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February 12, 2014

Braves beat Trojans, snap 6-game skid

Tri-Central’s boys basketball team, coming off an impressive win over outmanned Clinton Central on Friday night, ran into an entirely different breed Saturday night, a hot-shooting Maconaquah club that exploded in the second half en route to a convincing 65-51 victory at Bunker Hill.

In improving to 4-8 and snapping a six-game losing streak, coach Andy Steele’s Braves turned a slim 28-23 halftime command into a 44-30 lead halfway through the third segment, thanks to 7-for-7 shooting. They completed the period with three hits in the next six attempts, then meshed 7 of their final 13 tries to finish with a torrid 27-of-58 (.465) mark.

In so doing, the Braves put two players in double digits, but more importantly got offensive production from six other performers. At the same time, the energetic Brave 2-3 zone defense cooled the Trojans to 18 baskets in 50 tries (.360), and the Maconaquah bench outscored TC’s reserves, 18-4.

Steele remarked afterward: “Our shooting comes and goes, but we shot very well [Saturday]. Our zone was also effective. We wanted to keep them out of the middle and make them shoot from outside. We made some adjustments at halftime that helped make the difference.”

Trojan coach Kyle Zahn offered: “Maconaquah shot about as well as I’ve seem them shoot. They had a size advantage, and we wanted to clog the middle, but then they knocked down jumpers from the outside."

Talented three-sport athlete K.J. Walton scored a game-high 18 points for the Braves. Wyatt Hughes had 13, Kyle Dinn, Luke Hann and Ben Stephenson had seven each and Trevor Hagen had six.

• Mid-Indiana Conference leader Hamilton Heights beat Maconaquah 59-44 Friday night. Adam Harts led the Braves with 10 points.

CASS 55, PERU 34

Lewis Cass’ boys basketball team gave up size at almost every position, and a lot of it, when the Kings lined up against Peru on Friday night. Where the Kings had an advantage was at floor level, with speed to burn.

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