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Columbus North boys claim second straight Bob Wettig Invitational crown

December 30, 2012
Columbus North High School



    RICHMOND, Ind. -- Junior Evan Henry scored 20 points and helped ignite a key third-quarter surge Saturday night (Dec. 29), lifting the Class 4A No. 14 Columbus North boys basketball team to a 61-55 victory over Class 4A No. 11 Jeffersonville for the championship of the Bob Wettig Invitational.
    Sophomore Josh Speidel added 16 points and senior Tori Jackson contributed 10 points for the Bull Dogs, who improved to 9-1 overall while claiming their second consecutive title in the 16-team event hosted by Richmond High School.
    Henry was selected the MVP of the event, and Speidel was chosen to the all-tournament team.
    Senior Sawyer Glick chipped in eight points for Columbus North, which saw Glick, Speidel and Jackson each grab six rebounds to share team honors. Speidel and senior Clint Cunningham also dealt three assists apiece.
    Senior Darryl Baker paced Jeffersonville (8-2) with 25 points, while teammate Jacquari Chandler netted 13 points. Myles Harvey grabbed a game-high seven rebounds for the Red Devils.
    Jeffersonville led most of the first two quarters and grabbed a 37-30 edge at intermission. But Columbus North hung tough in the early stages of the third quarter, then closed the period with a 12-0 burst to take a 48-43 advantage at the third stop.
    The Red Devils tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but the Bull Dogs had an answer each time as they held on for the six-point victory.
    Earlier Saturday, Glick scored four of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter to spark Columbus North to a 67-48 victory over host Richmond in the semifinals.
    Henry added 17 points and nine rebounds while Speidel contributed 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Bull Dogs.
    Glick's hot start got Columbus North rolling to a 25-16 first-quarter edge in its semifinal against the host Red Devils. By halftime, CN led 37-27 and Henry buried a pair of third-quarter 3-pointers to break the game open. Columbus North pushed its advantage to 63-38 early in the fourth period and held on for the 19-point decision.
    Jackson added nine points and five rebounds for Columbus North, while junior Elliott Welmer had eight points and four rebounds. Joel Okafor and Jai Wright each scored 13 points to lead Richmond (7-3).
    Jeffersonville advanced to the final by virtue of a 56-46 victory over Class 3A No. 7 Guerin Catholic, the event's defending runner-up.
    Richmond (8-3) defeated Guerin Catholic (9-3) by an identical 61-55 count in the third-place game.
    CN's Henry and Speidel were joined on the all-tournament team by Baker and Drew Ellis of Jeffersonville as well as by Okafor and Charles Hampton of Richmond. Others on the 10-player honor unit were Jordan Simpson (Portage), Tyler Roth (Mt. Lebanon (Pa.)), Mike Crawford (Tipton) and Aaron Brennan (Guerin Catholic).
    Columbus North returns to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 4) when it hosts Lawrence Central in a Conference Indiana encounter. The Bull Dogs go on the road the next night (Jan. 5) for a non-conference game at Jennings County. 
 
GAME SUMMARIES
Bob Wettig Invitational
 
Dec. 29, 2012 - Semifinal
At Tiernan Center, Richmond
    COLUMBUS NORTH -- Evan Henry 7-13 0-0 17, Sawyer Glick 7-13 0-0 19, Clint Cunningham 1-4 0-0 2, Josh Speidel 4-11 2-3 10, Tori Jackson 4-5 1-1 9, Garrett Larson 0-0 2-3 2, Paul Salee 0-0 0-0 0, Christian Glass 0-0 0-0 0, Elliott Welmer 3-4 0-0 8, Nick Littrell 0-0 0-0 0, Connor Oren 0-0 0-0 0, Kooper Glick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 26-51 5-7 67.
    RICHMOND -- Charles Hampton 4-10 0-0 9, Davious Webster 1-9 1-2 3, Reggie Jones 0-3 0-2 0, Joel Okafor 3-12 7-8 13, Abdul Shabazz 2-4 1-2 5, Jai Wright 5-9 3-8 13, Kendal Baker 1-3 0-0 3, Nick Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Nathan Jones 0-4 0-0 0, Mike Tillman 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 17-56 12-20 48.
Columbus North .......... 24 13 16 14 -- 67
Richmond ................... 16 11  9 12 -- 48
    3-point shooting: CN 10-19 (S. Glick 5-7, Henry 3-7, Welmer 2-3, Cunningham 0-2), Richmond 2-16 (Hampton 1-3, Baker 1-3, Tillman 0-1, Webster 0-2, R. Jones 0-2, Okafor 0-2, N. Jones 0-3).
    Rebounds: CN 43 (Speidel 12, Henry 9), Richmond 29 (Wright 7, Okafor 6).
    Assists: CN 15 (Speidel 6, S. Glick 3, Larson 3), Richmond 5 (Wright 2).
    Turnovers: CN 18 (S. Glick 6), Richmond 8 (Okafor 3).
    Blocks: CN 6 (S. Glick 3), Richmond 2 (Baker 1, Okafor 1).
    Steals: CN 5 (S. Glick 3), RIchmond 12 (Okafor 4).
    Total fouls: CN 15, Richmond 13.
    Fouled out: R. Jones.
    Technical fouls: None.
 
Dec. 29, 2012 - Championship Game
At Tiernan Center, Richmond
    COLUMBUS NORTH (61) -- Evan Henry 7-16 2-3 20, Sawyer Glick 2-7 3-5 8, Clint Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Speidel 6-9 4-6 16, Tori Jackson 5-5 0-0 10, Garrett Larson 0-0 2-2 2, Paul Salee 1-1 0-0 3, Elliott Welmer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 22-40 11-16 61
    JEFFERSONVILLE (55) -- Jacquari Chandler 5-10 3-3 13, Drew Ellis 3-4 0-0 7, Darryl Baker 9-17 7-8 25, Keenan Williams 3-9 0-1 6, Myles Harvey 1-6 2-2 4, Leonard Kwitonda 0-0 0-0 0, Kortrell White 0-4 0-0 0. Totals: 21-50 12-14 55.
Columbus North ........... 17 13 18 13 -- 61
Jeffersonville ................ 18 18   6 12 -- 55
    3-point shooting: CN 6-19 (Henry 4-10, Salee 1-1, Glick 1-4, Welmer 0-1, Speidel 0-3), Jeffersonville 1-9 (Ellis 1-1, Williams 0-1, Harvey 0-2, Chandler 0-2, Baker 0-3).
    Rebounds: CN 30 (Glick 6, Speidel 6, Jackson 6), Jeffersonville 24 (Harvey 7, Chandler 5, Baker 5).
    Assists: CN 12 (Cunningham 3, Speidel 3), Jeffersonville 6 (Chandler 2, Williams 2).
    Turnovers: CN 15 (Glick 3, Jackson 3), Jeffersonville 10 (Williams 4).
    Blocks: CN 3 (Glick 1, Speidel 1, Jackson 1), Jeffersonville 2 (Baker 2).
    Steals: CN 1 (Jackson 1), Jeffersonville 13 (Harvey 4, Chandler 3).
    Total fouls: CN 15, Jeffersonville 18.
    Fouled out: Harvey.
    Technical fouls: None.
 
 

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