Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Basketball: Bultman, Nashville Subdue Effingham in Highland Shootout Win

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boys Basketball: Bultman, Nashville Subdue Effingham in Highland Shootout Win

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HIGHLAND, ILL. - After two difficult losses, the Nashville Hornets still had plenty of sting Saturday.

Senior Bryce Bultman scored a game-high 21 points and junior Matt Anderson came off the bench and contributed 10 points and two 3-pointers as Nashville subdued the Effingham Flaming Hearts 57-48 in the 28th Annual Highland Shootout.

The Hornets (16-2) were coming off their first two losses of the season. They fell 47-28 to Briarcrest (Tenn.) in the title game of the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament on Dec. 29, then suffered a 31-29 setback at Pinckneyville on a late 3-pointer Friday.

"We knew we had to come out and bounce back after that tough loss against Pinckneyville. They made some good shots toward the end," said the 6-foot-5 Bultman, a McKendree Univerity recruit, who was 7-for-10 from the field with five rebounds against Effingham.

"This game was really important for us to come out and see how much grit and heart we had. We had to come out and play as hard as we can. We definitely can learn from the past two games."

Nashville led 17-10 after one quarter, 29-26 at halftime and 40-33 after three quarters. Effingham clawed within 48-44 with 3:05 to play, but the Hornets closed with a 9-4 surge, finished 22-for-25 from the free-throw line and committed just eight turnovers.

"We played a lot tougher this game than the last couple of games," Bultman said. "Just getting to the foul line more, being strong with the ball toward the end of the game and not throwing it away in critical situations. I was really confident. I know we're a tough team and we can play through adversity."

Bultman said the Hornets must be prepared for opponents to employ a slowdown game like Pinckneyville (14-2) did in the upset victory that culminated with a 3-pointer by Hunter Riggins.

"That's how teams are going to have to start playing us," said Bultman, who along with junior teammate Carson Parker played all 32 minutes in the win. …

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