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Jonas carries Dragons to win at Delta

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MUNCIE — Delta appeared to be paying very close watch to top New Palestine scorer Michael Morris Friday night.

The Dragons reminded the Eagles that they have others who can score in bunches.

One is Brandon Jonas. The 6-foot-3 sophomore forward erupted for a career-high 21 points as NP blistered the hosts 60-48.

Jonas made eight of his nine shots and took pressure off Morris and Ryan Curry, as NP rebounded from a rough go last week in the Hancock County Tournament and improved not only to 8-3, but kept its hold on a tie for the top of the Hoosier Heritage Conference at 3-0.

“He’s very capable and people have to react to him scouting-report wise,” Barton said. “And our goal was to get it into the post, and I thought most of it would go to Michael, but it ended up going to Brandon in the post.  And that kind of opened up everybody else.”

Jonas’ first-half output of 13 points equaled his previous career-best for a night, against Beech Grove Dec. 18.

The Dragons found themselves in a typical HHC road frying pan, at least in the first half. The teams went back-and-forth before the Eagles went ahead 25-23 just before the halftime buzzer.

Things would change much for the better for NP, as it commenced the second half with a 18-5 run and had the lead up to 11 at the two-minute mark of the third.

Curry, held scoreless to that point, started the rampage with three-pointers on NP’s first two possessions of the half. He would make a third trey and end with 11 points.

“We’ve been talking all week about how we’ve disappeared in situations like that, where people have made runs against us,” Barton said. “It was nice, especially in a conference game on the road, to make a run like that."

The closest Delta (3-5, 0-3 HHC) would come to NP after it finished its run was 48-41 with 2 1/2 minutes left in the contest, but the Dragons ripped off six straight points and reaffirmed their solid advantage.

While keeping Delta at bay, NP drove to the hole with authority. On one  play, Curry picked an Eagle clean and drove for a score; on another, Samson Haynes wove through traffic on the way to a hoop.

Morris was very much in the thick of the action for NP, with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

The Dragons made 50 percent of their field-goal tries and also outrebounded the Eagles 35-28.  Every NP player that got in had at least one board.

“I thought we were very aggressive on the offensive glass,” Barton said. “They missed a lot of shots in the second half and we only gave them one second-chance opportunity.”

Barton talked about his team enduring a cold, hour-long bus ride to Delta, but when the Dragons boarded for the return trip it became noticeably warmer.

“(Delta and Yorktown) are tough places to play, so anytime you can win up here in the northern part of our conference, it’s a big deal,” Barton said.

Notes:  Delta coach Stan Daugherty was honored before the game for getting his 300th career win earlier this week...The Eagles shot 32 percent for the game and were 6-for-28 (21 prcent) in the second half...NP’s JV team fell in overtime to Delta 43-37.  Sophomore Kevin Riley scored 15 points to lead NP...The Dragons visit Pendleton Heights this Friday.


New Palestine 60, Delta 48

   NP — Ikerd 1-4 0-0 3, Morris 4-10 7-10 15, Jonas 8-9 5-8 21, Curry 4-7 0-0 11, So. Haynes 1-4 1-2 3, Roach 0-1 0-0 0, Sa. Haynes 3-5 0-0 7, Larrabee 0-2 0-0 0, Cox 0-0 0-0 0.  Totals —  21-42 13-20 60.

   DE — Fullenkamp 4-8 5-8 13, Sullivan 0-7 1-2 1, Dishman 2-2 0-0 5, Glaze 5-8 2-2 14, Slaven 1-7 0-0 3, Robinson 2-6 0-0 4, Gregory 2-14 0-0 5, Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Fuatavai 1-1 0-0 3.  Totals — 17-53 8-12 48.


NP (8-3, 3-0 HHC)   13    10    20    17 — 60

DE (3-5, 0-3 HHC)   13    12      9    14  — 48

Three-pt. field goals:  NP 5-16 (Curry 3-6, Sa. Haynes 1-1, Ikerd 1-4, Morris 0-3, Larrabee 0-2), DE 6-23 (Glaze 2-4, Dishman 1-1, Gregory 1-8, Fuatavai 1-1, Slaven 1-6, Sullivan 0-3).

Rebounds:  NP 35 (Morris 7, Jonas 5, Roach 5, Sa. Haynes 4, Curry 3, Larrabee 3, So. Haynes 2, Ikerd 1, Cox 1, Team 4), DE 28 (Fullenkamp 10, Robinson 6).  Assists:  NP 8 (Morris 3, Jonas 2, Curry 1, So. Haynes 1, Ikerd 1), DE 5. Steals:  NP 6 (Curry 2, So. Haynes 1, Jonas 1, Roach 1, Larrabee 1), DE 6.  Blocked shots:  NP 1 (Jonas 1), DE 2. Total fouls:  NP 16, DE 18.  Fouled out: Roach (NP).  Turnovers:  NP 11, DE 7.


Delta 43, New Palestine 37 (OT)

NP — Riley 15, Blackwell 10, Lytle 5, Chandler 3, Kuhn 2, Hiland 2.

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