Purples roll past Spartans for 11th straight win

Make it 11 straight wins for Bowling Green.

Riding a 10-game win streak into Tuesday’s District 14 matchup with South Warren, the Purples remained hot — using an all-around, complete effort to roll to a 66-46 win over the Spartans at Bowling Green High School.

“They’re a really good basketball team,” Bowling Green coach Derrick Clubb said. “When we go to South Warren in a couple weeks, we’ll have a great game ahead of us. But I’m proud of the guys tonight. This time of year, every day you want to get a little bit better.

“I think we’re finding a little bit of rhythm. I don’t think we’ve played close to a perfect game yet, but I do think we’re finding a rhythm that’s good for this group.”

Bowling Green (14-3 overall, 2-1 District 14) led by just eight at 23-15 after the opening quarter but outscored South Warren 16-4 in the second to build a 39-19 advantage at halftime. The Purples remained in front throughout the second half en route to another victory.

Turner Buttry led BGHS with 14 points, while Isaiah Mason finished with 13. In addition to that duo, three other Purples — Jaxson Banks, Cobi Huddleston and Dez Wilson — all finished in double figures.

“I think it just all comes from practice,” Mason said of the Purples’ balanced attack. “We take it serious and we don’t goof around in practice. We know what we’ve gotta do to win, and we just take it day-by-day and do what we’ve gotta do to win.”

Caleb Mitchell-Franklin paced the Spartans (10-6, 1-2) with 15 points.

Bowling Green started fast and jumped out to an 8-2 lead after Buttry knocked down a 3-pointer at the 6:21 mark of the first quarter, but Caden Veltkamp’s basket brought South Warren within 10-6 under a minute later.

Mitchell-Franklin made a pair of free throws to cut the Spartans’ deficit to 12-10 at the 4:19 mark, but the Purples closed the period with an 11-5 run to lead 23-15.

Bowling Green took control in the second quarter, outscoring South Warren 16-4 to take a 39-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Purples put together an 8-0 run to go up 31-17 with 3:54 remaining in the half — and then used another 8-0 spurt to build a 20-point advantage.

“Probably the best half of basketball we’ve played as far as passing and staying spaced all year,” Clubb said. “I thought we moved the ball — and when you do that, you get easy ones early. I really liked the way we played offensively in the first half.”

Conner Cooper’s 3 put Bowling Green up 44-19 early into the third, and a basket by Huddleston made it 48-21 at the 5:13 mark. Mitchell-Franklin splashed back-to-back triples to cut South Warren’s deficit to 48-27, but the Purples still led 52-36 entering the fourth.

Mason’s triple from the left corner gave Bowling Green a 21-point lead, and Huddleston’s bucket later put the Purples up 64-44 with just over a minute left and sealed another win.

“We know what we’ve gotta do to win. We don’t want to overlook it,” Mason said. “We go hard every day and we know what we’ve gotta do.”

South Warren will look to bounce back Friday when it hosts Christian County at 7:30 p.m., while Bowling Green is scheduled to host Christian Co. next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

SWHS — 15 4 17 10 — 46

BGHS — 23 16 13 14 — 66

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