The Panthers offer good offensive balance. Guards Evan Warden (13.8 ppg) and Des Balentine (12.5) lead the team in scoring, followed closely by center Ronnie Smith (10.9) and forward Austin Townsend (10.2).
Tipton will test Western’s improvement with fast guards, and front line where each player is 6-4 or taller.
“No. 1, you’ve got to take care of the ball against their pressure defense, and you’ve got to limit their second-chance points,” Miller said, noting Western has improved in those areas lately. “Hopefully, they’ll continue that way against Tipton.”
Tri-Central (8-11) at Eastern (3-16)
The Trojans take a four-game happy streak into Eastern. Both teams are coming off overtime games. TC beat Clinton Prairie in OT last Friday, while Eastern lost at Wabash in a bonus session on Tuesday.
Tri-Central took a 53-46 victory last year in this matchup, snapping Eastern’s string of three wins in the series.
Clay Smith leads TC in scoring at 9.8, followed by Kolby Thomas at 9.7 and Garret Dick at 9.5.
Josiah Marx is the Comets’ go-to player. He score a career-high 33 points on 15-of-23 shooting against Wabash.
Around the area
Carroll (12-8) takes a four-game winning streak into a home date with a Lafayette Central Catholic squad (11-8) that has won three in a row.
Clinton Central (1-19) visits Frontier (7-13)