Bears claw victory over Millers

INDIANAPOLIS – The Noblesville boys basketball team three-game win streak was cut short but a close Lawrence Central win Tuesday. The Bears rallied from a 40-31 deficit after the third-quarter to a 56-52 score at the buzzer.

The Millers held the lead for most of the second and third quarters. The Bears collected themselves for a six-point streak with five minutes left. They followed this with a five-point streak after two Noblesville free throws.

Noblesville couldn’t stop the Bears offense and had some crucial failed drives down the stretch.

Max Flinchum had his second 20 plus-point game in a row, charging ahead with 22 points. He went 4-for-7 from the 3-point line. Nolan Ginther was also in double figures at 14 points. Grant Gremel had nine of his own with five boards.

Noblesville was plagued by a season-clincher – turnovers. The Bears had 18 points off of turnovers, with the Millers totaling 17.

The loss evens Noblesville’s record at 10-10. They head to Avon Friday in a third-place Hoosier Crossroads Conference matchup.

Rocks crush Stars after big second quarter

WESTFIELD – Westfield’s opponent Tuesday simply couldn’t wake up their offense against the Rocks’ defense. Westfield held the Stars to just six points in the first half on their way to a 56-34 victory.

A flame was lit under the Rocks in the second eight minutes.

Ian Kristensen guided the team to 24 points, outscoring WeBo by 21 points in the quarter. The Stars finally plugged in during the second half, matching Westfield’s 11 and outscoring the Rocks in the final quarter, but the Rocks’ lead would not be diminished.

Kristensen powered through for 17 points and seven rebounds. Aaron Bennett had another big night with 11 points, following his double-double performance against Hamilton Heights. Jonah Welch also had 11.

Westfield gets their sixth win, moving to 6-13. They play host to their second game in the three game homestand Friday versus New Castle.

Royals stay on roll

FISHERS – This is No. 10-state ranked Hamilton Southeastern’s fourth win in a row. And they look to continue this streak headed into the two final games against Brownsburg and Lawrence North.

Who is leading the streak? Zach Gunn.

Gunn had 22 points in HSE’s 74-63 win over No. 13-state ranked Pike. Connor Rotterman had another productive game, as well, hitting the 20 mark. Noah Smith added 13.

Pike didn’t let HSE outscore them by more than seven in the first quarter. And the Royals played a slow and steady game to stay ahead.

The Royals (18-4) face HCC opponent Brownsburg Friday, fighting for an out-right second-place in the conference.

Eagles douse Trailblazers in two-point victory

INDIANAPOLIS – The University boys basketball team came off a tough Pioneer loss Saturday straight to another hard loss, 43-45, to Heritage Christian Tuesday.

The Trailblazers singed a Heritage Christian six-point lead in the final two minutes of the game. It was tied up and the Eagles had possession.

“I thought we defended their last offensive possession perfectly despite the foul call that ultimately gave Heritage the lead,” Trailblazer head coach Brandon Lafferman said.

The foul call put the nails in University’s coffin.

Leading up to the final minutes, University gave up 12 turnovers and the Eagles went 10-of-13 from the free throw line, while University hit one free throw the whole game.

“Anytime you are in a tight game free throws and turnovers can decide things,” Lafferman said.

Ethan Sickels was hard-pressed to be doused from the 3-point line, however. Sickels lit up the net, going -for-7 from the perimeter, finishing with 15 points. David Howard added nine and Emerson Halbeib had eight.

“[Sickels] made shots all night like he has all season,” Lafferman said. “He's been one of our most consistent guys all season from the three.”

University (10-10) faces Lebanon at home Friday.