GEORGETOWN — Despite making 15 three-point field goals and shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor, the Georgetown G-Men couldn’t keep pace with Blanchester Tuesday night.
Brayden Sipple finished with 40 points as the Wildcats broke a four-game losing streak to the G-Men, defeating Georgetown 85-65.
After scoring just 88 points combined in two losses to the G-Men a season ago, Blanchester (3-0, 2-0 in SBC National) nearly equaled that total in one night.
“It is so easy to score,” BHS head coach Adam Weber said. “We had a bad shooting night, and it is so easy to score because of the transition. We would have four or five breakouts in a row.”
Georgetown (1-2 overall, 0-2 SBC) did everything it could to stay in the game on the offensive end of the floor.
The G-Men knocked down three after three. Georgetown shot seven more threes than twos and made 15 threes to just nine two-point field goals.
“We were frustrated with our close-outs,” Weber said. “Guys were getting into the lane on us so some of these threes were on kick-outs. They hit them. Got to give them credit. Hats off to Georgetown for shooting so well.”
It simply wasn’t enough against Blanchester’s high-octane offense.
Sipple paced the offense most of the night. Hunter Bare added the exclamation points at the end.
With the G-Men pressing and smothering Sipple, Blanchester broke the press on two consecutive trips midway through the fourth quarter. Braden Roy both times fed a wide-open Bare on the baseline, who finished both with emphatic two-hand dunks.
“Those back-to-back dunks were kind of the nail in the coffin,” Weber said. “They had tried to press and speed it up so they could get a couple of extra shots at the three. Back-to-back great passes from Braden Roy, then Bare finishing strong with two straight dunks.
“Once (Bare) gets going, he’s hard to stop.”
Bare finished with a double-double, scoring 20 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. He also had four blocked shots.
Georgetown finished with three players in double figures, all thanks to the three-point shot. Carson Miles knocked down six outside shots for 18 points. Nate Kratzer had four from beyond the arc, also scoring 18. Joshua Galley had three from three-point range as he finished with 15 points.
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
At Georgetown High School
Blanchester 85, Georgetown 65
(85) BLANCHESTER (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Brison Lucas 1-1-0-3, Braden Roy 3-1-1-8, Tanner Creager 4-0-2-10, Brayden Sipple 17-0-6-40, Jay Ashcraft 2-0-0-4, Hunter Bare 10-0-0-20. TOTALS 37-2-9-85.
(65) GEORGETOWN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Carson Miles 6-6-0-18, Blake Tolle 0-0-2-2, Joshua Galley 6-3-0-15, Garrett Ernst 1-0-0-2, Fred Linveille 2-1-0-5, Keaton Shively 2-1-0-5, Nate Kratzer 7-4-0-18. TOTALS 24-15-2-65.
FIELD GOALS: B 37/66 (Sipple 17/25, Bare 10/20, Creager 4/9); G 24/49 (Kratzer 7/12, Miles 6/10, Galley 6/13)
3 POINT FIELD GOALS: B 2/7; G 15/28 (Miles 6/7, Kratzer 4/7, Galley 3/7)
FREE THROWS: B 9/15 (Sipple 6/8); G 2/4 (Tolle 2/3)
REBOUNDS: B 36 (Bare 10, Ashcraft 6, Sipple 5, Roy 5); G 22 (Miles 3, Ernst 3, Burrows 3, Shively 3)
ASSISTS: B 12 (Roy 4, Sipple 2); G 18 (Linveille 4)
STEALS: B 8 (Sipple 3, Roy 2, Creager 2); G 4 (Linville 2)
BLOCKED SHOTS: B 4 (Bare 4); G 3
TURNOVERS: B 11; G 19
Matt Sexton covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bymattsexton.