Royals upset Greyhounds
CARMEL – The Hamilton Southeastern Royals (17-4) soared past Carmel (14-4) Friday night, taking home an impressive 21-point victory over the Greyhounds for their third straight win.
The Royals, ranked No. 12 in Indiana, were led by senior Zach Gunn’s 27 points, with fellow senior Conner Rotterham joining him as HSE’s only other double figure scorer with 12.
The game was tight after the first quarter, but the Royals took over the second and third quarters outscoring the Greyhounds by 19.
Carmel, currently ranked No. 5 in the state, shot only 37 percent for the game and at one point were down by 22. The Greyhounds had their strongest stretch during the fourth quarter, but just could not contain the Royal’s offense.
The Royals shot 46 percent for the game and 50 percent in the second half. The game was not purely an offensive battle however, as the Royals outrebounded the Greyhounds and scored 16 points off Carmel’s turnovers.
Carmel’s Sterling Brown led the team with 20 points, followed by PJ Baron with 10.
The Greyhounds’ next game is at Carroll Saturday night with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. HSE plays host to Pike on Tuesday.
Warriors overcome Trailblazers
INDIANAPOLIS – The University Trailblazers (11-5) fell to Indianapolis Covenant Christian (8-10) 49-55 Friday night.
The Trailblazers were outscored every quarter except the third, where they managed a one-point advantage over Covenant Christian.
The score was 22-25 at the half with Covenant Christian holding on to the three-point lead. University was led by Emerson Halbleib with 16 points, followed by Ethan Sickels with 11.
Both teams went through a shooting slump in the second quarter, each team only adding six points to their totals.
The third and fourth quarters were tight, with the game coming down to the final minutes.
The Trailblazers offense was spurred by their ten assists, but Covenant Christian’s defense forced nine turnovers, stopping any chance of a University run.
In the end, Covenant Christian came out with the victory, and handed the Trailblazers their fifth loss of the season.
University plays Crispus Atticus Saturday night in the Paac Tournament championship, with tip-off at 4:30 p.m.
Blackhawks rally to victory
FLORA – The Sheridan Blackhawks (9-11) defeated Carroll high school in a non-conference game on Friday night. The Blackhawks trailed after three quarters, but made a run in the fourth to get the 40-37 victory.
Tommy Glidden led the Blackhawks with 16 points and was the team’s only double-figure scorer. The team shot 19 free throws, making 15, which gave them a boost past Carroll.
Sheridan shot 39 percent from the field, and 78 percent from the line, while holding Carroll to just five points in the second quarter. The defensive intensity kicked in after the half, with the Blackhawks only giving up 20 points in the second half.
The Blackhawks played a well-rounded game, pulling down 22 rebounds and showing off their defensive efficiency taking the ball from Carroll seven times while blocking four shots for the game.
Sheridan next travels to Western Boone on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. for another non-conference match up.