Marauders, Manual next for 12-4 Spartans

Marauders, Manual next for 12-4 Spartans

2017-18 CHS Varsity Basketball
The 2017-18 Connersville Spartans varsity basketball team (Photo by Jeff Gabbard)

Another double-dip weekend against high-quality competition awaits the Connersville Spartans basketball team, whose players and coaches would love to see a repeat of the results from last season — with less minutes needed for similar results.

CHS (12-4) hosts Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (7-6) tonight at Spartan Bowl; Indianapolis Manual (9-6) provides the opposition 24 hours later. Both games begin about 7:30 p.m. with JV action starting at 6.

A year ago, head coach Kerry Brown’s squad defeated Mt. Vernon, 88-85, in an epic 4-overtime thriller on the Marauders’ floor.

Forward Noah Belt had 23 points for the Big Red, including a 13-for-14 performance from the free throw line. Guard Garrett Silcott scored 16 points.

A few weeks later, in Sectional 9 play at New Castle Fieldhouse, the Spartans beat MV, 59-55, in a game that required two overtimes to decide the winner.

Against Manual at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, CHS whipped the Redskins, 68-54. 

Sagarin ratings: CHS: 84.00 overall, 74.77 strength-of-schedule (66th), No. 21 4A, No. 32 all schools.

Mt. Vernon: 77.78 overall, 77.13 strength-of-schedule (43rd), No. 47 4A, No. 79 all schools.

Indianapolis Manual: 83.67 overall, 75.89 strength-of-schedule (54th), No. 8 3A, No. 36 all schools.

Notes: Manual plays at Class 2A No. 9 Indianapolis Howe (12-5) tonight. … The Redskins lost to Indianapolis Cathedral in double-overtime, 88-86, in the semifinals of the Indianapolis City Tourney. … Cathedral (15-2, 4A No. 9) is one of the teams that defeated the Spartans, 63-46, on Dec. 29 in the Bob Wettig Tournament at Richmond. … Along with Noah Belt, who made 13-of-14 free throws in Connersville’s 4-overtime, 88-85 regular season win over Mt. Vernon last year, former Spartan and 2017 Indiana All-Star Grant Smith — now playing at NAIA Div. II power Indiana Wesleyan — made 13 foul shots in 15 tries and scored 27 points.

If you can’t make it to either game, you can listen to all of 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’s games

(All games begin at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)

Mt. Vernon (Fortville) (7-6) at Connersville (12-4)

Indianapolis Manual (9-6) at Indianapolis Howe (12-5, 2A No. 9)

Columbus East (5-6) at East Central (10-4)

South Dearborn (5-11, 1-3 EIAC) at Rushville (2-12, 1-3 EIAC) •

North Decatur (6-9) at Batesville (8-5)

South Ripley (6-10) at Lawrenceburg (10-3)

Cambridge City Lincoln (6-8, 1-1 TEC) at Northeastern (9-5, 2-0 TEC) ‡

Centerville (6-8, 0-3 TEC) at Knightstown (5-8, 3-3 TEC) ‡

Tri (5-6, 1-2 TEC) at Winchester (4-9, 2-2 TEC) ‡

Union City (4-10, 0-4 TEC) at Hagerstown (8-5, 2-1 TEC) ‡

Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-6) at Richmond (6-10)

Greenfield-Central (4-9) vs Pendleton Heights (7-7) (8:45 p.m., Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

Greenwood (9-4) at Shelbyville (12-5)

New Palestine (8-6) at Yorktown (3-11)

Wapahani (12-3, 2A No.) at Delta (13-3)

Muncie Central (4-9) at Indianapolis Tech (4-6)

Edinburgh (10-6) at Morristown (15-1, 1A No. 5)

(• = Eastern Indiana Athletic Confereence)

(‡ = Tri-Eastern Conference) 


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