LAGRANGE — Keystone senior Matt Bastock was so good Friday night that he could have beaten Oberlin all by himself.
Well, at least in a figurative sense, as the 6-foot-3 guard set a career-high with 35 points on a
14-for-23 night from the floor (four 3-pointers) to lead the Wildcats to a lopsided 70-33 Patriot Athletic Conference crossover victory at home.
Bastock outscored Oberlin in the first quarter (11-9), the first half (20-15) and after three quarters (30-24). He was also a perfect 3-for-3 from the foul line and was 4-for-9 from beyond the arc before he was pulled by Keystone coach Jeff Holzhauer to a rousing ovation with 4:02 remaining in the game.
“My teammates did a good job getting me the ball, and I was a little bit more aggressive tonight taking it to the hole instead of just shooting threes,” Bastock said. “I was mentally prepared. We were all prepared. We had a great gameplan coming in and we executed it well.”
Keystone’s running style with quick passes offensively opened things up for Bastock. Once he sank his first three shots of the game, it seemed like his teammates went out of their way to feed him.
“He had the hot hand, but we also handled the ball very well and we got him the ball,” Holzhauer said. “So our guards (Austin Conrad, C.J. Conrad and K.J. Williams) did fantastic in that regard. On Tuesday, our guards never found him because they weren’t playing unselfishly. Tonight, they just made the play, and Matt does a nice job moving around without the ball.
“He found some open space and he knocked them down. But that’s what Matt does. When he’s open that much, he’ll score 35 every night.”
Keystone improved to (4-2, 2-1 PAC), while Oberlin — which came in riding a two-game winning streak — fell to (2-3, 1-2).
While the offense, especially Bastock’s point total, stole the show, it was the Wildcats’ defense that allowed them to open up a commanding 26-9 first-quarter lead. Keystone forced Oberlin into 11 first-quarter turnovers and 21 in the first half alone, opening up a 39-15 lead at intermission.
The Wildcats opened up the game with an 8-0 run, with the first five scored by Bastock, and then erupted for 10 unanswered points, which kick-started a 15-5 run to end the first quarter.
“We wanted to be physical,” Holzhauer said. “We thought we had a size and strength advantage, so we wanted to be real physical with them. We have some quick kids, too, so I thought we displayed a lot of our quickness and our athletic ability out there.”
Sophomore Austin Conrad finished with 12 points and nine rebounds, while junior C.J. Conrad was held to four points, but grabbed a game-high 12 boards.
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Keystone 70, Oberlin 33
OBERLIN (33): Charles Lewis 6-2-17, Devante Hougland 4-1-9, Malcolm Allen 3-0-7, Jae’Lin Moore 0-0-0, Marvin Jackson 0-0-0, Sam Levine 0-0-0, Anthony DePaul 0-0-0, Ramon Eisom 0-0-0, Henry Smith 0-0-0. Totals 13-3-33.
KEYSTONE (70): Matt Bastock 14-3-35, Austin Conrad 4-4-12, Brandon Kuhl 3-0-6, C.J. Conrad 2-0-4, K.J. Williams 1-0-2, Collin Fitzgerald 2-0-6, Jake Bowers 2-1-5, Kobe Whalen 0-0-0, Jacob Mezera 0-0-0, Jake Moffitt 0-0-0. Totals 28-8-70.
Oberlin 9 6 9 9 — 33
Keystone 26 13 16 15 — 70
Three-point goals: Oberlin 4-10 (Lewis 3, Allen), Keystone 6-12 (Bastock 4, Fitzgerald 2); Field goals: Oberlin 13-42 (31 percent), Keystone 28-51 (55 percent); Free throws: Oberlin 3-10 (30 percent), Keystone 8-19 (42 percent); Rebounds: Oberlin 26 (Hougland 7, Lewis 6), Keystone 36 (C. Conrad 12, A. Conrad 9); Turnovers: Oberlin 30, Keystone 17.
Junior varsity: Keystone, 43-29