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Kokomo guard Jackson Richards drives to the basket for a shot against Logansport on Friday night at Memorial Gym. Richards scored a game-high 17 points and had five assists in Kokomo’s 64-55 victory.

With Logansport’s boys basketball team executing well on offense and holding a 12-9 in the first quarter, Kokomo went on a run — literally.

The Wildkats got a quick-hit bucket from Savion Barrett, then moved quickly from defense to offense for transition hoop by Bobby Wonnell, got transition hoops from Jackson Richards and Barrett again off a pair of Logan turnovers, then finished by pushing the ball quickly for another transition hoop by Jarece Rogers.

When the 10-0 run was over, Kokomo was up 19-12 and led the rest of the game, downing the Berries 64-55 in a North Central Conference game Friday night at Memorial Gym.

“We want to run,” Kokomo coach Bob Wonnell said. “One of our goals is to try and score on less than five [defenders] as many times as we can, but sometimes with this group we just have to define good passes, high-percentage passes, good shots out of that and value the basketball and the shot.

“Once we got into a little bit of a press and got some long rebounds, got some steals off that [press] we were very effective in 3-on-2s, 2-on-1 — without question the best that we were all season to this point. We moved the ball well all night.”

Kokomo (5-7, 2-1 NCC) got four more transition hoops in the third quarter to extend its lead to as many as 14 points at 46-32 after another hoop by Rogers, who was frequently available near the rim to finish in transition or the half court.

“They’re very good in transition and that showed, and they got a lot of wide-open layups,” Logansport coach Drew Schauss said. “Our problem was we got complacent with taking 3s and then we weren’t getting inside-out looks with Evan [Hassett] and back out to Noah [Lange]. So we got complacent when they went to their 2-3 zone, but they made great adjustments throughout the night.”

Logan (4-7, 0-3 NCC) hung around, trailing by just a possession three times in the second quarter. Kokomo pushed the Berries out a little further in the second half before Logan guard Lange hit the last of his five 3-pointers to cut Kokomo’s lead to 50-45 with 5:18 left in the game, but the Kats put the game away with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to go up by 13 points.

Kokomo finished 24 of 48 from the field compared to Logan’s 21 of 58. Richards scored a game-high 17 points for Kokomo and added eight rebounds and five assists. Wonnell scored 13 points and had four assists. Rogers, in his most extensive varsity action to date, scored a career-high 12. Inside player R.J. Oglesby scored nine points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kokomo got the last word to end the first three quarters. In the first, Oglesby scored on a nice pick-and-roll with Richards with 4 seconds left to give the Kats a 21-15 lead at the first stop. Then to end the second quarter, the Kats got a blocked shot on defense, Shayne Spear tipped the rebound out to spark a break, and Richards fed Oglesby who was fouled under the basket with 0:00.4 on the clock. He hit both freebies for a 31-25 lead.

Rogers ended the third quarter with a bucket at the buzzer on a good penetration feed from Barrett for a 48-38 Kat lead. Barrett assisted two of Rogers’ four buckets that quarter and finished with seven points and four assists.

“I thought our ball movement was fantastic,” Bob Wonnell said. “I thought we were very unselfish. I thought we played really hard.”

Malachi Pearson led Logan with 16 points, Lange scored 15 — all on triples — and Hassett scored 14 and tied Oglesby with 10 rebounds.

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