Kokomo’s boys basketball team topped Fort Wayne Northrop in a 67-66 nail-biter Saturday night at Fort Wayne.

The teams battled through 15 lead changes and 14 ties. Northrop led 12-9 after the first quarter and the teams went into halftime knotted at 27-all. The Bruins went up 36-29 in the third quarter for the game’s biggest lead, but the Kats fought back and it was tied 46-all at the end of the quarter.

Kokomo guard Zavion Bellamy hit a jumper with less than 10 seconds in the fourth quarter for the last lead change and the win.

Kokomo center Flory Bidunga had a monster double-double of 28 points and 24 rebounds, breaking the Wildkats’ modern-day record (since 1986) for single-game rebounds. The 6-foot-10 sophomore took eight offensive boards.

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Flory Bidunga

Bidunga made 12 of 16 shots from the field. Defensively, he blocked seven shots.

Also for the Kats (9-4), Shayne Spear had 12 points and Bellamy had 10 points. Spear, Bellamy and Jace Rayl had three assists apiece.

Jalen Jackson led Northrop (6-7) with 36 points, nine rebounds and six steals.

Kokomo visits Harrison on Friday for a North Central Conference game. The Kats lead the conference at 3-0. Anderson is second at 1-0 and all the other teams have at least one loss.


The Panthers rolled past the visiting Berries for their 10th straight win. Western led 14-6 after the first quarter and 27-14 at halftime, then delivered the knockout punch with a 23-point third quarter. That pushed its lead to 50-22.

The Panthers’ Evan Kretz continued his hot play, drilling seven 3-pointers for 21 points. Mitchell Dean backed him with 15 points and Mike Gaines had eight points. All of Gaines’ points came during the big third quarter.

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Michael Gaines

Noah Lange led Logan with 11 points and Izak Mock had 10.

Western is 10-2, its best 12-game record since the 2003-04 season.

Western hosts Maconaquah on Wednesday.

PERU 53, CASS 51

Peru guard Braxten Robbins hit a buzzer-beater for the win as the Class 3A No. 9-ranked Bengal Tigers survived their closest game of the season.

The game went back and forth with visiting Cass up 17-16 after the first quarter, Peru up 36-27 at halftime and the Kings leading 45-43 after the third quarter.

With time winding down in the final quarter, Robbins got the ball on the right wing and drove. He freed himself with a small shot fake and sank a 12-foot shot as the buzzer sounded.

Matt Ross led Peru (11-0) with 22 points. Matt Roettger backed him with 11 points, Robbins had eight, Eli Walters had seven and Gavin Eldridge had the other five.

Luke Chambers led Cass (4-5) with 16 points. Tyson Good had 13 and Tristin Miller had 10.


Mississinewa controlled both halves of the game. The Indians outscored the visiting Titans 31-22 in the first half and 31-21 in the second half.

The Indians (3-9) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Bobby Wonnell led the Titans (5-5) with 24 points. Mekhi McGee followed with eight points.

Taylor hosts Clinton Central on Friday.


Class 2A No. 9-ranked Clinton Prairie held Northwestern to a season-low 33 points, sending the Tigers to their fourth straight loss. The Gophers led 9-6 after the first quarter, 21-15 at halftime and 30-24 after the third quarter.

Defense is the Gophers’ calling card. They rank No. 4 in the state in defensive average (36.15).

Knipp led the Gophers (12-1) with 15 points. Eli Edwards led the Tigers (3-6) with 17 points and Mario Reed had nine points.

Northwestern visits Tipton on Friday.


Eastern outscored visiting Oak Hill in three of the four quarters, but the Golden Eagles’ 18-5 edge in the second quarter propelled them to the victory.

Down 31-18 at halftime, Eastern battled back in the second half. The Comets closed to within three, 49-46, with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Eagles hit some free throws to secure the win.

Landon Biegel led Oak Hill (7-3) with 18 points. Eli Edwards led Eastern (5-7) with 20 points. Oak Hill led Levi Mavrick, the Comets’ leading scorer, to eight points. Cayden Calloway also had eight points.

Eastern visits Delphi on Friday.

WES-DEL 73, TC 68

Tri-Central fell short to Wes-Del in a high-scoring game between Sectional 55 teams.

The Trojans (6-5) led 56-49 after the third quarter, but the Warriors (6-5) roared to the win in the final quarter.

TC visits Rossville on Friday.

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