From the traditional entrance by the sword-wielding Spartan, to the usual pre-game hoopla, to an emotional tribute to members of Connersville’s 1972 state championship team and its head coach, to a resounding, booming rendition of the National Anthem by ’72 Mr. Basketball Phillip Cox, it was a Saturday night to remember at Spartan Bowl.
With head coach Kerry Brown’s current CHS squad adding a thrilling, 41-39 victory over a talented Pendleton Heights team, the night might be called perfect.
“This was a hard game, which we knew it would be, and we did some good things and played excellent defense to get the win,” said Brown. “I’m really happy for the kids and I’m so happy we got the victory to give the ’72 team a win tonight from us.”
Point guard Garrett Silcott scored a game-high 24 points and dished 5 assists for Connersville (4-0), Grant Smith scored 11 points, including two nice jams, and Beau Isaacs scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the winners.
Mark Albers — who missed a contested 3-pointer at the buzzer which would have won the game — scored 19 points to lead the Arabians, with versatile sophomore Eli Pancol tallying 11 points and taking down 8 boards.
The Jr. Spartans also improved to 4-0, defeating the PH reserves, 32-27. Tyler Combs scored 11 points for CHS, Dylan Logan added 8, Drew Sherck and Clay Garrison had 6 each.
Check court traveler sports Sunday for a complete wrap-up of the game.
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