A full-court press flustered Danville initially with six, first quarter turnovers. The Warriors had trouble getting into their offense and shot 3 of 12 in the first quarter. The Bruins led 24-8 after the first with 10 from DeSutter and eight from Jones in the quarter.
In the second quarter, it was more of the same for both teams. Tri-West continued it’s hot shooting and Danville struggled offensively. The Bruins stretched the lead to 41-13 with an 11-0 run and led 45-18 at half.
Danville was only outscored by seven in the second half as their play got better.
“Maybe a spurt here or a spurt there but the overall flow of the game was all Tri-West,” Hammons said. “Danville was just not a factor tonight.”
During DeSutter’s four years on varsity, the Bruins have gone an impressive 34-5 at home.
The intensity, passion and rivalry was evident last night between the Tri-West and Danville boys’ basketball teams.
With four ties and 10 lead changes, the Bruins sent homecoming fans home happy as they defeated the Warriors 50-42 and made key plays down the stretch.
“We did a lot of little things when the game was on the line,” Tri-West coach Adam Bontreger said. “Just really proud of the effort and it was a great atmosphere. One of the better atmosphere’s I’ve coached in here at Tri-West. We had a lot of great fan support tonight and it was just a fun game for any Bruin fan.”
Danville held a 39-35 lead with under four minutes to go in the fourth. Junior Austin Lynn hit his first 3-pointer of the evening on the right wing to bring Tri-West within one. On the very next possession, Lynn stepped up and hit another 3-pointer from almost the exact same position to give the Bruins a 41-39 lead. The next time down the court, Lynn found Brant Gadberry for an open layup, giving Tri-West a 43-39 victory with 1:55 remaining.