After both picking up major victories on Friday night, both Trinity Lutheran and Brownstown Central had a quick turnaround for their matchup Saturday night inside The Pit.
It was a solid environment between the two county foes, and even though Trinity put up a fight, especially in the second half, it was Brownstown that came away with a 72-55 victory.
Aidan Schroer got the Braves on the board first with a free throw, and then he made a layup to put Brownstown up 3-0. Jack Benter drained a three to go up six before Trinity’s Sage Broughton broke the ice for the Cougars with a 3-pointer of his own to make it 6-3.
Jacob Conrad and Mitchell Hackman also got some buckets for Trinity in the first quarter, but it was 10 first-quarter points from Benter that gave Brownstown a 25-13 lead after the first eight minutes.
Hackman opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer, but then Benter answered with a three of his own, followed by a 3-pointer from Jakob Arthur.
Benter had a breakaway steal for a dunk and Arthur scored another two as Brownstown went on a 10-0 run to take a 35-16 lead before Broughton ended it with a 3-pointer.
The Braves doubled up Trinity going into halftime, leading 48-24.
“In the first half, I thought we played with a lot of energy and we ran the floor, advanced the ball, got good shots and made shots,” Brownstown head coach Dave Benter said.
Benter said he reminded his team at halftime about the Rock Creek game earlier in the season where the Braves played well in the first half but not so much in the second half. He didn’t want that to happen again, but that wasn’t the case.
Trinity outscored Brownstown in the second half 31-24, but the Cougars never got too close down the stretch.
“Our coverages were bad. We had three or four outlet passes that were really bad. It was all correctable mistakes,” Benter said. “We didn’t have our hand up on some shooters. Our lack of focus was not very good in the second half.”
Jack Benter led all scorers in the game with 30 points. Schroer and Arthur both scored 11 points, which was a welcome sight for the Braves.
“I thought (Schroer) gave us good minutes, especially on the boards. He ran the floor hard,” Dave Benter said. “Jakob Arthur, good to see the ball go through the hoop. He’s been hurt most of the year. It was good to see both of them have good nights.”
Carter Waskom scored seven, Levi Stahl had five, Bryce Neal three, Carson Darlage three and Trapper Dean one. The Braves were without starting guard Parker Hehman on Saturday, and his status remains questionable heading into next week.
As for Trinity, Broughton led the Cougars with 20 points, scoring 10 in each half. Broughton was very active on the night, scoring in a variety of ways and also coming up a couple of blocked shots, as well.
Hackman tallied 17 points on the night, Kade Hill had seven, Jacob Conrad four, Caleb Williams three and Evan Hunt and Kowan Gross each had two.
Trinity is now 5-8 on the season. The Cougars scored a big 63-53 win over Shawe Memorial Friday night, where Hackman had 14, Broughton 13, Conrad 10, Williams seven, Hill six and Jacob Sabotin five.
Trinity will play again on Jan. 21 at Medora.
As for Brownstown, the Braves are now 10-2 this season. They had a solid road win on Friday night at Silver Creek 83-71, where Benter scored 32, Waskom 24, Hehman 12, Carson Darlage seven, Stahl five and Arthur three.
Brownstown will host 11-3 Greensburg on Friday night.
“They’ve got a really nice team,” Benter said of the Pirates. “They’re experienced with four starters back from last year. We’re going to have our hands full. They’re going to be as good as anyone we’ve played all year. It’s going to be a challenge.”