Making 27 of 45 shots from the field (60 per cent), the Beech Grove Hornets snapped out of their shooting doldrums with a resounding 75-46 win over the Tri-West Bruins in the consolation game of the New Year’s Holiday Tournament Friday afternoon at Decatur Central’s auxiliary gymnasium.
The consolation game was a workmanlike effort for Coach Mike Renfro’s Hornets (5-3). Leading the way was senior Gavin Hess with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Classmate John Parker had nine points, five assists and four steals while junior Josh Copenhaver scored nine points on three treys.
Senior Jordan Brickley compiled eight points and three steals; junior Vin Pich eight points and five assists; junior Jajuan Allison eight points and six rebounds; senior Griffin Wade six points; and sophomore Gavin Mitchell six points on two treys.
Junior forward Taylor Gardner led the Bruins (4-3) with a game-high 15 points.
Decatur Central, who had won the consolation game of the Holiday Tourney the past three seasons, defeated New Palestine 62-53 in the championship game, which took place in the 5,200-seat main gymnasium, known as the “Hawks Nest.”
The Hornets, who are 4-0 when shooting better than 50 per cent from the field, will play their first home game in a month when the Monrovia Bulldogs come calling to “The Hive” for a pivotal Indiana Crossroads Conference contest this Saturday night. Tipoff is at 7:30 on the Matt English Court.