Four in a row will work.
Batesville’s Bulldogs extended their only win streak of the season to four by outclassing a young Hauser Jets’ squad Saturday (Feb. 1) at BHS. The Dogs led 20-0 after eight minutes, pushed the lead to 30 early in the fourth, and came away with a 60-39 win.
“I thought our start was very impressive,” said BHS coach Aaron Garrett. “The rest of the game was a little choppy, but we got some other guys minutes, which is always good.”
Garrett’s staff had planned to face 6-foot-5 forward Trey Johnson and guard Jackson Paradise, but both senior Jets were out of the starting lineup for separate reasons.
“We had a different game plan in place,” said the coach, “then went man almost the whole game. We have to improve with that, because even though we play a zone, there will be times we want to play man.”
It quickly became evident Hauser was in for a long night.
Four minutes in, it was 7-0 on a Colt Meyer three and two of Meyer’s multiple assists (both to Sam Voegele). A drive by Charlie Dice forced a timeout from HHS coach Joe Sibbitt.
The unselfish play continued when Meyer made the extra pass to find Dice, and RJ Powell spotted Voegele behind the arc. Already 14-0, the Bulldogs got threes from Meyer and Voegele – the latter coming on an inbound pass with time running out.
The Jets finally scored with 6:58 to go in the half, Clayton West laying one in. Dice and Thomas Raver answered with field goals. Four straight points by sophomore Cole Werner made it 29-5, leading to another Jet timeout. Voegele put the hosts up by 22 late in the half.
Johnson’s suspension lifted by Sibbitt, the big guy made his presence known early in the third with a traditional 3-point play.
But the Dogs continued piling on. Meyer hit a deuce, then passed to Voegele, Raver and Lleyton Ratcliffe for easy buckets. Going into the last frame, it was 41-19.
An 8-0 run by the home team started the fourth. Hauser outscored the Bulldogs 20-11 in garbage time.
Voegele and Meyer had 17 and 16 points, respectively. Johnson’s 15 points after halftime paced the Jets.
Prior to tip, more alumni were honored for the 100-year celebration of BHS boys basketball. This time, it was the 1980s and 1990s.
“That 1994 team shocked the state a little by getting to the semistate,” said Garrett. “That was coach Melvin Siefert’s first year here. He’s special because he gave me my coaching start and continues to be a mentor to me.”
Batesville (6-8) gets back into Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference play Thursday at South Dearborn.
VS. NORTH DECATUR (Jan. 31)
Garrett Wood was a one-man wrecking crew for the North Decatur Chargers Friday evening at Batesville, but 23 points on seven 3-pointers were not enough to overcome a ball-hawking, athletic Bulldog squad.
The home team grabbed the lead on back-to-back buckets by Meyer in the second quarter – the second from distance – and never looked back. The lead reached double digits early in the second half and hovered in that range until 58-44 came up as the final.
“That may be my first time as a coach a player’s dropped in 7 threes,” said Garrett. “They’re explosive, so I was pleased in the second half as we methodically stretched the lead.”
The Bulldogs went up by 14 after Raver found Dice for a deuce in the fourth quarter. Wood then came up with consecutive threes and coach Kyle Nobbe called time with his team down 44-36.
Meyer dished off to Voegele for two, but Wood drained another triple. Powell promptly attacked the basket for an and-1 to stretch the lead back to 10.
Buckets by Dice and Ratcliffe preceded yet another Wood trey with 2:25 remaining. A skip pass to Meyer for three made it a 56-44 game with 1:49 on the clock. ND didn’t commit to the foul game, only sending Powell to the line at the 28.7 mark.
The first quarter ended up as the Wood and Dice show. Wood scored the first points of the game on a three, before Dice answered with seven straight – a conventional 3-point play and a pair of free throws making it 7-3 with 3:47 on the clock. Wood countered with a 3-ball and a lay-in in the last two minutes.
“I thought Charlie played the best game of his career,” said Garrett. “He not only scored, but did a good job rebounding and defensively.”
Interior baskets for Westin Swango extended the guests’ lead to 12-7 to start the second frame, and BHS coach Aaron Garrett signaled for time at 6:58.
The hosts responded with a 19-8 run going into the halftime break. A field goal by Trey Nobbe was quickly answered by Dice and Voegele makes. A banker by Nobbe at 3:57 was essentially the Chargers’ last stand at 17-14. Elijah Hoeing’s 3 was neutralized by Meyer’s last-second three from the wing, putting the score at 26-20.
“We started out missing our first eight 3s, but led by six at halftime,” Garrett said. “We started getting pressures and steals that led to easy baskets, and that translated to ball movement, post touches and reversals.”
Powell and Voegele landed short jumpers to make it 30-20 less than two minutes into the third. Free throws by Powell and a baseline move by Meyer had ND asking for time, down 34-22.
Hoeing hit his second 3 before a dry stretch on both sides, ended by Meyer’s triple. BHS closed out the frame as they had the first half; Wood’s 3 was negated by Ratcliffe’s 3 in the corner as time expired.
Meyer paced the Bulldogs with 19, with Dice tossing in 11. Powell, Voegele and Ratcliffe had 9, 8 and 7, respectively.