Spartans drub South Dearborn in EIAC snoozefest

Spartans drub South Dearborn in EIAC snoozefest

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It wasn’t the most exciting game in the history of Spartan Bowl, but a win is a win, and the Connersville boys basketball team and its coaches are happy to add another W to the record column. 

CHS beat South Dearborn, 40-24, Wednesday night in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game the visiting Knights were content to forego any serious aggressiveness on the offensive end of the court. 

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Connersville’s Noah Belt looks for an opening against South Dearborn. Belt scored 7 points in the CHS win. (Photo by Doug Jordan)

The result was the Spartans (5-0, 2-0 EIAC) holding South Dearborn to 3 points in the first quarter, 1 in the second (CHS led, 12-4, at halftime) and building a 23-9 advantage entering the final quarter — with the Knights satisfied to continue utilizing a patient passing attack despite trailing significantly. 

Grant Smith scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Connersville. Beau Isaacs finished with 14 points and 8 boards, Noah Belt scored 7 points, Dalton Lee came off the bench to score 2 points and Dalton Huffman added a free throw and 3 rebounds. 

Point guard Garrett Silcott, who scored 24 points in the Spartans’ 41-39 win over Pendleton Heights, played despite being ill with a virus. He did not score but had 2 rebounds and an assist in limited minutes. 

John Tedesco scored 9 points for South Dearborn (3-3, 0-2 EIAC), Hunter Brindley added 5. 

Connersville’s Jr. Spartans rolled the Knights’ reserves, 38-24, to stay unbeaten at 5-0. Ten players scored for coach Chris Bottomley’s squad, with Tyler Combs 12 points leading the way. 

Brett Gray added 6 points, Garrett Wickes had 5, Ethan Smith 4, Jugman Dhami 3 with Dylan Logan, Clay Garrison, Drew Sherck and Griffin Crowe each scoring 2. 

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Next up for Connersville is a key road game — the annual battle with arch-rival Richmond. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiernan Center. 

 

 

Richmond (1-4) plays at Indianapolis Tech (1-1) Friday night. 

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