Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Sports

February 2, 2014

Squires hold off Trojans

SHARPSVILLE — According to the purists, offense wins ballgames and defense wins championships. Unfortunately for Tri-Central’s boys basketball team, neither was sufficient here Saturday afternoon as a visiting Manchester Squire club held off a late challenge to take a 46-41 victory.

The Trojans’ defense was good enough to win most contests, but they were again victimized by their inability to generate offense and hit shots when they needed them.

The Squires’ offense was just sufficient enough to hold off TC (4-7), but it was an almost invisible Trojan first-half offense that played a huge role in the defeat.

Winning for the ninth time in 13 contests, the Squires shackled the Trojans to an anemic, 14-point first half in which TC hit just 3 of 13 shots. The Squires upped their first-period 12-7 lead to 29-14 at halftime with a 13-6 run and appeared safely away with a gaudy 34-18 spread early in the third quarter.

But it took a more attentive Squire defense and a few missed Trojan opportunities down the stretch for Manchester to survive. TC managed a mere 32 shots in the contest, hit just 12 of those and hurt its own cause on 15-of-22 free throw shooting — six of those misses coming in the first half.

The Squires weren’t exactly explosive with 15 baskets in 40 attempts but six of those fielders were 3-pointers and they canned 9 of 12 tries at the charity stripe.

“Our problem was not our defense, it has been solid all year,” TC coach Kyle Zahn said. “We’re just having a hard time finding points and hitting shots. We did a better job in the second half with more movement, but if we would’ve made our free throws we would’ve been right there.

“Manchester’s defense wouldn’t let us get inside or get into our offense. We worked this week in practice of attacking the seam, but it still gets down to knocking down shots,” he added.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • SPL - KT072614 Colts notebook-pic Colts notebook: Ballard injured in Friday's practice ANDERSON — The first scary moment of Indianapolis Colts training camp came Friday afternoon courtesy of running back Vick Ballard.The former Mississippi State star went to the ground early in the public practice after catching an undefended pass in i

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Saturday, July 26 Miller goes 3-2 at freestyle nationalsFARGO, N.D. — Kokomo’s Fletcher Miller will wrestle for fifth place today in the final day of 220-pound action at the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle Nationals. After scoring two wins on Thursday, Miller opened Fr

    July 26, 2014

  • Sixers will play for title CENTERVILLE — Kokomo Post 6 booked a spot in today’s championship game game of the American Legion baseball regional with a 9-1 victory over Richmond Post 65 Friday in the second round at Centerville High School.Kokomo (25-5) meets Richmond again at

    July 26, 2014

  • SPL - KT072614 - Jon Kelley column - column sig KELLEY: Looking for opportunity to improve your mental game? Rory McIlroy demonstrated a top-notch mental game last weekend in his British Open victory. Many players would have collapsed after being caught following the disappearance of a large lead.McIlroy, who was four shots ahead teeing off Saturday only to

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - KT072514 Colts-pic After transition year, Colts' Richardson is up to speed ANDERSON — Last year Trent Richardson must have felt like the lead character in Robert A. Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land.”On Sept. 18, the Indianapolis Colts secured the services of the Florida-born running back from the Cleveland Browns. He

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT072214 - B1 briefs - mug Sports briefs for Friday, July 25 Kokomo's Tionna Brown posted the fastest time in the 100-meter dash preliminaries in her age division Thursday at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic national meet, and had the third-fastest in the 200 semifinals.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Post 6 rolls in regional opener The Kokomo Post 6 senior baseball team took care of business in its postseason opener Thursday. The Sixers hit Cicero with an early flurry and went on for an 11-2 win in the regional opener at Centerville High School.

    July 25, 2014

  • SPL - KT072414 - Post 6 preview - pic It's tourney time for Sixers A quick glance at the stats of the Kokomo Post 6 senior baseball squad gives a clear insight into why the Sixers are 23-5 heading into the postseason. The Sixers boast small ERAs from the pitchers, a defense that commits just more than one error per game, and high batting averages.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sports briefs for Thursday, July 24 Kokomo's Tionna Brown had a strong debut Wednesday in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships. Brown competed in the prelims of the 200-meter dash in the girls 11- and 12-year old division. She won her heat with a time of 25.60 seconds — the best time of the 61 participants in her age division.

    July 24, 2014

  • SPL - KT072414 - Another Colts for web - pic COLTS: Team getting healthy as camp opens ANDERSON — Reggie Wayne's arrival Wednesday in an IndyCar driven by two- time Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Ed Carpenter drew national attention. But the most important news coming out of reporting day for the Indianapolis Colts concerned the wide rec

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo