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Tuesday sectional wrap: MV pulls away from Braves, Dragons rally falls short
February 27, 2013Hancock County Sports
Mt. Vernon 51, Brebeuf 39: The top-ranked Marauders pulled away from Brebeuf in a close game and won their sectional opener.
C.J. Coleman scored 18 points and Stephen Turner added 14 points and double-figure rebounds to lead the Marauders. Dan Werner and Zach Spears had eight each. Spears had six huge late points to help the Marauders put the game away.
P.J. Thompson led Brebeuf with 23 points, including five three-pointers - the second of which beat the buzzer at the half, part of a 12-0 run that saw the Braves erase MV's biggest lead of the night (23-11) in a run that bridged the second and third quarters.
Thompson's final three made it a two-point game at 39-37 with 2:03 to play. Anthony Burnett fed Zach Spears for a layup to push the lead back to four, and then Turner forced a steal on a pass intended for Thompson. That set up Spears for two free throws. MV then outscored the Braves 8-2 the rest of the way - mostly from the line - to finish off the victory.
MV is now 20-1 on the season and advances to face defending state champ Guerin Catholic (15-7) on Friday night in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal. Brebeuf finishes 11-10.
Center Grove 71, New Palestine 70: The Dragons rallied from an 18-point deficit, but the comeback fell short against the host Trojans.
NP led 10-6, but the Trojans finished the first quarter with a 10-2 spurt to take a four-point lead after eight minutes. The Trojans then opened the second with a 17-4 run that put them up 33-16. They'd eventually stretch it to 45-27 early in the third -- using a press that had forced 16 turnovers in the game's first 18 minutes.
But then, Ryan Curry got hot from outside, knocking down three straight 3-pointers, helping NP cut the deficit to 54-45 late in the third. Curry and Brandon Jonas helped lead the Dragons back -- Jonas scored 11 points early in the fourth to cut the deficit to 66-60. Michael Morris then hit a three-point play to make it 66-63. CG responded with a pair of baskets to go up 70-63, but Connor Roach hit a putback and Curry a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two.
NP had three possessions in the final minute with a chance to tie or take the lead. Morris made a great move to get free in the lane, but his runner fell short with 24 seconds left. Curry then split two free throws with 7 seconds left to cut the deficit to 71-70. CG missed the front end of a one-and-one with six seconds left, and Morris had an open look from the left wing to win it, but it fell off the rim.
Curry had 23 points, including tying his career high with seven 3-pointers. Jonas had 18 points -- three shy of his career high. Morris added 11 points in his final high school game. He finishes his career with 1,027 pts and moves up to fourth on NP's all-time scoring list. He also tied Robert England's school record for games played with 86.
NP finishes the season 15-6 and the Hoosier Heritage Conference champions. The Dragons' 32 wins the past two seasons are the third-most in back-to-back years in school history.
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