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Friday hoops roundup: Morris' 31 leads NP, G-C & EH boys fall
February 1, 2013Hancock County Sports
New Palestine 66, Shelbyville 52: Michael Morris scored 26 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to carry the Dragons to a Hoosier Heritage Conference victory.
NP is now 12-4 on the season and 6-0 in HHC play. The Dragons' remaining conference game is Feb. 15 against Mt. Vernon, which is also unbeaten in HHC play. NP is seeking its third HHC title and first since 2003.
Morris hit 11-of-19 from the floor and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. He had all but 10 of NP's second-half points.
Seth Cox added 11 points for NP on 4-of-4 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the line. He had nine in the first half. Solomon Haynes and Brandon Jonas scored eight points each -- Jonas hitting 8-of-12 from the foul stripe.
Haynes added four assists and two steals. Samson Haynes had two assists and four rebounds. Jonas and Connor Roach also had four boards each to lead the Dragons. Jonas had three steals.
NP was 21-of-41 from the field and 19-of-25 from the free-throw line. Shelby was 19-of-47 from the floor and 8-of-17 from the stripe.
Ethan Runnebohm had 16 points for Shelbyville and Reilly Reinbold had 12 points and four assists. Adam Eads added nine. Jake Laker's seven rebounds led all players.
This one was close for much of the first three quarters, until Morris got hot. He scored 20 consecutive Dragon points at one point in the second half to help NP pull away.
NP led 21-18 after a quarter, 30-28 at the half and 45-42 after three, but used a 21-4 run to break the game open in the fourth.
The Dragons next play Saturday at Mooresville. Listen to the live webcast at HancockCountySports.com.
Tri 56, Eastern Hancock 50: (archived webcast) The Titans used an 18-4 third-quarter run to break open what had been a close game, and the Royals would never get closer than five the rest of the way.
Corey Lowder led Tri with 16 points – nearly hitting his average – to lead three Titans in double-figures.
Cody Wallace had 13 points and eight boards for EH in the loss, despite battling foul trouble much of the night. He was the lone Royal in double-figures, but Garrett Lee had nine points and both Shane McCormick and Victor Vincz scored eight.
The loss stopped a two-game Royal winning streak and sent EH to a 4-12 record. Tri is 4-11 – the Titans’ most victories since 2006-07. It was Tri’s first victory over EH since 2005.
The key run came over the last 5:30 of the third quarter, as Tri scored on eight of its nine possessions, and reeled off 11 straight points in one stretch. It put the Titans up 45-32, and saw EH go 1-for-4 and have four turnovers. Lowder hit a 3-pointer and a 17-footer to ignite the run, and Gabriel Lopes scored seven of his 11 points in the spurt.
Victor Vincz’s 10-footer stopped the run briefly, but Hoffman answered with a putback and the Titans turned another turnover into another hoop to go up 13.
Tri shot 55 percent for the game, including 14-of-24 in the second half. EH held a 31-25 rebounding edge – including 20 offensive rebounds – and forced 21 Titan turnovers. But the Royals were unable to take advantage of those extra opportunities, shooting 21-for-63 from the floor.
EH ratcheted up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter, and it nearly paid off, as the Royals were able to force several turnovers early in the period and cut Tri’s lead to 48-43. It came thanks to six points in the quarter by Shane McCormick and nine by Lee – but the Royals also had a handful of more opportunities fall short. The Titans answered that with a 6-0 run.
Delta 57, Greenfield-Central 54, 2OT: The Eagles hit a last-second 3-pointer to win a thriller in double-OT at G-C.
The Eagles won depsite 19 points from Jordan Keener and 10 from Griffin Lowe. Zach Batton added nine.
G-C rallied from a 15-7 first-quarter deficit, cutting it to 21-16 at halftime and 34-31 after three to take a fourth-quarter lead. The teams were tied at 45 at the end of regulation and 50 at the end of the first OT.
G-C is now 2-13 overall and 0-6 in HHC play. Delta improves to 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the HHC. The Cougars next play Saturday at home against Greenwood.
North Central 51, Mt. Vernon 37: In a matchup of 2012 state finalists, the host Panthers were able to pull away to the victory.
Celeste Edwards scored 17 points to lead North Central. Sydney Shelton scored 24 for MV.
North Central used a 15-3 second quarter to go up 32-17 at halftime and held the lead much of the rest of the way.
MV finishes the regular season 16-4. The Marauders open sectional play Tuesday at Chatard against Howe.