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Thursday hoops wrap: EH, G-C, MV win big; NP falls late

February 7, 2013
Hancock County Sports

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Mt. Vernon 70, Muncie Burris 36 (archived webcast): The 3A No. 1 Marauders improved to 16-0 on the season with an impressive victory over the Owls at home.

MV got off to a hot start, leading 24-9 after a quarter and cruising from there. It was 39-13 at halftime and 57-29 after three.

C.J. Coleman had 18 of his 26 points in the first half. Stephen Turner, our McCordsville Family Dentistry Player of the Game, had 20 points. Anthony Burnett added 15 points.

Mackenzie Rathbun led Burris with 22 points.

The Marauders will have a quick turnaround, playing Saturday afternoon against Lawrence Central. Listen to the game at 2:15 at HancockCountySports.com.

Eastern Hancock 70, Hauser 44 (archived webcast): The Royals had an impressive victory tonight, pulling away from the Jets for their fifth victory.

The Royals' man-to-man pressure defense forced 23 turnovers in the victory, and it led to a strong game for EH. The Royals scored 26 points in the first half, but a 25-point third quarter helped the Royals pull away.

Our Indiana Basketball Digest Player of the Game was Shane McCormick, who hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range for 21 points. Isaiah McCormick added 14 for the Royals, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, to go along with three steals. As a team, the Royals were 50 percent from behind the arc.

Cody Wallace had 11 points and a team-high seven boards. Garrett Lee added nine points and five steals. Spencer Gilbert had six rebounds.

Royals held 31-21 rebounding edge including 15 offensive rebounds. EH shot 42 percent from the floor (27-63) and held Hauser to 17-40 shooting.

EH (5-12, 2-4 Mid-Hoosier) next plays Tuesday in MHC play at Edinburgh. The Royals will close out the conference season next Friday at home against Morristown in a HancockCountySports.com broadcast game. Hauser fell to 0-8 in MHC play and 0-17 on the year.

Franklin 47, New Palestine 45 (archived webcast): The Dragons had a furious rally fall short, as Franklin's Keenan Wood hit a pull-up 17-footer with 4.6 seconds left to give the Grizzly Cubs a 47-45 victory over New Palestine.

NP outscored Franklin 15-5 over the last three minutes to tie the game at 45-45 in the final 30 seconds. Trailing 45-40, Michael Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two, then Ryan Curry punched the ball from a Franklin player in the full-court press to Morris, who stole the ball and drew a foul. He hit the two free throws to tie the game, giving Franklin the final possession.

Wood, the Cubs' point guard, drove from the center circle and pulled up on the left side. NP had a final shot, but Solomon Haynes' coast-to-coast drive at the buzzer rimmed out.

Curry knocked down three 3-pointers to help lead the Dragons back from the 10-point deficit. His third made it a 40-33 game with 2:45 left. Michael Morris had a rebound basket to make it 40-35, followed with a 3-pointer, and Brandon Jonas had an inside shot after a Franklin free throw that made it 41-40 in the final 90 seconds. Franklin missed two front ends of one-and-ones and split a two-shot free throw in that stretch.

Curry hit six 3-pointers for a game-high 20 points. At one point, he had scored 20 of NP's 24 points in a stretch that ran from the start of the second quarter until the final 2:30 of the game. Morris scored 10 of his 15 in that stretch. He now has 982 career points.

Wood had 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting and Tyler Thomas 14 on 6-of-9 for Franklin. Christian Dickmann had nine points.

Curry and Jonas had six rebounds each to lead NP. Solomon Haynes had five assists.

NP shot just 38 percent from the floor (15-39) and was 5-of-6 from the line. Franklin was 16-of-31 from the floor and 12-of-17 from the line. NP outrebounded Franklin 23-11.

NP is now 13-5 and next plays Feb. 15 against Mt. Vernon in a game broadcast by HancockCountySports.com. Franklin is 12-4 and plays Columbus North Saturday.

Greenfield-Central 55, Knightstown 46: The Cougars held off a late Panther charge for their third victory of the season.

Derek Conley had a huge night, scoring 28 points to lead G-C. Griffin Lowe added nine points and Cole Oleksy six.

G-C used a big second quarter to take the lead, outscoring the Panthers 17-6 in the quarter to go up 21-15 at halftime. G-C then outscored the Panthers 21-11 in the third to take a 42-26 advantage going into the final eight minutes.

G-C is now 3-14 on the year. The Cougars host HHC foe Rushville next Friday.

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