WATERFORD MILLS — Bethany Christian didn’t come out in its typical lineup against Jimtown.
Instead, coach Jim Buller wanted to give all five of his seniors a start in their last home game Tuesday, Feb.12.
“We played some kids who don’t get much playing time that we were trying to reward because they’ve been working hard for the year,” Buller said.
The Jimmies (6-11) burst out to an 8-0 lead before the Bruins (3-14) rotated their usual five in. The Jimmies led 12-0 after the first quarter.
Buller’s squad spend the next 24 minutes clawing their way back into the game and even tied it up twice in the fourth quarter, Jimtown kept the pace to win 51-46. The victory snapped a 5-game Jimtown losing streak.
“We’ve been in that situation before and haven’t come out with a win,” Jimtown coach Ron Dietz said of playing down to the wire. “This is a good win for the kids. They’ve hung in with me all year.”
Six straight points from Bethany senior Caleb Morris tied the game at 38, but Jimtown’s Michael Hobbs and Nick Floyd each scored two quick buckets and the Jimmies hit 7-8 fourth-quarter free throws to keep the game out of reach.
“They battled all the way to the end, as well as my kids,” Dietz said. “It just happened to be our night at the end.”
Morris led all scorers with 17 points, while Cory Waycaster scored 13 for Jimtown.