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Saturday boys hoops roundup: NP, EH both victorious

December 1, 2012
Hancock County Sports

New Palestine 73, Rushville 47: (archived webcast) One night after a scintillating overtime loss to Center Grove, New Palestine bounced back with an impressive victory over Rushville to open Hoosier Heritage Conference play for both teams.

Michael Morris had another big night for the Dragons, tallying 23 points and 15 rebounds, playing just three quarters. Morris also had three steals. He had eight first-quarter points, then knocked down a pair of second-quarter three-pointers, as NP led 17-4 after a quarter and extended it to 36-21 at halftime. NP built the lead to 53-34 after three.

Morris has tallied 100 points in the Dragons' first four games this season, with 37, 16, 24 and now 23 points. He was our IndianaBasketballDigest.com Player of the Game.

Sophomore Brandon Jonas had a season-high with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting. He had four rebounds. Sam Larrabee (9 points, four rebounds) and Seth Cox (8 points, four rebounds) each set career scoring highs. Ryan Curry chipped in seven points and three steals.

NP is now 3-1 and 1-0 in the HHC, and will play next Friday at Greenfield-Central. Rushville is 1-2 (0-1). We will have the webcast of NP at G-C at HancockCountySports.com.

NP won the JV game and the freshman contest.

Eastern Hancock 47, Southwestern (Shelby) 36: (archived webcast) The Royals used a big start to clinch their first-ever Mid-Hoosier Conference victory.

EH led 19-3 after one, and 26-10 at the half before the Spartans mounted a run after the break to try to get back into it.

EH's Cody Wallace had 17 points and 10 rebounds to win our IndianaBasketballDigest.com Player of the Game honors. Garrett Hancock scored 20 points for the Royals. Garrett Lee and Derrik Noel had six points each. Spencer Gilbert had eight rebounds.

EH is now 1-2 on the year, 1-1 in MHC play. The Royals travel to Northeastern next Friday.

Perry Meridian 51, Greenfield-Central 38: The Falcons pulled away from G-C in the second half to win.

PM outscored G-C 11-4 in the opening quarter, but had to use a big fourth quarter to seal the victory, as G-C cut the deficit to 20-15 at the half. PM led 37-30 after three and then outscored G-C 14-8 in the fourth to pull away.

Jordan Keener led G-C with 13 points. Derek Conley had 10. Grant Wolfe scored seven and Mason Irbe six for the Cougars.

G-C is now 0-5 on the year. The Cougars play their HHC opener Friday at home against New Palestine. We'll have the webcast at HancockCountySports.com.

PM also won the JV and freshman games.

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