BREMEN — The Bremen Lions sent out their seniors on a high note as they held the Culver Cavaliers in check beating them by a score of 62-44.
Bremen started the game out strong, going on a 10-2 run, led by senior Don Browning’s two 3-pointers. They were able to keep that going and closed out the quarter with a 14-6 lead.
The lead stayed at eight for most of the second quarter and then at the 3:37 mark, senior Ethan Pike went on an 8-2 run on his own for the Lions, helping push them to a 36-18 half time lead. Pike outscored the Cavaliers 19-18 in the half and finished with 30 in the game.
Culver coach Kyle Elliott talked about the lack of intensity in that first half.
“It was Senior Night and their team came out with a lot of emotion and energy and hit some shots and we didn’t match that intensity,” said Elliott. “We had some good looks early on and were unable to finish and at no point were we able to make a run. It was a disappointing game and not how you want to finish the season.”
During the second half, it was an evenly matched game with neither team able to make much of a run on each other. Back and forth for the most of the third quarter, Culver was able to close the gap by two, but still trailed 46-30 at the end of the quarter.
The Bremen Lions defense would prove to be the deciding factor as they were able to hold Culver junior Trent Elliott to eight points on 2 of 9 shooting from the field.
“The key the entire night was on the defensive side of the ball,” said Bremen coach Ryan Eakins. “If you hold a team like Culver, with a player like Elliott, with shooters around him, you are doing something right. We had a mindset that we were going to be the tougher team and it showed physically very early on.”
The Lions finished the game with every senior scoring on the night and extending their lead by two, winning the game 62-44.
“The thing I liked about tonight was that tonight was as good of a team win as we’ve had,” said Eakins. “I am very proud of all the guys that played and everyone contributed significantly tonight.”
With the win Bremen finishes the regular season with a record of 10-10 and 5-2 in the NSC. Culver finishes its regular slate with a record of 12-8 and 2-5 in the NSC.
• BREMEN 62
Score by Quarters
Bremen: 14 36 46 62
Culver: 6 18 30 44
BREMEN (62): Ethan Pike 30, Jacob Box 10, Don Browning 8, Dillon Mullen 6, Ryan Topper 3, Phoenix Ricketts 3, Reid Zellmer 2, Sam Lacher 0, Kai Slough 0, Alex Lowe 0, Austin Adams 0; Totals 17 13-19 62
CULVER (44): Jacoda Anderson 12, Micah Budzinski 10, Collin Stevens 9, Trent Elliott 8, Kyle Vlach 3, Everett Krueger 2, Jordan Sanders 0, Preston Hansel 0, Tucker Schultz 0, Brendon Pinder 0; Totals 14 13-18 44
3-pointers: Bremen 5 (Pike 3, Browning 2) Culver 1 (Vlach); Rebounds: Bremen 24 (Pike 7, Browning 5, Box 4) Culver 28 (Anderson 9, Budzinski 5, Elliott 4, Krueger 4, Stevens 3); Assists: Bremen 10 (Browning 3, Lacher 2) Culver 6 (Stevens 3, Elliott 2); Steals: Bremen 10 (Browning 3, Lacher 2, Ricketts 2) Culver 4 (Hansel 2); Turnovers: Bremen 11 Culver 16; Fouls (fouled out): Bremen 19 (none) Culver 17 (Krueger, Elliott); Records: Bremen 10-10 (5-2 NSC) Culver 12-8 (2-5 NSC)