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December 20, 2012

B-G boys stay hot, play defending champs next

Staff Report

There’s a reason Bainbridge-Guilford’s boys are getting looks this basketball season.

The state-ranked Bobcats received a season-high 20 points from senior point guard Corbin Palmer and a double-double from senior forward Austin Bauerle on Wednesday, when they cruised to a 68-45 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over visiting Harpursville.

“I thought we’d be good this season,” said B-G coach Greg Warren, whose team moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference despite losing 2011-12 co-MAC MVP Ryan Porter to graduation. “It’s nice to be recognized.”

Porter, who shared MAC MVP honors with Unatego graduate Travis Woods last season, averaged 16.8 points, 12 rebounds and 2.3 blocks en route to a Seventh Team all-state selection in Class C.

The Bobcats have been just fine without Porter, though, as the state’s 14th-ranked team in Class C is already almost halfway to last season’s victory total. B-G capped an 11-8 campaign last season with a 56-50 loss to Union Springs in the first round of the Section Four Class C Tournament.

Palmer went 6-for-6 from the free throw line Wednesday to up his season total to 35-for-42 (83 percent).

Bauerle finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Bobcats, who received 13 points from Lucas Butcher. Brooks Harmon contributed 10 points and eight rebounds for B-G, which got 10 rebounds and six points from Mike Carlin.

“Bauerle was a good rebounder last year, too,” Warren said. “He’s really getting after the glass, and we got a big game from Carlin tonight. We needed that.”

Justin Koranka’s 16 points paced the Hornets, who received 12 from Jon Andrews.

B-G looks to keep rolling Friday, when it hosts defending MAC champion Unatego (3-2, 2-0).

“That will be a big game,” Warren said. “They’re going to be competitive again. They’re a good team.”

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