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Forbes Road drops 40 in half to top BMS

BELLEVILLE — Holding a slim lead going into the locker room, Belleville Mennonite seemed to have the game under control, even though it was struggling to knock down shots.

Unfortunately for the Thunder, their inability to score consistently continued well into the fourth as Forbes Road eventually caught fire, using a 40-point second half to shock BMS in a non-conference boys basketball contest in Belleville on Monday night.

The Thunder established a 10-8 lead entering the locker room behind two jumpers from Ben Aungst, a pair of free throws from David Yoder and baskets by Zachary Snook and Jared Flood. BMS also rebounded particularly well against a much taller Forbes Road lineup, as the Cardinals held a 21-16 edge in rebounds on the first half despite having more size at every position.

“We took a lot of great shots in the first half and they just weren’t going in,” Thunder coach John Pannizzo said. “I thought defensively we looked great in the first half and we controlled the tempo and that’s why we went into the locker room [with the lead].”

Defensively the Thunder were sitting back to let the Cardinals take deep threes while hitting the glass. Forbes Road used that to its advantage in the second half, as the Cardinals heated up, hitting five 3-pointers — including four in the final quarter — to sink BMS.

“I thought the team really worked hard defensively,” Pannizzo said. “They were outstanding. They boxed out well and we rebounded extremely well. In the second half we got caught up trying to play their game and we lost control and momentum shifted. We needed to control the game and play at our tempo, but it got away from us.”

Forbes Road ran out to 9-2 run to begin the third quarter, but a 3-pointer by Frankie Pannizzo and a jumper by Flood tied the game up at 17 with 3:20 remaining in the third. Forbes Road closed the third on an 8-0 run to grab control of the game.

There was a lid on the basket for most of the night for the Thunder, as BMS made just 10 shots from the floor. BMS got to the line early and often but shot just 9-of-19 at the charity stripe.

“We just had a tremendous amount of shots that didn’t fall,” Pannizzo said. “The kids really battled hard and I can’t be disappointed in their effort — it was outstanding. I thought Zach, Ben and Frankie rebounded tremendously well and I thought Jared Flood had one of the best games of his high school career controlling the team and being a team leader. David was gutsy coming out and playing after an injury in a collision he suffered over the weekend.”

Forbes Road instituted a press in the second half and started running the floor in transition to gain separation after empty possessions by the Thunder.

“I thought at times we broke the press easy, but the kids just weren’t focused on executing properly every time down which caused fits for us,” Pannizzo said. “Overall, we did get through the press, but we rushed our shots. The rushed shots led to rebounds and gave them opportunities in the fast break.”

The Cardinals’ Caleb Hershey connected on three 3-pointers while Dylan Taylor knocked down another trey to add to the Forbes Road lead. Taylor’s 3-pointer broke the game open as the Cardinals led by 17 with 3:45 left to play.

Flood rallied the Thunder with a sweet layup, fighting through contact to absorb a foul on his way to the basket. Flood then found Snook with a flashy no-look pass for an easy layup that cut the Forbes Road lead to 38-26 with 3:43 left to play. BMS couldn’t get any closer.

The loss drops the Thunder to 3-11 as BMS returns to league play today when it hosts Grace Prep at 7:30 p.m. in the second game of a boys and girls doubleheader.

Flood led BMS with eight points, three assists and added two steals, while Aungst had seven points and seven rebounds. Snook had 10 rebounds while Pannizzo had four points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Hershey led Forbes Road with a game-high 18 points on five 3-pointers, while three Cardinals had 10 rebounds in the victory. The Cardinals outrebounded the Thunder, 44-35.

BMS won the JV game, 29-14.

Even with the loss, Pannizzo believes that his team can finish out the season with a win in all three of its remaining games if the Thunder can play at the same level they did against Forbes Road.

“If we play like this, we’re going to have good opportunities tomorrow,” Pannizzo said. “I really think these guys round out the year with three-straight wins.”

Forbes Road 48, Belleville Mennonite 30

FORBES ROAD

Caleb Hershey 6 1-2 18, Jonas Shaneman 3 3-5 9, Matt Clippinger 2 1-2 5, Holden Lupey 2 1-2 5, Dylan Taylor 2 0-0 5, Wyatt McGowan 2 1-2 4, Porter McMath 1 0-0 2, Isaac Kuhn 0 0-2 0. Totals: 18 7-13 48.

3-point goals: Hershey 5, Taylor.

Did not score: Brady Skinner, Kaden Small, Jonah Nicholas, David Knepper, Brandon Mellott, Nate Wilt.

BMS

Jared Flood 3 2-5 8, Ben Aungst 3 1-2 7, Frankie Pannizzo 1 1-4 4, Zachary Snook 2 0-1 4, Mitchell Kauffman 0 3-4 3, Caleb Renno 1 0-0 2, David Yoder 0 2-3 2. Totals: 10 9-19 30.

3-point goals: Pannizzo.

Did not score: Josh Sunderland, Cole Lauver.

Score by quarters:

Forbes Road 4-4-17-23 — 48

BMS 4-6-7-13 — 30

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