Spartans pummel Pirates

Spartans pummel Pirates

chs spartans logo 2The much-anticipated Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference boy’s basketball game between Connersville and Greensburg Saturday night turned out to be a one-sided affair.

Senior Tyler Billups scored 15 points and dished 4 assists and junior Beau Isaacs had 12 points and a game-high 6 rebounds as the hot-shooting Spartans defeated the Pirates, 59-27, in a game that was never close.

Grant Smith and Noah Belt scored 8 points apiece for Coach Kerry Brown’s club (Smith also had 5 assists and 3 boards), which gained a big shot of momentum when Billups (6-9 FGs, 3-4 3-pointers) banked in a 3-pointer from midcourt at the end of the first quarter, giving CHS an 11-6 lead.

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The Spartans (10-3, 3-0 EIAC) made four 3-pointers in the second quarter and led, 25-11 at the break.
Grant Smith scored 6 points in the third period — including an ally-oop jam off a Billups’ lob pass — as Connersville pushed the lead to 44-22 entering the final 8 minutes.

The Spartans’ defensive pressure never allowed Greensburg to get untracked, with the Pirates firing blanks all game. On the flip side, CHS shot 23-for-35 from the floor (65.7 percent), 7-of-11 from 3-point land (63.6 percent).

Dalton Huffman came off the bench to score 6 points and grab 5 rebounds for Connersville. Chandler Graves and Garrett Silcott both scored 4 points (Graves also snagged 4 rebounds) and Dalton Lee added a pair of free throws. Wes Smith and Braxton Revalee played but did not score.

Spencer Burkert scored 11 points to top the Pirates (7-5, 2-1 EIAC). The loss is Greensburg’s third straight, the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Pirates have lost three consecutive games.

The Spartans host Muncie Central (8-3) on Jan. 16.

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Jan. 9 scores

Connersville area / games of interest

Connersville 59, Greensburg 27

Union County 69, Franklin County 51

McCutcheon 66, Richmond 44

Seton Catholic (Richmond) 69, Wes-Del 51

Columbus East 66, Shelbyville 57

Noblesville 60, Muncie Central 57

Greenfield-Central 55, Portage 40

North Decatur 57, Eastern Hancock 44

Wayne County Tournament

Northeastern 58, Hagerstown 52

Henry County Tournament

Tri 66, Blue River 60

Shenandoah 61, Knightstown 60

Ripley County Tournament

Jac-Cen-Del 47, Milan 34

South Ripley 74, Batesville 54

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