The Schuyler boys basketball team dropped a 56-34 decision at home Thursday to West Point-Beemer.
The Cadets (8-5) took advantage of cold shooting by the Warriors in the first quarter to take an 11-2 lead. The only basket Schuyler (3-7) scored in the opening frame was a layup by Jakub Langemeier with 6:37 left on the clock.
Schuyler’s scoring drought continued well into the second quarter as West Point-Beemer increased its advantage to 17-2. The Warriors went 11 minutes without scoring a point until Auston Hall sank a pair of free throws with 3:37 remaining in the first half to make it 17-4.
“We did some dumb things with the basketball and had some uncharacteristic turnovers. We are still trying to find an answer at guard,” said Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe, whose team is playing without injured point guard Mason Kovar.
“We struggled to get even close to running our offense, then when we did we didn’t make a lot of good decisions with the ball. We just didn’t have a good start and they aren’t a bad basketball team,” Beebe added.
Despite the early lapses, Schuyler crept to within 10 points at 20-10 when Noah Beebe launched a long 3-pointer with 1:45 left in the half.
West Point-Beemer added two free throws and Schuyler’s Tychique Kutalu scored a bucket on a driving layup with seven seconds remaining to end the first half with the Cadets up 24-12.
The Cadets steadily increased their advantage in the third quarter. When Chase Streeter knocked down a jumper with 1:28 left in the period, West Point-Beemer enjoyed a 31-16 lead.
Schuyler got a 3-pointer from Noah Beebe and free throw by Easton Hall, but the Warriors found themselves on the short end of a 37-20 score heading into the final period.
“Our guys always play hard,” coach Beebe said. “There were times in the first and third quarters where we showed a little life, but then we got tired in that fourth quarter.”
The Cadets outscored the Warriors 20-14 in the final period to close out the road victory. Streeter led West Point-Beemer with 13 points and Hunter Pilakowski added 11.
The Warriors were stymied by the Cadet defense as they connected on only 30 percent of their field-goal attempts, including a 2-for-13 performance from beyond the 3-point line.
“They did a good job of playing defense against us. They certainly did their homework,” coach Beebe said.
Auston Hall had another solid game, leading the Warriors with 16 points and eight rebounds. Noah Beebe added eight points and Kutalu finished with five points and five rebounds.