Marauders handle Cougars in final




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BOYS FINAL

Mt. Vernon 51, Greenfield-Central 20.

GREENFIELD — Behind another stifling defensive performance, Class 3A No. 3 Mt. Vernon defeated Greenfield-Central 51-20 Saturday night at G-C to win its fourth Hancock County Tournament championship in the modern era.

MV’s CJ Coleman led all scorers with 14 points. Stephen Turner added 12 points and five rebounds for the Marauders (8-0).

In the consolation match, New Palestine topped Eastern Hancock 59-34.

The Marauder defense smothered the Cougars, as the 20 points were the lowest total for the program since G-C scored 19 versus New Palestine on Dec. 9, 2011. MV limited the hosts to 7-of-31 shooting (22.6 percent).

It’s the fourth county crown for seventh-year Mt. Vernon coach Steve Lynch, tying him with NP’s Adam Barton for the most since the county competition was restarted in 2002.

The Marauders hit the offensive glass early and often against G-C, jumping out to a 16-5 first-quarter lead thanks to six offensive boards and all five starters cracking the scoring column. MV won the rebounding battle 24-9.

The two teams combined for just seven points in the second quarter, and the Marauders led 20-8 at half.

The black-and-gold, which defeated New Palestine 60-39 in its semifinal tilt, regained its offensive footing in the third quarter, scoring on five of its first six offensive possessions and stretching the margin to 37-13 after three frames.

Derek Conley had six points to lead Greenfield-Central, which topped Eastern Hancock 54-53 in overtime to advance to its third finals appearance in four years.

On Jan. 4, G-C will visit MV, the next game for both squads.

VARSITY

Mt. Vernon 51, Greenfield-Central 20

MV — Coleman 5-11 3-5 14, Turner 3-8 5-6 12, Burnett 3-5 0-0 6, Werner 3-5 0-0 8, Spears 2-3 0-0 4, Lohman 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 1-2 0-0 3, Rice 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Wayer 1-2 0-0 2, Stricker 0-0 0-0 0, Deckard 0-0 0-0 0, Christenson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals — 19-39 8-11 51.

GC — Conley 2-5 0-0 6, Keener 1-4 0-0 3, Oleksy 0-4 0-0 0, Z. Batton 1-1 0-0 2, Wolfe 2-3 0-0 4, Lowe 0-1 0-0 0, Hall 1-8 0-0 3, T. Batton 0-3 2-2 2, Gellert 0-0 0-0 0, Pribble 0-2 0-0 0, Stump 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 7-31 2-2 20.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

MV (8-0) 16 4 17 14 — 51

G-C (1-7) 5 3 5 7 — 20

Three-pt field goals: MV 5-13 (Coleman 1-3, Turner 1-2, Burnett 0-2, Werner 2-3, Smith 1-2, Wayer 0-1), GC 4-18 (Conley 2-3, Keener 1-4, Hall 1-7, T. Batton 0-2, Pribble 0-2).

Rebounds: MV 24 (Coleman 3, Turner 5, Burnett 5, Werner 2, Spears 3, Lohman 3, Rice 2, Thompson 1), GC 9 (Keener 1, Wolfe 1, Lowe 1, T. Batton 6). Assists: MV 9 (Burnett 4, Werner 2, Lohman 1, Smith 1, Thompson 1), GC 5 (Keener 1, Z. Batton 2, T. Batton 1, Stump 1). Steals: MV 8 (Coleman 1, Turner 3, Spears 1, Lohman 3), GC 3 (Conley 2, Z. Batton 1). Blocks: MV 1 (Spears 1), GC 0. Total fouls: MV 7, GC 12. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: MV 8, GC 14.

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BOYS SEMIFINALS

Greenfield-Central 54, Eastern Hancock 53, OT

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Jordan Keener scored seven points in overtime and the Greenfield-Central boys basketball team advanced to the Hancock County Tournament championship game for the third time in the last four years with a 54-53 overtime win against Eastern Hancock Saturday afternoon.

More importantly, the Cougars picked up their first win of the season.

The Cougars (1-6) advanced to face 3A No. 3 Mt. Vernon (7-0) in the championship Saturday at 7:45 at G-C.

In 2009, MV beat Greenfield-Central to win the title, and in 2010, the Cougars lost in the county championship to New Palestine.

Last year, however, the Class 4A Cougars fell in the county consolation to 2A Eastern Hancock, and again in the regular season.

Keener and Derek Conley helped G-C get its revenge Saturday.

G-C controlled most of the first half and led 26-22 at the break. The Royals, though, opened the second half with a 5-0 blitz to take the lead — a lead they stretched to 41-36 with under two minutes remaining in the game.

Conley, who scored a game-high 18 points, knocked down a 3-pointer and a short jumper around an Eastern Hancock turnover to square the battle at 41-41.

The Royals had the ball with 7.1 seconds remaining in regulation, but EH’s Victor Vincz (21 points) was forced into an off-balance fadeaway from 15 feet as the clock dwindled. The senior’s shot was off and the Royals’ putback off the rebound came after the buzzer sounded.

In the extra session, EH (2-6) went 0-3 from the free throw line in the first 90 seconds and closed with three turnovers in the final two minutes.

“With what ended up as a one-point game, obviously, you’ve got to find something to do better at some point in the game,” EH coach Aaron Spaulding said. “It seems like every game we’ve been in it the last two minutes, but we’re not finishing like we’d like to.

“So, obviously we have to keep working and getting better.”

All six of the Royals’ losses so far were by 10 points or loss, with three defeats by less than five points.

Kenner helped lay another heartbreaker on the Royals Saturday.

He scored the first five points of overtime to stake G-C to a 46-41 advantage, and the visitors were in front the rest of the way.

The Cougars were up comfortably at 54-50, then Vincz drain an uncontested 3-pointer as time expired for the final margin.

Vincz, the only Royal in double figures, added five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Garrett Hancock had eight points for EH, while Cody Wallace tied G-C’s Cole Oleksy for game-high rebounding honors with nine.

Oleksy also had 11 points for the Cougars, who haven’t won a county championship since 2003. Keener finished with 12 points.

The Royals will get another shot at G-C on this same Charlottesville gym floor Jan. 26 in a regular season contest.

Spaulding hopes his squad can get over its close-game jitters.

“We’ve got to keep getting better in those situations,” Spaulding said. “And, we talked about in the locker room just now, our program’s always been about playing our best in March, so we can’t drop our heads. We’ve got to learn from it and next time we’ve got to do better.”

VARSITY

Greenfield-Central 54, Eastern Hancock 53, OT

GC — Oleksy 5-11 1-3 11, Z. Batton 2-2 2-4 6, Hall 1-3 0-0 2, Keener 3-9 5-8 12, T. Batton 1-1 0-0 3, Conley 7-16 1-2 18, Wolfe 1-2 0-0 2, Pribble 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 20-44 9-17 54.

EH — Vincz 8-14 1-2 21, I. McCormick 1-5 0-0 3, Hancock 2-11 2-4 8, S. McCormick 3-8 0-1 7, Lee 2-2 0-1 4, Noel 1-1 2-2 4, Wallace 1-3 0-0 2, Gilbert 1-1 2-3 4. Totals — 19-45 7-13 53.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

GC (1-6) 13 13 4 11  13 — 54

EH (2-6) 10 12 10 9  12 — 53

Three-pt. field goals: GC 5-14 (Hall 0-1, Keener 1-4, T. Batton 1-1, Conley 3-8). EH 8-23 (Vincz 4-5, I. McCormick 1-4, Hancock 2-10, S. McCormick 1-4).

Rebounds: GC 19 (Oleksy 9. Z. Batton 2, Hall 2, Keener 3, Conley 3, Wolfe 2), EH 27 (Vincz 5, I. McCormick 3, Hancock 1, S. McCormick 2, Lee 1, Wallace 9, Gilbert 6). Assists: GC 8 (Z. Batton 4, Keener 1, Conley 2, Wolfe 1), EH 5 (Vincz 5). Steals: GC 5 (Oleksy 1, Z. Batton 1, Conley 2, Pribble 1), EH 5 (Vincz 3, Noel 1, Gilbert 1). Blocks: GC 1 (Z. Batton 1), EH 0. Total fouls: GC 17, EH 17. Fouled out: S. McCormick (EH). Turnovers: GC 8, EH 13.

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Mt. Vernon 60, New Palestine 39

FORTVILLE — CJ Coleman equaled a career-high with 26 points and Class 3A No. 3 Mt. Vernon cruised to a 60-39 victory over New Palestine to move on to Saturday’s Hancock County Tournament championship game.

The Marauders look to win their first county belt since 2009 against Greenfield-Central, who bested Eastern Hancock 54-53 in overtime at EH.

MV seized control of the game with an 18-3 first-half spurt that culminated in a 24-11 black-and-gold advantage early in the second quarter.

Speaking of the second quarter, Coleman tallied half of his points in the frame — including all of the Marauders’ points in the period — on a variety of shots ranging from free throws, fade-away jumpers, lane runners and even an alley-oop layup to begin the period.

The Marauders’ zone defense, allowing 43.3 points per game entering Saturday, limited the Dragons — averaging 67 points in their first eight games — to 12-of-40 shooting (30 percent). NP made just four of its 21 3-point attempts (19 percent) and finished with its lowest scoring output since G-C held the red-and-white to 35 points in a loss on Dec. 10, 2010.

“They’re bigger, stronger (and) tougher than we are. In their zone, they were able to scoot us a step further out than normal,” said NP coach Adam Barton, whose squad lost for the first time in regulation. “We’ve seen zones earlier this year and have been able to hit the 19 and 20-foot shots. They’re a little longer out on the wings and we stepped out to 22, 23 feet.

“We didn’t adjust to that very well. They’re a good team.”

A 29-21 halftime advantage for MV mushroomed to 48-31 by the start of the fourth quarter.

In the third, Dan Werner scored all eight of his points, six by converting two of MV’s three third-quarter and-1s.

Anthony Burnett notched four of his game-high nine assists in the frame, all of which came during a 15-3 Marauder run.

Stephen Turner, in foul trouble for much of the first half, scored six of his eight points early in the fourth to put the game out of reach for MV.

Reserve Alec Lohman replaced Turner in the first half and responded with steal and a near-steal late in the first quarter. He had four points, five rebounds and three steals in the game, and his quickness created occasional problems for the NP offense.

“This team…doesn’t have to count on one guy to get it done, but at the same time we tend to be pretty solid when everyone contributes their role and does their job,” said MV coach Steve Lynch, who will look to equal Barton’s modern record of four county titles versus G-C. “It’s a great group of kids and they work really hard.”

Mt. Vernon (7-0) shot 60.5 percent (23-of-38) from the field and 93.3 percent (14-of-15) percent from the charity stripe.

New Palestine (6-3) was led by Michael Morris’ 12 points.

VARSITY

 

Mt. Vernon 60, New Palestine 39

NP — Morris 4-6 3-5 12, Jonas 4-8 2-2 10, So. Haynes 1-4 0-0 2, Curry 2-7 0-0 6, Ikerd 1-8 2-2 5, Roach 0-1 0-0 0, Sa. Haynes 0-2 0-0 0, Larrabee 0-2 2-2 2, Cox 0-0 2-2 2, Lytle 0-2 0-0 0. Totals — 12-40 11-13 39.

MV — Coleman 11-17 4-5 26, Turner 2-4 4-4 8, Burnett 1-4 2-2 4, Werner 3-3 2-2 8, Spears 4-5 0-0 8, Lohman 2-5 0-0 4, Rice 0-0 2-2 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Wayer 0-0 0-0 0, Christenson 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Deckard 0-0 0-0 0, Stricker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 23-38 14-15 60.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

NP (6-3) 11 10 10 8 — 39

MV (7-0) 16 13 19 12 — 60

Three-pt. field goals: NP 4-21 (Morris 1-2, So. Haynes 0-2, Curry 1-7, Ikerd 1-7, Larrabee 0-1, Lytle 0-2), MV 0-8 (Coleman 0-2, Turner 0-2, Burnett 0-2, Lohman 0-2).

Rebounds: NP 11 (Morris 1, Jonas 3, Curry 1, Ikerd 1, Roach 2, Larrabee 1, Cox 2), MV 17 (Coleman 5, Turner 2, Burnett 3, Werner 1, Lohman 5). Assists: NP 8 (Morris 3, Jonas 1, So. Haynes 1, Curry 1, Roach 1, Sa. Haynes 1), MV 10 (Burnett 9, Werner 1). Steals: NP 5 (Jonas 2, Ikerd 1, Cox 2), MV 11 (Coleman 3, Turner 1, Burnett 2, Werner 2, Lohman 3). Blocks: NP 0, MV 1 (Spears 1). Total fouls: NP 14, MV 12. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: NP 12, MV 11.

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