Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


December 14, 2013

Degenkolb keys Devils' rivalry win

Sophomore scores 39 points against TC.

TIPTON — They say charity begins at home. It certainly did for Tipton’s boys basketball team on Friday night as the Blue Devils sank 32 of 40 foul shots en route to a 69-56 win over visiting Tri-Central in the 35th annual Pilgrim Cup.

The win was the seventh straight in the Cup series for Tipton and will be remembered for Mason Degenkolb’s remarkable 39-point performance. The sophomore guard sank 7 of 15 shots from the floor, but more importantly, he nailed 22 consecutive free throws before his lone miss in a 23-of-24 performance at the charity stripe.

“We were real fortunate to get some calls and get to the line,” said Tipton coach Brad Dickey. “[Degenkolb] has worked on it, he’s practiced, and so have a lot of guys. So we’re happy for that number.”

For a half, Tri-Central looked like anything but a team playing in its season opener. The Trojans led 17-14 at the first stop and 29-27 at the half, but the Blue Devils pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring TC 20-11 to take a 47-40 lead into the final period. Tipton never let the Trojans get any closer, pulling away behind their strong foul shooting for the win.

Dickey thought maybe his squad’s three games of experience may have made the difference against TC in the third quarter.

“[At the half] we talked about keeping the pace up,” he said. “Maybe we had an advantage because we’d played [three] games before. I think we saw that in the third quarter. Tri-Central was very strong in the first half and did a great job. They were a step slow in the third, I think. Our kids were really concentrating on transition and making a few good adjustments to get the ball inside.”

One key was the Devils’ balanced scoring in the third. Degenkolb had four points, fellow starters Tanner Maxey, Brody Dell, and Nate Friend also scored and so did Sam Gutierrez, Jon Ross, and Jack Critser off the bench. Tipton (3-1) went on an 11-1 run to open the period before Dillon Smith stopped the bleeding with the Trojans’ first field goal of the stanza at the 4:17 mark. The Devils led by 10 late in the quarter before TC closed the gap to seven.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • SPL - KT042014 KT Prep Roundup - pic Prep Roundup for Sunday, April 20 Eastern's softball squad built a 5-0 lead through six innings, only to have Taylor rally for four runs before the Class 2A No. 9-ranked Comets were able to close the door for a 5-4 win Saturday in a non-conference game at Taylor. Maddie Vint put East

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042014 Ortmann-mug Ortmann headed to Taylor When Northwestern senior Graham Ortmann learned last month that he'd been named a recipient of the Lilly Endowment, that was a major weight off his shoulders. The endowment, working with the Community Foundation of Howard County, awards full tuition

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Sunday, April 20 Maupin set to play hoops at Hanover WALTON -- Lewis Cass senior point guard Maci Maupin will continue her basketball career at Hanover College. She will play for Hanover coach Molly Jones, who just completed her 15th year at the Division III school l

    April 20, 2014

  • SPL - KT042014 - John Martino column - Martino column sig MARTINO: You may have company in woods Daylight has lengthened and cold winds have finally given way to warm, gentle breezes, for the most part, anyway. This is the special time of year when many of us enjoy being outdoors, a welcome escape from the four walls that almost held us hostage

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWHS tennis 04 Prep Roundup for Saturday, April 19 Northwestern's girls tennis team got a sweep from its doubles tandems and a point from the No. 1 singles player to edge Northfield 3-2 Friday on the Northwestern courts, improving to 2-1 on the season. Emily Harshman won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, Me

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Saturday, April 19 Swain records KCC's first ace of 2014 Noblesville's Larry Swain hit the first hole in one of the new season at the Kokomo Country Club on Thursday. Swain used a nine-iron to ace the 160-yard hole No. 16, recording his first ever hole in one. Josh Mag

    April 19, 2014

  • SPL - KT041814 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Friday, April 18 Tanner Guyer and Sam Seagrave led the way as Kokomo's boys golf team scored a win in its season opener Thursday at Kokomo Country Club.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Friday, April 18 Kokomo High School will host the 2014 Howard County free physicals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 14.

    April 18, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 Kokomo-Western baseball - pic 2 Kats top Panthers in baseball Since the inception of class sports, the annual early-season baseball matchup between Kokomo and Western had been solely for in-county bragging rights. With Western moving up to Class 4A for the next two seasons because of the IHSAA's new success factor, the rivals met up Wednesday as potential sectional opponents for the first time since 1997.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup for Thursday, April 17 Eastern junior Caleb Aaron tossed a four-hitter to lead the Comets past Northwestern 3-1 in a Howard County baseball clash Wednesday at Greentown.

    April 17, 2014

NCAA Men's Basketball Poll
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
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest

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.