Three Pointers: 1/16January 16, 2014
Record: 3-4, 2-0 Big Eight
Opponents: vs. Washington (2-7, 0-1), 8 p.m. Friday; at Pike Central (4-3), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: Jasper leads the Hatchets (79-68) and Chargers (25-6)
Last season: Jasper won 39-34 at the Hatchet House and dumped Pike Central 54-36.
1. T.D. Nottingham (Fr., G) has scored 10 points in each of the Wildcats’ last two games. With 42 points this season, he’s scored more than any Jasper freshman since Michael Lewis tallied 182 points and averaged 8.7 ppg in the 1992-93 season.
2. Other than Boonville, which is yet to win a game, Jasper’s opponents to date all have a winning record. Even with Boonville’s 0-10 mark, the Cats’ counterparts have combined for a 40-27 record.
3. Washington has lost three games — all on the road — by one point. In Saturday’s 70-69 loss to Heritage Hills, Colten Garland (Soph., G) pumped in 21 points and drilled 6-of-10 3-pointers. His final 3-point try missed at the buzzer. In the post-Zeller era, which is in its third season, the Hatchets are 19-32, including 0-3 against Jasper.
Record: 6-4, 3-1 Pocket Athletic
Opponents: vs. Class 2A No. 10 Perry Central (8-1), 8 p.m. Friday
Series: Southridge has won 27 of 35 meetings.
Last season: The Commodores won twice: 62-35 in the regular season and 49-40 in the sectional.
1. Southridge did not lose back-to-back games last season, something that’s already happened twice this year. The Raiders have never dropped three straight in coach Jeremy Rauch’s four years.
2. Cody Thompson (Sr., F) has scored in double figures in all but one game and is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field. As a team, the Raiders aren’t as accurate — they’ve hit 25 percent of their 3-point attempts. Outside of a seven-trey flare-up in a rout of Springs Valley, the Raiders have hit just 22 percent from the arc.
3. Perry Central’s lone loss was a 62-61 overtime decision to Crawford County. The Commodores score 67.6 ppg, while Southridge gives up just 46.8 ppg.
In its only game since Dec. 30, Perry Central rallied past Forest Park on Saturday as Andrew Huber (Sr., G) and Michael Schwartz (Jr., G) both totaled 18 points.
Record: 4-5, 1-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponents: at South Spencer (6-5, 1-0), 8 p.m. EST Friday; vs. North Posey (2-7, 1-1), 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: The Rangers own a 25-22 edge on the Rebels and lead the Vikings 23-12.
Last season: Forest Park fell 45-31 to South Spencer and dropped two to North Posey by counts of 69-48 and 65-54.
1. When Forest Park and South Spencer met in the PSC Holiday Classic in December, both teams shot 33 free throws; the Rangers hit just 17 and the Rebels made only 19. Joel Weyer (Sr., G) paces the Rangers in free throw accuracy at 75 percent.
2. Dakota Begle (Sr., F) leads the Rangers at 5 rebounds per game but has only four offensive boards this season. Conversely, Ben Englert (Jr., G), Damon Wilmes (Jr., G) and David Lusk (Soph., G) have nearly as many offensive rebounds as defensive boards.
3. The Rebels’ last two losses have each been by two points. Jesse Stallings (Jr., F) scored 19 points in the December meeting with Forest Park. Nortrh Posey fell to Mount Vernon on Saturday despite 15 points by Michael Bender (Sr., F).
Record: 3-8, 1-2 Blue Chip
Opponent: at Class 2A No. 7 Paoli (8-0), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: The Jeeps lead 20-17.
Last season: Paoli swiped a 68-63 victory in Dubois.
1. Paoli is led by Dusty Cole, who played on the Rams’ 1999 state runner-up squad and coached Paoli’s girls team to a sectional title in 2012 before shifting to coach the boys program last season. On the court, the guy to watch is Tanner Wroblewski (Sr., F), a four-year starter who chalked up 32 points on the Jeeps last season. Skyler Stroud (Sr., G) added 13 points in that game.
2. Friday will mark the Jeeps’ fifth game this season played in Orange County. Northeast Dubois lost two of three games in the Springs Valley Tournament over the holiday break and fell in triple overtime to Orleans. Paoli, which has won seven games by 10 points or less, is 4-0 on its home court this season and the only remaining unbeaten team in Class 2A.
3. After Friday, Perry Central (8-1) and Pike Central (4-3) are the only teams of the Jeeps’ 10 remaining opponents that currently sport a winning record.
Record: 8-1, 2-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponents: at Pike Central (4-3, 0-2), 7 p.m. CST Friday; vs. Tecumseh (7-4, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. CST Saturday
Series: Heritage Hills commands both, 29-13 over Pike Central and 36-13 against Tecumseh.
Last season: The Pats downed Pike Central 61-48 and dumped Tecumseh 54-38.
1. Heritage Hills’ leaders in shooting accuracy all boast impressive figures; Spenser Minto (Sr., F) is shooting 68 percent from the floor, Tyler Ward (Sr., G) hits 42 percent of his 3-pointers (10-of-24), and Devon Merder (Sr., G) sinks 91 percent at the free throw line (29-of-32).
2. Pike Central rallied for two wins last weekend, coming from five down at halftime to handle Wood Memorial 52-39 and from six down in the fourth quarter to clip Mitchell 44-41. This is the deepest into the season the Chargers have been over .500 since 1998-99.
3. Alex Hall (Sr., G) and Adam Grannan (Sr., F) alternated 20-point outings in wins last weekend for Tecumseh, which has captured five straight victories.
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