It has been a long time since the Batesville High School boys basketball produced offensively like they did Thursday night.
The Bulldogs closed out the regular season with a convincing 103-80 victory over the Shelbyville Golden Bears. It is the most points scored by Batesville since 1991 when they racked up 110 points against Union County.
“The guys put on a pretty good show offensively,” BHS head coach Aaron Garrett commented. “We came out very sharp and obviously shared and shot the ball very well.”
Like he seems to in most games, senior Nathan Longstreth got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard right away. Blake Walsman followed with a field goal and the Bulldogs quickly moved to a 5-0 advantage.
A Bryan Hoeing 3-pointer made it 8-2 and the Bulldogs would not trail in the game.
Batesville led 26-18 at the end of the first quarter and later 54-37 at halftime.
The lead grew to 64-44 on back-to-back field goals by Wes McKinney and Hoeing. The Bulldogs closed out the third quarter on top 77-64.
Walsman and Longstreth combined for the team’s first six points of the fourth quarter to stretch the margin to 83-64.
Longstreth was coming off a career high scoring effort against Beech Grove and topped it with a team-high 31 points and 10 rebounds against the Golden Bears.
McKinney finished with 25 points and five assists, while Hoeing recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Walsman was impressive as well with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists.
For the game, the Bulldogs were 11-of-15 shooting from three-point range and 35-of-51 overall. They finished a total of 21 assists.
The Bulldogs enter sectional play with a regular season record of 17-3.
They will play the winner of Lawrenceburg and Rushville on Friday at Greensburg.
BHS junior varsity falls 44-35
The Batesville junior varsity squad suffered its second straight loss to conclude the season.