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Arabians within 1 win over HHC title


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PENDLETON — Greenfield-Central was one of two teams that stood between Pendleton Heights and an outright Hoosier Heritage Conference boys basketball title.

While the final score showed otherwise, G-C turned out to be a not-so-minor impediment to the Arabians’ aspirations Friday night.

PH did pull away from the Cougars 55-36 and handed them their sixth straight defeat, but G-C competed very well with the Arabians in the first half and limited their scoring chances.

 “It’s the same story, but we controlled the tempo in the first half and the score was where we wanted it to be (22-15 at halftime),” G-C coach Josh Johnson said. “We were taking  15-20 seconds to get a good shot, and that helped us a lot.”

The Cougars (1-13, 0-4 HHC) trailed just 14-12 some 90 seconds into the second quarter, and Tate Hall scored the first basket of the second half to make it a five-point game.

But after that,  PH (10-3, 5-0 HHC) basically shut the door on the Cougars and, with less than three minutes left in the third, the Arabians were ahead 36-19.

G-C was able to attempt only six shots in the third (making four), and committed six turnovers.

Kenton Dunham and Sean McDermott, two excellent shooters, did the bulk of the damage to the Cougars.

Dunham, a sophomore whose brother Kellen starts for Butler, paced PH with 18 points and added seven assists.

McDermott had 15, including three first-half 3-pointers. The junior guard is drawing interest from a number of Division I programs and missed the first month of the season with a staph infection.

The Arabians shot over 50 percent from the field, while G-C wasn’t much worse at 13-for-29 (44.8 percent).

Hall’s 19 points were the game’s high. He had five in the first half.  Only four other Cougars scored, but Johnson said one played very well otherwise.

“Dallas Pribble is the heart and soul of our defense,” Johnson said. “He gets a challenge every game and guards somebody very good, and I’m proud of the way he’s played on that end of the floor.”

Since falling at Triton Central on Jan. 18 the Cougars hadn’t played in 13 days, with a scheduled contest at Shelbyville last week postponed.

“Our style of play in the first half actually helped us,” Johnson said, citing not turning the ball over as much early on.

“We had a few guys that were banged up from some nagging injuries, so they should be well-rested.”

Notes: G-C has dropped 10 straight to PH. The Arabians won the last two meetings by a combined 111 points (74-24 last year). ... The Cougars’ JV squad defeated PH 42-32. Eli Diehr led G-C with 12 points. ... G-C hosts Eastern Hancock (9-2) tonight.

VARSITY

Pendleton Heights 55, 

Greenfield-Central 36

GC — Batton  1-2 0-1 2, Oleksy 3-4 0-0 2, Hall 5-10 8-9 19, Bean 0-3 0-0 0, Pribble 2-3 1-2 5, Lowe 0-1 0-0 0, Wolfe 2-3 0-0 4, Stump 0-1 0-0 0, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Gellert 0-1 0-0 0, Kauth 0-1 0-0 0.  Totals — 13-29 9-12 36.

PH — McDermott 5-11 2-2 15, Hardy 3-4 0-1 6, Brizendine 2-3 2-2 7, Dunham  6-10 6-6 18, Buck 2-3 0-0 6, Phillips 1-2 1-2 3, Albers 0-1 0-0 0, Robertson 0-1 0-0 0, Riggs 0-1 0-0 0, Ruffner 0-0 0-0 0, Grbic 0-0 0-0 0, Gustin 0-0 0-0 0.  Totals — 19-36 11-13 55.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GC (1-13, 0-4 HHC)    8   7  10   11 — 36

PH (10-3, 5-0 HHC)   14  8   18  15 — 55

Three-pt. field goals:  GC 1-7 (Hall 1-3, Bean 0-2, Stump 0-1, Pribble 0-1); PH 6-16 (McDermott 3-8, Buck 2-2, Brizendine 1-2, Dunham 0-2, Albers 0-1, Robertson 0-1).

Rebounds:  GC 17 (Batton 4, Oleksy 2, Hall 2, Pribble 2, Stump 2, Wolfe 1, Robertson 1, Gellert 1, Kauth 1, Team 1); PH 21  (Brizendine 6, McDermott 4, Hardy 4, Buck 2, Phillips 2, Riggs 1, Team 2). Assists: GC 5  (Robertson 2, Hall 1, Pribble 1, Stump 1); PH 10 (Dunham 7, McDermott 3). Steals: GC 1 (Robertson 1); PH 4 (McDermott 2, Hardy 1, Brizendine 1). Blocks: GC (Hall 1).  Fouls: GC 18, PH 12. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: GC 14, PH 8.

JV

Greenfield-Central 42,

Pendleton Heights 32

GC — Diehr 12, Jameson 10, Hert 6, Ferrell 6, Mann 4, Jackson 2, Robertson 2.

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