COLUMBUS — Schuyler’s shooters were feeling it Friday.
The Warriors knocked down a Columbus Holiday Tournament-record 14 3-pointers in a 63-55 win over Twin River in the consolation game at Dowd Activity Center.
“If everybody’s healthy, we know we can shoot it,” Schuyler head coach Lyn Beebe said.
The Warriors needed every one of them to hold off a late Twin River charge aided by more missed free throws from Schuyler.
After shooting just 1 for 12 from the line in a four-point loss Thursday to Lakeview, the Warriors missed four straight at one point as the Titans cut a 15-point deficit to single digits with 1:20 left in the game.
Without starting point guard Mason Kovar, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, Schuyler struggled at times down the stretch.
“Against their quickness, it was scary for a little bit,” said Beebe, who expects Kovar to “be fine.”
Kovar finished with 16 points and hit four treys.
The good news for the Warriors is their record-setting 3-point shooting provided a big enough cushion to get the win.
Twin River still needed an extra turnover or two to really put the pressure on Schuyler.
“I was happy with the way we finished the game,” Twin River head coach Tod Heier said. “The kids stayed after it and gave ourselves a chance to cut into the deficit.”
For the second straight game, the Titans got off to a fast start. After Schuyler took a 14-9 lead in the first quarter, Twin River finished the period on a 9-0 run and led 18-14.
However, also for the second straight game, the Titans failed to build off the strong first quarter.
“It’s something we definitely need to work on,” Heier said. “We’re a young team, we’re still learning how to play 32 minutes of basketball.”
Back-to-back treys from Tyler Kohl gave Schuyler the lead at 25-22. After a three-point play from Twin River, Kohl knocked down his third 3-pointer of the quarter. Noah Beebe drained a trey in the final seconds to give the Warriors a 31-27 advantage at the break.
Noah Beebe finished with a team-high 17 points and knocked down five 3-pointers.
After a scoreless first half, Auston Hall got on the board in the third quarter with a 3-pointer that gave Schuyler a double-digit lead at 39-29. Hall scored nine points in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors continued to extend their advantage, outscoring the Titans 18-7 in the third period to take a 49-34 lead into the final quarter.
“We just came out and did a little bit better with our decisions,” coach Beebe said. “The tempo we had in the third quarter was good. We were attacking and we were making an all-out effort to get to the rim."
Schuyler maintained a double-digit lead until Twin River’s final charge.
Jaxson Hinkle had a game-high 27 points for the Titans.
The Warriors (3-4) play Thursday at David City Aquinas and Twin River (2-7) hosts David City on Friday.