BNL shoots down Jennings
69-64 as Byrer, Stockman lead
Stars to back-to-back wins
By Justin Sokeland
As Seth Stockman rises, so does Bedford North Lawrence’s stock. For the first time during this peculiar, perplexing season of sell-offs and write-offs, the Stars have posted substantial gains, and Stockman has been ringing the market bell. Buy is the rallying cry.
Glory, hallelujah, BNL has a winning streak. It’s a modest one, only two games, but after a historic plunge in the wrong direction, the Stars are surging toward positive territory. They still have much work to do to regain what they have lost, but two games is a start.
BNL closed out a perfect weekend with a 69-64 home victory over Hoosier Hills Conference rival Jennings County on Saturday night. Blaze Byrer scored a game-high 22 points,but it was the career night of Stockman – 16 points, 9 rebounds – that made the biggest impact. Giving away inches and wingspan against the Panthers’ super-sized interior, he flexed some inside muscle and tore a hole. BNL drove through it.
From starter, to backup to little brother, to injured, to quiet hero, Stockman has gone full circle. Perhaps BNL (4-11) has also.
“I thought Seth Stockman really grew up these last two weeks,” BNL coach Jamie Hudson said. “He’s a big glue to what we do. He’s the reason we won tonight.
“That’s what I’ve been waiting for him to do all year. He’s got his confidence. I’m just so happy for him, because he’s worked hard for it. He could have easily sat and pouted.”
Byrer overcome a slump-shouldered start, hitting 1 of his first 7 shots, to contribute huge fourth-quarter points as BNL fought off the Panthers (6-6) during a frantic finish. None was bigger than the 3-pointer from the key that gave BNL a 57-53 lead, unless it was his post-up basket for a 61-55 advantage, unless it was the two free throws for an eight-point cushion with 1:25 left.
Byrer’s production was called a “quiet 22.” There’s no such thing. BNL needed it.