Junior Jajuan Allison scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half as the Beech Grove Hornets rallied to defeat the Monrovia Bulldogs 64-51 Saturday night on the Matt English Court at “The Hive.” Allison scored seven of his point total in the fourth quarter as the Hornets (6-3, 3-1 in the Indiana Crossroads Conference) outscored the visitors 22-9.
Senior Gavin Hess matched Allison for team-high point honors with 17, 13 of which came in the first half as Beech Grove trailed by as many as five points in the early going.
Although he missed all eight of his shots from the field and scored just three points (on three made free throws), senior John Parker was the main catalyst for Beech Grove, leading the team in assists (6) and steals (4). He also grabbed five rebounds (all on the defensive end of the court). Senior Romeo Echols had another solid effort, scoring four points (including a floating bank shot just ahead of the third-period buzzer that evened the score at 42-42) and collecting two steals, two assists and three rebounds, including two key offensive boards in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Jadyn Curry, making his first start of the season for Coach Mike Renfro’s ball club, had a nice effort, scoring six points to go with four assists and two steals.
Senior Max Newman led Monrovia (10-2, 1-2 in the ICC) with a game-high 27 points, matching his output the night before in a 63-52 loss at Cardinal Ritter.
The Hornets, who shot 26-of-49 from the field, will face Lawrence Central in first-round action of the Marion County Tournament tonight at Lawrence Central High School. Game time is 7 p.m., and admission is $6.00. Tonight begins the 100th edition of the Marion County Boys Basketball Tournament, which coincides with the 100th season of Beech Grove High School Boys Basketball. Tonight’s meeting with Lawrence Central will be the first against the host Bears since the 2001-02 season.