Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:41 pm
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Wood River rolls past Broken Bow

BROKEN BOW — There were no tired legs when Wood River got off the bus after their 78-mile trip to Broken Bow.

The Eagles had to get off to a fast start. After back-to-back road losses to Kearney Catholic and Ravenna, they couldn't stomach a third straight losing bus ride home.

Fortunately for the Eagles, they rode home happy on Tuesday.

A quick start propelled Wood River to a 60-42 victory over Broken Bow, which snapped its mini two-game skid.

“We just went back to practice, worked hard and had our mind set to get a win tonight,” said Wood River guard Nate Bahe.

It was Bahe who put the Indians on their heels early. The sophomore knocked down three 3-pointers in the first four and a half minutes.

A shooter's dream put a simple, yet prophetic thought in Bahe's mind after his nine-point barrage.

“Keep shootin'. Keep shootin,'” he said.

That he did. In all, Bahe drained six three-pointers and scored a game-high 22 points and dished out four assists to pace the Eagles' offense.

Wood River shot 53 percent from the field and 57 percent from three-point range. The Eagles' ball movement resulted in assists on 20 of their 21 field goals.

“I tell our guys that all these teams we play are anywhere from 7-2 to 6-4 and we're pretty evenly matched. Whoever is on that night has the best chance to win,” said Wood River coach Dave Bahe. “We were on tonight and they didn't shoot well. That was huge.”

While Bahe and Dan Boshart, who added an efficient 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, fueled the Wood River scoring attack, the Eagles' defense allowed them to grow their six-point halftime lead.

Broken Bow, which came into Tuesday riding a four-game winning streak, couldn't get started offensively. A 15-for-53 shooting clip and a 1-for-14 mark from three-point range wasn't enough to stay within striking distance.

Wood River posts Matt Rennau and Dylan Mayfield, who had eight and nine points, respectively, had the tall task of shutting down double-double machine Jordan Lemburg. And while Lemburg still tallied 10 points and 12 rebounds, he wasn't able to string baskets together against Wood River's relentless pressure.

“You could see it in his face,” Dave Bahe said of Lemburg's frustration. “But it's a good lesson for him to keep battling, which he did.”

Marcus Miller kept the Indians close with 10 first half points but Wood River held him to 1-for-12 shooting in the second half.

“If huge if you can take out their two best players,” Dave Bahe said. “We just got them on a good night.”

Sophomore Josey Evans provided a boost off the Broken Bow bench by scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half. That, however, was not enough to match Wood River down the stretch.

The Eagles said they learned from incomplete games in their two losses. They put it all together on Tuesday.

Part of the complete performance, Nate Bahe said, stemmed from having a healthy lineup for the first time since their opener. Dave Bahe credited last Friday's 21-point loss to Ravenna for waking his team up at the perfect time.

“Getting our tails handed to us on Friday night was hard for the guys,” Dave Bahe said. “They were hungry.”

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WOOD RIVER..................................16 12 17 15 — 60
BROKEN BOW.................................11 11 9 11 — 42

Wood River (7-4): Nate Bahe 7-11 2-2 22, Dan Boshart 6-8 1-1 14, Dylan Mayfield 3-5 3-5 9, Matt Rennau 2-6 4-5 8, Jaime Rojas 1-4 0-0 3, Tanner Gideon 1-1 0-0 2, Jake Skeen 1-3 0-0 2, Chris Loy 0-1 0-0 0, Damian Martinez 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-40 10-13 60.

Broken Bow (6-5): Marcus Miller 6-24 0-0 12, Josey Evans 3-7 5-5 12, Jordan Lemburg 3-7 4-6 10, Grayson Minnick 1-6 2-4 4, Josh Jacobsen 1-4 0-0 2, Austin Reynolds 1-4 0-0 2, Noah Garey 0-1 0-0 0, Travis Kleeb 0-0 0-0 0. Totlas: 15-53 11-15 42.

3-point field goals — WR 8-15 (Bahe 6-9, Rojas 1-2, Boshart 1-1, Rennau 0-1, Skeen 0-1), BB 1-14 (Evans 1-1, Miller 0-8, Minnick 0-3, Reynolds 0-1, Jacobsen 0-1). Rebounds — WR 29 (Boshart, Rennau 6), BB 26 (Lemburg 12). Assists — WR 20 (Rojas 6), BB 7 (Lemburg, Jacobsen, Minnick 2). Steals — WR 4 (Bahe 2), BB 4 (Evans 2). Fouls — WR 14, BB 13. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — WR 14, BB 9.

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