Triton trumps Bremen, stays perfect in NSC

BOURBON — After splitting the Northern State Conference title with John Glenn last season, Triton has no intention of sharing this year’s championship.
With Thursday’s 67-42 win over Bremen, Class A No. 2 Triton (14-3 overall, 6-0 in Northern State) stayed perfect in conference play. With just one league game remaining, a solo title is within reach.
“That would be huge for us,” Triton coach Jason Groves said. “Last year we had to share it and I know these kids want to get it outright. We have one more against a good and well-coached Knox team, and it’ll be a challenge, but these seniors are focused and hungry.”
Triton had four players score in double figures —Jordan Everett (20 points), Griffyn Carpenter (15), Clay Yeo (13) and Austin Davis (12). The Class 1A No. 2 Trojans shot 57 percent from the field (27-of-47) and scored 29 points off turnovers.
“We got off to a good start and that kind of set the tone,” Groves said. “I thought our kids were doing a good job sharing the ball, moved the ball well, got really good shots and our defensive intensity was there.”
Triton went 9 of 15 from the floor and forced eight turnovers in a 21-9 first quarter. A 3-pointer by Jesse Glingle pulled Bremen to within 26-16 halfway through the second period, but Triton took a 39-24 lead to halftime.
Everett, Carpenter and Davis combined for 28 first-half points on 12-of-14 shooting. Meanwhile, Bremen (3-13, 1-5) went 9 of 20 and outrebounded Triton 13-11. Those would be decent numbers against most teams, but Triton isn’t most teams.
“There is a reason they’re ranked where they are,” Bremen coach Kyle Hanyzewski said. “This is a very, very good team. They have great players and are very well coached. After the initial burst, I thought we played well, especially in that second quarter. But Triton is hard to stop because they have five people that can score.”
Two dunks by Yeo highlighted Triton’s third quarter, as the Trojans upped their lead to 53-33 going into the fourth. Triton led by as many as 29 points before Ben Hueni scored the last four of the game for Bremen.
Hueni (11 points) and Glingle (10) paced Bremen, and Hanyzewski was especially pleased with Glingle’s effort.
“He came out with no fear and stepped up and hit some big shots,” Hanyzewski said. “He’s a senior that’s worked very hard.”
Hanyzewski said the road trip was a team-building experience.
“It’s great to come to Triton and see where you’re at,” Hanyzewski said. “We had stretches where we played with them. Are we into moral victories? No, but you have to keep working and build from this.”
With just four regular season games remaining, including the finale against Knox, Groves said defense is a major focus for Triton the rest of the way.
“I think sometimes we get lazy there and don’t do what we should do,” Groves said. “That’s where it starts, and good defense picks up the offense. Our kids need to come in day in and day out and make that a priority.”

At Bourbon
Score by quarters
Bremen: 9 24 33 42
Triton: 21 39 53 67
BREMEN (42): Ben Hueni 2 5-8 11, Ty Holmes 0 0-0 0, Jesse Glingle 4 0-0 10, Ethan Pike 0 0-0 0, Jacob Box 2 0-0 5, Josh Brenneman 3 0-0 6, Tim Zimmer 0 0-0 0, J.J. Schafer 0 0-0 0, Austin Huff 2 0-2 4, Michael Ricketts 0 0-2 0, Mitch Huppert 3 0-0 6. Totals: 16 5-12 42.
TRITON (67): Griffyn Carpenter 6 1-2 15, Clay Yeo 5 3-5 13, Zak Shively 0 0-0 0, Dane Kennedy 0 0-0 0, Marc Lindsey 0 0-1 0, Quentyn Carpenter 0 0-0 0, Austin Davis 5 2-2 12, Stephen Rowe 0 0-0 0, Jordan Everett 8 1-3 20, Seth Glingle 0 1-2 1, Blake Lemler 3 0-0 6, Cody Shively 0 0-0 0, Kai Slough 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 8-15 67.
3-point goals: Bremen 5 (Hueni, Glingle 2), Triton 5 (Everett 3); Rebounds: Bremen 24 (Huppert 8), Triton 27 (Davis 6); Turnovers: Bremen 23, Triton 18; Fouls: Bremen 17, Triton 18; Records: Bremen 3-13, Triton 14-3.