The Noblesville boys’ basketball team hosted county rival Hamilton Southeastern on Friday night. The Royals came into the matchup winners of five straight games and they would make it six in a row as they defeated the Millers by a final score of 53-39. 

The second quarter proved to be the turning point in the game as after the opening period the Millers held a 16-15 lead. However the Royals turned up the defensive pressure in the second and held Noblesville to just three points as they scored 16 of their own to take a 31-19 lead into halftime. 

The second half so both teams play pretty even basketball, but the Millers down by 12 needed to make a run and they just weren’t able to crack the tough Royals defense. 

Kole Hornbuckle led the way for the Royals on offense with a game-high 19 points in the win. Senior Mabor Majak added in 11 points and eight rebounds while Vinny Buccilla scored ten. 

The loss for the Millers drops their record to 9-9 (1-4 HCC) on the season. The team will be back in action next Saturday (Feb. 8) as they travel to take on Mt. Vernon (Fortville). 

The win for the Royals improves their record to 10-5 (3-2 HCC) on the year. The Royals will look to make it seven straight wins as they will host Mishawaka Marian tomorrow night.

Rocks get back on winning track vs Avon 

AVON – The Westfield Rocks hosted HCC opponent Avon on Friday night as the Rocks looked to snap their two-game losing streak. No team would run away with this one, but the Rocks were able to slowly increase their lead and ended up taking home a 63-53 win. 

Avon jumped out to a brief lead in the first quarter, but once the Rocks took the lead, they never gave it up. They controlled the game with patient offense and got stops when they needed it. Even when Avon cut the lead to two in the fourth quarter, the Rocks responded and stretched it back out as they scored 23 points to shut the door on the Orioles. 

Braden Smith recorded 24 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the win. Cam Haffner added 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists. The win for Westfield improves their record to 10-4 (3-2 HCC) on the season. The Rocks are back in action at Greenfield Central tomorrow night.

Huskies capture East Division title with win over rival Tipton 

ARCADIA – The Hamilton Heights Huskies hosted Hoosier Conference rival Tipton on Friday night. The winner of the game would claim the East Division and play the winner of the West Division on Feb. 21 for the conference crown. The Huskies would be that team as they took home a 71-61 win over the Blue Devils. 

In the opening quarter the Husky offense came out firing on all cylinders as they outscored the Blue Devils 19-9. However over the next two quarters Tipton would trim the Huskies lead to four points as they outscored the Huskies 14-10 in the second, and 21-19 in the third.

The tide would then turn back to the Huskies in the final quarter as their offense led the way to close the books on another victory as they scored 23 points to seal the division crown. 

Junior Gus Etchison led all scorers with 33 points on the night. Etchison also added nine rebounds and six assists as he continues to have a stellar season. Senior Brent Pennington scored 20 points to help the Huskies secure the win. 

The win for the Huskies not only secures the division crown, but sees their record improve to 12-4 (4-0 Hoosier Conference) on the season. The team will be back in action next Friday as they host Frankton. 

Hounds defense once again stellar in win vs Ben Davis

INDIANAPOLIS – The old terminology is that defense travels and that was the case on Friday night as the Carmel Greyhounds traveled to take on Ben Davis. The Hounds and their stellar defense was once again on display as they led the way in a 44-39 win over the Giants. 

From the opening tip the Hounds harassed the Giants on the defensive side of the ball as they held them to just four points after the first quarter of play. After that the Giants hung in with Carmel for the rest of the game and a 13-9 third quarter saw them cut their deficit to just 31-27 going into the final quarter. But the Giants offense couldn’t fine much rhythm at all against the stingy Hounds defense as Carmel walked away victorious. 

Brian Waddell led the Hounds with 11 points while Peter Suder added ten points and seven rebounds. Jackson Jannsen also chipped in eight. 
The win for the Greyhounds improves their record to 10-4 (4-1 MIC) on the season. The team will be back in action tonight as they host New Castle. 

Blackhawks break 3 pt record vs Taylor

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan Blackhawks hosted Taylor on Friday night and came away with a dominating 53-34 win. On the night the team broke the school record for most made threes in a game as the Blackhawks sunk 13 shots from behind the arc. 

At halftime the Blackhawks held a 28-8 lead as they were clicking on both sides of the ball. In the third, they saw that lead swell to 44-15 by the end of the quarter. A 19-9 fourth by Taylor made their deficit improve by the end of the game. 

Ethan Moistner lead all scorers with 23 points in the win, 21 of which came from the three-point line where he made 7-11 attempts. Dylan Cork added in four threes and ended with 13 points. 

The win for the Blackhawks improves their record to 5-11 (2-5 HHC). The team will look to continue its hot perimeter shooting tonight as they travel to take on North Miami.