Vikings pull away in third to beat Bloomfield

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tad Kapek (42) goes past Austin Ainscough for two of his 13 points.
By Andrew Bowen

MONTGOMERY -- Bid time return, play the third quarter again, and maybe Bloomfield would beat Barr-Reeve

Following a seesaw second quarter Friday night, the Cardinals (14-9) led 20-19 at halftime. Barr-Reeve (19-4) reeled off a 13-2 run to begin the third quarter, taking a 32-22 lead with about five minutes left in the frame, and the Cards would never get closer than five in the fourth stanza.

“They scored 13 points in the first three minutes,” said Bloomfield coach Jamie Hudson, “and that was the ball game.”

Point guard Turner Royal drives toward the basket in the second half.
By Andrew Bowen

He said the Cards gave up too many loose balls to the Vikings and let them get second shots. “Against a quality team like Barr-Reeve you can’t do that.”

The Cardinals also settled for too many three-point attempts, Hudson added, and did an abysmal job of hitting them, making only 2-18 (11.1 percent) for the game.

“We settled too much,” he said. “We settled for three’s. We should have taken it to the basket.”

Isaac Combs eyes the bucket before sinking a free throw in the fourth quarter. He led Bloomfield with 18 points.
By Andrew Bowen

He praised Andrew Shelton for driving to the hoop. Shelton hit 3-4 from the field for six points and played a nice overall game, grabbing five rebounds, dishing out a team-high three assists, and blocking one shot.

“We’ve got to get five guys doing that, not just one,” Hudson said.

Isaac Combs scored 18 points to lead Bloomfield and Tad Kapek tossed in 13.

A.J. Sipes tries to block a three-point attempt in the first half.
By Andrew Bowen

Six-foot-8 Keegan O’Neill scored 24 and Austin Ainscough added 14. O’Neill proved to be a juggernaut that ran over the Cardinal defense. Hudson said he gets “his butt on the block” making him “very difficult to guard.” He added that O’Neill is a throwback to the old days in that he is a bona fide post player.

“He’s a big kid. He uses his body really well,” he said. “He’s a true post player. You don’t see many kids like that.”

The teams fought to two ties, 2-2 and 5-5, before Ainscough hit his first trey to boost Barr-Reeve into a 9-7 lead at quarter’s end.

The Bloomfield faithful watch the action, or not, in the first half.
By Andrew Bowen

The lead proved to be a hot potato in the second quarter. Ainscough scored on a putback, Combs converted a fossil three-point play and nailed a layup for Bloomfield’s first lead, O’Neill swished two foul shots, Shelton went in for a layup, O’Neill got a putback, Kapek and Combs scored in the paint, O’Neill hit two jumpers, and Bloomfield took a 20-19 halftime lead when Kapek grabbed a missed free throw, drove the length of the court but missed the layup, and Combs tipped it in just before the buzzer.

Then the roof fell on Bloomfield in the third quarter. O’Neill sank two charity tosses and a six-footer, Ainscough made a bucket, and Gabe Gladish nailed a trey to give the Vikings a 32-22 lead. Hudson called timeout, and Kapek and Shelton scored to cut the deficit to 32-26. However, Gladish buried another trey shortly before the horn and Bloomfield would never get closer than five, 39-34 on Kapek’s trey, and 47-42 on Combs’ seven-foot bank shot, in the final frame.

The Cards will get a full week of rest as Bloomfield will not see action until approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday when they take on the winner of the Clay City-Eminence game in the second semifinal of the White River Valley Sectional.

Bloomfield 7 13 6 18 -- 44

Barr-Reeve 9 10 16 16 -- 51


Beard 0-2 0-0 0, Hudson 0-0 0-0 0, Shelton 3-4 0-0 6, Burch 0-2 0-0 0, Sipes 1-1 0-0 2, Royal 2-8 0-2 5, Kapek 6-15 0-0 13, Combs 8-17 2-3 18, TEAM 20-49 .4-8 2-5 .400 44.


Gladish 2-11 0-0 6, Wagler 0-3 0-0 0, A. Yoder 0-1 0-0 0, B. Graber 1-1 1-2 3, Parsons 1-2 0-1 3, Ainscough 6-12 0-1 14, K. Graber 0-2 0-0 0, O’Neill 7-12 10-11 24, Q. Yoder 0-2 1-4 1, TEAM 17-46 .370 12-19 .632 51.

Three-Point Shooting: Bloomfield 2-18 .111 (Royal 1, Kapek 1), Barr-Reeve 5-19 .263 (Gladish 2, Ainscough 2, Parsons 1). Rebounds: Bloomfield 34 (Combs 9, Kapek 8, Shelton 5, Royal 3, Sipes 2, Beard 1, Burch 1, Team 4, Deadball Rebounds 1), Barr-Reeve 38 (Ainscough 8, O’Neill 7, Wagler 6, B. Graber 4, Q. Graber 3, Yoder 2, Team 6, Deadball Rebounds 2). Assists: Bloomfield 10 (Shelton 3, Burch 2, Sipes 2, Kapek 1, Combs 1, Beard 1), Barr-Reeve 12 (B. Graber 6, Q. Graber 2, Wagler 2, Gladish 1Team 1). Steals: Bloomfield 4 (Combs 2, Kapek 1, Burch 1), Barr-Reeve 5 (Gladish 2, Wagler 1, B. Graber 1, O’Neill 1). Blocked Shots: Bloomfield 4 (Combs 2, Kapek 1, Shelton 1), Barr-Reeve 0. Turnovers: Bloomfield 11, Turnovers 6, Fouls Bloomfield 19, Barr-Reeve 11.

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