The Barnum Bombers boys basketball team hosted, but fell behind 32-22 at halftime, against the Esko Eskomos February 15 and were unable to come back, losing 63-46. It was only Barnum’s third loss this season against 19 victories. Esko (18-4) sewed up the League title as the game was worth four Polar points.
Both teams put three players in double figures, but Esko’s Kory Deadrick was the difference as the very versatile junior racked up 36 points. Deadrick, averaging 23.5 ppg, drained three of Esko’s four three-pointers, but did most of his damage inside with pull-up jumper and flaters in the lane.
Barnum was led by sensational sophomore forward Brandon Newman’s 15 points. Newman did his best to go inside and was outstanding at the foul stripe, going 11-for-11. Newman is among the area’s scoring leaders this season with 20.0 ppg. Barnum hit three threes in the game, with one each from Daniel Warpula (12 points), Zachary Carlson (10 points) and Nicholas Jelinek (3 points). Samuel Anderson had six points for the Bombers.
Casey Staniger had 14 points for Esko and the other player to reach the double digits for the Eskomos was Nate Johnson with their other three pointer.
By halves, Esko went 2-for-10 and 2-for-6 from outside the arc for 4-for-16 (25 percent) for the game. But it was the Eskomos inside game that shone. The first half was 10-for-15 in the paint and the second half was 8-for-15 in the lane for a lane game of 18-for-30 (60 percent).
Barnum found the long range once in the first half four of six tries and twice in the second half out of 10 tries for 3-for-16 (19 percent) on the long ball. The Bombers had trouble on the inside at only 6-for-21 in the first and an even lower 4-for-11 in the second half for just 10-for-31 (32 percent) in the paint for the game.
In rough game, with some not always polite fanatics, both teams did well at the foul line. In fact, it was practically a wash in all the heated temperatures. Esko went 15-for-17 (88 percent) for the game while the Bombers were steady as well at 17-for-20 (85 percent).
Rebounding found the Bombers staying with the taller Eskomos at 15-12 in the first half, with Esko hitting the boards for a 13-6 advantage in the second half. Esko won that battle at just 25-21 for the game. The steals were nearly even at 4-2 and 1-2 for 5-4 for Barnum in the game. Esko had the better readily apparent passing for scores at 3-2 and 2-1 for 5-3 for the game. The Eskomos also did the better job of taking care of the basketball with three turnovers in each half as compared to six and five by halves for Barnum for 11 turnovers for the game.
The following represents points (including three-pointers), rebounds, steals and assists for the Bombers. Newman: 15, 9, 2, 2; Warpula: 12 (1), 5, 0, 0; Carlson: 10, (1), 1, 0, 0; Anderson: 6 , 2, 1, 1; Nicholas Jelinek: 3 (1), 0, 0, 0; Tory Slater: 0, 2, 0, 0; Nathan Jelinek: 0, 2, 2, 0.