Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Breaking News

Sports

December 29, 2013

Wildkats roar back to stun Millers

Kokomo finishes game on 21-3 run to take 2-point win.

NOBLESVILLE — It took a Herculean effort against the home team for Kokomo’s boys basketball team to avoid going winless in the Noblesville Holiday Tournament on Saturday night. Kokomo trailed by 16 halfway through the third period and looked on its way to an 0-3 showing in the tournament, but a substitution by coach Brian McCauley lit a spark under the Wildkats.

With 4:41 left in the game, McCauley sent in Jeron Gray, Jazimar Woodard and Brandon Wilson as the Kats trailed 33-17. The three helped ignite a turnaround that saw Kokomo close the game on a 21-3 run in the final 12 minutes and steal a 38-36 win over the host Millers.

“I am so proud of this team. It was a phenomenal win,” McCauley said. “[This] took a lot of character and integrity and it felt like a season-defining win. Our body language was a little down there, but we made about every play we had to make.”

It was Woodard who made an immediate impact, as he connected on a 3-pointer assisted by Mykal Cox just 25 seconds after the substitution. Cox then added a basket of his own before Woodard assisted Jeron Gray on a 3-pointer.

That trimmed Noblesville’s lead to 33-25 in just over two minutes, and the teams traded a pair of free throws that left the Millers up 35-27 going into the final quarter.

Kokomo’s defense keyed the comeback. Kokomo allowed only a single point in the final period. After Justin Peagues scored on a layup and added a free throw for a three-point play that pushed the lead to 16 with 4:41 left in the third, Noblesville did not hit another field goal.

“We changed our defense after we fell behind 8-0 and I really have to credit kids like Erik Bowen and Jordan Matthews,” McCauley said. “[Matthews] didn’t play well offensively, but what he did bring was toughness on the defensive end. Without his ability to defend on the perimeter, we don’t get those stops at the end.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • SPL - KT042314 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Wednesday, April 23 Northwestern's track and field teams swept visiting Tri-Central on Tuesday night.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042414 - Brett Bowman column - Brett's column sig BOWMAN: Cottle has high hopes for new campaign In an era that sees superstar athletes at any sport walk around and boast how great they are, it's refreshing to see the likes of Shane Cottle. He is an open wheel racing standout who never blows his own horn and is embarrassed by the attention he receives for being considered one of the top sprint car drivers in the country.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042214 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Tuesday, April 22 Eastern's girls tennis team beat Northfield 4-1 Monday at Greentown for its second straight win following a season-opening loss to Peru last week.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042214 - B1 briefs - mug Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 22 The Mid-American Conference on Monday named former Kokomo Wildkat standout T.J. Weir its West Division Pitcher of the Week.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT042114 - Athlete of the week - mug Simmerman is Athlete of the Week Simmerman helped the Comets go 3-0 last week.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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