Sometimes it appears early on in a basketball game that one team is very likely going to win said game. And sometimes it seems that one team is destined to dominate the contest.
By the time Connersville point guard Garrett Silcott had:
1) converted 3 layups;
2) center Dalton Huffman had scored twice inside;
3) and wingman Grant Smith had popped back-to-back 3-pointers, converted a 360-degree layup and scored after grabbing a defensive rebound and taking it all the way to the hoop for a layin to give the Spartans a 20-4 lead;
… it was official — the domination was on.
CHS bolted to a 23-7 advantage after one quarter, surrendering only one field goal — a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Isaac Barker after a loose ball scramble — and had no need to look in the rear view mirror in posting a 59-32 victory over Batesville at Spartan Bowl.
The 16th-rated Spartans’ 17h straight win in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference play improves their record to 15-1 overall, 4-0 in the EIAC.
“It was an excellent win,” CHS head coach Kerry Brown told Kmix 106.9 fm radio afterward. “We got off to a great start and that was the key to tonight’s game. We didn’t want to let them dictate the tempo of the game and we didn’t.”
The 6-6 Smith was at his double-double best once again to lead Connersville, finishing with a game-high 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.
Silcott had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, Huffman scored 12 points and hauled down 4 boards, Beau Isaacs had 7 points and 5 rebounds, Dalton Lee and Gavin Wickes scored 2 points each and Wes Smith knocked down a free throw.
Barker led the Bulldogs (7-6, 3-1 EIAC) with 8 points, Gunnar Olsen and Garrett Burkhart both scored 6 points.
“Garrett and Grant were able to get to the basket early and that opened up things, that was a big key,” said Brown.
“And Dalton had a really good game. He can score, he’s got a strong body and he has good feet. He knows what he needs to do and he always works hard.”
CHS shot 26-of-47 from the floor, making 23-of-33 2-point shots (69.6 percent).
The Spartans play at potential Sectional 9 opponent Mt. Vernon (Fortville) next Friday, and will play Indianapolis Manual the next day at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That game begins at 5:30 p.m. Call the CHS Athletics Department for ticket information — 825-2900.
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