West Side outlasted South Side Bee Branch's Hornets 72-67 in a fast-paced 1A-2 South Conference contest on Friday as senior point guard Logan Bailey led the Eagles to victory with a triple-double, posting 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Trailing 8-6 early in the first quarter, West Side took the lead for good when guard Bryce Hipp ripped a three-pointer in transition then Bailey added a breakaway layup. Following a rebound bucket by South Side guard Garrett Collums, the Eagles stretched their lead to seven with a 6-0 run, sparked by Bailey, who canned two free throws.
West Side center Ben Hargrove used a power dribble to get free from right block for a layup and forward Tanner Galeazzi scored inside off an assist from Bailey as the Eagles pushed their lead to 17-10 before Collums countered with a three-pointer from left wing.
The Eagles fired back with a three straight, including a stick back in transition by reserve power forward Tyler Inman, giving West Side a 20-13 lead after one quarter of play.
South Side whittled away at its deficit in the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 19-18 behind nine points from Collums, who drilled a pair of three-pointers and completed an old-fashioned three-point play.
In the final three minutes of the first half, South Side guard Justin Jerrell popped two three-pointers and Collums added another from beyond the arc as the Hornets sliced their deficit to four before Bailey, who scored eight points in the second quarter, closed the first half with a hanger from left side.
Hipp also scored eight points in the second stanza for West Side, including two three-pointers and a slashing layup in heavy traffic, helping the Eagles take a 38-32 lead to the locker room.
Hargrove and South Side forward Paxton Scott exchanged rebound baskets early in the third quarter and the Hornets continued to match buckets with West Side throughout the period.
South Side chipped away at its deficit with treys from Collums, forward Will Pennington and Jerrell, who nailed a three-pointer from right wing to suddenly cut the Hornets' deficit to one with 2:00 left in the third quarter.
After Bailey slashed down left baseline and finished in a crowded lane, South Side guard Mason Duncan swiped a steal and scored.
With one minute left in the third period and West Side clinging to a one-point lead, the Eagles took off on a quick 6-0 run, starting when Bailey drove right side and hit a leaner.
Galeazzi followed with a layup in transition off an assist from guard Keaton Sutterfield then Bailey used a slick spin move to get free in the lane for an uncontested layup, leaving his man in the dust as the Eagles took a 56-49 lead to the final eight minutes of play.
Page 2 of 2 - The Eagles extended their lead to double figures early in the fourth quarter on a stick back by Galeazzi and three-pointer from Hipp, who buried the trey up top of an assist from Bailey.
South Side hung around, eventually pulling within six on a deep three-pointer from left wing launched by Jerrell. Hargrove answered with a rebound basket but Duncan sank a jump shot from the charity stripe and Jerrell turned a steal into a pair of free throws, leaving the Eagles with a 65-61 lead with 1:33 remaining.
Bailey canned two free throws but Collums fired back with four straight on a driving layup and two foul shots, trimming West Side's lead to 67-65 with 33 seconds left.
West Side finally slammed the door as Bailey knocked down a pair of free throws and Sutterfield flipped a steal into two more free throws, putting the game out of reach.
Collums pumped in a game-high 24 points for South Side (16-7, 6-5), Jerrell added 14, Duncan had 11 and Scott finished with 10.
Following Bailey's team-high 22 points for West Side (20-7, 8-2), Hipp scored 21 while Galeazzi scored 17 points and collected 11 rebounds for the Eagles, who finished 30 of 52 from the field and 5 of 12 from the beyond the arc. West Side, which travels to Rose Bud on Friday, hit 12 of 18 shots at the foul line.