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The message for Billings Central after Friday's 69-50 victory over Sidney was this: It's nice to be unbeaten in the Eastern A, but the Rams need to play better.

While Central didn't have a whole lot of trouble in handing the Eagles their first league loss, it was a rather uneven performance as 22 turnovers would suggest.

"It's a good to get a win and stuff, but we've got to start paying more attention to the details," said 6-foot-7 senior Joel Barndt. "Twenty-two turnovers is way too much. We can't have that, if we're going to continue to win games."

Part of the problem was that both teams like to push the ball, so that tends to lead to more turnovers, but Barndt said that shouldn't be an excuse.

"I know it was a really fast-paced game," Barndt said. "We were both running as fast as we could and in that you kind of lose control a little bit so we've got to make sure we slow it down and control the game a little better."

Despite the errors, the Rams did some good things. Barndt didn't score much, but pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked six shots. He helped limit Sidney's 6-foot-6 center Carl Dynnson to eight points.

Ben Nearpass supplied 17 points (7 of 10 shooting) and Preston Matchett contributed 12. Connor Novakovich and Rusty Ewing brought energy off the bench. Novakovich checked in with 13 points and Ewing scored seven and grabbed six rebounds.

Central (7-2, 4-0) pulled away in the middle quarters by outscoring the Eagles 34-15. Novakovich scored seven of his 11 first-half points in the second quarter. The 6-foot-2 junior drained a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that gave Central a 28-15 lead.

The Rams led by 16 at the half, and blew it open with an 11-4 run coming out of the break. Matchett, Kevin O'Brien and Cattelan all scored on layups, Nearpass hit a 3-pointer and Ewing made two free throws after getting fouled on a rebound for a 45-22 margin.

The Rams finished with a 43-30 rebounding advantage and Sidney shot just 34 percent. All good numbers, except for the turnovers.

"We could have done better, but a win's a win," Novakovich said. "We run the ball pretty well. Sometimes, we make stupid mistakes."

Tyrell McPherson led Sidney with 12 points. The Eagles head over to Laurel and the Rams play host to Sidney today at 4 p.m.

Central 69, Sidney 50

Sidney 12 6 9 23 - 50

Central 17 17 17 18 - 69

Sidney (3-3, 2-1) - Beau Prevost 3-8 2-2 8, Tyrell McPherson 6-11 0-0 12, Carl Dynneson 3-12 2-4 8, Mitch Kallevig 1-7 0-0 3, Josh Morasko 2-9 0-0 4, Michael Hammer 1-5 0-2 2, Cole Steinbeisser 2-2 1-2 5, Marcus Mayer 2-7 0-0 5, Neil Martin 1-1 0-0 3, Ryan Sullivan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-62 5-10 50. 3-point goals: 3 (Kallevig, Mayer, Martin). Fouls: 19. Fouled out: Prevost. Rebounds: 30 (Dynneson 10). Turnovers: 17.

Central (7-2, 4-0) - Preston Matchett 4-9 4-4 12, Cole Cattelan 1-6 0-0 2, Joel Barndt 2-9 3-4 8, Ben Nearpass 7-10 2-5 17, Kevin O'Brien 2-4 0-0 5, Connor Novakovich 5-7 2-4 13, Tyler Hawkins 2-2 0-0 4, Rusty Ewing 2-4 3-3 7, Kyle Miron 0-0 1-2 1, Lucas Blehm 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 25-52 15-22 69. 3-point goals: 4 (O'Brien, Nearpass, Barndt, Novakovich). Fouls: 11. Rebounds: 43 (Barndt 12). Turnovers: 22.

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