By Mark Schnabel

Newton Kansan

MARION — The Berean Academy boys’ basketball team is off to a 4-0 start after downing rival Remington 48-34 Saturday in the championship game of the Marion Classic.

Berean jumped out to a lead early, holding off several Bronco comebacks. The key in the game was Berean’s 48 percent shooting from the field (19 of 40), hitting nine of 16 in the second half. Remington was 31 percent shooting (11 of 36), five of 17 in the first half.

“We weren’t very consistent in our play tonight,” Berean coach Lewis Wiebe said. “Offensively, especially, we had some bad possessions. They weren’t bad shots. They were quick shots. It seemed like we weren’t very fluid in our motion. It’s early and we have to learn. We were more patient in the second half. The first couple of possessions, we weren’t, but then we started working the ball inside. We had some guys come off the bench and do a nice job on the boards.”

“We didn’t execute well on either side of the ball,” Remington coach Matt Regier said. “We had too many defensive lapses and didn’t execute our stuff on offense. A lot of that credit goes to Berean. We didn’t have a very good night shooting the ball. (Toby) Penner and (Devin) Rust had a pretty good night shooting the ball for them. They made their shots. That’s because they ran their offense well. We have some new pieces we’re trying to fit together. We lost about 1,000 points scoring from last year. We’re still trying to put some things together. All of the guys out there have some positives. They just need to get more experience. We’re looking to play well in February, not December.”

Toby Penner led the Warriors with 14 points, hitting five of nine from the field. Devin Rust hit five of eight en route to 11 points.

Jadihn Martin led Remington with 11 points, followed by Charles McQuiston with 10. Martin was four of seven shooting, while McQuiston was three for six.

Berean jumped out 10-2 early in the game, but the Broncos cut the deficit to four at the end of the period, 14-10.

Remington stayed with the Warriors early in the second quarter. Late in the period, Berean made a 12-4 run capped by a Clayton Rust trey at the buzzer, putting the Warriors up 28-17 at the half.

Remington again got within six in the third quarter, but Berean replied with a 7-0 run. Brayden Marciano broke the run with a layup at the buzzer to get Remington within 11, 37-26.

The Warriors made a 9-2 run to open the fourth quarter and put the game out of reach.

Berean plays at 3-1 Caldwell at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, then faces 0-4 Garden Plain at 8:15 p.m. Friday at McPherson College in the HOAL-CPL Challenge. Caldwell is coming off a 3-0 finish at the Border Queen Tournament. Garden Plain finished 0-3 at the Rose Hill Classic.

“We have good leadership,” Wiebe said. “Defensively, we gave up way too much penetration tonight, but we’re better defensively than we are offensively. Caldwell is a very good team. They are well coached. It’s tough to play down there. Garden Plain is very athletic. We’re just trying to get more consistent. I’m still learning about this team and what their roles are going to be.”

Remington plays Bluestem at 4:45 p.m. Friday at McPherson College in the HOAL-CPL Challenge. Bluestem is 0—2.

“They are pretty young,” Regier said. “They have a good coach. They will be ready to play. I want to see us grow in the toughness department and the execution department. We have some guys with skills, we’re just not very tough yet.”

BEREAN ACADEMY (4-0) — Bisterfeldt 1-6 0-0 2, Penner 5-9 2-4 14, Vogt 3-4 0-0 6, Koontz 0-0 0-0 0, C.Rust 4-7 1-2 9, J.Unruh 1-4 0-1 2, C.Unruh 0-1 0-0 0, D.Rust 5-8 1-2 11, Funk 0-1 4-4 4, TOTALS 19-40 7-11 48.

REMINGTON (1-3) — Wedel 0-1 0-0 0, Tillotson 2-9 0-1 4, Martin 4-7 3-3 11, Bowen 1-3 2-2 4, Knowles 0-2 3-4 3, K.Thiessen 0-1 0-0 0, Hilgenfeld 0-0 0-0 0, McQuiston 3-6 3-3 10, Marciano 1-7 0-0 2, TOTALS 11-36 11-14 34.

Berean Ac.;14;14;9;8—34


Total fouls — BA 16, Rem. 14. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BA 3-14 (Bisterfeldt 0-4, Penner 2-6, Vogt 0-1, C.Rust 1-2, D.Rust 0-1), Rem. 1-6 (Tillotson 0-4. McQuiston 1-1, Marciano 0-1). Rebounds — BA 23 (J.Unruh 7), Rem. 30 (Marciano 8). Assists — BA 11 (Penner 3), Rem. 4 (Martin 1, Bowen 1, Knowles 1, Marciano 1). Turnovers — BA 6 (Bisterfeldt 2, C.Rust 2), Rem. 15 (Tillotson 4). Blocked shots — BA 3 (D.Rust 2), Rem. 2 (Martin 1, Marciano 1). Steals — BA 8 (Penner 4), Rem. 3 (Martin 2).