Washington Hurt In Riley Win Over New Prairie
February 21, 2013South Bend Riley High School
SOUTH BEND — Riley’s commanding early lead provided enough cushion to hold off a New Prairie surge, but any excitement over a 69-58 boys basketball win Tuesday night was tempered by an injury to junior Ja’mare Washington, who was taken to the hospital with a possible head injury.
With 13 seconds left in the first half, Washington collided with New Prairie sophomore Jasen Webb in the paint, sending both players crashing to the floor. Webb got up after a few minutes and was able play in the second half, but the game was delayed for half an hour while trainers and then paramedics tended to Washington, who had scored nine points before his injury.
“He hit his head very hard,” Riley coach Mark Johnson said. “As a precaution they put him in a neck brace and took him to (the hospital), and hopefully he’ll be OK.”
The Wildcats (12-7, 5-3 NIC) went into halftime up 36-20 and stretched their lead to 23 in the early minutes of the third quarter, but the Cougars (12-8, 6-2 NSC) cut the lead to 13 by the end of the third quarter.
The surge continued in the fourth quarter as New Prairie pulled within 10 on a 3-pointer by Webb, his first and only basket of the night.
“We came out with really, really positive energy for the first time in like a month,” Johnson said. “And when (Washington) went down, without a doubt that took some wind out of our sails.”
With New Prairie on the Wildcats’ heels, senior guard Brock Cosey delivered five straight points to push the lead back to 15 and squash Cougar hopes for a comeback.
Cosey finished the night with 15 points overall, tying freshman Reontre Lawrence for the team high.
“We defended well, we really did,” Johnson said. “They’ve (New Prairie) beaten some good teams, and they can really shoot the ball, and we took away their spot-up three.”
That was a statement New Prairie coach Chad Cripe could agree with. Collectively, the Cougars shot 8-for-27 from the field in the first two quarters, missing 11 from behind the arc.
“We couldn’t make a shot in the first half,” Cripe said. “We couldn’t throw it into the ocean standing on the beach.”
Cripe said his team’s resurgence in the second half had more to do with playing hard than halftime adjustments.
“We just needed to start playing our game, and just play with a little more confidence than we did in the first half.”
Sophomore Jared Monhaut led New Prairie with 20 points. Senior Dylan Cory added 10.
Although Cripe said that his team’s defense needs to improve, he was most concerned with the health of his players and Washington.
“I just hope Ja’mare’s OK. He’s a great kid, and he’s really worked hard to get better. Our team was worried about him. Everyone wants to make sure he’s all right.”
At South Bend
NEW PRAIRIE (58): Jared Monhaut 20, Dylan Cory 10, Noah Shail 8, Matthew Winter 6, C.J. Kowalski 6, Zachary Rehlander 3, Jasen Webb 3, Conner Scott 2, Ren Crump 0, Aaron Bladecki 0, Luke Ketterer 0.
RILEY (69): Reontre Lawrence 15, Brock Cosey 15, Ja’mare Washington 9, Micah Williams 9, Joshua Hodge 9, Keyshawn Winbush 4, Thadius Phillips 4, Torreay Harris 2, Miquan Patton 2, Jair Rodgers 0, Mahsehyah Carson 0.