By William

BURRTON – The Little River boys basketball team continued to roll at the Burrton Basketball Invitational on Thursday as they played a consistent four quarters of basketball to score a 10-point, 59-49 victory over Goessel and put them in the tournament’s championship game on Saturday.

With the victory the Redskins are now sitting at 9-2 for the season but will have their work cut out for them on Saturday when they will tangle with unbeaten Berean Academy for the Burrton Tournament championship at 7:30. Berean Academy will come into the game a perfect 11-0 after beating Inman 41-30 on Thursday.

As for Little River, they held a slim, two-point advantage at 15-13 at the end of the first quarter of play before gaining a little bit more of an edge at seven points at 32-25 by the time the two teams hit the halftime break.

Goessel was able to shave three points off the Redskin lead in the third quarter, but Little River still lead 45-41 heading into the final eight minutes of action. In the final quarter the Redskins put the extra distance between them and Goessel to gain the final 10-point, 59-49 win.

Both teams shot well from the field as the Redskins hit on 46% of their shots while Goessel hit a sizzling 56%. One of the differences in the game came at the free throw stripe as Little River hit on 20-of-28 attempts while Goessel only had eight opportunities from the line and hit just three of them. The other difference came on defense as Goessel was forced into 25 turnovers while Little River only committed 14.

Once again, Jayden Garrison was the go-to guy on offense for the Redskins as put 27 points in the scorebook. Braxton Lafferty and Trey Rolfs joined him in double digits with 15 and 11 points respectively.



REDSKINS        15        17        13        14        = 59

Goessel            13        12        16        8          = 49

TEAM STATS:              REDSKINS        Goessel

Shooting                      18-38 (46%)     22-39 (56%)

3-Pointers                    3-12 (25%)       2-8 (25%)

Free Throws                20-28 (71%)     3-8 (38%)

Assists                          4                      0

Rebounds (Off/Def)    18 (5/13)         20 (5/15)

Turnovers                    14                    25

Steals                           14                    0

Blocked Shots              0                      0

Personal Fouls             11                    19

LITTLE RIVER REDSKINS INDIVIDUAL SCORING & STAT LEADERS (59 total points): Jayden Garrison – 27; Trey Rolfs – 15; Braxton Lafferty – 11; Rylan Konen – 3; Keaton Richardson – 3.

Three-Pointers Made (3): Jayden Garrison – 3.

Assists Leader: Jayden Garrison – 2.

Rebound Leaders: Jayden Garrison – 6; Braxton Lafferty -5.

Leader in Steals: Jayden Garrison – 6; Keaton Richardson, Trey Rolfs – 3.

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