Hall’s Post Dominance Propels JV Squad to Victory

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Nolan Cowell, Staff Writer

Red Bud’s JV team was firing on all cylinders Tuesday evening as they battled on their homecourt against the JV Valmeyer Pirates. Easton Lucht got things kicking for Red Bud as he sank his first bucket from beyond the three-point line, giving them a 3-0 advantage early on. A back and forth first quarter ended as the towering Junior Grant Nortin snatched an offensive rebound and went up strong in the paint for a lead changing 2 point layup, giving the Musketeers a 9-8 lead. Sophomore Drew Grohmann did a great job creating opportunities in the steals column for Red Bud, one of which in the second quarter where he stole and dished the ball to Thomas Friese, who assisted Devin Hall for the strong score in the post. The Pirates had their share of post dominance, however, as Ethan and Evan Rowe-Brown both backed down Red Bud defenders down low for easy two-point baskets. Red Bud held a 6 point advantage late in the half, as they looked to extend before heading to the half. An attempted fast-break 3 by Valmeyer in the final 10 seconds of the second quarter was cut short as number 23, Camden Langrehr soared through the air and thwarted the shot out of play. Beginning the fresh half trailing by 7, the Pirates committed an over and back violation on their first possession. Hall did not let the turnover go unnoticed, as he tallied another 2 points for Red Bud as a result of the change of possession. Nick Gantner got a piece of the action shortly after as he went 2/2 (4/4 throughout the game) on free throw attempts after a steal by Ayden Shemwell. The Musketeers struggled late in the third on field goal attempts, but the momentum quickly picked up after a quick steal and score by Langrehr, as well as a crafty baseline reverse layup under the basket to end the quarter. Red Bud entered the fourth with a 40-29 lead. Hall bullied the Pirates in the post all fourth quarter long. He sent the JV Pirates packing by another post field goal, converting an “and 1”, and drawing a shooting foul (in which he shot 1/2) on three consecutive drives. Langrehr polished it off with a spot-up 3 ball to push the untouchable lead to 19 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. Red Bud’s JV squad grabbed the dominant win against the Pirates by a final score of 55-36.