Rocks fall to Cougars in OT

GREEENFIELD – The Westfield boys’ basketball team was back in action on Saturday night as they traveled to take on the Greenfield Central Cougars. Overtime was needed to decide a winner in this one unfortunately for the Rocks, the overtime period did not go their way as they fell 55-51. 

In the first quarter the Rocks came out and took a 16-7 lead. They were able to add one more point on to their lead at halftime as they led the Cougars 26-16. Then the Cougars made some adjustments at halftime and were able to rally back in the third, outscoring the Rocks 19-7 to turn a ten point deficit into a two point lead heading into the final quarter. 

In the final quarter the Rocks found the groove once again and were able to tie up the game at 46-46 with a 13-11 fourth quarter. However the Cougars did just enough in the overtime period with a 9-5 advantage to take home the victory. 

Along with the extra overtime period, there were 49 total fouls called between both teams with five players also fouling out. 

Nic Depasquale led the Rocks with 16 points in the overtime loss. The Rocks record now stands at 10-5 (3-2 HCC) and the team will have the week off before traveling to Kokomo on Saturday to compete against Fishers (13-5) at the legendary Kokomo Memorial Gym as part of Fox Sports annual Basketball Day in Indiana. 

Royals hold off Mishawaka Marian

FISHERS – Saturday night, the Hamilton Southeastern Royals were back at home as they hosted the Mishawaka Marian Knights. As the final buzzer sounded the Royals were able to hold off the Knights as they treated their fans to a 49-46 victory. 

It looked early on like the Royals were going to run away from the Knights as they came out and scored 18 points to just six for the Knights to take a 12-point lead into the second quarter. The script then flipped in the second quarter as it was the Knights who dominated the quarter by outscoring the Royals 14-5 to trim their halftime deficit to just three points as they Royals led 23-20. 

In the second half, both teams played almost identical basketball with one another as neither team was able gain any ground. Both teams scored 16 points in the third and ten in the final quarter, but that was good enough for the Royals who did a great job of holding onto their small lead. 

Mabor Majak led the Royals with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win. DeAndre Rhodes added 12 points and dished out five assists. The win for the Royals improves their record to 11-5 (3-2 HCC) on the season. The team will be back in action Thursday night as they hit the road to take on HCC opponent Franklin Central (10-5). 

Tigers drop 3rd straight vs Franklin Central

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fishers Tigers came into Saturday night’s game against the Franklin Central flashes looking to snap a two-game losing streak. It would be a back and forth game all night but in the end the Flashes were able to squeak out a one-point win by a 58-57 final score. 

The Tigers offense started the game off with a bang as they scored 21 points in the opening quarter to take a 21-15 lead. In the second it was the Flashes turn to take over the game as they played great ball on both sides, outscoring the Tigers 18-8 in the quarter to take a 33-29 lead into halftime. 

After the halftime break, no team was able to gather much momentum as the Tigers and Flashes scored 15 points each in the quarter. In the final quarter the Tigers tried everything they had to make a run but their offense couldn’t find that one point that was needed to tie up the game late. 

The Tigers were led in scoring by senior Alex Szilagyi with 22 points. Jeffrey Simmons chipped in with 12 points and Charlie Smith added eight points. With the loss the Tigers are now 13-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play. They will be in action again on Saturday to take on Westfield (10-5). The game will take place in Kokomo’s Historic Memorial Gymnasium in the 4th Annual Indiana Basketball Day, with a 4:30pm tip-off time.

Blackhawks come up 1 point short 

DENVER – The Sheridan Blackhawks hit the road on Saturday night as they traveled to take the North Miami Warriors. The Blackhawks and Warriors battled back and forth all night long and no team was able to build up much momentum. In the end the Warriors would hang on for a 57-56 win. 

The first quarter saw the Warriors build up a 13-10 lead at the end of the opening period. They’d take that three point lead into halftime as well as they lead Sheridan 27-24. In the third, the Blackhawks trimmed their deficit to just one, but were unable to take the lead as the Warriors still held a 39-38 advantage. Both teams then picked up the tempo in the final quarter, but needing a stop, the Blackhawks could never take the lead as both teams scored 18 points in the final quarter. 

Ethan Moistner led the Blackhawks with 17 pts and five rebounds in the loss. Sheridan now drops to 5-12 (2-5 HHC) on the season and will travel to South Putnam (2-13) on Saturday. 

Trailblazers down Scecina 53-35

INDIANAPOLIS – The University Trailblazers traveled to take on Scecina Memorial on Saturday and picked up a 53-35 win. In the win Sam Mervis led the Blazers in scoring with 15 points and also broke the all-time steals record. 
The win improves the Trailblazers record to 14-3 on the season. The team will travel to take on Brebeuf (10-4) on Thursday night. 

Greyhound blowout Trojans by 30

CARMEL – The Carmel Greyhounds hosted the New Castle Trojans on Saturday night as Carmel was looking to increase their winning streak to four games. Using their patent defense, the Greyhounds were able to do just that as they blew out the Trojans by a final score of 57-27. 

Once again the Greyhounds didn’t allow their opponent to score double-digits in any quarter. They got off to a dominant start by scoring 21 points of their own to take a 21-6 lead after one. By halftime, their lead swelled to 32-11, and then the Hounds used one last dominant quarter to put the game away by outscoring the Trojans 19-8 in the third. 

In seven of their fifteen games this season, the Greyhounds have given up 40 points or fewer. They’ve only give up 50 or more four times and will continue to opposing teams on that side of the ball. 

The win for the Greyhounds improves their record to 11-4 (4-1 MIC) on the season. The No. 10 ranked Hounds will be back in action Thursday night as they host No. 2 Lawrence North (16-1).