Haskell's killer B's stung another opponent Tuesday night.
The Indians' freshman trio of Bill Tyner, Bruce Wilson and Brent Farmer combined for 54 points in an 80-71 victory over Bethany at Coffin Complex.
"They're very good players and they should continue to get better," Haskell coach Walt Wilson said. "We hoped they'd mature earlier, but they're coming along and stepping up for us."
Wilson led the Indians with 21 points and seven rebounds. Tyner had 17 points, followed by Farmer's 16.
"They're really the core of our team," sophomore Tow Bourgeau said. "When they're clicking, they give the rest of the team confidence and we play up to their level. They came in ready to play and had their heads in it, which is hard for freshman to do."
Bethany led 7-2, but Tyner had a stickback and drained three three-pointers on three straight possessions for a 13-12 Haskell lead.
"Sometimes the outside is on, but we need use both to win," Wilson said.
Bruce Wilson sparked a 17-2 run in the middle of the first half. Bethany led 16-13 with 10:34 left, but Wilson had a tip-in and two layups to give Haskell a 21-18 lead. After a Chad Killscrow layup, Wilson blocked a Bethany shot and launched the ball down court to Killscrow for a three-pointer. On the ensuing possession, Wilson had a breakaway dunk for a 28-12 bulge.
"I never expected to do as good as this when I came here," Wilson said. "People have been telling me I'm a lot better since high school and I owe that to coach and the players."
Bethany closed the margin to 44-35 after a Ryan Anderson bucket. But Haskell answered with a 9-0 run to build an 18-point lead.
"The really big key was when we were up by only nine points and they tried to push the ball up and score. But they made four turnovers in a row and that broke their momentum," said Bourgeau, who hit two free throw during the spurt.
The Indians' trapping defense forced 29 turnovers.
"We haven't been getting the fast break this year too much and our set offense hasn't been effective lately," Wilson said. "Coach told us to do something different to get us going and if we get the fast break, go ahead."
Farmer had 12 second-half points and five assists. Freshman Mike Primus added 11 points for Haskell (4-5).
Galen Harkness, a May 1994 Lawrence High graduate, is on Haskell's roster. He did not score.
The Indians will entertain Penn Valley at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday at Haskell.