Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


January 15, 2014

Trojans top Hawks for 1-0 HHC start

Tri-Central survives Sheridan's fourth-quarter rally.

SHARPSVILLE — It took a total refusal to bend or break and clutch offensive play in the telling moments to get the job done, and the Tri-Central boys basketball team had just enough to hold off a stubborn Sheridan crew here Tuesday night, 63-60.

Shaking off icy shooting performances and ball-handling problems in recent outings, the Trojans shot with more confidence and committed just 13 turnovers. And for three quarters their defense shackled Sheridan to just 16 hoops in 40 attempts.

The Trojans appeared headed for their most satisfying victory and a successful Hoosier Heartland Conference (HHC) debut when they exploded for 26 points in the second period, thanks to a 16-6 run — their biggest spree of the year — for a 38-28 halftime lead.

But after meshing 14 of 26 first-half shots when they committed a season-low five turnovers, they hit just 3 of 11 third-period flings, 4 of their 14 attempts in the fourth segment and erred eight times.

The Blackhawks refused to surrender, trimmed a late third-quarter deficit of 48-34 to 54-49 with 2:30 remaining and was very much alive, 59-57, at the :35.9 mark. The Hawks fouled twice in those final critical moments, and Trojan sophomore Dillon Smith calmly deposited four free throws for the clinchers.

“We shot the ball much better tonight,” TC coach Kyle Zahn remarked, “and were much more confident which is what we’ve been looking for and tells you what we can do. Sheridan was bigger and took advantage of matchups inside and it caused us a lot of problems,” referring to 6-foot-3 Cort Christy, 6-3 Michael Burnell and 6-2 Chris Roberts. The trio accounted for 43 of the Hawk tallies and 15 of their 25 rebounds.

Christy went on a 14-point tear in the first quarter including the first 11 to help Sheridan to early leads of 9-5, 13-7 and 15-12. But he went 2-of-9 afield the rest of the way and had just seven points the final three quarters. The Trojans went alternately to man-to-man and a 2-3 zone, and it was the zone that kept Christy surrounded most of the time without the ball.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • SPL - KT041814 - Prep roundup - pic Prep roundup for Friday, April 18 Tanner Guyer and Sam Seagrave led the way as Kokomo's boys golf team scored a win in its season opener Thursday at Kokomo Country Club.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Friday, April 18 Kokomo High School will host the 2014 Howard County free physicals from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 14.

    April 18, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 Kokomo-Western baseball - pic 2 Kats top Panthers in baseball Since the inception of class sports, the annual early-season baseball matchup between Kokomo and Western had been solely for in-county bragging rights. With Western moving up to Class 4A for the next two seasons because of the IHSAA's new success factor, the rivals met up Wednesday as potential sectional opponents for the first time since 1997.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prep roundup for Thursday, April 17 Eastern junior Caleb Aaron tossed a four-hitter to lead the Comets past Northwestern 3-1 in a Howard County baseball clash Wednesday at Greentown.

    April 17, 2014

  • SPL - KT041714 - B1 briefs - Edwards mug Sports briefs for Thursday, April 17 The North Central Conference on Wednesday announced Indianapolis Arsenal Tech will join the conference on April 1, 2015.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 - Boys golf preview - secondary pic BOYS GOLF: Howard County preview Western's boys golf team is thinking big this season.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPL - KT041614 Girls tennis Preview - pic GIRLS TENNIS: Howard County preview After 39 seasons and counting as the boys tennis coach at Taylor High School, Dave Wise is entering his 24th season leading the Titan girls.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041614 - Western hires coaches - mug Western hires football, volley coaches Western High School's search for a new football coach is over. Western on Tuesday named Ron Jankovich its new coach during a board meeting. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Bethel University in Tennessee. He was the Wildcats' co-offensive coordinator.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041614 - Brett Bowman column - Bowman ID BOWMAN: Abreu shines in Kokomo GP Although he might be short in size, California's Rico Abreu was tall in stature after dominating the two-day Kokomo Grand Prix for the USAC Honda National Midget Series and the Lucas Oil Powri National Midgets over the weekend at the Kokomo Speedway.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPL - KT041514 - Kokomo girls BB coach - mug Cusick is Lady Kats' new coach Heather Cusick is enjoying a pretty good month. Kokomo High School on Monday selected Cusick as its new girls basketball coach. Three days earlier, she became engaged to Michael Mygrant.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

NCAA Men's Basketball Poll
Featured Ads
SportsKT twitter
More kokomotribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.