Rocks and Royals Clash in HCC Matchup

WESTFIELD – The Hamilton Southeastern Royals traveled to Westfield on Friday night for a matchup with Hoosier Crossroads Conference opponent Westfield. The fourth quarter saw both offenses explode as the teams combined for 51 total points in the final quarter. In the end the Royals were the ones to come out on top by final score of 65-47. 

30 of the 51 points scored in the final quarter were courtesy of the Royals who had slowly built up a nine point lead as both teams got ready for the final quarter of play. Westfield up until the final quarter, where they scored 21 points, were held to quarters of six, nine, and 11 as they Royals defense stifled the Rocks for most of the night.

The Royals offense much like the Rocks really didn’t get clicking until the fourth. Fortunately for the Royals their offense through the first three quarters scored 11, ten, and 14 points respectively as they slowly were able to build a nine point advantage heading into what was the wild fourth quarter. 

Nic Despaquale led the Rocks in scoring with 13 points. Benji Welch added in nine. The loss for the Rocks was their first HCC loss of the season as their overall record now stands at 8-2 (2-1 HCC). The team will now look to rebound tomorrow night as they travel to take on Lafayette Jeff (14-1). 

The Royals were led in scoring by DeAndre Rhodes who finished with 13 points. Mabor Majak added in 11 in the win for the Royals. With the win the Royals see their record improve to 6-5 on the season (1-2 HCC). The team will be back in action tonight as they host Anderson (1-12). 

Huskies put on dominate display vs Lapel 
ARCADIA – The Hamilton Heights Huskies hosted Class 2A Lapel on Friday night and put on a dominate display as the rolled to a 69-48 win. 

Lapel didn’t have a double-digit scoring quarter until the fourth when the game was already out of reach. The Huskies defense allowed just 23 points through three quarters of play, while their offense led by Junior Gus Etchison, continued to put on a show. 

After three quarters, Heights held a 51-23 lead. Lapel was able to score 25 points in the final quarter, but the damage had been done. 
Etchison continues to showcase his talents on the court as he once again led the team with 34 points on the night. He was also able to impact the game in many other areas as he dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds, and recorded four steals. Lucas Letsinger added in 11 points in the win. 

The Huskies record with the win now stands at 9-4 (3-0 Hoosier Conference). The team will hit the road tonight as they will take on the Western Boone Stars (5-4)

Tigers fall to Bulldogs for third loss in four games

FISHERS - The Fishers Tigers hosted Brownsburg on Friday night in what was sure to be a great matchup between two talented teams in the HCC. After starting the season 12-0, the Tigers had lost two of their last three and the Bulldogs made sure it was three out of their last four as they defeated the Tigers 61-45. 

The Bulldogs slowly extended their lead in each quarter as the Tigers offense wasn’t able to match the Bulldgogs. After the first, Fishers trailed 17-13 and it looked as if they’d be able to make a run in the second quarter as their defense allowed just seven points. However, the Tigers offense scored only four points in the quarter and found themselves down 24-17 at halftime. 

The second half was much of the same story as Fishers just wasn’t able to match the offense of Brownsburg. The Bulldogs added in 20 third quarter points and 17 in the fourth, while the Tigers scored just 16 in the third and 12 in the final quarter of play. 

The loss for the Tigers sees their record now stand at 13-3 on the season (2-1 HCC). The Tigers will have a week off before traveling take on Avon (7-5) next Friday night. The Tigers will also be away from the Tiger den until the final day of February as they will play their next seven games away from home. 

Golden Eagles suffer first CCC loss vs Covenant Christian

The Guerin Catholic Golden Eagles hosted Circle City Conference opponent Covenant Christian on Friday night and fell by a final score of 79-71. 

The Golden Eagles held a 26-24 lead as the third quarter began. However the Golden Eagles saw their lead quickly turn into a deficit as Covenant Christian outscored them 23-14 in the third quarter to take a 47-40 lead into the final quarter. 

Guerin did everything they could in the final quarter to take the lead. They scored 31 points in the final quarter as their offense was firing on all cylinders. Covenant Christian’s offense unfortunately for the Golden Eagles was also unstoppable as they poured on 32 points in the quarter to give the Golden Eagles their first conference loss of the season and snap their eight-game winning streak. 

The loss drops the Golden Eagles record to 10-3 on the season (3-1 CCC). The team will be back in action tonight as they host Martinsville (1-11).