BY BEAU WICKER FOR THE KOKOMO TRIBUNE
---- — LOGANSPORT — Maconaquah’s boys basketball team gave Logansport a stern test on Saturday night at the Berry Bowl.
The Braves pushed the Berries but weren’t quite able to keep up over the full 32 minutes, as Logansport pulled away for a hard-fought 79-62 win.
It was Mac’s season opener, while Logan improved to 2-0 after a 43-point win over Peru on Wednesday.
Carter Skaggs scored a career-high 36 points to lead the Berries. He canned four 3-pointers and was 12 of 14 from the foul line. The junior is averaging 32.5 ppg in his first two games for Logansport.
Matt Jennings had 14 points, A.J. Smith scored 11 and Jalen Adaway added 10 for Logan.
“They’re a great team with Skaggs coming in from Pioneer, you know what he was bringing. Plus the talented underclassmen that [coach Pat Skaggs] has, it’s going to be an aggressive game,” Maconaquah coach Andy Steele said. “I was so proud with our guys. We didn’t back down from it.”
The Braves trailed 36-28 at halftime. Things got hectic in the second half as the teams combined for three technical foul calls and an intentional foul call — all the infractions were called on players.
But Carter Skaggs scored 25 of his 36 in the second half to carry the Berries to the win. Logan quickly built a 15-point lead following a technical foul on Mac that resulted in a six-point possession with 5:25 left in the third.
The Braves utilized a four-point play following a tech on the Berries and trailed 62-52 after three.
Andrew Wamsley and Skaggs opened the fourth quarter with baskets to put Logan up by 14. Skaggs ended the game scoring 15 straight for the Berries. One was on a free throw following an intentional foul by the Braves with 2:14 remaining. A technical foul was called on a Logan player following the intentional foul.
The outcome had already been determined at that point as the Berries led 76-60 after the free throws were shot.
Kyle Dinn scored all 21 of his points in the second half to lead the Braves. Wyatt Hughes, a 6-6 freshman, added 16 points in the contest.
The Braves had a tough break when Adam Harts took an inadvertent elbow from Jennings on a Jennings drive with 4:02 left in the third quarter. Harts suffered a gash above his eye that required stitches and did not return. He scored 13 points in the game.
“He’s a tough kid and I know he was very upset that happened because he wanted to stay in the game,” Steele said. “On Monday we’ll see where he is, if he’s out. But he’s going to come back even stronger and more aggressive.”
Pat Skaggs was impressed with the Braves.
“I was very impressed with what they did. They have some kids that can really shoot the 3, and of course the [K.J.] Walton kid is a heck of an athlete. Dinn had an outstanding game.
“I was very impressed with their team. The big freshman kid showed some promise. Coach Steele brought his team in here to be physical and it was a good test for us.”
Steele is looking forward to having a successful season with his squad.
“We have a solid group of guys that any one of them can go for 20 points a night. It’s a great team atmosphere this year. I absolutely love what we’re doing offensively and defensively,” he said. “I told them I’ll take this loss if that means we’re going to win the Miami County Tournament, we’re going to compete in conference and we’re going to win the sectional.”
The Braves host North Miami next Friday.