Barnesville balance upends Bridgeport

Rod Johnson Special to The Enterprise Published:

Barnesville High got balanced scoring along with clutch free throw shooting in the final two minutes to post a 60-50 Friday night win over Bridgeport on Friday.

Dylan MacMillan, Brian Clark and Brandon Burkhart all dented double figures for the Shamrocks with MacMillan’s 19 earning game-high scoring honors. Clark and Burkhart added 12 and 10, respectively.

After an 11-10 edge in the first period, the Shamrocks posted an 18-11 advantage in the second to take a 29-21 lead to intermission.

In addition to scoring from MacMillan, Barnesville also received six points apiece from Isaac McGee and Zach Houston.

Keys to the strong first half for the ‘Rocks was their bench play (when a pair of Shamrocks got into foul trouble) and their switching defenses.

“We felt we needed to keep Bridgeport off balance,” Shamrock coach Chris Pack said. “They are such a quick and athletic team that we felt we needed to slow them down and felt different zone looks would do that. I was extremely happy that we held that team to just 21 points in the first half.”

Barnesville (2-1) used no fewer than four different zone defenses during the first 16 minutes.

Throughout most of the second half, the hosts maintained a cushion of anywhere from four to 13 points. Bridgeport began to assert itself a little better, but the winners were able to keep the foes at arms’ length.

Entering the final frame, Bridgeport (1-2) found itself trailing by 11, but began to extend its ‘man’ defense. The tactic paid dividends as it helped force seven Shamrock turnovers in the fourth.

After a MacMillan bucket began the final quarter, the Bulldogs answered with a modest 7-2 run to close within eight. That margin held until late when the guests’ pressure cut their deficit to four, at 54-50, with 1:30 to go.

At that point, it was the Shamrocks’ free throw shooting which sealed the victory, as MacMillan drained five charity tosses and Clark added one. Barnesville scored nine points at the charity stripe in the final period.

The Shamrocks finished with a 22-of-53 floor shooting effort and added 13-of-22 at the line. They also posted a 43-34 rebounding edge over the taller Bulldogs, with Houston grabbing a dozen caroms. Barnesville was whistled for 18 turnovers.

Q.J. Williams, with 14, and Dallas Fields, with 11, were the only two Bridgeport players to finish in double figures. The Bulldogs shot a poor 20-of-59 from the field and just six-of-15 from the line. They were also a dismal four-of-19 from beyond the arc. Williams grabbed seven of the guests’ 34 rebounds. Bridgeport committed 17 turnovers. Another bright spot for the losers was the play of 6-5 sophomore Parker Dyson, who scored five, got six rebounds and blocked nine shots.

BARNESVILLE 60, BRIDGEPORT 50

Bridgeport (1-2)

Aaron Roth 2-4 2-2 8, Cody Seevers 0-0 0-0 0, Dallas Fields 5-8 1-2 11, J.C. Cash 0-1 0-0 0, Robert Teeman 0-2 1-2 1, Jon Kreiner 3-19 0-2 8, Bailey McGrath 1-3 1-2 3, Q.J. Williams 7-18 0-1 14, Parker Dyson 2-4 1-4 5. Totals 20-59 6-15 50.

Barnesville (2-1)

Jacob Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Brandon Burkhart 5-9 0-0 10, Dylan MacMillan 6-10 7-9 19, Brian Clark 3-12 6-10, Mitchell Wells 2-5 0-0 5, David Stewart 0-1 0-0 0, Isaac McGee 3-8 0-3 8, Zach Houston 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 22-53 13-22 60.

Bridgeport 10 11 9 20 — 50

Barnesville 11 18 12 19 — 60

Three point goals— BptHS 4 (Roth 2, Kreiter 2); BarnHS 3 (McGee 2, Wells 1). Rebounds—BptHS 34 (Williams 7, Teeman 6, Dyson 6); BarnHS 43 (Houston 12, MacMillan 8, McGee 7). Steals—BptHS 8 (Williams 3); BarnHS 6 (McGee 3). Blocked Shots—BptHS 10 (Dyson 9); BarnHS 5 (MacMillan 2, Houston 2). Fouls—BptHS 18; BarnHS 18. Fouled Out—BptHS (Fields); BarnHS (none). Turnovers—BptHS 17; BarnHS 18.

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