BARNESVILLE -- With two players benched due to disciplinary reasons, the visiting Beallsville Blue Devils were at the mercy of the host Barnesville Shamrocks with Barnesville rolling to a 78-29 win Tuesday.
The first half the Devils tried to hang around with Barnesville posting a 23-11 lead the opening quarter and a 22-13 difference the second round for a commanding 45-24 half-time advantage.
The second half it was all the Shamrocks as Barnesville dominated the paint and inside game to run to a 16-3 edge the third stanza and a 17-2 difference the final eight minutes for the lopsided 78-29 victory.
"With those two not playing, we were able to control the inside," Barnesville coach Chris Pack admitted. "We have to keep working, because our next game is real big for us."
Barnesville (4-1) hit 31-of-54 shots from the field for a blistering 57 percent and added 12-of-20 from the charity stripe. The 'Rocks got balanced scoring with 10 players reaching the scoring column. Bryson Stephen and Kody Skinner led the way with 13 points each, while Dalton Smith added 10, Tyler Fitzpatrick nine and Colby MacMillan eight.
The Shamrocks won the battle of the boards by a 29-19 count led by Fitzpatrick with seven and Skinner with six caroms. MacMillan had seven of Barnesville's 14 assists and seven of the 16 steals while turning the ball over just seven times.
Beallsville made just 11 field goals and tacked on 7-of-18 from the foul line. Brett Stephen paced the Blue Devils with 17 points while the visitors were guilty of 24 turnovers.