Three Pointers: 12/5

Jasper Wildcats

Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Eight
Opponent: vs. Mount Carmel (4-1, 0-0), 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: Jasper has won all 10 meetings.
Last meeting: Jasper won 55-50 last season in Mount Carmel.

Jasper has beaten Mount Carmel by 16.8 ppg in the Golden Aces’ five visits to Jasper. No margin has been closer than nine points. The Cats lost their home opener to Evansville Harrison last year, ending a string of 12 wins in home debuts. Over the last two seasons, Jasper went 15-5 at home.

Nolan Ahrens (Jr., G) poured in a career-high 22 points in last week’s loss at Evansville Harrison. It was the most points by a Wildcat in a season opener since Luke Schmidt scored 22 points against Northeast Dubois in the first game of The Herald Tipoff Classic in 2003.

Reece Metcalf (Sr., G/F) was the MVP of the Basketball Capital Classic, which Mount Carmel won last weekend. Metcalf finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the finale, while C.J. Diel (Sr., C) tallied 21 points and was joined on the all-tournament team by Levi Laws (Jr., G). Metcalf was the Golden Aces’ quarterback in football, and Laws was a standout all over the field. The Aces finished 14-15 last year and haven’t had a winning season since 2007-08.

Forest Park Rangers

Record: 0-1, 0-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponent: vs. Tell City (1-1, 0-0), 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: Forest Park leads 29-18.
Last meeting: Forest Park crunched the Marksmen 70-53 last season at Bryan Taylor Sports Arena.

Forest Park has not started a season with consecutive losses since 2000-01 and has not lost its first two home games in a season since 1983-84. Forest Park’s six losses at Buechler Arena last winter were the most by any Ranger team since 1986-87, when the Rangers went 2-8 at home.

2. Forest Park forced 24 turnovers in last week’s opening loss to Crawford County. The Rangers have permitted fewer than 50 ppg for three consecutive seasons.

3. Tell City dumped Cannelton 58-45 on Saturday as Brennan Malone (Sr., F) scored 15 points and Drew Mowery (Sr., G) added 10. In Tuesday’s 67-55 loss to Perry Central, Malone netted 16 points and eight rebounds, and Trent Zuelly (Sr., G) added 15 points and six assists. Zuelly, who scored 5.4 ppg last season, is the top returning scorer for a squad that struggled to a 4-20 record last season in coach Brent Owen’s first year. Outside of a 60-56 win in 2005, the Marksmen have lost by double digits to Forest Park in their last six visits to Ferdinand.

Northeast Dubois Jeeps

Record: 0-0 (12-13 last season)
Opponent: at Washington Catholic (1-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday; vs. Heritage Hills (0-0), 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: The Jeeps lead Washington Catholic 24-13 but trail Heritage Hills 24-15.
Last meetings: Last season, the Jeeps blitzed Washington Catholic 70-35 in their opener but lost twice to Heritage Hills — 68-66 on Dec. 1 and 62-51 on Dec. 29.

Northeast Dubois has won 10 or more games in six consecutive seasons, by far the longest such streak in program history. The last time a Jeep team accomplished the same feat was in the 1960s.

Tyler Haas (Sr., F) begins the season with 582 career points, and Cameron Riecker (Sr., F) has 441. Both shot at least 52 percent from the field last season and they combined to shoot 204 free throws.

Washington Catholic edged Lighthouse Christian 58-49 but followed with an 82-25 loss to North Daviess. Armando Ramirez (Jr., F) grabbed 11 rebounds against Lighthouse but missed the North Daviess game with an injured shoulder. ... Devon Merder (Sr., G) and Gavin Schaefer (Jr., G) combined for 72 points in two games against Northeast Dubois last season. The Pats return every regular contributor from a team that went 14-8 last season.   

Heritage Hills Patriots

Record: 0-0 (14-8 last season)
Opponents: at Northeast Dubois (0-0), 7 p.m. CST Saturday
Series: Heritage Hills leads 24-15.
Last meeting: Heritage Hills started last season with a 68-66 win over Northeast Dubois in Lincoln City then beat the Jeeps 62-51 in a PSC Holiday Classic rematch less than a month later.

Heritage Hills has won five consecutive season openers. Since 1999, the Patriots have opened the season against Hancock County (Ky.), Princeton, North Posey, Southridge, Pike Central and Jasper. They have clashed with Northeast Dubois twice in each of the last four seasons.

Devon Merder (Sr., G) begins his final season with 644 career points and 74 3-pointers. Merder and Gavin Schaefer (Jr., G) combined to drain 80 treys last season. The Pats buried 38 percent of their 3-point tries last year. Merder, Schaefer, Tyler Ward (Jr., G) and Torrin Madden (Sr., G) all hit at least 11 treys.

Northeast Dubois’ Tyler Haas (Sr., F) posted games of 14 points and 13 rebounds and 13 points and nine rebounds in two meetings with Heritage Hills last season. Haas scored 14.2 ppg last winter, while Riecker added 11.2 ppg for a team that won a Class 1A sectional championship.

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