Local basketball players receive high honors

From Herald Staff Reports

There’s a rather impressive talent pool of boys basketball players around the area and on Thursday evening, several local athletes were honored on a more statewide scale by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Southridge’s Colson Montgomery and Forest Park’s Curt Hopf were both 2019 IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State selections (Montgomery is on the Large School team, Hopf is on the Small School team) while Jasper’s Jared Englert was a IBCA/Subway Senior All-State Honorable Mention selection and the Heritage Hills’ trio of Murray Becher, Simon Scherry and Blake Sisley were IBCA/Subway Underclass All-State Honorable Mention honorees.

Montgomery scored a total of 527 points during his sophomore campaign to break his own single-season scoring record. He averaged 21.1 points per game, 6.6 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 62 percent from the field, 71 percent from the free-throw line and scored in double-figures every game. He’s just 12 points away from joining Southridge’s 1,000-point scoring club.

Hopf scored 404 total points during his sophomore year as he averaged 16.2 points per game, 8.6 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game. He had six double-doubles including three of the Rangers final five games.

Englert averaged 11.5 points per game during his senior campaign while also averaging 8.1 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game and 1.1 steals per game. He notched eight double-doubles on the season including the Wildcats sectional semifinal and championship victories over Evansville North and Evansville Reitz.

Becher averaged 20.4 points per game last season and joined Heritage Hills’ 1,000-point scoring club as just a junior. He scored in double-figures in all 24 of the Patriots games last season and scored over 20 points in 16 games. He also shot 65 percent from the free-throw line, averaged 4.6 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game.

Scherry was a juggernaut for the Patriots as he averaged 15.6 points per game, 5.1 assists per game, 3.0 steals per game and 2.6 rebounds per game. He scored in double-figures in all but two games and shot 52 percent (53-of-101) from the three-point line.

Sisley had an impressive sophomore season for the Patriots and even picked up his first Division I offer (University of Evansville). He averaged 12.8 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game. He had seven double-doubles for the Pats and was a premier post player throughout the season, throwing it down with authority when given the opportunity.

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