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Graham Southwick knocked down six three pointers and scored 36 points in Beatrice's win over Ralston on Saturday.

The Orangemen defeated the Rams 70-65 at the Ozone in Beatrice.

Southwick's 36 points was just two shy of the school record that is currently held by 1999 graduate Derek Paben.

Beatrice coach Tyler Struck commended Southwick for his big game, but was was quick to point out that he would have gotten the record if he had knocked down a few more free throws.

"I don't think he realized he was that close to a record, but that's the most free throws I've ever seen him miss in my entire life," Struck said while laughing.

Southwick had to miss a few games because of an injured ankle and has earned a starting position since returning from that injury. Struck said he probably should have began starting Southwick earlier in the season.

"He's not only an outstanding player, but an outstanding competitor," Struck said. "He's always been that bulldog and he has that energy and effort about him. Obviously, he shot the ball well tonight, but some of the drives he had was just pure will."

The Rams have just one win on the season, but they came into the Ozone ready to play. The Orangemen led 14-12 after the first quarter and 30-24 at half time.

Ralston would go on an 18-4 run in the third quarter, though, to take a 42-34 lead.

Beatrice came back strong and went on an 8-2 run to make it 46-44. With the score 49-46, a Ralston player was called for a foul and then a technical foul, which turned out to be a big swing in the game.

Dillon Buss made all four free throws and then out of a timeout, Southwick hit a three pointer, giving Beatrice seven points on one possession. That made it 53-49 entering the fourth quarter.

Ralston scored the first two points of the fourth quarter to get within two, but baskets by Trevor Schmalke and Andrew Mahoney followed by two free throws from Southwick made it 59-51

The Rams still wouldn't go away. They got to within one point with 1:11 left in the game, but two late turnovers by the Rams and just enough free throws down the stretch gave Beatrice the 70-65 win.

"Ralston has some players that can make some plays," Struck said. "They have guys that can score and their first year head coach is doing a good job with them. On film, we could see they had some things starting to come together for them and they showed it tonight."

In addition to Southwick's 36 points, Dillon Buss had 15 and Andrew Mahoney had 11.

"I'll take 70 points every night," Struck said. "Obviously, we have to clean up some things defensively and we have to clean up some things at the free throw line, but this was an outstanding effort, especially at the end of the week we just had. I can't say enough about how proud I am of this team."

Other scorers for Beatrice was Trevor Schmale with four and Caleb Wallman and Colton Gronewold with two each.

The Orangemen are now 9-8 on the season and will be in action again Tuesday night when they host Norris.

"Norris is a good team," Struck said. "Early in the year they had some close games and kind of struggled, but they just got to the finals of the EMC and they have become a really scary team. I'm glad we get them at home and I hope our crowd can carry us to another win."

Other Sunland scores

Beatrice 70, Ralston 65

JCC 48, Weeping Water 37

Freeman 52, Diller-Odell 24

Johnson-Brock 64, Pawnee City 40

Lewiston 44, Sterling 42

Milford 67, Wilber-Clatonia 57

Norris 61, Gretna 46

Bennington 64, Norris 62 (OT)


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