Butler took down Midway 52-36 for third place in the Archie Tournament Jan. 26.
“We could not get anything going on offense,” Midway head coach Brett Burchett said. “Butler is a good team. I felt we played hard but their size gave us a lot of problems on both ends of the floor.”
In the first quarter, with the score tied at 6-6, Butler went on a 7-0 run through the end of the quarter to lead 13-6. The Bears continued the trend in the second quarter, taking a 29-16 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Butler went on a 9-0 run to start things off. After two free throws from Midway sophomore Clay Dahman, Butler came back with a free throw of their own. The Vikings scored with a basket from senior Mason Irvin, but the Bears responded with a shot of their own to lead 41-20.
The Vikings then missed four of four free throws through the end of the quarter, while Butler put in another free throw and a shot to lead 44-20.
In the third quarter, with the score at 48-22, Midway finally went on a 6-0 run with two free throws from Dahman and a basket each from sophomore Tyler Wright and sophomore Tanner Yahnig to close the gap at bit to 48-28. The Bears hit a basket, but Midway retaliated with a three-pointer by senior Sean DeFeo. After another Butler basket, senior Bailey Scholl hit a shot and senior Paden Forrester sunk a three-pointer to end the game.
Midway, 8-9, was led in scoring by Irvin and Wright with 10 points each. Dahman had four points and DeFeo and Forrester had three points each. Yahnig, Scholl and Peyton Semsch added two points each.