LIZTON -- When you're playing the Tri-West Bruins you should have all your three point shooters in the game because the Bruins will box you out and make you take your shots from three point land.
The South Putnam Eagles were, in fact, able to knock down eight three point shots Saturday night at Lizton, to Tri-West's three, but that still wasn't enough to beat the Bruins. By the end of the night, the Eagles came up on the short end of a 53-44 score.
South Putnam looked good in the first quarter. They got started with two three pointers by Cameron Chestnut and were able to keep the Bruins from scoring for nearly three minutes.
Then Tri-West scored twice with baskets from Randall Lowe and Jake Allen.
South Putnam's Derek Dean responded with a two-pointer, but then Tri-West's Joe Pierle made two free throws, and Allen shot a three. South Putnam's Dayne Nelson made the last basket of the quarter with 20 seconds left to play, giving the Eagles a slim lead, 10-9.
The second quarter belonged to Tri-West, who held the Eagles to 7 points while racking up 16 on their side.
The Bruins began their attack with a basket from Caleb McVicker. Then Grant Zimmerman sunk a three pointer for the Eagles. South Putnam did not score again for the next 3:30 of the quarter, during which the Bruins put up 8 points.
With 1:50 left to play Dean was able to score a regular basket, and then Noah Boswell got to the foul line and made two free throws.
Pfeifer got a free throw chance for Tri-West and made two. He also scored the next basket followed by teammate Ben Call with three seconds left. The halftime score was 25-17.
Tri-West outshot South Putnam in the third quarter as well, this time by a margin of 21-15. But the Eagles were better able to break the Bruin blockade, and by the fourth quarter they outshot Tri-West 12-7.
Boswell started the quarter with a 2-pointer, followed by 3-pointers by Frame and Chesnut, who was the high scorer for the Eagles with 12 points for the night. Masters made the final two buckets for the Eagles in the last two minutes of the quarter.
The Bruins were unable to score in this quarter until more than four minutes of domination by the Eagles. But the Eagles' drive was not enough to overtake the lead and win the game.
"Defensively we played well enough to win, offensively we just got to get better," said Eagles head coach Micah Elliott. "We took care of the ball in the second [half] and I feel we got better. Cameron Chestnut shot the ball really well. In the first half we had 11 turnovers and through the game we only had 15. We blocked out very well; they had 6 offensive rebounds and we knocked down a few shots. We contested their shots. Randall Lowe is a good player, and he had 15 but they were a tough 15."
South Putnam's JV squad also lost to the Bruins, 56-33.
South Putnam will travel to Greencastle Tuesday for a make up boy's Varsity game starting at 7 p.m.
Tri-West 9 16 21 7 -- 53
South Putnam 10 7 15 12 -- 44
Tri-West -- Lowe 13, Allen 12, Pierle 8, McVicker 9, Pfeifer 4, Call 2, Groth 3
South Putnam -- Chestnut 12, Dean 4, Nelson 7, Zimmerman 6, Boswell 4, Masters 6, Frame 5