Rangers defeat Rebels to put an end to losing streak

From Herald Staff Reports

After the Forest Park boys basketball team lost their third consecutive game on Friday night, Ranger head coach Jeff Litherland said the best way to get their confidence back was to get back into the win column.

On Saturday night they did just that with a 58-48 victory over South Spencer in Reo.

The Rangers and Rebels were even after one quarter of play but a 17-7 advantage in the second quarter for Forest Park would go a long way toward deciding the end result as they’d take a 31-21 lead into the halftime break and continue that pace of play the rest of the game.

Forest Park (14-4, 4-1 PAC) was led offensively by Sam Englert and Curt Hopf who both finished with 22 points. Isaach Uebelhor got the start at guard as senior Trever Zink was inactive.

The rest of Saturday’s prep basketball action:

Patriots cruise past Chargers
The Heritage Hills boys basketball team continued their dominating ways on Saturday night with their 62-48 defeat of Pike Central in Petersburg for their ninth straight victory.

The Patriots (18-2, 6-1 PAC) wasted no time jumping out to a fast start as they led 16-6 after the end of the first quarter and pushed that lead to 33-18 at halftime.

The Chargers made a little run and trimmed the Patriots lead to just nine points going into the fourth quarter but Blake Sisley got going as he scored eight of his 12 points to keep victory in the Pats’ hands.

Murray Becher led Heritage Hills with 22 points while Simon Scherry and Sisley added 12 and Mitchel Becher finished with 11.

Raiders stumble against Cougars
After a double-digit victory against a 13-win Wood Memorial team just the night before, Southridge struggled against North Daviess falling on the road in Elnora, 75-67.

The Raiders trailed by just two at the end of the first quarter but were held to just nine second-quarter points as they went into the halftime break trailing 31-23.

Southridge would make a little run in the third quarter trimming the lead to 51-45 but the Cougars would hold on in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

The Raiders (9-10) were led in scoring by Colson Montgomery who finished with 29 points on 12-of-22 shooting while Joe LaGrange added 18 points.

Southridge was without junior big man Jaden Hayes due to a knee injury which led to Jacob Masterson and Garrett Voegerl seeing additional minutes.

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