BURRTON — The Inman boys proved their close game with once-beaten Berean Academy earlier this month was no fluke.
The two Heart of America League teams met again, this time in the finals of the Burrton Invitational on Saturday. Earlier in the season, the Warriors escaped with a one-point win.
Once again the Teutons traded heavy blows with the Warriors, but in the end Berean’s experience was just too much as it captured the championship with a 51-43 victory.
The second quarter was the difference as Berean held the Teutons to just four points to assume an eight-point halftime lead, 23-15. The teams were dead-even in the second half, though the Teutons made a huge rush in the fourth quarter that put a scare into Berean.
“We played hard, I will say that,” Inman coach Brett Froese said. “Berean is just really, really good. They really get out and guard you defensively. Payton Froese and Lucas Barlow were in foul trouble in the second quarter and we really kinda just stalled offensively. We got down by as many as 16 in the third quarter, but came right back and cut it to two points with about 3 minutes to go. We just couldn't quite make enough plays down the stretch. I’m really proud of our effort this week. We keep getting better and better, so I really like where this team is headed. We just ran into a better team tonight.”
Keaton Case led the Teutons with 18 points and Barlow added 15.
Case, Barlow and Froese all made the All-Tourney Team. Chandler Stubbs, the lone senior for the Teutons, was named the tourney’s Most Inspirational Player.
“So happy for him,” Froese said, adding that Stubbs is one of the team’s hardest workers and the younger players follow his example.