Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Sports

February 16, 2014

Boys BB: Western beats West Lafayette

Western pulls away late from West Lafayette.

RUSSIAVLLE — Western’s boys basketball team continued its hot play with a 61-57 victory over Sectional 20 rival West Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Richard R. Rea Gymnasium.

The Panthers (11-4) have won three straight games and eight of their last nine.

“We had four games in the past seven days. We were tired,” Western forward Mo Townsend said. “To get this win against the toughest team we played this week is great.”

Western improved to 5-1 against Sectional 20 opponents, the best such record among the seven teams in the Class 3A field. Defending sectional champion West Lafayette (11-6 overall) is 2-1 against sectional opponents.

“It was definitely a big win,” Townsend said. “We came in, we were focused and we got a really big win.”

Townsend made a pair of key plays in the fourth quarter to help the Panthers take the win. First, he came up with a steal and took it to the other end where he scored a hoop-and-harm layup and free throw for a 55-52 lead with 3:17 remaining, the Panthers’ first advantage since midway through the third quarter.

“Mo anticipating there [for the steal] and finishing was big,” Western coach Bart Miller said.

Next, Townsend drilled a 3-pointer at 2:41 to give the Panthers a 58-54 lead. Townsend was 3 of 4 from 3-land in the game.

The Red Devils closed to within 58-57 at 2:08. After the Panthers’ Zach Shahan split a pair of free throws to make it 59-57 at 1:05, the Devils missed a potential tying shot and William Mbongo’s offensive rebound at :37 went for naught when he was called for traveling when he landed off balance. Still, the Devils had a chance to tie or take the lead when the Panthers’ Des Balentine missed both ends of a double bonus at :28.8.

The Devils ran the clock down to :05.6 before calling a timeout. Out of the timeout, Western’s Gabe Harp stole the inbounds pass and raced downcourt. The Devils fouled him at :01 and he sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • SPL - KT082114 Brett Bowman column-pic Smackdown gets rolling tonight The three biggest nights of the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series’ season kick off tonight and conclude Saturday night with the third-running of the Stoops’ Freightliner Sprint Car Smackdown at the Kokomo Speedway.The event is rapidly gaining mo

    August 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Kokomo tennis 04 Prep roundup for Thursday, Aug. 21: Kokomo tennis tops Alex Kokomo’s boys tennis team topped Alexandria 4-1 on the Wildkat courts on Wednesday to even the Kats’ record at 1-1.The No. 1 doubles team of Blake Brookshire and Joey Hurlocker won 6-2, 6-4 and were the first point off the court for the Kats. The No.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor fball practice 01 Titans adjusting on the fly to new coach When Taylor found itself without a football coach after the sudden departure of Eric Davis in the first week of preseason practice, the school turned to one person who couldn’t say no, no matter how difficult the situation.Long-time girls basketball

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • EHSvsPeruFB 19 Peru looks to take another step in the right direction The Peru football team posted a 4-6 record last year, which marked the Bengal Tigers’ best showing since the 2000 team went 7-5.Peru coach Bob Prescott would like to build on its 2013 success.“We are trying to improve every day, and taking it one day

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jenkins card Greatest Save brings Major Leaguers to Kokomo Community First Bank Executive Vice President Bob Hickman saw first hand the great benefits and excitement the Greatest Save program brought to the community of Evansville the last two years. He watched as Major League Baseball legends like Rollie Fi

    August 21, 2014 3 Photos

  • Age no opponent for some of NFL's veteran stars NEW YORK (AP) — There's something stunning happening on Michael Vick's head. You can't see them from far away, but up close, tiny gray hairs are starting to emerge — color-sapped reminders that the New York Jets quarterback is no longer the speedy y

    August 20, 2014

  • SPL - KT082014 - Western football preview - pic FOOTBALL: Western preview Western's football team ran the ball on 575 of its 634 offensive plays last season. Three players combined to account for 424 of the rushing attempts. Expect a much different look from the Panthers under new coach Ronnie Jankovich.

    August 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT082014 - Cass football preview - mug FOOTBALL: Cass preview Lewis Cass may lack experience entering this season, but not moxie. The Kings return just a handful of starters from last year’s team that finished 5-5, one of the few teams in recent program history that did not win more games than it lost.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT082014 - County boys XC preview - pic BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: Howard County preview Western's boys cross country team is ready to chase after more championship hardware. The Panthers are four-time defending Mid-Indiana Conference champions and two-time defending Logansport Sectional winners.

    August 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prep roundup for Wednesday, Aug. 20 Taylor's boys soccer team got its season off to a flying start with a 5-1 victory over Western on Tuesday night, highlighted by a hat trick from Hunter Stephens. It marked the first time the Titans had beaten the Panthers in Mike Shane's tenure as coach.

    August 20, 2014

Featured Ads
SportsKT twitter
More kokomotribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson Today in History August 21 Holder Pledges Top Investigators for Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.