B essemer showed no ill effects two days after losing a heartbreaker to Ironwood. Instead, it showed why Ewen-Trout Creek coach Brad Besonen’s pick for the Copper Mountain Conference may just be right.
The Speedboys jumped out to an 18-point first-quarter lead and went on to beat the Panthers 67-46 Thursday night.
Bessemer is a balanced team and played like it Thursday night. Six-foot-four Tyler Busch started strong and led the Speedboys with 20 points. Their quick, tough guards defended E-TC well, and Nick Trudgeon gave the Speedboys an early offensive boost with two 3s and 10 of his 14 points coming in the first quarter.
That balance was most evident in the first quarter. Busch scored inside, followed by a Trudgeon 3, with a putback by Busch and then a 3 by Uriah Aili to put Bessemer up 15-3. Trudgeon scored again and Busch got a 3-point play, Borseth broke the E-TC scoring drought with a 2, but Trudgeon dropped a 3 to end the period and the Speedboys were up 23-5.
“I think getting (Busch) established was important,” Bessemer coach Richard Matrella said. “But I think that is important every game, even if it’s just touches because you want the other team worried about him. Once they started to take him away, Uriah (Aili) hits a 3, Nick hits a 3, Anthony (Metas) hits a 3. It lets our shooters actually be able to step into their shots and we have good shooters on top of it, so pick your poison.”