Hornets, Knights win
Nashville drills Brentwood (MO.); Mater Dei holds off Granite City

– The Nashville Hornets took a few minutes to get going on Wednesday night in their opening game of their 37th annual Nashville Invitational Tournament.

However the Hornets' “smoldering warm up” soon turned into a “roaring fiery rage” as the Hornets romped to a lopsided 60-25 victory.

Coach Wayne Harre got production from his usual producers in the dominating win.

Carson Parker and Bryson Bultman, two of the main catalysts on the club, scored 18 and 16 points respectively in the easy victory while Terry Pelczynski added 10 for the now 19-2 Hornets.

Brentwood (MO.) got 12-points from junior guard Chris Hill as the Eagles saw their season mark slip to 5-7.

Hill hit the first shot of the contest, a 3-pointer from the right side of the court for a 3-0 advantage.

Nashville then took command with an 11-2 run with Bultman scoring seven of the points while Parker added a score inside.

Brentwood hung tough in the final minutes of the quarter, getting a buckets from Courtland Hill and Quinn McClure.

McClure's basket, a 3-pointer from the left corner, cut the Hornets edge down to just 13-10 at the end of the first.

That was the last real highlight of the contest for the Missouri guests.

The Hornets outgunned Brentwood 15-2 in the second quarter to extend its domination.

The Eagles bucket came early in the second quarter, a score from Chris Hill which whittled the Brentwood deficit to just 13-12.

They wouldn't score another point until nearly two minutes were gone in the third quarter.

Nashville's defense forced seven straight missed field goal attempt along with three turnovers in a five and a half minute stretch until intermission.

The Hornets got offense from Parker, Bultman and Pelczynski in the run.

Bultman, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, added a pair of drives to the basket for points.

His move in the lane while being fouled by Jordan Mitchell gave Nashville a double-digit lead at 22-12 with 2:51 remaining.

Six-foot-six senior Tanner Bergmann got in on the fun with a basket in the paint before Pelczynski got in on the scoring action with a lay in off of a nice assisted inbounds pass from Bultman.

Pelczynski added a pair of free throws to the run that closed the half at 28-12 Hornets.

“We were working on some things defensively tonight and then we just went back to our man (defense) and I thought we did a good job on them in it,” said Coach Harre. “We got some help on the Hill kid, because he is averaging about 28 a game for them. I think our defense wore them down a little bit.”

Two big scoring bursts from Nashville ended the drama in the third quarter.

Bultman converted a pair of shots as did junior guard Tristen Hercules.

Bultman scored on a drive to the basket and then added a steal and fast break slam dunk for a 34-15 lead with 4:51 left.

Parker began the second run with four straight scores, with two off of Bultman assists.

When he converted a lay in off of another assist, this time from Kelton Harre, the Hornets led 44-23.

Pelczynski closed the book on the third chapter of the contest by drilling home two consecutive 3-point bombs.

One from the right corner on a nifty pass from Bultman and then he canned a long 3-pointer from the top of the circle that beat the buzzer for a 50-23 spread.

Just seconds into the final quarter, Nashville junior forward Matt Anderson nailed a 3-pointer to push the game into the mercy rule continuous clock at 53-23.

Chris Hill scored his final two-points of the evening from the foul line before the Hornets finished the game with seven more points, including a 3-pointer from reserve Jacob Mashhoff to end the evening.

Nashville was impressive on the night in all facets of the game.

Coach Harre saw his squad hit 70 percent of its shots (19-of-27) from inside of the arc.

While they ended up just 5-of-18 from the 3-point arc, four of the missed shots were in the final moments after the game was decided.

Bultman was brilliant offensively as the 6-foot-5 senior nailed 7-of-10 shots from the floor.

Brentwood ended up just 9-of-30 overall from the floor.

Nashville controlled the boards, 25-11, with Parker leading the way with six.

The Eagles fell to 0-2 in Pool A and will now play Granite City, 0-2 in Pool B, on Saturday at 5 pm in the fifth place game.

The Hornets have a date with Breese Central on Friday night at 8 pm.

“They have won five in a row and Coach Shubert will have them ready to go Friday night,” said Coach Harre. “They (Central) are a quality club and they play in a tough conference (Cahokia) so it will be a tough game like it always is.”

The winner will face the winner of Friday night's Pool B contest between Breese Mater Dei and Mascoutah.

The two Friday night victors will collide in the title game on Saturday night at 8 pm with the losers to square off at 6:30 pm in the third place tilt.

Game 3
Brentwood (MO.)
Nashville (60) – Hercules 2 0 0-0 4, Morris 0 0 0-2 0, Harre 1 0 0-0 2, Bultman 6 1 1-1 16, Mashhoff 0 1 0-0 3, Ritzel 0 0 0-0 0, Parker 7 0 4-7 18, Pelczynski 1 2 2-2 10, Turner 0 0 0-0 0, Bergmann 1 0 0-0 2, Anderson 1 1 0-0 5.
2FG-19, 3FG-5, FT-7-12, PF-8.

Brentwood (MO.) (25)
– Josh Danfort 0 0 0-0 0, Young 0 0 0-0 0, Jeffrey 0 1 0-0 3, Ca. Hill 1 0 0-0 2, John Danfort 0 1 0-0 3, Ch. Hill 2 2 2-2 12, Mitchell 1 0 0-0 0, Hayes 0 0 0-0 0, McClure 0 1 0-0 3.
2FG-4, 3FG-5, FT-2-2, PF-10.

Fouled Out
– None.
Technical Fouls
– None.
The Knights took advantage of the Warriors' foul trouble to improve to 1-0 in the tournament with the win.

Coach Ron Schadegg was the recipient of 32 personal fouls called on GC, which turned into 37-of-47 made foul shots.

The Knights jumped out to an 18-2 lead and never gave it up in improving to 13-6 on the season.

Junior guard Jacob Schadegg led the Knights with 15-points while sophomore Mitchell Haake added 14.

Haake was a perfect 8-of-8 from the foul line while Schadegg was 8-of-11.

Senior Drew Dant added 13-points while going 7-of-9 from the stripe.

Zidane Moore, a junior guard, led the Warriors with 16-points.

Granite City (9-8) got 11-points apiece from senior Justin Wiley and senior Davontay Mason.

Freshman Christian Jones added 10.

Moore, Wiley and Keyon White fouled out while Jones and senior Jerry Watson each end up with four fouls each.

Mater Dei converted 18-of-24 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Game 4
Breese Mater Dei
Granite City
Breese Mater Deir (64) – Schadegg 2 1 8-11 15, Goebel 0 0 5-6 5, Napovanice 0 0 1-2 1, Jasper 0 0 0-0 0, Zurliene 2 0 2-2 6, Schuchmann 0 0 1-2 1, Foppe 0 0 2-3 2, Boeckmann 2 0 3-4 7, Haake 3 0 8-8 14, Dant 3 0 7-9 13.
2FG-12, 3FG-1, FT-37-47, PF-12.

Granite City (54)
– Watson 1 0 2-4 4, Jones 2 2 0-0 10, Mason 4 1 0-0 11, Wiley 3 1 2-2 11, White 0 0 2-2 2, Tippett 0 0 0-0 0, Moore 2 4 0-0 16, Baker 0 0 0-0 0, Grote 0 0 0-0 0, Lott 0 0 0-0 0.
2FG-12, 3FG-8, FT-6-8, PF-32.

Fouled Out
– Wiley, White, Moore - Granite City.
Technical Fouls
– None.