|Taflinger’s outburst lifts Bluffton men|
|Sunday, February 02, 2014 12:00 AM|
By Blade Tackett
Sports information assistant
HANOVER, Ind. - A career-high 32 points by sophomore Billy Taflinger (Lima/Central Catholic) powered Bluffton to its first win of 2014 over a talented Hanover College squad on Saturday, grabbing a 76-66 victory.
Taflinger dropped in runner after runner while going 9-of-14 from the field. He also cashed in with 14-of-17 at the line for his career-high 32 points. Taflinger equaled his career best with seven rebounds and also handed out three assists. Recker bulldozed his way to a fifth career double-double. He tallied 14 points and ripped down 13 boards which knotted his career best. Pope checked in with nine points and freshman Austin Rohde added a career-high eight markers.
The Beavers snapped an 8-game skid while improving to 7-12 overall and 3-9 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Hanover (12-7, 8-4 HCAC) fell to fourth place in the conference thanks to Taflinger’s outburst which was the first 30-point game for a Beaver since Josh Fisher accomplished it twice in 2011.
The Beavers will take to the road again on Wednesday when they travel to North Manchester, Ind. Bluffton faces an improving Manchester University squad at 7:30 p.m.
(Longer article in Monday’s paper).