Big weekend for 10-2 Spartans

Big weekend for 10-2 Spartans

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The Connersville Spartans carved out three wins and gained a wealth of valuable experience during the holiday break against some high-quality opponents in the annual Bob Wettig Tournament at Richmond. 

That experience could not come at a better time as CHS will play two of the strongest teams on its regular season schedule this weekend.

The Spartans (10-2) host Class 3A No. 4 (Associated Press) Greensburg (10-1) tonight at Spartan Bowl in an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference showdown (7:30 p.m.).
Both teams are 2-0 in conference play; CHS has won 22 straight EIAC contests.

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Connersville senior Garrett Silcott pushes the ball up the court against the defensive pressure of Indianapolis Attucks’ guard Tyran Lewis in the Bob Wettig Tournament. Silcott had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Spartans 58-51 win. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

On Saturday, Connersville travels to New Castle to take on the unbeaten Trojans (7:30 p.m.).

Now a 3A school due to a decline in enrollment, New Castle is 10-0 and rated 2nd in the AP poll. NC hosts Richmond (4-7) Friday night. 

“It’s two big games against two excellent teams. We want to win both and we really want to win our conference game against Greensburg,” said CHS head coach Kerry Brown.

“We had a lot of positives come out of the Wettig against quality competition and with the teams we’re playing, this weekend will be like an extension of the Wettig.”

While Greensburg is a young team, the Pirates’ underclassmen have a wealth of experience and plenty of talent, capable of punishing opponents from the perimeter or scoring inside. 

Six-four junior Drew Comer leads Greensburg’s potent scoring attack, averaging 22 points and 3.4 rebounds an outing, while 6-1 Lane Sparks, just a freshman, averages 15.4 points, 4 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Andrew Welage, a 6-6 sophomore, contributes 15.1 points, 5.5 boards and 4.7 assists, 6-3 junior Mason McLeod scores 7.3 points and grabs 4.2 rebounds a contest, and Kyle Sellers, a 6-4 senior, averages 6.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.

Greensburg also participated in the Wettig Tournament, finishing 9th. The Pirates lost to Class 1A No. 1 Indianapolis Tindley before beating Franklin Central, Indianapolis HomeSchool and South Bend Adams. 

“Greensburg is a really good team. They’re a year older and a year better and they have so many weapons,” Brown said. “They have five guys who can score the ball and I think they’ll try to push the ball up the court and turn it into a fast-paced, full-court game. We have to be ready to play.” 

A year ago, the Spartans beat the Pirates, 54-47, in overtime.

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Junior forward Noah Belt takes the ball to the hoop against Indianapolis Cathedral during the Bob Wettig Tournament. Belt scored 8 points but the Spartans lost to the 10th-rated Fighting Irish, 63-46. (Photo by Doug Jordan) http://photosbydougj.com/

Like Greensburg, New Castle is a team loaded with talented underclassmen who have a vast amount of experience.

Luke Bumbalough, a 6-0 junior with a feathery-touch jump shot, averages 21.6 points, 5.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds, with 6-7 senior Mason Gillis scoring 20 points and snagging 11.8 rebounds a game while protecting the paint defensively. 

Niah Williamson, a 6-2 senior, averages 11.1 points and 4 caroms, 5-10 junior Blake Burris averages 5.3 points and 5-10 junior Mason Hardwick chips in 4 points a contest. 

On Dec. 30, the Trojans won the Raymond James Hall of Fame Classic played on their home court. New Castle beat 2A No. 6 Oak Hill, 80-60, and 4A No. 9 Bloomington South, 64-57. 

“I think New Castle is better than last year,” Brown said. “I think they’re better defensively and their role players are playing better than in the past. That’s what it looks like to me.” 

Connersville defeated New Castle twice last season, 52-51 in overtime at Spartan Bowl and 59-44 in the Sectional 9 championship game.

Senior guard Garrett Silcott scores 17.2 points per game to lead the Spartans. Junior Noah Belt averages 11.1 points, senior Dalton Lee averages 5.3 with senior Wes Smith and sophomore Jacob Brown averaging 4.6 points apiece. 

Shooting the ball: CHS has made 182 field goals in 388 attempts (47 percent). 2-point shots: 136-of-255 (53 percent); 3-pointers: 46-of-133 (34.5 percent). Free throws: 193-of-271 (71 percent). 

Stingy defense: The Spartans allow just 39.4 points a game — the best defensive average of all 4A schools and the 8th best in the state. 

Sagarin ratings: CHS: 83.72 overall, 72.15 strength-of-schedule (96th), No. 22 4A, No. 31 all schools. 

Greensburg: 79.93 overall, 68.76 strength of schedule (140th), No. 18 3A, No. 66 all schools. 

New Castle: 90.25 overall, 75.33 strength of schedule (67th), No. 2 3A, No. 22 all schools. 

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Notes: Saturday is Basketball Day Indiana, the second annual event that features all things basketball at virtually all levels of play in the Hoosier state. Click the link to check out all of the events planned and games that will be broadcast on FOX Sports Indiana

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Kmix 106.9 fm, Connersville

If you can’t make it to the New Castle 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.

Tonight, Kmix 106.9 will broadcast the Connersville Lady Spartans-Columbus East game played in Columbus. The Lady Spartans are 7-9, the Lady Olympians are 12-3. 

Connersville statistics (10-2) 

Garrett Silcott: 206 pts / 17.2 ppg, 5.6 r, 2.6 st, 2.1 a, 0.4 bk

Noah Belt: 133 pts / 11.1 ppg, 3.1 r, 1.6 a, 1.3 st

Dalton Lee: 63 pts / 5.3 ppg, 2.6 r, 1. a, 0.5 st

Wes Smith: 55 pts / 4.6 ppg, 2.9 r, 0.6 a, 0.2 st

Jacob Brown: 55 pts / 4.6 ppg, 3 r, 0.5 st, 0.5 bk, 0.2 a

Clay Garrison: 35 pts / 3.5 ppg, , 1.2 r, 0.9 a, 0.7 st (10 games)

Braxton Revalee: 20 pts / 1.7 ppg, 1.6 a, 1.3 r, 0.6 st

Tyler Combs: 13 pts / 1.3 ppg, 0.7 r, 0.4 a (10 games)

Drew Sherck: 12 pts / 1 ppg, 0.7 r, 0.3 st

Garrett Wickes: 9 pts / 1 ppg, 0.3 r, 0.2 a, 0.2 st (9 games)

Dylan Logan: 2 pts / 0.5 ppg, 0.3 r, 0.3 a (4 games)

Dalton Ailes: 0 pts / 0 ppg (6 games)

Ethan Smith: 0 pts / 0 ppg, 0.5 r (2 games)

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Wettig Tournament summary 

The Spartans finished 3rd in the 11th-annual Bob Wettig Tournament by routing tourney host Richmond, 62-33 — Connersville’s second win over the Red Devils this season and fifth straight overall.

Prior to defeating Richmond, CHS:

• Cruised past Northwest HomeSchool, 54-36;

• Led at all quarter stops in beating Class 3A No. 3 Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, 58-51, in quarterfinal play;

• Lost to 4A No. 10 Indianapolis Cathedral, 63-46, in the semifinals.

It was the first loss of the season for Attucks (8-2) — which was rated No. 1 at the time. The defending 3A state champion Tigers also lost to Shelbyville in the Wettig, 61-58.

Although the Spartans made 13-of-22 shots overall, Connersville struggled from the free throw line and appeared to run out of gas against Cathedral’s taller and talented Fighting Irish, who outscored CHS, 36-19, in the second half to pull away for the win. Missed foul shots in the final 16 minutes hurt the Big Red badly.

Cathedral (10-1), rated 10th in the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association poll and 11th in the AP, beat 1A No. 1 Indianapolis Tindley (10-2) 64-50 to win the Wettig title.

 

Spartans stats

CHS 54, Northwest HomeSchool 36

Garrett Silcott: 13 p, 6 r, 4 st, 3 a;

Jacob Brown: 11 p, 5 r, 1 bk;

Noah Belt: 8 p, 3 st;

Clay Garrison: 6 p, 3 a, 2 st;

Dalton Lee: 5 p, 7 r, 3 a;

Braxton Revalee: 4 p, 4 r, 2 a;

Tyler Combs: 3 p, 2 a, 1 st;

Wes Smith: 2 p, 4 r;

Drew Sherck: 2 p, 1 r.

 

CHS 58, Crispus Attucks 51

Silcott: 22 p, 10 r, 2 a, 2 st;

Brown: 13 p (6-7 FGs), 5 r;

Belt: 7 p, 6 r, 4 a, 1 st;

W. Smith: 6 p, 1 r;

Lee: 5 p, 4 r, 1 a;

Garrison: 2 p, 2 r, 1 a;

Sherck: 2 p, 1 r;

Revalee: 1 p, 2 a, 1 r;

Combs: 0 p;

Garrett Wickes: 0 p.

 

Indianapolis Cathedral 63, CHS 46

Silcott: 22 p, 5 r, 2 a, 1 st;

Belt: 8 p, 1 r, 1 st;

Lee: 5 p, 2 r, 1 a;

Brown: 5 p;

Garrison: 2 p; 3 a, 1 r;

Revalee: 2 p;

Combs: 2 p;

Wickes: 0 p, 1 r, 1 a, 1 st;

Sherck: 0 p.

CHS 62, Richmond 33

Belt: 23 p, 3 r, 3 st, 2 a;

Silcott: 14 p, 5 r, 4 a, 3 st, 1 bk;

Garrison: 9 p, 4 r, 1 a;

W. Smith: 4 p, 4 r;

Wickes: 3 p, 1 r, 1 a, 1 st;

Combs: 3 p, 2 r;

Lee: 2 p, 2 r, 1 a;

Sherck: 2 p, 2 r, 1 st;

Revalee: 2 p, 1 a;

Brown: 0 p, 3 r, 1 a;

Dalton Ailes: 0 p.

(Stats via Maxpreps) 

Tonight’s games 

(Connersville area / of interest)
(All games begin at 7:30 p.m. unless noted) 

Greensburg (10-1, 2-0 EIAC) at Connersville (10-2, 2-0 EIAC) •

Rushville (2-8, 1-2 EIAC) at East Central (5-3, 0-0 EIAC) •

Richmond (4-7) at New Castle (10-0, 3A No. 2)

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (6-4) at Greenfield-Central (4-6)

Delta (8-1) at New Palestine (4-5)

Wapahani (6-3) at Eastern Hancock (8-1, 2A No. 14)

(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference) 

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Saturday’s games

Connersville at New Castle 

Franklin County (4-6) at Union County (7-3)

Greensburg at Shelbyville (8-4)

Rushville vs Bullitt East (Ky.) (12 p.m. at Central Hardin, Ky.) 

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Wayne County Tournament
(Jan. 4-6 at Hagerstown)

Northeastern 57, Hagerstown 51 (Thursday) 

Centerville (3-7) vs Cambridge City Lincoln (3-6) (Jan. 5, 7:45 p.m.)

Championship game, Jan. 6, 8 p.m.

 

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Photos by Doug Jordan, 265-1230 — http://photosbydougj.com/

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