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Cards claim seventh in first GCI

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Union's Trey Bedwell tries to make his way around the defensive efforts of Bloomfield's Jared Myers during the seventh-place game of the Greene County Invitational on Saturday. The Cardinals handed the Bulldogs a 76-46 setback. (Shad Cox). [Order this photo]
SWITZ CITY -- It took them three tries, but the Bloomfield Cardinals got their first win in the Greene County Invitational Saturday afternoon.

The victory, their seventh against five losses, came in a 76-46 rout of Union -- who remains winless in 10 contests -- in the tournament's seventh place game.

"I thought our second half effort was -- in terms of just effort -- it was the best we've played this week at the tournament," BHS coach Matt Britton said. "We were pretty apathetic in our first two games and to be honest our practices over the break have not been what we really like -- and hopefully we can get practices back to where I like and that will translate to better play next weekend."

After dropping their first contest of the day, just some 20 minutes prior to the tip-off, the Cardinals shook off early fatigue and turned up the burners in the middle two frames.

"Fatigue really set in there in the first half," Britton said. "We got a lot of contributions from a number of kids."

After a slim 13-12 Bloomfield was registered on the scoreboard after one quarter, the Cardinals scored 45 points over the next two quarters to leave little doubt about the final outcome.

They led by 10 -- 35-25 -- at the intermission and 58-37 after three quarters.

"The first half we saw some good signs of improvements," Union coach Chip Langley said. "They came out in the first half OK, then in the second half I think they were fatigued."

Britton decided to shuffle his lineup around for the Cardinals second game of the day, mainly to give his starters some time to recover from the short turnaround, but it ultimately had little effect on the final outcome.

"Our sophomores -- Clayton Burch, Conner Dowden, Evan Fuller did some really good things for us today," Britton said. "Our freshman Brandon Van Sant and Eli Combs all had nice games."

"In the second half our experienced players had a little bit better game and had a little more bounce in their step."

Dowden (12 points), Van Sant (12 points) and Ben Hays (11) all reached double figures while holding the Bulldogs to just one lone double figure scoring petformance.

That came from Austin Robertson who finished his first GCI appearance with a double-double - 12 points and 11 rebounds.

"We're just out of shape right now," Langley said. "We're going to work on that prior to our next game, so we'll be conditioning up and down, up and down."

The Cardinals return to action Friday when they travel to South Knox for a 6 p.m. contest while the Bulldogs will remain idle until Saturday when travel to Evansville Day School for a 2 p.m. contest in the Pocket City.


Greene County Invitational

Seventh place game

UNION (46) -- Trey Bedwell 0-6 3-4 3, Ian Hamburg 3-8 3-4 9, Austin Robertson 4-11 4-5 12, Zac Birdsong 2-5 0-0 6, Sterling Langley 4-9 0-0 8, Braydon Tally 2-3 0-0 4, Clay Figg 0-0 0-0 0, Melidian Maze 0-0 0-0 0, Parker Lovelace 1-2 2-2 4, Dakota Chesterfield 0-0 0-0 0. Totals16-44 12-15 46.

BLOOMFIELD (76) -- Clayton Burch 3-4 3-6 9, Brandon Van Sant 4-11 4-4 12, Evan Fuller 1-2 1-2 3, Taylor Skinner 3-3 1-2 9, Conner Dowden 6-8 1-1 12, Jared Myers 0-8 4-6 4, Ben Hays 4-9 3-6 11, Jesse Helms 1-3 0-0 3, Kyle Robinson 3-7 1-5 7, Eli Combs 3-6 0-0 6, J.J. Kingsley 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 27-65 18-32 76.

Union 12 13 12 9 -- 46

Bloomfield 13 22 23 18 -- 76

3-point shooting -- Union 2-7 (Birdsong 2-2, Langley 0-2, Bedwell 0-2, Hamburg 0-1), Bloomfield 4-15 (Skinner 2-2, Dowden 1-1, Helms 1-3, Fuller 0-1, Myers 0-4, Hays 0-2, Kingsley 0-2). Rebounds -- Union 39 (Robertson 11), Bloomfield 38 (Myers 7). Steals -- Union 5 (Robertson 2), Bloomfield 21 (Myers 8). Blocks -- Union 2 (Bedwell, Robertson), Bloomfield 2 (Van Sant, Skinner). Turnovers -- Union 26, Bloomfield 5. Total fouls -- Union 19, Bloomfield 17. Fouled out -- Langley. Technical fouls -- none.

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Break out the fire truck! We beat Union twice in one year and finished seventh instead of eighth in the GCI. Didn't we beat WRV and Clay City earlier this year? Good thing we didn't go to Terre Haute!

-- Posted by iowp32 on Sat, Jan 5, 2013, at 6:09 PM

Thank you class basketball!!! Basketball has basically hit rock bottom. The days of playing Terre Haute North, Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington South, Northview, West Vigo, Washington, Vincennes Lincoln, and Brown County are over. The days were people all over Indiana would know were Bloomfield was due to their Basketball Success are long gone. Bloomfield over time has been forced to sell there soul by abandoning playing the teams mentioned above and playing in tournaments like the Vincennes Holiday Tournament, Edgewood Holiday Tournament, and the Wabash Valley Tournament. Guy Glover would throw up today if he could see how bad things have got. How could we go from winning 12-19 games a year in a one class system against competitive opponents to playing South Knox, North Knox, North Central (FAMERSBURG), Eminence, and a weak Paoli Team (in a multi class format) as well as Playing in "The" Greene County Invitational. Three things used to work at Bloomfield: Play sectional opponents before Christmas, Avoid the "The" Greene County Invitational at all cost because if you play and beat a team twice during the regular season most likely they will get you at sectional time, and play teams like Terre Haute North, Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington South, Northview, West Vigo, Washington, Vincennes Lincoln, and Brown County so when you play in the sectional, regional, and semi-state you will be ready to compete and win. It is a shameful thing to be a Cardinal these days and to know that your current team got beat twice by teams that you already beat and end up 7th.....

-- Posted by SCR3 on Tue, Jan 8, 2013, at 5:40 PM

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