whitlock
As hot as the Hall boys basketball team was Friday night against Peoria Christian, it was just the opposite Saturday night in Red Devil Gymnasium as Bureau Valley shot very well and pulled away from Hall for a 71-48 road victory.
“Well, if we had to split this weekend, then we wanted to get the conference victory,” Red Devil coach Mike Filippini said. “Bureau Valley played very well tonight, but we just couldn’t buy a bucket. We’re a much better shooting team than we showed tonight.”
The majority of Bureau Valley’s damage was done in the second half where the Storm scored 41 points.
Hall turned the ball over three times to start the third quarter and Jordan Monier and Brian Lange got put backs for a 38-30 BV lead.
“Hall is a very physical team and they shoot well,” Bureau Valley coach Jason Marquis said. “I told the kids at halftime that we needed to start off the third quarter strong and build on the lead, and that’s exactly what they did.”
As the entire Red Devil offense continued to sputter, Frank Gebeck hit three consecutive shots to push the Storm lead to 42-30.
From there, Bryce Hansen nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give BV a 46-35 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
The Red Devils shooting improved in the fourth, but Bureau Valley remained hot from the field as well, which prevented a big rally for Hall.
Brett Fanning hit his only 3-pointer of the contest in the final quarter, but an up-and-under move by the Lange along with 14-of-20 free throws and multiple fast-break layups allowed the Storm to take the victory.
The Storm were hot from the start Saturday.
Parker Neuhalfen hit three early shots and Lange knocked down a pair of shots to help BV build a 12-4 lead.
“Right off the bat, we were down eight or nine points,” Filippini said. “Even though we battled back and took the lead for a little bit, it seemed like we were playing catch up all night long.”
The Red Devils started out the second quarter with a 9-0 run ignited by a 3-pointer from Miguel Villarreal. A layup from Fanning allowed Hall to take a 21-19 lead. However, Bureau Valley managed to take a 26-25 lead into intermission before controlling the second half.
“I was not disappointed with the kids efforts at all tonight,” Filippini said. “We are a very good shooting team, but tonight was just one of those nights where it rattled around the rim and fell off. I have no doubt we’ll respond well and get after it in our next game.”
Bureau Valley was led by Neuhalfen with 19 points. Gebeck had 12 points for the Storm, while Lange added 11.
Fanning scored 13 and was the only Hall player in double digits.