Making 27-of-45 shots (60 per cent) from the field, 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 Tourney Friday afternoon at Decatur Central High School’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 (three-pointers).
Also contributing to the winning cause were senior Jordan Brickley (eight points, three assists 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 Tri-West (4-3) with a game-high 15 points.
Decatur Central, who had won the consolation game of the Holiday Tourney during the past three seasons, knocked off New Palestine 62-53 Friday afternoon in the championship game, which was played in the 5,200-seat main gym known as the “Hawks Nest.”
Beech Grove, who is 4-0 when shooting better than 50 per cent from the field, will play its 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 p.m. on the Matt English Court.