Recapping the past weekend’s basketball action from Indianapolis area high schools.
FRIDAY: North Central got past Roncalli High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) and Speedway High School (Speedway, Indiana) in the first two rounds of the Marion County Tournament, setting up a much anticipated matchup with #10 Lawrence North High School in the semifinals.
North Central found themselves trailing by eight points late in the third quarter; that’s when super sophomore D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera took over. Scoring 19 of his team-leading 21 points in the second half, Smith-Rivera ignited a 20-3 run which proved too much for Lawrence North to withstand. Purdue University recruit Terone Johnson, who’s averaging over 26 points a game, was held to 13. Michael Chandler had 22 in a losing effort for the Wildcats.
SATURDAY: Doug Mitchell’s Panthers closed out the Marion County tourney by beating Warren Central High School (Indianapolis, Indiana) 71-52 in the finals at Southport High School. Johnson paced the team early with 13 first half points, while Smith-Rivera did the damage late, scoring 12 of his 14 points after halftime. North Central became the first back-to-back winner of the tournament since Ben Davis High School won three consecutive titles between 1993-95.
game changing 6-9 sophomore Austin Burgett, the Orioles stifled Noblesville’s shooters in route to a 54-41 upset win. The Millers shot an atrocious 13-of-67 from the field (19%), and were just 1-27 from behind the arc. LeLand Brown did his part for Noblesville, scoring 18 points and hauling in 19 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for the Millers to overcome their shooting woes.
SATURDAY: Noblesville bounced back by beating Muncie Central (Muncie, Indiana) 49-41. Jake Yeary had 15 points and Brown had 13 to lead Noblesville. It was head coach Dave McCollough’s 400th career victory, and the Millers eighth on the season.
FRIDAY: The Trojans used a balanced offensive attack to dispatch of rival Greenwood High School in the semifinal game of the Johnson County Tournament hosted at Indian Creek (Nineveh, Indiana). J.T. Barton, Andrew Smeathers, Kyle Barth, and Joe Reed all scored between 10-15 points as Center Grove won 68-51. The 10-1 Trojans will face Franklin High School (Franklin, Indiana) in the finals on Monday evening.
SATURDAY: After dropping two of their last four contests, the Carmel Greyhounds got back on the winning track by beating the Kokomo Wildkats (Kokomo, Indiana) 56-45 Saturday night. Carmel got a game-high 17 points from Alex Payne, and as a team, they were a perfect 15-15 from the free throw line. They outscored the Wildkats 34-23 in the second half.
FRIDAY: Struggling Brownsburg High School (Brownsburg, Indiana) couldn’t keep up with the Royals of Hamilton Southeastern. The 60-46 win was Hamilton Southeastern’s fifth in a row and moved them to 4-1 in the Hoosier Crossroads Conference. Austin Starr was the high point man with 17, and highly recruited sophomore shooting guard Gary Harris — IUPUI has already made an offer, but Michigan State, Syracuse and Xavier are hot on his trail as well — finished with 14.
FRIDAY: After winning the Hendricks County Tournament last weekend, undefeated Danville had their way with an overmatched North Montgomery (Crawfordsville, Indiana) squad. Despite getting just two first half points from Matt Painter recruit Travis Carroll, the game was never really in doubt. Danville held their Sagamore Athletic Conference rival to 33 percent shooting on their way to the 63-42 victory.
SATURDAY: Class 2A #14 Covenant Christian was no match for Carroll and the Warriors on Saturday night. Carroll had an impressive 20 points and 20 rebounds as Danville rolled to a 74-47 victory. Jordan Weidner added 15 points for the 12-0 Warriors.
FRIDAY: Mount Vernon had no trouble with Rushville High School (Rushville, Indiana), outscoring the Lions 50-35 in the second half. Daniel Turner continued his outstanding play with 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Marauders, and IUPUI bound P.J. Hubert chipped in 16 points of his own. Mount Vernon is riding a seven game winning streak.
#13 Indianapolis Howe High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
SATURDAY: Playing in the Martin Luther King Shootout at Gary Wallace High School (Gary, Indiana), Howe put on another good showing by beating Chicago Brooks High School 60-56. Trailing 56-49 late in the game, the Hornets responded by scoring 11 unanswered points to end the game. Jordan Manuel, a Detroit University recruit, showed off his impressive athleticism with 24 points and six blocked shots, and Andre Hampton, the hero of last weekend’s Indiana Public Schools Athletic Conference victory over Broad Ripple High School, finished with 16 points.
#10 Indianapolis Washington High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
FRIDAY: Washington’s Brian Demmings was a one-man wrecking crew against Class 2A #14 Covenant Christian. Demmings erupted for 28 points, including two free throws with 10 seconds left to break a 71-71 tie. After starting the season 2-2, the Continentals have gone 7-1 since, and are considered one of the favorites to capture the Indianapolis City Tournament this coming week.
#14 Covenant Christian High School (Indianapolis, Indiana)
FRIDAY: Jeffrey McClintic and Gabe Woodruff combined for 45 of Covenant Christian’s 71 points, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Demmings and the Washington Continentals.
SATURDAY: The Warriors concluded their killer weekend with a 27 point loss to Class 3A #2 Danville. Drew Ferguson had 17 points in the losing effort for Covenant Christian. They take on the winner of Scecina and Chatard High School in the Indianapolis City Tournament.
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