Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


January 23, 2014

Western wins boys HCT title

Balentine leads Western's hot-shooting performance


“When an opponent hits that many shots in the first and third quarters, it’s hard to [stay in contention]. We didn’t show up to contest things like we had talked about and they hit shots,” Lewman said.

“When you’re playing from behind, it’s hard to get things going, and we didn’t do a very good job of taking care of the basketball,” he added.

Western’s lead peaked at 35 in the fourth quarter.

Mo Townsend added eight points for the Panthers and Mitchell Shahan had six points and a team-high seven rebounds.

“A great team win,” Miller said. “I’m very proud of the guys. Anytime you’re able to win a county title against the other three county schools, it’s nice for the kids.”

Latrell Mitchell led Taylor (3-6) with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Calvin Wheeler added 12 points. Wheeler picked up two early fouls and the Titans struggled without the point guard on the floor.


Northwestern shook off a sluggish start to whip Eastern 52-32 in the consolation game.

Northwestern coach Jim Gish noted a lack of consistent gym time led to the Tigers’ up-and-down performance.

“We have a team that works hard and they need a game plan and some preparation. Mother Nature is just not working with us right now,” he said. “We know there are going to be some inconsistencies. We’re by no means playing our best basketball right now and you don’t want to be playing your best basketball [in mid-January].

“We do have a lot of kids contributing. I’m happy with the fact that we had some guys come off the bench, do some things that we wanted them to do for our team to have success.”

The Tigers (4-4) used a pair of runs to break away. Tied 10-10 midway through the second quarter, the Tigers outscored the Comets 14-3 over the remainder of the half to build a 24-13 lead.

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