Once in a while, a basketball goal looks as big as a trash barrel to a player. That was the case Saturday afternoon for the Connersville Spartans, who made 12 3-pointers en route to a 57-39 victory over Centerville at the Bowl. CHS improves to 14-5, Centerville falls to 3-12.
Tyler Billups scored 15 points to lead Connersville, with all of his points coming in the 1st half, all of them on 3-pointers. The senior forward also had 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Beau Isaacs added 13 points (three 3’s) and 3 rebounds, Grant Smith scored 11 points (one 3) and grabbed 7 boards, Garrett Silcott added 10 points (one 3) and 7 assists, Chandler Graves had 5 points (one 3) and 4 rebounds and Noah Belt tallied 3 on a 3-pointer. Dalton Huffman came off the bench to pull down 7 rebounds for head coach Kerry Brown’s team.
CHS overcame a sluggish 1st quarter that ended with Centerville leading, 13-10. Bulldogs’ sophomore Justin DuPree scored 8 of his game-high 16 points during the opening period.
Connersville caught fire in the 2nd quarter, getting four 3-pointers from Billups and a pair of treys from Isaacs, to take a 31-21 lead at halftime.
The Spartans turned up the defensive pressure in the 3rd stanza, holding the Bulldogs to 6 points, all by Dupree. With Isaacs, Grant Smith, Silcott and Belt all draining 3-pointers, the Big Red scored 18 points in the quarter to take a 49-27 lead.
Silcott scored 4 points in the final quarter, Grant Smith and Isaacs had 2 each as Connersville sewed up the win.
Ricky Torres scored 11 points for Centerville to support Dupree.
“Early on it was a ball game. They were giving us all we could handle,” Brown said. “We were able to turn it around, make some big shots and get a good win.”
The Spartans travel to St. Leon Thursday night to battle East Central in a key Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game. Connersville leads the EIAC with a 4-0 record, Greensburg and Rushville are 4-2 in the conference. EC is 8-8 overall, 2-1 in the EIAC.
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