The Kokomo middle schools recorded a sweep in the City-County boys basketball games Wednesday night. Maple Crest took home crowns in the sixth- and seventh-grade games and Lafayette Park won the eighth-grade game.

The following are capsule looks at the games.

Eighth grade

Lafayette Park came from behind to defeat Taylor 22-19 for the championship at Memorial Gym.

Down 19-18, the Lancers’ Phillip Kuhns hit four free throws within the last 30 seconds of the game to erase the deficit and give his team the win.

“We were just thankful to be in this game,” Lafayette Park coach Mike Heilman said. “We played a great Maple Crest team, and beat them by two [40-38 in the city final], and to come in and play a nail-biter with Taylor … and to hold them to 19 points was just fantastic. Our kids executed our defensive plan to a T.”

Lafayette Park (14-4) was down 17-10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Zach Lytle and Colton Summers each hit a 3-pointer to bring The Park within 17-16 with 4:40 left in the game.

Austen Conwell extended the Titans’ lead to three, 19-16, with a basket with 3:15 left. But, Lytle hit another bucket to close to within one and Kuhns closed it out with his free throws.

“The 3-pointer that Michael Heilman hit at the end of the second quarter was a big boost for us. We got a chance to go in the locker room down four rather then seven, and that was a huge play,” the LP coach said. “We challenged our kids at halftime. We also weren’t moving the ball well in the first half, and in the second half we moved it well.”

Lytle and Summers led The Park with five points apiece. Kuhns added four points.

Drake Herr led Taylor with six points, Seth Vautaw added five and Reomey Northington had four.

Seventh grade

Maple Crest held on to defeat Western, 38-35, at Memorial Gym. The Mustangs led 28-15 at halftime, but the Panthers came back in the second half to make a game of it.

“I didn’t think it would be this close,” Maple Crest coach Jeff Bender said. “It was closer then what it should have been. We had a 13-point lead, and we let them ease back into it. [Western] got it down to five and then three. We had to hold our breath there at the end. If we would have maintain then we could have kept the lead where it was., and the game shouldn’t have been a nail biter.”

Parker Salinas led Maple Crest (14-4) with 17 points. Also for the winners, Joe Merriweather had 10 points and Nick Burtch had seven points.

Jake Robertson led Western with 10 points. Brandon Larrick and Levi Pasquale each had seven points and Drew Larrick contributed six points.

Sixth grade

Undefeated Maple Crest beat Northwestern 52-38 in the sixth-grade game, which was played at Central. Up 25-21 at halftime, the Mustangs outscored the Tigers 27-17 in the second half to claim the crown.

“Northwestern gave us a good game the last time we played them,” said Maple Crest coach Gary McKay, whose squad improved to 15-0. “[The Tigers] put the pressure on us in the first half, and we put a little 2-1-2 trap on them and got the lead and held on from there. I thought we played really well in the second half.”

D.J. Balentine led Maple Crest with 29 points, including a 5 of 5 showing at the free throw line. Drew Sawyer added five points for the winners.

Kylan Dubbels led Northwestern with 10 points, and Zack Gabriel and David Alexander each had eight points for the Tigers.

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