BEECH GROVE — Every team wants to peak in the postseason. Tri-West is doing it.
In a 29-point reversal of the teams’ regular-season contest, the Bruins blasted rival Danville in Friday’s Sectional 27 semifinal, 47-30.
Tri-West held Danville to 12 of 49 shooting (24 percent) and outrebounded the Warriors 33-18.
“We played about as well as we could defensively,” Tri-West coach Adam Bontreger said. “Every shot they took was contested, and they didn’t have any second-chance points hardly at all. Offensively, we were able to do just enough to get it done.
“To beat our rival, in sectional play, the way we did, it makes us extremely proud as a coaching staff.”
Tri-West (14-7) will face Indian Creek (11-10), a 71-48 winner over Greencastle, for the sectional title at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Danville, which finished 36 points below its season scoring average, ended its campaign at 17-5.
“We picked a bad time to have our worst shooting night, but you have to give Tri-West credit,” Danville coach Brian Barber said. “They were physical and played with a lot of energy.
“We had a good year. We won the conference and had a great group of seniors. We’ll have a lot of guys back, and we’ll get back to work.”
Friday’s first half was an ugly affair.
The teams shot 6 of 23 from the field in the first quarter, as Tri-West took a 9-6 lead. Bruin Bailee Vervynckt had six points in the second period, the same total as Danville, to help his team to a 17-12 advantage at the break.
The squads shot 14 of 46 in the opening half, including 1 of 14 from 3-point range.
While Danville’s struggles continued, Tri-West turned its offense around in the third quarter. The Bruins hit five of their first six shots, the last a 3-pointer by Connor Miller that put them up by 12.