YORK TWP. — Garrett Beck made a statement.
It was said with humility Friday after the Buckeye boys basketball team knocked off Wellington 72-39 in Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division action.
It also was something very true about the Bucks, who turned a four-point halftime advantage into a 33-point win.
“They’re a team that shouldn’t be hanging with us,” Beck said. “If we let them hang with us, it gives everyone else more hope. We needed to step on them in the second (half) early and show everyone who Buckeye is.”
The Bucks (15-3, 12-1) are a team that’s hard to stop once Beck (17 points, career-high 14 rebounds, 5 assists) and Jeff Miller (21 points, 8 rebounds) get going.
At the break, Beck was shooting 1-for-10 with two points. Miller had four points after sitting the final 5-plus minutes of the second quarter due to foul trouble.
Beck turned in a 4-for-6 third-quarter performance and scored 11 points. Miller also chimed in with 11 and was perfect on five attempts and, just like that, the game went from being close to 54-31 after three periods.
“They had to start falling,” Miller said. “We weren’t a team that looked like we were going for the PAC (Stars Division) title. We looked like a team that was out there to compete. That can’t happen. We want teams to fear us, but that doesn’t happen if we play like we did in the first half.”
If Buckeye plays a third quarter like it did against the Dukes (1-17, 0-12), there might not be many teams that can hang down the stretch.
With emphasis on the defensive side of the ball, the Bucks turned things up a notch and held Wellington without a basket in the final 5:02 of the quarter and just two free throws in that stretch.
That allowed Buckeye, which also got a 14-point, five-rebound night from John Tighe, to dictate pace as the Bucks went on a 21-2 run to end the quarter.
“We started to slow down in the half court and get the shots where we wanted them instead of where they wanted us to take them,” Buckeye coach Matt Saunders said. “The first half they dictated our offense and we took shots we weren’t comfortable with.
“It wasn’t anything to panic about. That third quarter we started to focus in on stuff we wanted to do. I thought defensively it might have been our best quarter of the year. We didn’t give up anything easy.”
The fact Dylan Kidd, who was averaging 15.7 points coming in, was held to five shows just how strong the team was defensively.
With the win, the Bucks sit three games away from tying the school record for wins in a season and can wrap up at least a share of the league title with two more conference victories.
“We were calling timeouts and trying to figure out what we had to do,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said. “It was just one of those things where we have to be tough mentally across the board, and we’re not doing that. You knew they were going to come out and do what they do.”
|Going into halftime tied on the boards with the Dukes at 17, Buckeye outrebounded Wellington 20-3 in the second half.
l The Buckeye junior varsity won 66-41 behind Liam Murray’s 16 points.
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Buckeye 72, Wellington 39
WELLINGTON 11 10 10 8 — 39
BUCKEYE 16 9 29 18 — 72
Wellington — Adam Berry 4-5-13, Chase Bealer 2-2-6, Trey Bealer 2-0-4, Dylan Kidd 2-0-5, Joey Holliday 4-0-8, JuJuan Howard 0-1-1, Matt Bullock 0-0-0, Bryce Gibbs 0-0-0, Daryn Broadwater 1-0-2, Ian Farago 0-0-0, Damian Paramore 0-0-0, Jacob Miller 0-0-0. TOTALS: 15-8-39.
Buckeye — Garrett Beck 7-1-17, Jeff Miller 10-1-21, Chris Vogt 4-1-9, John Tighe 6-1-14, Cory Inman 2-0-5, Nate Polidori 1-0-2, Tyler Hagmeier 0-2-2, Mason Stanton 0-0-0, Hayden Roskey 0-0-0, Robert Miller 1-0-2. TOTALS: 31-6-72.
3-point goals — Kidd, Beck 2, Tighe, Inman. Rebounds — Wellington 20 (Kidd, C. Bealer 6), Buckeye 37 (Beck 14). Assists — Wellington 8 (Holliday 3), Buckeye 19 (Inman, Beck 5). Records — Wellington (1-17, 0-12), Buckeye (15-3, 12-1). Junior varsity — Buckeye 66, Wellington 41.