The Beatrice Orangemen used a stingy defense and unselfish offense to blow past York Thursday night.
Class B No. 5 Beatrice defeated the Dukes 60-27, improving their record to 6-2 on the season.
Beatrice exploded out to an early lead and never looked back. Their defense created many York turnovers, which turned into easy baskets for the Orangemen on the other edn.
Bennett Crandall led the way for the Orangemen with 19 points, many of those points coming off interior assists from Elliot Jurgens. Jurgens also added 14 points of his own.
Beatrice opened the game with a 7-0 run thanks to a basket by Bennett Crandall, a three pointer by Peyton Murphy and two free throws by Kaden Glynn.
After a York basket, Devin Smith scored on a put back basket to make it 9-1. The Dukes came back with a three pointer, but Beatrice finished the first quarter on a 7-0 run.
Smith started the run with two free throws and Crandall followed it up with a take to the basket. Two free throws by Elliot Jurgens and another free throw by Crandall finished the run, making it 16-4 after the first quarter.
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Murphy opened the second quarter with a three pointer and after a Duke basket, Jace Pethoud scored a basket and Crandall put together a three point play to make it 24-6.
York hit a three pointer to make it 24-9, but Jurgens came back with six straight points to make it 30-9.
York scored to make it 30-11, but a basket by Pethoud and three pointer by Murphy and a basket by Pethoud off an assist from Jurgens made it 37-11 at half time.
Jurgens opened the third quarter with a three pointer. York scored next, but a three point play by Crandall made it 43-13.
After a Duke free throw, Crandall scored a three point play off an assist from Jurgens. A free throw by Glynn, a three pointer by Smith and another basket from Crandall off an assist from Jurgens made it 51-14.
Jurgens then hit a three pointer. York finished the third quarter with a three pointer to make it 54-17 entering the fourth quarter.
Crandall scored two more baskets at the beginning of the fourth quarter, both off assists from Jurgens to make it 58-19. The Orangemen would put in their substitutes after that as they would coast to the 60-27 win. Much of the fourth quarter was played with a running clock.
In addition to the leading scorers, Murphy had nine points, Smith had seven points, Pethoud had six points, Glynn had three points and Qwin Zabokrtsky had two points.
Beatrice will immediately be in action again Friday night when they travel to Seward for a doubleheader with the Beatrice girls team.