Three Pointers: 1/9January 9, 2014
Record: 2-4, 1-0 Big Eight
Opponent: vs. Vincennes Lincoln (8-1, 3-0), 8 p.m. Friday
Series: Lincoln has won 17 of the last 20 meetings and leads 59-58.
Last season: Lincoln beat Jasper twice — 53-40 at Alice Arena and 48-25 in the Class 3A sectional championship.
1. Jasper’s Courtland Betz (Sr., G) is 8-of-12 from 3-point range this season. Betz drilled three 3s in the last game against Paoli, and Nolan Ahrens (Jr., G) also has a three-trey game to his credit this season. A year ago, Jasper had a player hit three 3s in a game on just three occasions.
2. The Alices are still unbeaten in the Big Eight by weathering two tight finishes; they edged Mount Carmel 78-73 in double overtime and also went to OT to beat Princeton 52-48. Big Eight champs the last two years, Lincoln has won 15 consecutive conference games overall.
3. Avory Mickens (Sr., F), who didn’t play in the sectional last year because of a suspension, averages 16.2 ppg. Josh Sprinkle (Sr., C) scores 11.1 ppg and Brandt Nowaskie (Jr., G) adds 10.7.
Record: 6-2, 3-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponents: at Tecumseh (5-4,
1-0), 8 p.m. EST Friday; at Northeast Dubois (2-7), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: Southridge owns large advantages over both the Braves (33-8) and Jeeps (45-23).
Last season: The Raiders swept the weekend a year ago, downing Tecumseh 56-40 and clipping the Jeeps 56-52.
1. Southridge is yet to have a player score 20 or more points in a game this season. A year ago against Tecumseh, the Raiders’ Chad O’Bryan (Sr., F) established his career high with 25 points.
2. Tecumseh has won three straight, including last Friday’s 51-47 comeback as the Braves outscored North Daviess 23-10 in the fourth quarter and rode a big night from Adam Grannan (Sr., F), who poured in 29 points.
3. Tyler Haas (Sr., F) powers Northeast Dubois with 18.1 ppg, though the guy the Raiders had a tough time stopping in last year’s meeting was Cameron Riecker (Sr., F), who posted 21 points. Riecker averages 10.6 per contest this year.
Record: 4-4, 1-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponent: vs. Class 2A No. 10 Perry Central (7-1), 8 p.m. Saturday
Series: Forest Park leads 40-12.
Last season: The Rangers challenged the eventual regional runner-up Commodores in Leopold before accepting a 66-58 loss.
1. David Lusk (Soph., G) established his career-high with 10 points last week against Tell City, nudging up his season scoring average and giving Forest Park seven players who average at least 3.1 points per contest.
2. Perry Central stopped a streak of 18 losses to Forest Park with its win over the Rangers last year. The Commodores are already 4-0 this season against other teams from Class 2A’s Sectional 48; they beat Mater Dei 78-72, whipped South Spencer by 21 and have beaten Tell City twice.
3. Perry Central followed a 62-61 OT loss to Crawford County with a pair of wins in the recent PSC Holiday Classic as Dacota Schaad (Sr., F) and Austin LeClere (Sr., G) combined for 24 points against Tell City and 37 against South Spencer. The Commodore roster features seven seniors.
Record: 2-7, 1-1 Blue Chip
Opponents: at South Knox (5-2, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday; vs. Southridge (6-2), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Series: The Jeeps lead South Knox 15-11 but trail Southridge 45-23.
Last season: In home games last season, the Jeeps toppled South Knox 65-55 and fell 56-52 to the Raiders.
1. Tristan Linne (Jr., G) became the first Jeep other than Tyler Haas (Sr., F) or Cameron Riecker (Sr., F) to lead the Jeeps in scoring this season when he tallied 12 points against Springs Valley on Dec. 28. Linne and Brayden Wineinger (Jr., F) are the only players off the bench who’ve scored more than 10 total points this season.
2. South Knox has endured three straight 16-loss seasons but has rebounded under second-year coach Mark Rohrer, a starter on Barr-Reeve’s 2007 state runner-up team. Andrew Scott (Jr., F) scores 13.7 ppg, Isiah Stafford (Soph., G) adds 10.7 and Austin Sievers (Jr., F) adds 10.3 off the bench.
3. Southridge, paced by Chad O’Bryan’s 13.1 ppg, limits opponents to 38 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 ppg overall.
Record: 6-1, 1-0 Pocket Athletic
Opponents: at Gibson Southern (2-5, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. CST Friday; vs. Washington (2-5), 7 p.m. CST Saturday
Series: Heritage Hills trails Gibson Southern 21-18 and is tied 1-1 with Washington.
Last season: Heritage Hills rolled by Gibson Southern 82-71 and Washington 67-49.
1. Heritage Hills scores 70.3 ppg and is one of 36 squads statewide averaging better than 70 per contest. The Pats are still a ways off the leader; Indianapolis Park Tudor racks up 93 per game. The Patriots are also 14th in the state in scoring margin, outgunning opponents by 20.6 ppg.
2. In their wins, the Patriots are outscoring foes by an average of more than 13 points in the third period.
3. Washington, which has lost two one-point games, gets 14.1 ppg from Colten Garland (Soph., G), who’s led the Hatchets in scoring in every game but one. Gibson Southern’s Mason Lankford (Sr., G) and Damian Silva (Sr., F) combined for 33 points against the Pats last year.
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