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.
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.
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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