Big third quarter catapults Bronson past Quincy in Big 8 play

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Bronson's Aden Hathaway throw up a tear drop for two of his game high 27 points Thursday night. Quincy's Landen Kelley (12) and Sam Sawyer (10) guard.
Bronson's Aden Hathaway throw up a tear drop for two of his game high 27 points Thursday night. Quincy's Landen Kelley (12) and Sam Sawyer (10) guard.
Quincy's Sam Sawyer (10) weaves his way to the bucket for two points while Bronson's Reagan Mayer (30), Kamron Brackett (11) and Jordan Shadix (33) defend.
Quincy's Sam Sawyer (10) weaves his way to the bucket for two points while Bronson's Reagan Mayer (30), Kamron Brackett (11) and Jordan Shadix (33) defend.
Bronson's Braylon Calloway (10) drives to the bucket looking for two points while Quincy's Ryder Schmachtenberger (5) defends. Bronson's  Boston Bucklin (40) looks on
Bronson's Braylon Calloway (10) drives to the bucket looking for two points while Quincy's Ryder Schmachtenberger (5) defends. Bronson's Boston Bucklin (40) looks on
Quincy's Ashtyn Morris (50) takes the ball to the bucket for two while Bronson's Kamron Brackett (11) and Jordan Shadix (33) defend.
Quincy's Ashtyn Morris (50) takes the ball to the bucket for two while Bronson's Kamron Brackett (11) and Jordan Shadix (33) defend.

BRONSON — It’s safe to say that two wins over two county rivals constitutes a successful week in the land of high school basketball and thats what the Bronson Vikings accomplished Thursday night as they welcomed the Quincy Orioles to town for boys basketball action.

A huge third quarter for the Vikings proved to be the difference in a tight game as Bronson pulled away late to defeat Quincy by the score of 51-41.

“We got out and got after it early again tonight, much like we did versus Union City. We saw some things that we didn’t like and we made some changes which helped us get to the win,” said Bronson head coach Damien Loveless. “We are starting to take much better shots even though they don’t always go in. We had to adjust a little because Quincy packed it in on defense a little more than Union City did who stretched us out, so it’s going to be harder to get good looks in a game like that. I think lately we’ve just been more patient on offense which has helped our effort. We had to go pretty deep to the bench fighting off their big guys tonight but in the end we did enough to get the lead and hang on for the win.”

Bronson jumped all over Union City in their Tuesday night win over the Chargers and looked to possibly do the same thing versus the Orioles Thursday night, scoring on their first two possessions thanks to driving buckets from Reagan Mayer and Aden Hathaway, building an early 4-0 lead.

Quincy wasn’t about to go away that easily however, battling right back with a 6-0 run over the next two minutes thanks to buckets from Ashtyn Morris, Tre’Von Bodley and Tae’Sean Bodley, giving the Orioles an early 6-4 lead. That lead didn’t last long as Bronson quickly tied the game with another inside bucket on the next trip down, setting the tone for a back-and-forth first quarter.

Bronson went on a small run over the final four minutes of the quarter as they looked to pull away early, outscoring the Orioles 6-2 to build a small 12-8 lead with one minute to go in the quarter. Quincy however again had other plans, closing the quarter with a quick four point spurt with all four points coming from junior Ryder Schmachtenberger. Just like that the game was tied once again with the score standing at 12-12 after one quarter of play.

Bronson came out in the second quarter firing away from three point land as Boston Bucklin and Tanner Norton both splashed home triples, pushing the Vikings lead to 18-12 just one minute in to the quarter.

Bronson continued to look for ways to pull away from the scrappy Orioles as they continually got into transition. Quincy however kept the explosive Viking offense in check as they pulled the defense in, giving the Vikings problems around the bucket.

The two teams both saw some difficulty on the offensive end throughout the second quarter thanks in large part to solid defense on both ends of the floor.

Bronson started to swing the momentum their way after rattling off another small run at 6-2 in the later half of the second quarter, building a small 24-16 lead with one minute left on the clock.

Quincy again refused to go down quietly as they closed out the quarter with a key four point spurt, a run capped off by a Sam Sawyer three pointer at the buzzer. With the clutch three from Sawyer in the books the score stood at 24-20 in favor of Bronson heading to the half.

Coming out of the half the Orioles looked to claw their way back into the game, however Bronson and junior Aden Hathaway had other ideas. Hathaway absolutely exploded in a huge third quarter, a quarter that saw the junior guard on absolute fire, both from behind the arc, at the free throw line, and in slashing to the bucket. In all Hathaway poured in 16 points throughout the third quarter which constituted the entirety of the Vikings offense as Bronson outscored Quincy 16-5 throughout the third to take control of the game, building a 40-25 lead after three quarters.

Bronson looked to put the game away early in the fourth quarter and at first it was Hathaway again doing some damage. As the Vikings desperately tried to put the game out of reach the gritty Orioles continued to fight as they fed the ball down low to junior big man Ashtyn Morris. Morris, combined with the hustle and energy of Sam Sawyer, kept the Orioles within striking distance throughout an exciting fourth quarter of play.

Sawyer slashed his way to a big inside bucket near the midway point of the quarter, closing the score to 46-35 with four minutes to go in the game. Quincy’s defense also came up big, leading to a handful of turnovers or defensive rebounds in the closing moments, however several empty possessions from the Orioles kept the Vikings lead in double digits.

Every time Quincy made any sort of run late into the fourth quarter Bronson had an answer as the Vikings continued to hold off the Oriole threat. In the end, despite the gritty play of Quincy it was Bronson icing the game from the free throw line and with a big inside bucket as it was Bronson taking the 51-41 victory.

Bronson was led on the night by junior Aden Hathaway who had his best shooting game of the season, leading all scorers with 27 points, the lone Viking in double figures. Also adding to the Bronson winning effort was Tanner Norton with seven points; Boston Bucklin with five points; Reagan Mayer with four points; Jordan Shadix with two points and eight rebounds; Braylon Calloway with two points; Kamron Brackett with two points; and Saylor Wotta with two points.

“Overall our guys have played really hard this week which isn’t always easy to do,” said Loveless. “We had a really tough schedule to begin the season and we had a lot of reasons to be down but we have been able to turn it around. We’ve got some guys playing pretty well right now, our bench has bought in to what we are doing, and we have guys that are really encouraging and celebrating each other, which hasn’t been the case all year. What we’ve done over the past week or so is a start to getting better and we are hoping to build off of that and keep playing well while we can.”

With the victory Bronson improves to 4-4 overall on the season and 2-2 in the Big 8 conference. The Vikings will next see action Tuesday when they travel to Olivet to face the undefeated Eagles in non-conference play.

Quincy was led on the night by junior big man Ashtyn Morris who scored 14 points in the paint. Also adding to the Quincy effort was Sam Sawyer with nine points; Ryder Schmachtenberger with six points; Tae’Sean Bodley with five points; Tre’Von Bodley with four points; Riley Miner with two points; and Derrek Newberry with one point.

“I thought we took a couple of steps forward tonight as we’ve been struggling keeping games close so far this year,” said Quincy head coach Scott Rodesiler. “We were in a battle tonight for sure, the effort was there. We still made mistakes but they are correctable ones so we will just continue to work and improve. Overall though I was really happy with the effort tonight, I mean we came to battle and Bronson knew they had a ball game on their hands. They just had some guys step up tonight, I mean (Aden) Hathaway has struggled a little in the early going and you knew eventually he was going to heat up and get it going and he had a great second half. He is a great player and did a great job for them tonight. I told him at the end of the game I just wish it wasn’t against us.”

With the tough loss Quincy falls to 1-4 overall on the season and 0-3 in the Big 8 conference. The Orioles will see action on the court again next Thursday when they continue their Big 8 schedule with a trip to Springport.

Bronson's Saylor Wotta looks for a teammate among the trees Thursday versus Quincy
Bronson's Saylor Wotta looks for a teammate among the trees Thursday versus Quincy
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