ADAMS – Trey Yates knocked down six three pointers to lead Freeman to a convincing win over Auburn Friday night.
The Falcons defeated the Bulldogs 52-28 at Freeman High School. Freeman head coach Jim McLaughlin said they needed a win like this.
“We needed to beat a team that was as good as Auburn and I think Auburn is really good,” McLaughlin said. “They don’t beat themselves and we needed to beat a team like that. I’m really proud of the guys.”
All 18 of Yates’ points game from behind the three point line.
“He was tremendous,” McLaughlin said. “He’s a really good shooter and tonight he was a confident shooter. When you combined that, you have a dangerous player. You could see when he caught the ball, he knew it was in and it was awesome to just watch him put on a show there for a little while.”
Freeman opened the game’s scoring when Yates knocked down a three points. After an Auburn basket, Tyler Adams would score in the post and Logan Anderson followed it up with a basket to make it 7-2.
The Bulldogs would knock down a three pointer to make it 7-5 after the first quarter.
Auburn tied the game immediately in the second quarter, but a three point play by Adams and a three pointer by Yates gave Freeman a 13-7 lead.
The Bulldogs would get hot from there. A three point play, followed by three straight three pointers gave Auburn a 19-13 lead.
Anderson and Adams wrapped up the first half scoring with a free throw each, making it 19-15 at the half.
Freeman’s Jacob Gramann and Adams opened the third quarter with back-to-back baskets, tying the game at 19-19. Auburn would grab the lead with a three pointer, but the rest of the third quarter belonged to Freeman.
A three point play by Anderson sparked a 13-0 run for the Falcons. Yates followed up Anderson’s points with a three pointer and then Gramann scored in the post to make it 27-22.
A basket by Kastanek and another three point play by Adams extended the lead to 32-22. Auburn finally broke the run by hitting a three pointer at the buzzer to make it 32-25 after three quarters.
Freeman became lethal from three point range in the fourth quarter. Tyler Adams opened the scoring with a three pointer and Gramann followed that up with a basket to make it 37-25.
Auburn ended the run with a free throw, but Yates would come back with three straight three pointers to make it 46-26. The Falcons were able to coast to the finish line from there, eventually winning 52-28.
McLaughlin said Yates’ shooting sparked them, but they also did a lot of other things well in the second half.
“I thought we finished better inside,” McLaughlin said. “Jake (Gramann) had a couple of nice finishes and these guys feed off each other so much. If one guy starts finishing, they all start finishing.”
Yates’ 18 points led the way for Freeman while Adams had 15.
“Tyler (Adams) played a lot of minutes,” McLaughlin said. “He was big for us on the floor. Defensively, he did a great job on the high post – which is difficult because that’s pretty much him in isolation. He was a real good vocal leader for us, brought a high level of energy and the other guys just fed off him.”
Gramann had six, Anderson had five, Korey Beu had three, Cacek and Kastanek had two each and Brady Ideus had one.
With the win, Freeman improves to 4-2 on the season and will host Johnson County Central on Tuesday. Auburn, who is coached by former Beatrice coach Jim Weeks, drops to 3-2 on the season.