Three Pointers: Winding down the regular season

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Senior Simon Jacob (32) and Forest Park hope to close out the regular season with a seventh consecutive victory Tuesday at Gibson Southern. The Rangers have won nine games out of 10.

By Herald Staff

Here’s a look at the last of the regular season games for our teams this week.

Jasper

Record: 5-15, 1-7

Opponent: At Vincennes Lincoln, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: Jasper topped Vincennes Lincoln, 56-29, Jan. 10, 2020

Series: Jasper leads, 67-57

1. Jasper’s tough regular season is reaching its end, and is hoping to close it out on a strong note with its final two games this week. The Wildcats are scheduled to play the Alices today, then on Thursday, travel to Bedford North Lawrence.

2. The Wildcats still have not put together back-to-back wins all season, with their last win coming Feb. 6 against Boonville, 47-37. They currently have dropped three games in a row, which is the third time they’ve done that this year.

3. However, playing the Alices may be just what they need. Vincennes Lincoln is currently 1-14 and doesn’t have any wins in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference. The Alices have currently lost eight games in a row.

Southridge

Record: 11-10, 7-3

Opponent: Versus Boonville, Thursday, 8 p.m.

Last Meeting: Southridge came away with a 48-39 win, Feb. 27, 2020 at Boonville

1. The Raiders have dropped a couple of back-to-back Pocket Athletic Conference games with a 64-54 loss Feb. 19 at South Spencer, and they fell, 48-43, Feb. 20 at home against Princeton — bringing them one PAC loss to three.

2. Still, the opportunity is there for the Raiders to put a feather in their cap on Thursday. Not only can they close the regular season on a high note against Boonville — a victory would guarantee a winning season for Southridge, which it did not have with a 9-15 record last season.

3. Star senior Colson Montgomery will look to make the most of the last regular season game of his high school career, and has come on strong these last two games in spite of the losses. Montgomery dropped 22 against the Rebels, then turned around and had 26 on the Tigers the next night.

Forest Park

Record: 15-5, 6-3

Opponent: At Gibson Southern, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: Forest Park downed Gibson Southern, 56-38, Feb. 25, 2020

1. No local team is hotter right now than Forest Park is. The Rangers have won six games in a row, and nine out of their last 10. Forest Park has allowed at least 51 points during this run, but the Rangers have matched that during their current six-game win streak.

2. The lone loss they have in their last 10 games is a 68-46 defeat Jan. 29 at the hands of Southridge, but they’ve found a way since then. Three of those wins have come by double digits, while another three have been single digit wins.

3. In fact, the last time Forest Park held a team to under 50 points was a 55-49 win Jan. 8 against Mount Vernon (Posey). The Rangers have allowed an average of 59.9 points per game going into the regular season finale, but their offense has averaged 63 points per game.

Northeast Dubois

Record: 8-13

Opponent: Versus Evansville Christian, Thursday, 8 p.m.

1. Northeast Dubois is another local team that could use a win to wind down the regular season and some momentum going into the sectional. The Jeeps have lost three games in a row after winning four games out of six.

2. These games have also been by decisive margins as well, with all three losses coming by 18 points or more. Northeast Dubois is dealing with the opposite thing Forest Park is dealing with. The Jeeps have allowed an average of 48.7 points, but the offense is scoring 44.2 points per game.

3. The 65-34 loss to Loogootee on Feb. 19 was the first game the Jeeps played in six days. They were originally supposed to have a Feb. 16 game at Evansville Day, but it got postponed, and that’s exactly whom the Jeeps will be taking on March 2 in their first sectional game.

Heritage Hills

Record: 15-3

Opponent: Versus Perry Central, Friday, 8:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: Heritage Hills ran away with a 75-38 win, Feb. 28, 2020

1. Heritage Hills has bounced back after losing back-to-back games for the first time in more than a calendar year Feb. 6 against Castle and Feb. 12 against Forest Park. The Pats are currently winners of two games in a row, and hope to make it three straight Friday night.

2. With their 48-31 win Feb. 20 at Mount Vernon, the Pats clinched at least a share of the PAC championship. It’s the fourth straight year Heritage Hills has come away with either an outright or shared PAC title.

3. Four straight PAC championships is something the Pats have replicated— as Heritage Hills also won four straight boys PAC crowns, either outright or shared, from 2001-02 through 2004-05. The only other time this has happened was when Gibson Southern did it from 1998-99 through 2001-02.

 




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