The Connersville Spartans defeated Indianapolis Tindley Tuesday afternoon but saw their 8-game winning streak come to an end several hours later against Portage in the 10th-annual Bob Wettig Tournament in Richmond.
Forward Beau Isaacs scored a game-high 25 points, including 6-of-6 free throw shooting in the final 2:35, to help CHS beat Tindley, 71-63. Grant Smith added 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the Spartans’ 8th consecutive win. Garrett Silcott and Dalton Huffman tallied 10 points each, Noah Belt had 3 and Dalton Lee added 2.
Smith got off to a hot start, scoring 12 points in the first quarter to help CHS (8-1) take a 20-12 lead. In the second quarter, Isaacs made a 3-pointer, Huffman got inside for a pair of baskets, Belt drained a 3 and Lee added a pair of free throws to give the Spartans a 33-24 advantage at the break.
Isaacs scored three straight baskets in the final 2:48 of the third stanza to counter a trio of 3-pointers by Tindley standout Eric Hunter and help head coach Kerry Brown’s team forge a 45-39 lead heading into the final 8 minutes.
With the Tigers scrambling in a comeback attempt, Connersville went to the foul line 22 times in the fourth quarter, making 17 to secure the win.
Isaacs made all 6 of his attempts, Smith was 5-of-6, Huffman made 4-of-6 and Silcott was 2-for-3.
Hunter lead Tindley (5-3) with 20 points, K.J. Coleman had 16.
Portage 69, Connersville 56
CHS appeared to run out of gas against Portage, scoring just 8 points in the third quarter to fall behind, 47-34, and and eventually losing to the Indians, 69-56. Turnovers were costly to the Spartans, who commited 15 miscues.
Smith had another big game, scoring 26 points and grabbing 11 boards. Silcott scored 15 points and had 4 rebounds, Huffman finished with 8 points and 3 caroms, Belt scored 4 points and Hunter Sullenbarger had 3 points on a trey. Isaacs never got untracked and finished scoreless with 4 rebounds.
Guard Evan Galindo scored 28 points for the Indians (2-6).
The Spartans will play Indianapolis Herron (0-8) at 5 p.m. tonight. The game will be played at IU East.
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