The Connersville Spartans and their fans got an early Christmas present Saturday night when CHS defeated Richmond, 57-49, in a double-overtime thriller at the Bowl.
It is Connersville’s fourth straight win over their Wayne County rivals. The Spartans, 6-1 overall and 2-0 in Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference play, host Greenfield-Central Tuesday night at the Bowl in non-conference action (7:30 p.m.).
After missing a slew of free throws in the second half and first OT, the Spartans made 12-of-16 freebies in the second extra session, with senior Dalton Lee making 9-of-10.
Lee finished with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists for head coach Kerry Brown’s team, which was led by senior point guard Garrett Silcott, who scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds.
Noah Belt had 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, Braxton Revalee tallied 5 points, Wes Smith scored 4 — all in the game’s final 1:13 — and sophomore Clay Garrison had 1, on a free throw with 1:48 to play.
Overall, the Spartans were 25-of-39 from the charity stripe (64 percent).
The Red Devils (1-4) were led by senior guard Christian Harvey, who finished with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Koream Jett had 7 points, Kei’Shaun Clemons and Phillip Hobbs scored 4 apiece, Rickie Wedlow and Jacob Jones both scored 2.
The win came 24 hours after the Big Red routed host South Dearborn, 71-46, in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game. Connersville has won 22 consecutive EIAC contests.
Silcott led CHS with 19 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Belt had 18 points and 4 assists, Garrison came off the bench to give the Spartans a huge lift, making a trio of 3-pointers (3-for-3) and all 3 of his foul shot attempts en route to a career-high 14 points.
Wes Smith had 9 points (4-for-4 field goals) and 4 boards, Lee scored 5 points and dished 3 assists, Jacob Brown had 4 points and Tyler Combs scored 2.
Charlie Tedesco scored 12 points for the Knights, Payton Sipple added 8.
Connersville’s Jr. Spartans improved to 5-2 with a pair of impressive wins. After blasting South Dearborn’s reserves, 63-29, head coach Chris Bottomley’s charges defeated Richmond’s JV, 42-29.
In the Jr. Spartans win over South Dearborn, Ethan Smith had 15 points and 2 assists, Jonah Graham had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists with Damon Huffman, Colton Sullenbarger and Garrett Wickes each scoring 7 points. Wickes recorded 5 steals.
Dylan Logan and Tanner Brock both scored 5 points with Sebastian Burch and Trevor Young scoring 2 apiece. Brayden Back did not score but had 1 rebound, 1 assist and a steal.
The CHS reserves made 22-of-44 field goals and 10-of-12 free throws.
The Spartans will have to crash the boards en masse against a taller Greenfield-Central team, which features 6-6 Will O’Connor (17 points, 5 rebounds a game), 6-8 Brian Long (10.5 p, 9.9 r) and 6-2 Matt Turner (12.3 p, 7 r). All are seniors.
The Cougars (2-3) — a potential opponent for CHS in Sectional 9 play — blitzed Yorktown, 67-47, in their last outing.
If you can’t make it to Tuesday’s game, you can listen to the action on Kmix 106.9 fm featuring announcers Sam Harvey and Dave Pollard. Kmix 106.9 can be accessed via the iTunes media player.
(Some stats via Maxpreps)
Connersville area / games of interest
(All games begin at 7:30 p.m.)
Greenfield-Central (2-3) at Connersville (6-1)
Batesville (3-3) at Union County (4-1)
East Central (2-2) at Jennings County (1-4)
Lawrenceburg (2-3) at Taylor (2-3) (Ohio)
Columbus East (2-2) at Rushville (2-5)