BOURBON — The Triton Trojans outrebounded the Bremen Lions 34-19 in a dominating win at the Trojan Trench Thursday night. With 15 of those rebounds coming on the offensive end, the Trojans converted those into 16 second-chance points and won 54-37.
Bremen coach Ryan Eakins talked about the difference in the game.
“We had them at 16 second-chance points, and with the deficit 17, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. We absolutely got killed on the glass,” he said. “It wasn’t one guy. Just collectively, we didn’t make contact and go get the ball. They were tougher than we were. It was a pretty simple reason for the outcome.”
The first half was the big difference in the game with Triton jumping out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter and leading at the end of the first by a score of 14-9. The second quarter was much of the same with Triton dominating the boards, and the Trojans led at the half, 27-15.
In the first half, Triton held a 21-10 rebounding edge with nine offensive rebounds and Bremen only managing two offensive boards.
“Our key to the game was boards, offensively and defensively,” said Triton coach Jason Groves. “We talked about our kids really boarding it hard out there. I thought everybody did a great job, especially Seth Glingle, Cody Shively and Joey Corder. Those are the three that really stood out in my mind, crashing the boards and limiting them to one shot. We did a good job for the most part, keeping them off the offensive glass.”
Glingle had six rebounds and Shively and Corder had five each to pace the team in the first half.
Another key to the game was the play of Triton senior Clay Yeo, but this time on the defensive end.
He took the assignment of stopping Bremen senior Ethan Pike and held him to eight points in the game. Both coaches pointed to his defensive effort on the night. “I thought Ethan did a nice job,” said Eakins. “Clay’s not just 28 a game. He’s one of the best defenders in the state. He did a good job on Ethan.”
“Pike is averaging 23 points a game, and Clay did a great job. We challenged Clay this week, and he was going to guard their best player and really do a great job and he did a great job,” said Groves. “His length kind of gave Pike some trouble.”
In the second half, senior Jacob Box started to get hot for the Lions, going 4-for-5 from the field and scoring 12 of his 19 in the half, but it wouldn’t be enough.
Triton outscored the Lions 18-13 in the third quarter, giving the home team a 17-point lead going into the fourth, with the score 45-28. That margin would be the final margin as neither team was able to do much offensively in the fourth, closing out the game with each team scoring nine in the quarter.
The game was key in deciding the conference crown as Triton now holds a share of the lead at 5-1 with one game remaining in conference play. Bremen now falls to 4-2 in the conference and will need help in order to have a share of the conference title.
Triton’s overall record stands at 12-5. The team will host Rochester on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. Bremen falls to 9-7 and will travel to Tippecanoe Valley Tuesday night at 7:45.
• TRITON 54, BREMEN 37
Score by Quarters
Triton: 14 27 45 54
Bremen: 9 15 28 37
TRITON (54): Clay Yeo 22, Seth Glingle 13, Joey Corder 8, Tanner Shepherd 6, Cody Shively 5, Bryson Mosier 0, Jordan Anderson 0, Bryce Wanamacher 0, Trenton Cooper 0, Drew Mosson 0, Dillon Meadway 0, Skyler Reichert 0; Totals: 20 13-21 54
BREMEN (37): Jacob Box 19, Ethan Pike 8, Don Browning 5, Sam Lacher 3, Phoenix Ricketts 2, Ryan Topper 0, Kai Slough 0; Totals: 15 4-9 37
3-pointers: Triton 1 (Corder), Bremen 3 (Box 2, Browning); Rebounds: Triton 34 (Glingle 10, Shively 6, Corder 5, Yeo 5), Bremen 19 (Pike 4, Box 3, Lacher 3, Slough 3); Assists: Triton 7 (Yeo 2, Shepherd 2, Shively 2), Bremen 6 (Box 3, Slough 2); Steals: Triton 6 (Yeo 2, Shively 2), Bremen 6 (Pike 2, Box 2); Turnovers: Triton 10, Bremen 14; Fouls (fouled out): Triton 14 (none), Bremen 17 (Slough).
Records: Triton 12-5 (5-1 NSC) Bremen 9-7 (4-2 NSC)