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Friday boys hoops: MV beats HSE, NP falls in OT

November 30, 2012
Hancock County Sports

Mt. Vernon 52, Hamilton Southeastern 49: The seventh-ranked Marauders (3A) knocked off the No. 6 team in Class 4A with a strong effort Friday night.

The Marauders had three players in double-figures, with C.J. Coleman scoring 20 points -- but the biggest might be points he contributed to but didn't score.

With the game tied at 49, Coleman stole the ball and drew a foul. The hard foul forced Coleman out of the game briefly, but Christian Smith came off the bench to hit the tiebreaking free throw. Stephen Turner then forced a steal with 33 seconds left. MV's Stephen Turner and, and HSE's Zak Irvin missed a potential game-winning 3-point shot in the closing seconds. Werner grabbed the rebound and drained a free throw to make it a three-point lead with three seconds left. Irvin  missed a 3 at the buzzer off the front of the rim.

MV's switching defenses kept the Royals off-balance, and the game was a see-saw contest throughout much of the second half. MV led 40-39 after three, and 44-39 at one point in the fourth, but Irvin scored seven straight to put HSE up 46-44. MV then outscored the Royals 7-3 down the stretch.

Turner finished with 14 points. Dan Werner had 10 points and some solid defense down the stretch for MV (2-0). HSE (3-1) was led by Irvin, the 6-10 Michigan recruit, who scored 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Tyler Jenkins had 10 and Paul Furlin eight for the Royals.

The Marauders next play Friday at home against Pendleton Heights. We'll have the webcast at HancockCountySports.com.

Center Grove 95, New Palestine 89, OT: In a see-saw game, Center Grove emerged a victor over New Palestine by pulling away at the foul line in overtime.

The Dragons hit 14 3-pointers in the game and had three players with 20-plus points -- Justin Ikerd scored a career-high 25 points, with Michael Morris and Ryan Curry talling 24 each. For Ikerd and Curry, each hit a career-high.

It was the Dragons' biggest scoring output since Feb. 18, 1989, when they scored a school-record 105 against Waldron. It was also the highest scoring game the Dragons had played in since that date.

But it wasn't enough, as CG placed five players in double-figures, led by Troy Vorhies' 29 points. He hit nine shots and 12-of-14 from the line. He hit two big shots down the stretch, including a 3-point play that put CG up 80-78. Ikerd and Morris each answerd Vorhies baskets for the Dragons to tie the game at 82. Each team had a chance in the final 20 seconds of regulation, but neither scored.

Ikerd hit a 3-pointer to give the Dragons an 85-82 lead in OT, but CG's Brady Brown answered with a triple of his own. CG then used a basket by Michael Benkert and eight free throws -- seven by point guard Ryan Pendygraft -- to put the game away.

Ikerd had another hot start -- he scored 10 of the Dragons' 15 points in the first quarter -- but was matched by CG's Tyler Bryant, who also scored 10 as the Trojans led 27-15 after one. NP rallied behind Curry, who hit back-to-back 3s to start the second quarter and cut the deficit to six, then hit a layup and drilled 7-of-8 from the line to score 15 second-quarter points. That output -- plus 3s in the second by Solomon Haynes, Morris and Sam Larrabee, helped the Dragons score 30 in the quarter and take a 45-44 lead going into the half.

The lead see-sawed often from there, with Vorhies scoring 14 of his 29 points in the second half, and Morris taking things over down the stretch with 12 of the Dragons' 16 fourth-quarter points.

Vorhies (29), Bryant (18), Benkert (15), Pendygraft (14) and Brown (12) all scored in double-figures for CG. The Trojans offset NP's 14 3-pointers with the one-pointer, hitting 27-of-39 from the line. NP was 17-of-24. Ikerd (5), Morris (4) and Curry (3) all hit multiple triples for the Dragons, who hit 14 3s and 15 two-point shots.

NP (2-1) next plays Saturday at home against Rushville, with the live webcast here. CG is also 2-1 and travels to Bloomington North Saturday.

New Castle 55, Greenfield-Central 41: The Cougars stayed close, but saw New Castle pull away in the second half to win. NC outscored G-C 13-6 in the second quarter to lead 24-16 at the break, and extended the lead to 39-29 at the end of three.

Zach Batton and Derek Conley had 11 points each for G-C, while Jordan Keener scored eight and Grant Wolfe six.

New Castle was led by 17 points from Steven Bennett and 14 from Korey Ryan.

New Castle is now 2-1 on the year. G-C falls to 0-3. The Cougars next play Saturday at Perry Merician. New Castle next plays Wednesday against Muncie South before facing Mt. Vernon next Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

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