Three-pointers: 1/19January 19, 2012
Record: 6-3, 3-1 Big Eight
Opponent: at Forest Park (6-6), 8 p.m. Friday
Series: Forest Park inched ahead 13-12 edge last season.
Last meeting: Jasper built a 15-point first-half lead last January at home but scored only once in the final 10:02 and lost 52-47.
1. A win Friday would give Jasper its first three-game winning streak in January since 2002, when the Cats knocked off Pike Central, Forest Park and Northeast Dubois in succession en route to an 18-win season and sectional and regional championships. Since that season, the Cats have gone 21-31 in games played in January. A victory Friday would also mark fifth-year coach John Goebel’s 50th with the Wildcats.
2. Nick Gobert (Jr., G) and Nate Messier (Jr., G) coordinate a Jasper offense that hasn’t turned the ball over more than 14 times in any game and averages 9.8 miscues per contest. A year ago, the Wildcats averaged nearly 13 turnovers per game. This year, Jasper has committed more turnovers than its opponent only once (against Boonville).
3. Forest Park has won three in a row and is 4-1 at home this season. Ben Braunecker (Sr., F) snagged eight rebounds last year against Jasper. Braunecker, Jake Meyer (Sr., G) and Miles Leonard (Sr., G) score at least 11 ppg.
Record: 5-5, 3-1 Pocket Athletic
Opponents: at Heritage Hills (6-5, 3-1), 8 p.m. EST Friday; at Paoli
(6-3), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: Southridge has won four straight and leads Heritage Hills 30-27. The Raiders lead Paoli 12-6.
Last meetings: The Raiders crushed Heritage Hills 57-36 and thumped Paoli 51-34 last winter.
1. Zach Stetter (Sr., G) drilled six 3-pointers in Saturday’s win over Princeton, one off tying the school record of seven shared by Andy Stout (twice in 1988), Alex Graman (1995) and Derek Prior (1996). Stetter buried 30 treys a year ago, second on the team and seventh among area players.
2. Ben Weber (Jr., G) paces the Raiders at 17.9 ppg, and he’s also their leader in assists with 3.3 apg. Trey Reese (Jr., G) ranks second on the squad at 2.8 apg.
3. Heritage Hills shot just 32 percent last year against Southridge but returns Devon Wahl (Sr., G), Damon Wahl (Sr., G) and Devon Merder (Soph., G), who have combined to hit 47 3-pointers. ... Jason Harrell replaced veteran coach Joe Hinton at Paoli. Harrell’s staff includes Tim Haworth, who was Southridge’s head coach from 1997 through 2004. Haworth’s son Luke, a Southridge grad, is the Paoli JV coach. The Rams are led by Tanner Wroblewski (Soph., G/F) at 13.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg and Clay Burnette (Sr., G) at 12.8 ppg.
Record: 6-6, 3-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponents: vs. Jasper (7-3), 8 p.m. Friday; vs. Tecumseh (6-6, 1-3), 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: Forest Park has won back-to-back games against Jasper to snag a 13-12 lead. The Rangers have dominated Tecumseh 20-8.
Last meetings: A year ago, Forest Park erased Jasper’s 15-point lead en route to a 52-47 road victory. The Rangers hammered Tecumseh 65-40 in Lynnville.
1. This season at Buechler Arena, Forest Park is 4-1 and has shot 45 percent from the field and 34 percent from the 3-point line. Away from home, the Rangers shoot 40 percent from the field and 27 percent from the 3-point arc.
2. Ben Braunecker (Sr., F) and Lynk Kordes (Sr., C) share the team lead at 6.8 rpg, though they get interior help from Miles Leonard (Sr., G), who snags 4.4 rpg while also leading the Rangers with 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
3. Jasper’s Caleb Begle (Sr.,G) shoots 43 percent from the 3-point line and 87 percent from the free throw stripe. Karson Nixon (Sr., C) and Mark Giesler (Jr., F) have fused for 19 ppg in the last three games. ... Subtract its 80 points against New Harmony and 88 at Cannelton, and Tecumseh averages 45.5 ppg. In Saturday’s 56-51 loss at Heritage Hills, Alex Hall (Soph., G) tallied 15 points and Adam Grannan (Soph., F) added 11.
Record: 7-5, 2-1 Blue Chip
Opponents: vs. Vincennes Rivet (3-10, 1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday; at Class 1A No. 2 Loogootee (9-2, 4-1), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: The Jeeps lead Vincennes Rivet 24-10 but trail Loogootee 31-8.
Last meetings: Northeast Dubois nicked Rivet 51-50 last season on the road but dropped a 51-47 decision against Loogootee.
1. Tyler Haas (Soph., F) has grabbed double-digit rebounds in each of the last two games and is averaging an area-best 9.7 rpg. Haas has also committed just eight turnovers all season, a team low among regular contributors.
2. Cody Knieriem (Sr., G) and Bryce Huebner (Jr., G) have buried at least one 3-pointer in all but one contest this season. The duo paces the Jeeps in 3-point accuracy, each hitting 40 percent from the arc.
3. Rivet is led by Brady Mouzin (Sr., G) at 12.8 ppg. An injury has sidelined Colin Vieke (Jr., G) for six games. ... Loogootee has lost only at Forest Park and last week to Class 1A No. 1 Barr-Reeve, when Barr-Reeve stole a late inbound pass and converted a bucket to snap a tie. Bryant Ackerman (Sr., G) scored 22 in the 50-47 loss, and Conner Wittmer (Jr., C) added 10 for the Lions, who played without injured starter Matt Mathies (Soph., G), who has mono.
Record: 6-5, 3-1 Pocket
Opponent: vs. Southridge (5-5, 3-1), 7 p.m. CST Friday
Series: Heritage Hills has dropped four in a row and trails 30-27.
Last meeting: Last winter, Heritage Hills fell 57-36 at Huntingburg Memorial Gym.
1. Heritage Hills’ schedule includes only three more opponents — South Spencer, Boonville and Tell City — with sub-.500 records. The remaining seven foes are a combined 48-29.
2. Jack Woolems (Sr., G) leads the team at 4.9 apg, while Damon Wahl (Sr., G) adds 3.6 apg. The duo helps facilitate an offense that’s scoring 58.3 ppg, the program’s top number in coach Matt Sisley’s five seasons and best output since the 2004-05 squad scored 61.9 ppg. This season’s production has received a boost from four regulars — Wahl, Adam Price (Sr., F), Jake Fella (Sr., C) and Logan Schaefer (Sr., F) — who shoot at least 50 percent from the field. In the last four meetings with Southridge, Heritage Hills has shot 35 percent from the field and averaged 38.8 ppg.
3. Southridge is paced by Ben Weber (Jr., G), who has logged outbursts of 31 and 26 points and scores a team-leading 17.9 ppg. In Saturday’s 74-61 win over Princeton, Zach Stetter (Sr., G) splashed six 3-pointers, one off the school record.
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