The Barnum Bomber boys basketball team's defense that gave up the third lowest points allowed in any class during last year’s campaign continued to showcase that aspect of their game, allowing the East Central Eagles only 26 points in a 75-26 rout in Barnum on the season opener on Friday, November 30. Barnum’s offense was also good, placing five different players in double digits in the running time victory. Bomber Brandon Newman suffered a minor injury within the game’s first few minutes and was unable to return to action.
Barnum did have a hard time outside the arc in the first half with 0-for-7 launching, but the Eagles went 0-for-03 on the long ball on the half. The Bombers had decent success in the lane as they went 10-for-24 (42 percent) in the paint. Overall, the Bombers had first half offense production of 10-for-31 (32 percent). East Central found its way to just two buckets in the paint in the half and to a 2-for-17 (12 percent) first half.
Barnum had a total field goal rate in the first half of 10-for-31 (32 percent) in the first half. The Eagles went just 2-for-17 (12 percent) in the half.
The Bombers were big on the boards with 26 rebounds in the first half alone and kept the Eagles off the glass at only 10 caroms in the half. Wile Barnum had 13 straight steals or forced turnovers in the first half, East Central was able to get only two steals in the half. Barnum tossed six clean assists in the half and the Eagles were able to get just one readily apparent pass for a score in that half.
Barnum stepped to the line and made 21-for-36 (58 percent) on its free throws. The Eagles shot 14 free throws and made five (36 percent) in the first half.
The Bombers kept the turnovers down to a mere five in the first half while forcing the Eagles into 13 lost possessions.
Barnum warmed up from the outside in the second half as Rodney Mullen, Jr. heated it up, going 4-for-5 from outside the arc. With Andrew Naslund missing his lone attempt, the Bombers went 4-for-6 (67 percent) on the bombs in the second half. East Central attempted only two long ones and missed them both. The Bombers continued to heat up the inside as they went 10-for-16 (63 percent) with all those scores again coming in the paint. East Central was able to improve some to 7-for-18 (37 percent) as more Barnum reserves entered the game. While Barnum had a second half field goal rate of 14-for-22 (64 percent) the Eagles had a second half total field goal rate of 7-for-20 (35 percent).
For the game, Barnum went 4-for-13 from outside the arc (31 percent) and 20-for-40 in the paint (50 percent) for a solid total of 24-for-53 (45 percent) for the game. The Eagles went 0-for-5 outside the arc and 9-for-32 in the paint (23 percent) for a game total of only 9-for-37 (24 percent).
Barnum went 2-for-3 in the second half from the foul stripe to finish at a not-so-out 58 percent. The Eagles went 3-for-6 from the line in the second half to finish at an even worse 8-for-20 for the game (40 percent).
Although rebounding nearly as much of a factor in the second half, Barnum still beat the Eagles on the boards by 10-4. Barnum backed off some on the defense and with more reserves playing, it showed six take-aways for the Bombers and one steal for the Eagles in the second half to show a large total advantage in that theft department of 19-for-3 for the Bombers. Barnum kept up on the assists as they fired seven scoring plays to finish with 13 assists on the game. The Eagles had no readily apparent assists in the second half to end up with just one notable assist on the game.
Barnum had six turnovers in the second to end up with a very tolerable 11 miscues for the game. To the Eagles' credit, they cut the second half turnovers down to five to finish with 18 lost possessions for the game.
The following represents the individual statistics for the Eagles for points, rebounds, steals and assists: Demetri Nordgaard: 5, 4, 0, 0; Kaleb McCulloch: 5, 2, 1, 0; Danny Dronen: 4, 2, 0, 0; Isaiah Lobby: 4, 0 ,0 1; Stephon Buchanan: 2, 2, 1, 0; Steven Gunderson: 2, 2, 1, 0; Jacob Seibert: 2, 1, 0, 0; Austin Peterson: 2, 0, 0, 0; Austin Hiler: 0, 1.
The following represents the individual statistics for the Bombers for points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists. Zach Carlson: 19, 2, 5, 1 and one blocked shot; Mullen: 12 (four three-pointers); Sam Anderson: 11, 6, 4, 1; John Zmyslony: 10, 8, 3, 0; Daniel Warpula: 10, 1, 5, 6; Mitchell Weller: 6, 1, 0, 0; Tory Slater: 4, 13, 0, 1; Nicholas Jelinek: 2, 3, 0, 2; Andrew Naslund: 0, 1, 0, 1; Newman: 0, 0, 1, 1.
The Bombers are at Pilager on Friday, December 7 with the tip off at 7:30 p.m. Barnum heads north to Silver Bay on Friday, December 14 with an early tip of 6:30. The Bombers host McGregor on Monday, December 17 with the regular game time of 7:15 p.m. That’s followed by an early game at Barnum on Tuesday, December 18 with Cook County with a tip time of 6:30 p.m.