Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 12, 2014

Sports briefs for Thursday, June 12

Kokomo Tribune

---- — UCT rivals to square off for Rookie title

Planet Mind of UCT beat Roby Outdoors of Northwestern 8-5 Wednesday in the first semifinal of the Rookie League tournament. Next, UCT’s Norman Alarm beat TSE’s Hague Water 8-7 in the second semifinal to set up an all-UCT championship.

Planet Mind and Norman Alarm will meet at 7 p.m. today at Northwestern for the championship.

Senior All-Stars top juniors in exhibition

COLUMBUS — Park Tudor’s Trevon Bluiett scored 44 points, and Marion’s James Blackmon Jr. added 28 to lead the Indiana All-Stars to a 124-102 win over the junior squad Wednesday night at Columbus North High School.

Kokomo’s Tayler Persons was held scoreless in 19 minutes of action, but finished with three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

In the girls’ exhibition, Miss Basketball Whitney Jennings of Logansport scored 17 points to lead the seniors to a 73-71 win over the juniors.

Indiana quarterback Roberson to transfer

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Quarterback Tre Roberson is leaving Indiana and will transfer to another school.

Roberson won the state’s Mr. Football Award in 2010 and appeared to be Indiana’s quarterback of the future after becoming the first true freshman to ever start for the Hoosiers. But in 2012, the sophomore broke his lower left leg during the second game of the season and wound up splitting the quarterback duties with Nate Sudfeld most of last season. Roberson started four games in 2013.

Coach Kevin Wilson was planning to use both Sudfeld, a junior, and Roberson, a redshirt junior, again this season. Now it’s Sudfeld’s job to lose.

Another quarterback, Cam Coffman, decided to transfer in January.

Larkins helps Fever beat Storm 76-68

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Erlana Larkins scored 17 points and Natasha Howard and Shavonte Zellous each added 13 to help the Indiana Fever beat the Seattle Storm 76-68 on Wednesday night.

The Fever (5-4) overcame a nine-point, second-quarter deficit, taking the lead at 63-61 on Marissa Coleman’s 3-pointer from the left corner with 4 minutes to play. Coleman finished with 12 points.

Rangers beat Kings to stay alive in Cup

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers suddenly have some life in the Stanley Cup finals.

Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Benoit Pouliot and Martin St. Louis each scored as the Rangers managed to keep the Los Angeles Kings at bay in a 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night. The Kings lead the series 3-1. Game 4 is Friday in L.A.

Leonard, red-hot Spurs roll over Heat in Game 3

MIAMI (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs made an NBA Finals-record 75.8 percent of their shots in the first half in a 111-92 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that gave them a 2-1 lead.

The Spurs made 19 of their first 21 shots and finished 25 of 33 in the first half, bettering the 75 percent shooting by Orlando against the Lakers in the 2009 finals.

Leonard finished 10 of 13 after two quiet games in San Antonio. Danny Green and Tony Parker each had 15 points and Tim Duncan scored 14. Game 4 is tonight.